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What travelers to Charleston are saying

This was a great experience as it was our first time staying in charleston for a leisure trip. It was very emotional as this stay was just a few weeks after the tragic death of the Charleston 9. We visited the historic Mother Emmanual AME Church where the massicare accured and it was touching to see some many people there showing love and support. We also visited the pier as well as did a little shopping. I look forward to planning a longer trip with my children.
Renee R. Jul 4, 2015
Charming Chalreston! We experienced southern hospitality at its finest!
Jane B. Apr 10, 2015
It isn't voted America's #1 city for no reason!
Mari B Jul 8, 2015

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.

Beaches

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.

Shopping

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
The Vendue
Downtown
1 hour ago 4 stars $164
King Charles Inn
Downtown
5 hours ago 3 stars $203
Motel 6 Charleston South
West Ashley
6 hours ago 2 stars $55
Belmond Charleston Place
Downtown
7 hours ago 5 stars $265
Holiday Inn Express CHARLESTON DWTN - ASHLEY RIVER
Downtown
8 hours ago 3 stars $122
Elliott House Inn
Downtown
9 hours ago 3 stars $168
Ansonborough Inn
Downtown
9 hours ago 4 stars $149
Courtyard Charleston Historic District
Downtown
11 hours ago 3 stars $158
The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Downtown
13 hours ago 4 stars $166
Holiday Inn CHARLESTON-RIVERVIEW
West Ashley
13 hours ago 3 stars $106

Recently Rated Charleston Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Courtyard Charleston Historic District
Downtown
4.3 / 5
67 reviews
3 stars $158
La Quinta Inn & Suites Charleston Riverview
West Ashley
3.3 / 5
232 reviews
3 stars $97
Holiday Inn CHARLESTON-RIVERVIEW
West Ashley
3.7 / 5
128 reviews
3 stars $106
King Charles Inn
Downtown
4.2 / 5
115 reviews
3 stars $203
The Vendue
Downtown
4.3 / 5
122 reviews
4 stars $164
Francis Marion Hotel
Downtown
4.0 / 5
232 reviews
4 stars $155
The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Downtown
4.0 / 5
73 reviews
4 stars $166
Days Inn Charleston Historic District
Downtown
3.1 / 5
191 reviews
2 stars $94
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Riverview
West Ashley
4.2 / 5
83 reviews
3 stars $154
Belmond Charleston Place
Downtown
4.5 / 5
170 reviews
5 stars $265

Featured Charleston Hotels

From $166

1 The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 73 reviews

115 Meeting Street

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The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel combines opulent accommodations, historic ambiance and modern conveniences in the heart of the city's historic district. It is the only hotel on the city's...

Couples getaway
Visited some local sites and took in the history of Charleston and surrounding areas. Walked through downtown before and after dinner each evening. Played a couple of rounds of week during the...
Jul 28, 2015
From $265

2 Belmond Charleston Place

5 stars
4.5 / 5 170 reviews

205 Meeting Street

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The luxurious Belmond Charleston Place features two of the city's finest restaurants on the premises. Many of downtown's historic sites and museums are within walking distance. The hotel...

Perfect location
This hotel was great and in the perfect location to explore downtown. IT was right in the hearth of the city and close to attractions and shopping! I would definitely stay again.
Jul 14, 2015
From $149

3 Ansonborough Inn

4 stars
4.5 / 5 45 reviews

21 Hasell Street

Ansonborough Inn is located within the historic district of downtown Charleston. Near the market area, you can walk to the finest restaurants, shopping and entertainment the Holy City has to offer....

From $164

4 The Vendue

4 stars
4.3 / 5 122 reviews

19 & 26 Vendue Range

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The Vendue Inn offers a prime location in historic French Quarter and upscale services and amenities. This hotel is a combination of two boutique hotels ? 19 Vendue and 26 Vendue. Located just a...

Great great trip
Good service with friendly stuff. Location is very convenient to check out hiatorical sites and the ocean
Jul 27, 2015
From $155

5 Francis Marion Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 232 reviews

387 King Street

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The Francis Marion Hotel was built in 1924, completely renovated in 1996 with a $12 million grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, but there's still plenty of old-fashioned charm....

great business trip
This hotel was beautiful and had a lot of history to it. Everything was exceptional except for the parking situation. There was nothing stating that there would be a $16 charge for daily parking.
Jul 25, 2015
From $282

6 French Quarter Inn

4 stars
4.8 / 5 45 reviews

166 Church Street

Full of charm and hospitality, the French Quarter Inn offers many luxury amenities and a great location for tourists, but also caters to business travelers with its executive business suites....

Wonderful Charleston Hotel
This is my second stay at this hotel and it was as amazing as the first. Front desk is helpful and friendly and our room was comfortable. In the heart of Charleston walking distance to everything.
Apr 24, 2015
From $167

7 Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District

3 stars
4.3 / 5 94 reviews

345 Meeting St.

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

The Hampton Inn Charleston - Historic District is the only antebellum hotel in the area and was restored from an 1860 railroad warehouse. This Charleston hotel is a short walk from the Charleston...

Family vacation
In town with family for a couple days of sightseeing. Hotel was beautiful but lacked some of the amenities of the many other Hampton Inns we have stayed at, no microwave or refrigerator in room....
Jul 23, 2015
From $224

8 The Harbour View Inn

4 stars
4.4 / 5 70 reviews

2 Vendue Range

Continental Breakfast included with your stay!

The Harbour View Inn features old southern hospitality and modern conveniences, with a spectacular view of the Charleston harbor. All rooms at the Harbour View Inn have flat-screen TVs,...

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 $282

9 Planters Inn

4 stars
4.5 / 5 36 reviews

112 North Market Street

The Planters Inn stands out in a city known for its charm and aesthetic delights. The 64-room hotel combines the charm of old world hospitality with 21stcentury amenities such as high-speed Wi-Fi...

Good Hotel Excellent Location
Great location. Nice staff. Very comfortable bed. Large room. Clean. Expensive parks by at $27 per day.
Jul 28, 2015
From $195

10 Andrew Pinckney Inn

4 stars
4.0 / 5 85 reviews

40 Pinckney Street

The Andrew Pinckney Inn offers many different types of rooms, each with its own character. The 37 rooms and four suites are decorated West Indies style. The hotel has free wireless Internet access,...

Epitomises southern charm
Very welcoming atmosphere throughout the hotel, from the parking valet who crossed the road to seek us out, to the receptionist with good suggestions for drinks and dinner. Valet parking is a must,...
Jun 15, 2015
From $363

11 Market Pavilion Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 45 reviews

225 East Bay Street

The Market Pavilion Hotel in Charleston is located in the downtown historic district, just minutes from the waterfront, tour guides, shopping and grand old homes. The Market Pavilion Hotel is...

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 $203

12 Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston

4 stars
4.0 / 5 46 reviews

337 Meeting Street

Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception

The Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston hotel is located in the original Citadel Military College building and listed is on the National Register of Historic Places. Now an all-suites...

Awesome family experience
The hotel met our expectation in every possible way. Affordable only because of Orbucks applied
Jun 10, 2015
From $322

13 The Restoration on King

4 stars
4.9 / 5 9 reviews

75 Wentworth Street

The Restoration on King impresses visitors with beautifully restored hotel facilities in an ideal location in downtown Charleston, where guests easily walk to many of the popular attractions such...

Customer service still exists
Great hotel with beautiful rooms and more than anything great staff.
Jul 31, 2014
From $160

14 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston - Historic District

4 stars
3.8 / 5 45 reviews

181 Church Street

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

The Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston - Historic District hotel is located next to the City Market and within walking distance of some of the city's top restaurants. Guests enjoy the lavish decor,...

Ok but not great
The hotel was in a great location but the bathrooms were so tiny you had to practically step into the tub to close and open the bathroom door. The gym is also very small and offered limited...
Jun 5, 2015
From $445

15 Wentworth Mansion

4 stars
5.0 / 5 5 reviews

149 Wentworth St

Set in the heart of downtown Charleston, the Wentworth Mansion is one of the world's finest and most unique hotels, as well as a pristine example of America's Gilded Age. Originally built as an...

From $283

16 John Rutledge Inn

4 stars
4.8 / 5 5 reviews

116 Broad St

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. The restored inn is now serving as one of the most...

Great babymoon
This was a terrific B&B. The room was lovely, as was the rest of the property. The only challenge was that our room was downstairs, and there is no elevator, as it is a historic home. But, the...
May 12, 2015
From $293

17 Zero George

4 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

0 George Street

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...

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
From $158

18 Courtyard Charleston Historic District

3 stars
4.3 / 5 67 reviews

125 Calhoun Street

Rate includes breakfast

Holiday Inn Charleston Historic District Hotel is named "Best Hidden Gem" in the World by Trip Advisor, eight year recipient of the Intercontinental Hotels Torchbearer Award and winner of the first...

Great Family Trip to Charleston!
We had a wonderful time in Charleston. The hotel's location was very convenient. The room was very clean and the staff was super friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay here again.
Jul 26, 2015
From $203

19 King Charles Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 115 reviews

237 Meeting Street

King Charles Inn is located in the heart of Charleston's historic district, within walking distance from many top restaurants, attractions and shopping. King Charles Inn is a great...

Lovely hotel...BUT
The hotel is lovely, the location is good and the staff was friendly, but the absence of robes. ...poor channel variety, non-functional WiFi and refrigerator PLUS no room service will not allow me...
Jul 25, 2015
From $357

20 THE LODGE ALLEY INN

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

195 EAST BAY STREET

Condo style resort units in the heart of Charleston. Minimum check in age of 21.