9 Classically Charming Charleston Hotels

By Natalia Kvitek,

The oldest city in South Carolina has aged well since her founding in 1620. With a distinctive historical charm, her recent status as an amazing foodie destination and a big dash of Southern hospitality, Charleston will delight you. We’ve put together a list of oh-so-perfect Charleston hotels that will provide the perfect backdrop for touring this adorable city.

Lush Tropical Gardens

Historic Charleston hotels

The stately Wentworth Mansion. Photo by Wentworth Mansion with permission

The Wentworth Mansion is a 21-room tribute to the olden days of Charleston. Located right in the historic district, Southern hospitality abounds among the luxurious amenities and the cozy feeling of staying in a true Southern family mansion. With some truly outstanding service, the list of accolades for this hotel runs long and be sure to wake up early enough to enjoy the beautiful breakfast in the garden.

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Charleston inns

Feel like you’ve traveled back to a more decadent time. Photo by Wentworth Mansion with permission

Time-Tested Constitutional Romance

John Rutledge House Charleston

Romantic wrought-iron balconies. Photo by John Rutledge House with permission

The John Rutledge House is a living historic landmark which operates as a bed and breakfast, mixing architectural delights and period decor with anecdotes of John Rutledge, original owner and signer of the U.S Constitution. The house was originally built in 1763 by an unknown architect who lavished the residence with its plaster mouldings and Greek Revivial porticos. The ambiance is very romantic!

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Historic Charleston Inns

Historic features with a modern elegance. Photo by John Rutledge House with permission

Quiet Victorian Charisma

Charleston hotels

Modern and quiet Fulton Lane. Photo by Fulton Lane with permission

The Fulton Lane Inn is a small, intimate family owned hotel dating back to 1911 and was originally owned by a blockade runner-turned-merchant. Tucked away into a quiet corner on King Street, the Inn is still in the historic heart of Charleston and has lovely Victorian furnishings with modern updates. Check with the concierge about the rumors of a ghost haunting the older corridors and if that makes your bones rattle, ask for a room in the newer section.

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Typical Charleston hotels

Simple and modern Southern charm. Photo by Fulton Lane with permission 

A lace-lined historical Inn

Historic Charleston hotels

Fall asleep under a lace canopy. Photo by King’s Courtyard Inn with permission

If you’re looking for a unique hotel in Charleston, look no further than the King’s Courtyard Inn. The property, dating back to 1853 was an inn originally catering to plantation owners and merchants and is one of the oldest buildings on King Street. The four post and canopied beds and glass of complimentary welcome sherry will have you embracing the Charleston spirit in no time.

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Bed and Breakfast Charleston

Breakfast in the classic Charleston courtyard. Photo by King’s Courtyard Inn with permission

Modern day Gone With the Wind mansion

Charleston Inn

Picture sliding down that Bannister! Photos by The French Quarter Inn with permission

Waltz into the French Quarter Inn through the grand wrought-iron staircase and envelope yourself in the Southern charm, much like a modern Rhett and Scarlett. Enjoy the many extras included in your stay like champagne, fresh baked cookies and milk and wine and cheese receptions that will give you an opportunity to get a little socializing in during your Charleston stay.

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Classic southern accommodation Charleston

A traditional guestroom. Photos by The French Quarter in with permission

Juxtaposition between Modern and Historic

modern Charleston hotels

Super modern meets old world historic. Photo by The Restoration on King

The Restoration on King Hotel is truly one of a kind: made up of 4 unique buildings, the interior is both historic and modern, with many of the suites sprawling between several of the buildings. The view from the rooftop terrace is worthy of a couple of sunset photos. Their list of amenities is too long to list, so take our word that staying at the Restoration will feel like a dip into an updated Southern opulence.

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Restoration on King hotel

Cozy interior. Photo by The Restoration on King

Mahogany & Hermès

Market Pavilion Hotel Charleston

The lovely front facade at the Market Pavilion Hotel. Photo by the Market Pavilion 

The Market Pavilion Hotel is one of the most luxurious in Charleston. The beautiful bathrooms with Hermès toiletries and separate showers and tubs will be calling your name long after you leave. The hotel also has gas lanterns and a mahogany foyer. The onsite restaurant, Grill 224, serves some of the best steaks in the city and the rooftop pool has incredible views.

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Hotels with a pool in Charleston

Grab drinks poolside with a great view of Charleston. Photo by the Market Pavilion

Lushly patterned history

Quaint Charleston hotels

The incredibly quaint and cute lobby. Photo by Elliot House with permission

The incredibly quaint Elliot House Inn served as a private home for over a century and has survived fires, hurricanes, earthquakes and the Civil War. Each of the 25 guestrooms is uniquely furnished in a traditional Southern style including four poster beds and white quilts, hardwood floors, armoires and art. Guests awaken to a silver tray breakfast served in either in your guestroom or the lush tropical courtyard.

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Courtyard hotels Charleston

A lush Southern courtyard. Photo by Elliot House with permission  

A curated Colonial gallery

Modern hotels Charleston

Stately interior at the Vendue. Photo by the Vendue Hotel

The Vendue Hotel is made up of several warehouse buildings dating back to the 1780s. Narrow hallways feel a bit like a labyrinth and you’ll stumble upon many unique antiques dating all the way back to the Colonial Era. The main draw of the property though is the collaboration between the hotel and the local art community — the curated collection changes all the time and is a wonderful way to get to know the Charleston art scene.

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Art hotels Charleston.

The art gallery at the Vendue. Photo by the Vendue hotel


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