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Top Rated Charleston Hotels

Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District
Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District
3.5 out of 5.0 560 King Street, Charleston, SC
Free Cancellation
4.6/5 (37 reviews)

Amazing breakfast and coffee. Great beds, smoking section for my friend to use. lovely.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2019
The Meeting Street Inn
The Meeting Street Inn
3.0 out of 5.0 173 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
Free Cancellation
4.4/5 (38 reviews)

Our stay was very nice in this conveniently located hotel in the Historic District of Charleston. The room was very clean and attractive and the staff was hospitable. We enjoyed the daily wine and cheese provided and were delighted with the café area and warm day. I'd watch for the better pricing ...

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019
Hyatt House Charleston/Historic District
Hyatt House Charleston/Historic District
3.0 out of 5.0 560 King Street, Charleston, SC
Free Cancellation
4.3/5 (15 reviews)

LOVED THE LOCATION!!! Right off of King Street which has lots of restaurants, bars and specialty shops.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2019
Hyatt Place North Charleston
Hyatt Place North Charleston
3.0 out of 5.0 2455 Prospect Drive, North Charleston, SC
Free Cancellation
4.2/5 (111 reviews)

Good hotel in accessible location. Staff went above and beyond to ensure a sentimental item was recovered after check out.

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2019
King Charles Inn
King Charles Inn
3.5 out of 5.0 237 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
Free Cancellation
4.2/5 (154 reviews)

Great location, plenty of parking, friendly staff, what more could we ask for.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019
The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
4.0 out of 5.0 115 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
Free Cancellation
4.2/5 (117 reviews)

Great staff and location! Nightly happy hour was a treat.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019
The Francis Marion Hotel
The Francis Marion Hotel
4.0 out of 5.0 387 King St, Charleston, SC
4.1/5 (306 reviews)

The staff, room and location where charming, but the 300+ per. night left me wondering why the hall carpet and stained wallpaper was still there.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019
Harborside at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina
Harborside at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina
4.0 out of 5.0 20 Patriots Point Rd, Mount Pleasant, SC
Free Cancellation
3.9/5 (358 reviews)

Beautiful view of the harbor from the balcony. Nice outdoor pool. There were bikes available to ride which was nice, the hotel provides a shuttle to downtown which is very convenient

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019
Holiday Inn Express Charleston Dwtn - Medical Area
Holiday Inn Express Charleston Dwtn - Medical Area
3.0 out of 5.0 250 Spring Street, Charleston, SC
Free Cancellation
3.6/5 (71 reviews)

Great distance from downtown Charleston. The heating units were a bit strange, it took forever to heat up the room, and once it was hot, it was TOO hot. It was a good stay nonetheless.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2019

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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.

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