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The Best Hotels in Downtown Charleston, SC

The Best Hotels in Downtown Charleston, SC

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Lodging in this charming southeastern city is as easy as pie once you’ve combed through this select list, hand picked to ensure you have a dreamy selection of the best hotels Charleston has to offer.
King Charles Inn

With an excellent location (walking distance from downtown attractions) and a prized staff, the King Charles Inn provides its guests with exceptional accommodations. The building itself is a relic from the 1800s, and it even hosted famous author Edgar Allen Poe while he served as a U.S. soldier. The hotel has a lobby bar filled with plenty of friendly patrons and a mid-sized outdoor pool. Free parking is a major bonus for the King Charles as well as a rarity for this sort of downtown hotel.

King Charles Inn, 237 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC, USA, + 1 843 701 4312

Francis Marion Hotel

Virtually a stone’s throw from the beautiful College of Charleston campus on King Street, the Francis Marion Hotel could not be situated in a more picture perfect area. The hotel’s bold veneer features its name, in honor of the Revolutionary War hero and guerilla champion from South Carolina, Francis Marion. Classy furniture and a sleek lobby welcomes guests upon check-in, and markedly comfortable bedding accompanies you for your pleasant overnight stay. A nice mix of local restaurants and shops surrounds the hotel, and it is even fitted with an in-house Starbucks for any guests in a hurry.

Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston, SC, USA,+ 1 843 779 9153

Belmond Charleston Place

Situated alongside the luxurious and upscale Shops at Charleston Place, the Belmond Hotel houses 320 deluxe rooms, 80 club level rooms, and 40 suites. Its interior is dazzling and dressed with intricate glass-work chandeliers, and the building possesses stunning balcony views of the city. Horse-drawn carriage rides and mansion tours depart nearby, and the hotel’s Charleston Grill features nightly jazz music. The hotel is also just a half block from the ever-popular Historic Charleston City Market, a dynamic local cornerstone for handicrafts, artwork, and more.

Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC, USA, + 1843 722 4900

The Vendue

A large, inviting fireplace and vivid pieces of artwork blanket the inside of this boutique, art-inspired hotel. Classic Charleston palms are anchored in front of the hotel awnings, nearly flush with the street. Pristine Waterfront Park is just a block away. The staff is notably friendly and accommodating. The building originally stood in 1785; with laborious renovations over the years, the Vendue has been more than able to please its guests while maintaining ‘the charm and structure of the original properties.’ The latest renovations were completed only last year, ensuring a fresh new feel to the building.

The Vendue – Boutique Art Hotel, 19 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC, USA, + 1 843 577 7970

Andrew Pinckney Inn

This hotel’s homegrown, low country feel is brought to life with a brick and mortar style lobby and pleasant, wood crafted rafters. Located in the heart of the historic district, the pastel yellow building is awash with charm and emits a welcoming ambiance. The amazing rooftop terrace equips guests with a perch from which to take in the city and its surrounding rooftops (and even Charleston Harbor). With hospitality that is unmatched, the physical works of the building go hand in hand with its mission: to complement your stay in the beautiful, historic city of Charleston.

Andrew Pinckney Inn, 40 Pinckney Street, Charleston, SC, USA, + 1 843 751 4540

French Quarter Inn

One of the best hotels in Charleston, the exceptional French Quarter Inn provides guests with complimentary wine and cheese during the afternoon and is within walking distance from just about every downtown attraction there is, yet not too far from the ocean shore to the east. This hotel is where you’ll find peace and quiet. Its interior is richly fitted and ornate with paintings and plush furniture, and the rooms are properly fit with extremely comfortable bedding. Try to find a room with a balcony view here – it will most certainly be the cherry on top of an already delightful experience.

French Quarter Inn, 166 Church Street, Charleston, SC, USA,+ 1 843 722 1900