Best Places to Stay in Charleston for Every Traveler

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Best Places to Stay in Charleston for Every Traveler
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Charleston, South Carolina, has no shortage of amazing hotels and you’ll experience the best southern hospitality you cannot find anywhere else. With an abundance of things to do, centuries of history and a vibrant dining scene, you’ll leave with some of your favorite memories. Not only is Charleston my favorite city, but it is almost always voted the best city in the USA every year.

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Wentworth Mansion

Set in a 19th-century mansion, this grand Charleston hotel boasts elegant rooms and a host of luxury amenities.

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Hotel Bennett

Named #1 luxury hotel in the US, this chic Charleston hotel is perfect for romantic and girls trips with private club experiences.

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The Dewberry Charleston

Charleston’s reigning style stay overlooking Marion Square, with a popular terrace lounge and must-visit rooftop bar.

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Charleston has a never-ending list of great hotels that make it hard to choose the perfect place you’ll call home during your vacation. Here are the best places to stay in Charleston based on the experience you are looking for.

Wentworth Mansion: for an authentic Charleston experience

Continuously voted the best hotel in Charleston, Wentworth Mansion is family-owned and could not radiate a love for the Lowcountry more. The building emanates quiet luxury with its original Tiffany glass panels, hand-carved marble fireplaces and Italian crystal chandeliers. Dine at their restaurant, circa 1886, located in the mansion's original carriage house or visit the eucalyptus-scented spa that used to be the house’s stables.

Wentworth Mansion

Photo Credit: Wentworth Mansion

Hotel Bennett: the luxurious Southern Belle

Inspired by Charleston’s history and classic European design, this five-star hotel is simply irresistible. With multiple fine dining options, a rooftop pool and bar, spa services tailored to your needs and an elevated design throughout, there are multiple ways to indulge during your stay at Hotel Bennett. Plus, for some of Charleston’s best shopping, King Street is right around the corner.

The Dewberry: showing off the best views in Charleston

As one of the only examples of mid-century modern architecture in Charleston, The Dewberry shows off with floor-to-ceiling windows, a signature spa and two dining outlets, including the esteemed rooftop cocktail bar, Citrus Club. While there are many rooftops in downtown Charleston, this one has to be my favorite. The rooftop has one of the best views in the city with historic steeples covering the skyline. It’s the Holy City after all!

The Dewberry

Photo Credit: The Dewberry

The Pinch: you won’t want to leave…and you don’t have to

Boasting 22 rooms and suites, plus three residences that are available for 30 days or longer, The Pinch is on my list as the best hotel for long-term stays. To preserve the history and character of the original building built in the mid-1800s, the property went through extensive renovations. Not only does The Pinch have two restaurants, but every room has a full kitchen AND a washer and dryer. They sure make it hard to leave.

Post House Inn: your home away from home

Located in the heart of the Old Village in Mount Pleasant, this seven-room inn is charming, welcoming and intimate. Every room is unique and you can find antique rugs, local art and playful wallpaper throughout. Guests can head downstairs to the bar and restaurant for some insanely delicious southern classics with a coastal flare.

Post House

Photo Credit: Kirk Robert - Post House

Emeline: let's go girls!

With one of the best locations downtown, Emeline is right around the corner from the Charleston City Market, a couple blocks from King Street and surrounded by amazing restaurants. The hotel has multiple room and suite options with two king-sized beds that fit everyone comfortably. I think it’s time to plan that girls trip!

John Rutledge House Inn: a history buff’s dream

Originally built in 1763 by John Rutledge, one of the United States’ founding fathers, this inn is also a living national historic landmark. Part of the Constitution was written in the drawing room and President George Washington once paid a visit. You name it, this house has seen it. History aside, this bed and breakfast is charming, warm and has great amenities that will enhance your stay and make it memorable.

86 Cannon Historic Inn: feel like a local

This historic adults-only, residential retreat offers you the experience to feel like a true Charlestonian. Every detail was meticulously crafted with guests in mind to provide an over-the-top stay. Cozy up in the third-floor library, enjoy a homemade breakfast and cruise around downtown on bikes just like the locals.

Zero George: eat your heart out

Zero George is tucked away in a few restored buildings from 1804 and boasts sixteen refined rooms that are classic and homey. While the hotel part is a reason to stay in itself, there are two on-site restaurants by Chef Vinson Petrillo that elevate local, seasonal ingredients into works of art. Want to learn the secrets? The chef also offers a multi-course cooking class as a unique way to expand your culinary repertoire.

Photo Credit: Zero George

Photo Credit: Zero George

Planters Inn: best boutique stay

As the only Relais & Châteaux property in South Carolina, Planters Inn embodies elegance, character and true southern charm. Filled with stunning antiques, heart pine floors and four-poster king beds in every room, you will feel connected to the past and present. Dine in the hotel’s moonlit garden restaurant, Peninsula Grill or take advantage of the stellar location and discover Charleston’s vibrant culinary scene.

The Jasmine House: the hidden gem

Dating back to 1843, The Jasmine House features 11 romantically designed guest rooms, expansive verandas and a private courtyard. With a home-like feel, you will have multiple opportunities to mingle with other guests at the complimentary breakfast, evening wine and cheese reception and daily nightcap.

The Jasmine House

Photo Credit: Katie Charlotte - The Jasmine House

The Vendue: THE art hotel

With 200 original pieces of art, rotating exhibits, an artist-in-residence program and daily hotel art tours (because they are that cool), The Vendue is one of a kind. Their rooms are eccentric yet playful and the property also has two restaurants on-site. Every stay will be different because this hotel is constantly evolving and it will keep you on your toes.

The Loutrel: for you and your boo

This chic retreat is a couple’s paradise with interiors inspired by Charleston’s nature, in-room Lavazza coffee machines, a gorgeous bar and complimentary drinks and snacks in the all day lounge. This hotel has every amenity you want, with even more. Grab your significant other because exclusively for hotel guests, the rooftop terrace has stunning views of The Ravenel Bridge and Charleston’s idyllic sunsets while serving crafted cocktails and light bites.

The Loutrel

Photo Credit: The Loutrel

The Ryder Hotel: to capture those Instagramable pool pics

Throughout The Ryder Hotel, you’ll find a sophisticated, bohemian style that is relaxed and organic. While the rooms are spacious and laid back, you’ll want to head upstairs to Little Palm, a fun and bright poolside cafe and cocktail bar. It couldn’t be more picturesque so snap that photo because I’m sure it will be a good one!

The Charleston Place: a family affair

When I say everyone in the family is invited on this trip, I mean everyone. Even your furry friend! That’s right…your beloved pet will be pampered at The Charleston Place with an in-room pet dining menu, dog walking and even a pet photography session. The kids will love the famed rooftop pool and the parents will indulge in a spa experience and relaxation rooms. No one will want to leave.

The Charleston Place

Photo Credit: The Charleston Place

Wild Dunes Resort: the beach getaway you’ve been craving

Just about 15 miles from downtown Charleston, Wild Dunes Resort is located on the beautiful Isle of Palms. To make sure you’re comfortable, you have the option to book a traditional hotel room, condo or vacation rental home depending on your needs. With countless dining options, activities like tennis and pickleball, shopping and swimming in the number of pools or the ocean, you will always have something to do at this beachfront resort.

The Palmetto Hotel: newly opened in 2023

The Palmetto Hotel is the new cool kid on the block. Recently opened in March, it’s located in the historic French Quarter, just steps away from Waterfront Park. Taking inspiration from all of Charleston, you’ll find a coastal color palette, classic architecture and South Carolina’s state tree, the Palmetto, scattered throughout the 45 guest rooms.

The Palmetto Hotel

Photo Credit: JB McCabe

Need to Know

The competition over where to stay in Charleston is steep. Reach out and I will find the perfect hotel for you based on the trip you want!

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to South Carolina. In need of further inspiration? Check out Melanie Pink’s guide, Best Places to Stay in Nashville.

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