Antebellum allure, Southern sass and deeply rooted indigenous Gullah-Geechee culture form a triad of charisma that gives Charleston its unique character. It’s a testament to a city that has seen it all – slavery, Revolutionary War, Civil War, hurricanes, fires – and somehow managed to persevere despite whatever obstacles history has thrown its way. Like fellow American cities Savannah, Mobile and New Orleans, Charlestown offers a historic district that dishes up a dazzling and diverse arsenal of preserved architectural styles, giving the city a rare Old World charm by American standards. And Spot won’t want to miss it – here are the best pet-friendly hotels in Charleston, bookable with Culture Trip.
This charming boutique hotel occupies one of Charleston’s oldest buildings on King Street in the Antique District. Of the 41 guest rooms and suites, just a few are dog-friendly, and the $40 surcharge is a small price to pay for the precious photo opps afforded of Rover sniffing around original fireplaces, lounging about four-poster mahogany beds and scampering around leafy interior courtyards – the hotel boasts three. Each evening, wine and cheese are served, too – what dog doesn’t love a bit of brie in the evening?
In the historic Delaney House dating to circa 1830, Hotel Bella Grace offers 50 guest rooms, bridging the gap between a modern boutique hotel and 200 years of Charleston history. Originally built as a single-family home, the Delaney House was sensitively restored, and features rooms with full kitchens, Italian coffee machines and living rooms. Getting your pet in the door is costly – $150 non-refundable fee per stay – and is subject to a 25lb (11kg) weight limit, which is just about how much weight you’re likely to gain after eating at the recommended in-house seafood restaurant, Delaney Oyster House.
John Rutledge, an 18th-century American legislator and Supreme Court Justice from Charleston, may have held questionable political beliefs, but he was surely a dog lover. This historic hotel, occupying his former home dating to 1763 and registered as a National Historic Landmark, is the bee’s knees when it comes to four-legged travel. Pet fees are built into the room rates in their secluded Carriage House, but this elegant accommodation choice ups the ante with $30 gift cards to both pet-friendly Brown Dog Deli and Woof Gang Bakery, a shop/bakery/day spa for furry friends.
Marrying native Charlestonian architecture with a classic European ethos across 179 rooms and suites, Hotel Bennett is one of the city’s most luxurious choices for both you and your pampered pup. Pet-wise, a maximum of two 25lb (11kg) doggos are allowed per guest room but are excluded from public areas except the outdoor seating areas of the hotel’s dining outlets. Champ could do worse, however, than a bit of shrimp and grits on the outdoor dining terrace at Gabrielle, which overlooks historic Marion Square. A non-refundable $200 cleaning fee applies, which makes the Bennett the least friendly on your dog’s wallet.
Far and away the best deal on this list, the intimate Barksdale House Inn – pun unintended but conveniently coincidental – will take your pet on a trip back in time to the Federal Period of the early 19th century for the bargain basement price of $20 per night. The canary-yellow, Regency-style home offers just 14 individually decorated rooms, each ready to bowl you over with some combination of four-poster beds, marble fireplaces and period furniture. Located less than 546yd (500m) from Marion Square, there’s plenty of green space nearby for Fido to frolic.
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