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Regatta Inn - Adults Only - Charleston - Patio
Regatta Inn - Adults Only
9.2 Wonderful
$320+
$320+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District - Charleston - Restaurant
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Pet friendly
The Limited Hotel
7.8 Good
$344+
$344+
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Pet friendly
The Ryder Hotel
7.9 Good
$443+
$443+
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Pet friendly
Indigo Inn
8.6 Very good
$457+
$457+
Free Wi-Fi

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Francis Marion Hotel - Charleston - Lounge
Francis Marion Hotel
8.4 Very good
$349+
$349+
Free Wi-Fi
Spa
Emeline - Charleston - Patio
Emeline
8.6 Very good
$488+
$488+
Free Wi-Fi
Pet friendly

The 10 best hotels in Charleston

Discover the top hotels in Charleston handpicked by local expert Paul Jebara.
Paul Jebara
December 6, 2023

Charleston, South Carolina, is a heavyweight when it comes to history, culture, and that unmistakable Southern charm. Nestled in the heart of the Lowcountry, cobblestone streets, pre-war mansions, and catchy jazz and blues melodies are the hallmarks of this coastal hub, which is affectionately nicknamed the Holy City for the church steeples that define its skyline. Charleston is a beautiful place for sure, but for me, its irresistible attraction lies in the sweetness of its people (and perhaps its tea), as well as a wholly deserved reputation for delivering authentic hospitality from the heart. I've walked its streets plenty of times, and have stayed in both boutique retreats and grand hotels packed full of historic charm. Here’s my curated list of Charleston’s best hotels to suit all budgets and travelers.

1.

The Dewberry Charleston

Address:

334 Meeting Street

Price:

$427-1530/night

You’ll feel the full warmth of Southern hospitality as soon as you step into the lobby of The Dewberry. Established by hotelier John Dewberry, this hotel perfectly captures Charleston’s welcoming spirit while embracing a 20th-century design aesthetic.
Since its 2016 opening, the hotel has seamlessly combined classic elements like cherry wood and brass with modern amenities. The Living Room bar and library is a comfortable space to unwind after a day of exploring, while for ultimate relaxation you should head to the spa, which offers treatments featuring local ingredients, such as Atlantic seaweed.
My favorite spot has to be the rooftop bar, which serves up crafted cocktails and impressive views over Charleston. For more eye-catching vistas, choose one of the Charleston Flat rooms, which overlook the harbor and the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

2.

The Meeting Street Inn

Address:

173 Meeting Street

Price:

$270-742/night

Located across the street from Charleston’s ever-popular City Market, walking into the Meeting Street Inn feels like instantly being transported back to the 19th century.
The hotel’s antique furniture and romantic four-poster beds reflect its rich past, while patterned wallpapers and vintage rugs add plenty of character to the rooms. Though the inn exudes old-world charm, it doesn’t skimp on modern comforts, each of the 56 suites comes with amenities like complimentary high-speed internet access and mini fridges (as well as nightly milk and cookies).
Keep in mind that there’s no full-service dining on-property, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing when there are so many great restaurants within walking distance. There is, however, a complimentary breakfast served every day, as well as a wine and cheese reception, giving you the opportunity to experience that famous Southern hospitality first hand.

3.

Hotel Bennett

Address:

404 King Street

Price:

$389-1222/night

If you’re looking for the epitome of Lowcountry luxury, this is it. At Hotel Bennett, you’ll notice the grandeur as soon as you walk through the rotunda lobby, which features plush benches, intricate sconces, a striking chandelier, and locally inspired murals by artist Jill Biskin.
The rooms are just as elegant, with luxurious bed linens and marble bathrooms with pedestal tubs. Book a treatment in the spa or order a round of cocktails as the sun sets at the rooftop bar.
Make sure you schedule a dinner reservation at Southern-inspired Gabrielle at least once during your stay – Hotel Bennett’s signature restaurant is one of Charleston’s best. Or go for caviar service at Camellias instead, Hotel Bennett’s iconic rose-pink champagne parlor just off the lobby, which is also a local favorite for afternoon tea on the weekends.

4.

Zero George Street

Address:

0 George Street

Price:

$368-1238/night

Located in the heart of Charleston’s historic quarter, Zero George Street spreads across four historic 19th-century town- and carriage houses. With 18 studios and suites, the sophisticated property showcases Charleston’s rich architectural heritage through details like original pine floors and intricate millwork, while rooms feature natural linens, marble bathrooms, and bespoke furniture.
My top pick of the rooms would be either the spacious Garden Suites, which open onto a semi-private courtyard, or the Anson Suite, which has an enchanting private upper-level piazza. Chef Vinson Petrillo heads up the on-site eatery, The Restaurant at Zero George, which has earned a fine reputation for spotlighting locally sourced ingredients in unexpected ways.
If you’re looking to brush up on your own culinary skills, the hotel also hosts weekly cooking classes with Chef Petrillo himself in the restored 1804 carriage house kitchen.

5.

Wentworth Mansion

Address:

149 Wentworth Street

Price:

$458-575/night

First built as a private home in 1865, this historic mansion has now become one of the finest hotels in Charleston. Original features take center stage here, with marble fireplaces, intricate crown moldings, and stained glass Tiffany windows wherever you look.
The 21 individually designed guest rooms range from the cozy East Wing Rooms to the opulent Grand Mansion Suite, which features floor-to-ceiling fireplaces, ornate wood-paneling, and original Italian chandeliers. Alongside the period pieces you’ll also find plush contemporary bathrooms and Wi-Fi throughout.
The spa, housed in the mansion’s former stables, is just as architecturally striking as the main house with 14-foot vaulted ceilings, arched windows, and rustic beams. The renowned Circa 1886 restaurant, with its elevated take on Lowcountry favorites, is a firm favorite of mine and not to be missed.

6.

Emeline

Address:

181 Church Street

Price:

$325-1131/night

This award-winning newcomer on buzzy Church Street has 212 rooms that showcase a blend of eclectic design elements, from jewel-toned velvet furnishings to botanical-print wallpapers. The bathrooms, the icing on the design cake, in my opinion, feature ceramic soap dishes made by a local Charleston artist and signature toiletries you’ll want to take home with you.
Each room is also stocked with a Wildsam Field Guide that offers insights into the local area, one of my top sources for tried-and-true travel intel. Don’t miss the chance to dine at Emeline’s restaurant, Frannie & The Fox, which is a destination in its own right.
With its moody lighting, inviting leather chairs, and charming courtyard, it delivers an ambiance that’s as memorable as chef Tim Morton’s wood-fired cuisine.

7.

The Jasmine House

Address:

64 Hassell Street

Price:

$265-902/night