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Embrace America’s past in beautiful Charleston

Located in the center of South Carolina's coastline, Charleston is a welcoming waterfront community with a rich history. It boasts wonderfully-preserved architecture and is consistently voted one of the most beautiful cities in America. Take a step back in time, and embrace the well-mannered atmosphere and charming surroundings.

Things to do

The city has a vast collection of landmarks with historical significance, offering visitors a sense of many pivotal moments in the development of the United States. The Fort Sumter National Monument gives visitors a chance to view where the first shots were fired during the Civil War.

To get an inside glimpse into antebellum life, a must-visit attraction is the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. Originally constructed in the early 1800s, this house has been completely preserved. It is a fascinating journey through a mansion complete with antiques, grand living quarters and stables.

Charleston sights

Visitors love to stroll by the stately buildings or take a carriage ride past gorgeous mansions lined with magnolia-filled gardens. One of the most popular places to visit is the Battery. This picturesque neighborhood houses a row of Southern-styled mansions with views of the Charleston Harbor.

The Magnolia Plantation & Garden is ideal for nature lovers. The wildlife is amazing and includes otters, turtles and alligators. The petting zoo is a great place for small children, and the horticulture maze is an interesting challenge.


Charleston houses five distinct beach towns. They are great places to relax and enjoy the sun, sand and surf, along with a golf course. Kiawah Island holds miles of pure beach sand and marshland. The Isle of Palms is a family community with great sand, a marina and golfing opportunities.

Folly Beach, or "Edge of Americas," is a short distance from downtown, yet is one of the most relaxing spots in the area. Seabrook Island is another space filled with natural beauty and a laidback atmosphere. Sullivan's Island is extremely charming and offers an eclectic mixture of beach activity and historical sites: it was the site of both a Revolutionary War battle and an Edgar Allan Poe story.


Key Street is the place to head for the best Charleston shopping, but various districts offer top fashion and antiques. You can spend the day perusing the art galleries and quaint shops to discover special treasures. Antique lovers must visit George C. Birlant & Company, one of the oldest establishments in the area. To buy the most authentic souvenirs, visit the City Market to purchase sweet-grass baskets handcrafted by local artisans.

Charleston dining

If you're looking to enjoy some down-home Southern cuisine, you’ve come to the right place. Across Charleston there are barbecue parlors, seafood houses and more upscale options. McCrady's has been a renowned downtown eatery for decades, elegantly serving the finest local foods, and boasting an award-winning wine cellar. Save room for dessert and a drink at Kaminsky's Café, which offers numerous coffees, spirits and pastries.

Where to stay

For an ultra-cozy experience, try the deluxe Charleston hotels in the Historic District, or the upscale boutique hotels downtown, where rates average about $300 per night. Most of the lodgings are within walking distance to the most popular attractions, and the opulence is palpable. However, Charleston has something for everyone, as the budget traveler will find less expensive chain hotels near Meeting Street. Rates are often under $100.

Special events

Charleston constantly keeps things interesting with various lively events and festivals. During May and June, the city hosts the Spoleto Festival USA. This performing-arts event showcases emerging talent and distinguished artists from around the world. Fall is the time for various food events, like the Charleston Restaurant Week and the Music and Food Festival. In December, the Christmas Special is a favorite. This two-hour variety show provides excellent family entertainment.

Best time to visit

Spring is the best season to visit Charleston. Temperatures are mild, and foliage is beginning to bloom. However, hotel rates are at their highest. Summer temperatures rise into the 90s but still attract beach lovers. Winter temperatures are cooler but remain mild. Hotel rates are low, so it may be an ideal holiday getaway destination.

Recently booked Charleston hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Francis Marion Hotel
1 hour ago 4 stars $199
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston - Historic District
3 hours ago 4 stars $208
The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
3 hours ago 4 stars $239
Comfort Suites West of the Ashley
West Ashley
4 hours ago 2 stars $129
Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel
6 hours ago 4 stars $239
Belmond Charleston Place
7 hours ago 5 stars $303
8 hours ago 3 stars $191
Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston
10 hours ago 4 stars $189
Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Waterfront
13 hours ago 3 stars $179
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Charleston 15 hours ago 3 stars $101

Recently Rated Charleston Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston
4.0 / 5
47 reviews
4 stars $189
French Quarter Inn
4.8 / 5
48 reviews
4 stars $319
Planters Inn
4.6 / 5
39 reviews
4 stars $289
Belmond Charleston Place
4.5 / 5
168 reviews
5 stars $303
Andrew Pinckney Inn
4.0 / 5
87 reviews
4 stars $179
Francis Marion Hotel
4.0 / 5
230 reviews
4 stars $199
The Harbour View Inn
4.5 / 5
76 reviews
4 stars $296
Courtyard Charleston Historic District
4.3 / 5
65 reviews
3 stars $188
Fulton Lane Inn
4.1 / 5
28 reviews
3 stars $249
Days Inn Charleston Historic District
3.1 / 5
200 reviews
2 stars $118

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The quintessentially Southern city of Charleston bills itself as one of America’s most haunted, and October – with its cooler temperatures and plentiful Halloween offerings – is a fantastic time to visit. Here’s how to dip into the city’s spookier side, from some great Charleston walking tours to Halloween-centric events at the South Carolina Aquarium, plus Charleston plantations where the Southern spirit takes on a whole new meaning.

Featured Charleston Hotels

From $199

1 Francis Marion Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 230 reviews

387 King Street Map

Historic charm, modern conveniences in downtown CharlestonThe Francis Marion Hotel was built in 1924, completely renovated in 1996 with a $12 million grant from the National Trust for Historic... More

Best service ever
On three different occasions I needed something brought to my room and each time They were at my door almost before I got off the phone! Location was perfect. Beautiful lobby with very soothing music.
Apr 6, 2015
From $208

2 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston - Historic District

4 stars
3.8 / 5 47 reviews

181 Church Street Map

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

The largest one- and two-bedroom suites in Charleston’s historic districtThe Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston - Historic District hotel is located next to the City Market and within walking... More

Awesome Valentine Weekend
This was the best Valentine weekend I have ever had. The staff was super and the location great. I will go back again!
Feb 18, 2015
From $303

3 Belmond Charleston Place

5 stars
4.5 / 5 168 reviews

205 Meeting Street Map

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Luxurious Charleston hotel with two top-rated restaurants on-siteThe luxurious Belmond Charleston Place features two of the city's finest restaurants on the premises. Many of downtown's... More

Weekend getaway
The hotel is beautiful and well appointed. It is in a great location. My only complaints are that the onsite restaurants are outrageously high priced, and the internet is not free in the rooms
Apr 6, 2015
From $239

4 The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 70 reviews

115 Meeting Street Map

Charleston hotel with pool combines modern luxuries with historic charmThe Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel combines opulent accommodations, historic ambiance and modern conveniences in the heart of... More

Great Historical Trip
Great for Civil War and Revolutionary War Buffs. Wonderful location!
Apr 13, 2015
From $189

5 Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District

3 stars
4.3 / 5 96 reviews

345 Meeting St. Map

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

Charleston business hotel with swimming pool near major tourist sitesThe Hampton Inn Charleston - Historic District is the only antebellum hotel in the area and was restored from an 1860 railroad... More

Charleston weekend
My only complaint was that the drink machine on my floor (second) was not kept full and it took my $, too! The hotel location was wonderful -- right across from the Visitor's Center Breakfast good
Dec 2, 2014
From $268

6 The Vendue

4 stars
4.3 / 5 120 reviews

19 & 26 Vendue Range Map

Downtown Charleston boutique hotel with great dedication to the arts The Vendue Inn offers a prime location in historic French Quarter and upscale services and amenities. This hotel is a... More

Great time at the Vendue -
I read the reviews prior to booking and the staff received amazing kudos...the team that worked at the Vendue this week were very good, especially Ronnie and Shea! All were very helpful and would...
Apr 13, 2015
From $189

7 Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston

4 stars
4.0 / 5 47 reviews

337 Meeting Street Map

Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception

Spacious suites, free breakfast in a historic building near many sitesThe Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston hotel is located in the original Citadel Military College building and... More

holiday weekend
We were in Charleston for a family gathering and extended our stay through the weekend. This hotel was in an excellent location the breakfast was great staff were very nice
Mar 19, 2015
From $106


3 stars
3.8 / 5 138 reviews

301 Savannah Hwy Map

Charleston hotel overlooking Ashley River with free shuttle to sitesThe Holiday Inn Charleston – Riverview hotel is perfect for business travelers looking to move in and out of the city with ease.... More

great location!
The location of this hotel is great because when you dine or have drinks you can see all of downtown Charleston and the waterway, it is also a great location because if you don't want to go...
Feb 18, 2015
From $319

9 French Quarter Inn

4 stars
4.8 / 5 48 reviews

166 Church Street Map

Luxury Charleston hotel offers free champagne and evening receptionFull of charm and hospitality, the French Quarter Inn offers many luxury amenities and a great location for tourists, but also... More

Great getaway
Loved the hotel. Staff was wonderful! Great food, from breakfast to cocktails at 5:30 to cookies & night snack at 8:30.
Mar 16, 2015
From $289

10 Planters Inn

4 stars
4.6 / 5 39 reviews

112 North Market Street Map

Award-winning hotel in The good life and Southern elegance in Charleston historic district offers fine diningThe Planters Inn stands out in a city known for its charm and aesthetic delights. The... More

Expensive, but worth it
The staff and service at this hotel was impeccable. We also loved the little parlor room with free tea and crackers and water. Be sure to eat at the hotel and have the coconut cake... it more than...
Mar 16, 2015
From $157

11 Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront/Downtown

3 stars
4.5 / 5 6 reviews

45 Lockwood Drive Map

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

Located on the charming Ashley Marina in the heart of downtown Charleston, SC, the modern Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront/Downtown hotel features spacious guest rooms, friendly staff and... More

Everything went great
No troubles with anything. Very smooth. The only draw back is that you can't walk to anything but it was cheaper that the fancy downtown hotels. There is a free shuttle to downtown every hour if...
Jan 20, 2015
From $191


3 stars
4.1 / 5 14 reviews

425 Meeting Street Map

Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, a celebrated restaurant community and mannerly people; Charleston has been named Top U.S. City by Conde Nast Traveler 2013 Readers Choice... More

Great weekend getaway
Great hotel, very clean and comfortable. Our room was clean, beds were very comfortable, no complaints. The bar staff were very friendly. The only downside is the location is a bit far from many of...
Jan 6, 2015
From $296

13 The Harbour View Inn

4 stars
4.5 / 5 76 reviews

2 Vendue Range Map

Continental Breakfast included with your stay!

Hotel in historic downtown Charleston offers luxury and southern charmThe Harbour View Inn features old southern hospitality and modern conveniences, with a spectacular view of the Charleston... More

Date night
Great location and staff! Breakfest served in the room and the valet parking was worth the $20 to not have to try to find parking downtown.
Mar 3, 2015
From $339

14 John Rutledge Inn

4 stars
5.0 / 5 4 reviews

116 Broad St Map

Gracious historic home now a charming Charleston inn The John Rutledge Inn has been standing since 1763. It is the home of its namesake, who was one of the 55 signers of the U.S. Constitution.... More

Wonderful and Romantic
We had an excellent time and loved the staff! Thank you for a memorable time.
Aug 4, 2014
From $339

15 Market Pavilion Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 45 reviews

225 East Bay Street Map

Luxury hotel in Charleston with free breakfast and Internet accessThe Market Pavilion Hotel in Charleston is located in the downtown historic district, just minutes from the waterfront, tour... More

Weekend Getaway
Hotel is located in the charming part of Charleston. Close to shopping, dinner and entertainment. Roof top bar has the best view of the town
Dec 29, 2014
From $399

16 The Restoration on King

4 stars
4.9 / 5 9 reviews

75 Wentworth Street Map

Exclusive and restored hotel with quintessential Charleston atmosphereThe Restoration on King impresses visitors with beautifully restored hotel facilities in an ideal location in downtown... More

Customer service still exists
Great hotel with beautiful rooms and more than anything great staff.
Jul 31, 2014
From $179

17 Andrew Pinckney Inn

4 stars
4.0 / 5 87 reviews

40 Pinckney Street Map

West Indies style in Charleston boutique hotelThe Andrew Pinckney Inn offers many different types of rooms, each with its own character. The 37 rooms and four suites are decorated West Indies... More

Perfect Location
The staff could not have been more helpful or more professional. The location is perfect for seeing things in the historic district. The continental breakfast was also very good. the only two...
Apr 6, 2015
From $238

18 Kings Courtyard Inn

3 stars
3.8 / 5 31 reviews

198 King St Map

Historic charm and individual character in atmospheric Charleston, South CarolinaThe Kings Courtyard Inn breathes the historic atmosphere of old Charleston, and guests marvel at the authentic... More

Just OK
The bed and linens could have been better. One thin blanket and just two pillows on the bed, one for each person.
Apr 6, 2015
From $239

19 Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 30 reviews

68 Wentworth Street Map

Rate includes breakfast

Renovated hotel combining modern and historic elements in CharlestonThe Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel uses luxurious amenities from a recent renovation to welcome guests in... More

Great spot
I love staying in downtown Charleston and I've stayed there several times in several different hotels. This one is definitely one of the best!
Feb 22, 2015
From $479

20 Zero George

4 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

0 George Street Map

Zero George is Charleston's premiere boutique hotel, with a carefully defined product, designed to appeal to sophisticated travelers for business as well as leisure.Circa 1804, the eighteen studios... More

Awesome retreat for couples
Beautiful hotel, with character. Stylish, tranquil, great food and amenities. The only thing missing, particularly for an August getaway, was a pool (Charleston get crazy hot). I am sure any other...
Aug 23, 2014