Lodging in Charleston

Hotels — By spencerspellman on July 28, 2010 at 2:17 am

Accommodations in Charleston are primarily split between bed and breakfasts and hotels. Most of the bed and breakfasts can be found in historic downtown consisting of beautiful mansions that have been renovated to become upscale inns. Although Charleston isn’t known for its luxury resorts, you will however find a broad range of hotels scattered around the city, ranging from economy to upscale boutique hotels.

Historic downtown Charleston is filled with grandiose bed and breakfasts. Each offers their own unique character, as you’ll find different characteristics and features at each one. Most of these are conveniently located, typically within walking distance of such Charleston attractions as shopping on King Street, Marion Square and the Charleston Market. The John Rutledge House Inn is one of only a handful of bed and breakfasts in South Carolina that are of AAA four diamond distinction. A few blocks away is Two Meeting Street Inn, the oldest inn in Charleston. Two Meeting Street Inn is one of the more cozy bed and breakfasts in Charleston, as it offers a nice garden area and porch where guests can enjoy a pleasant afternoon in the inn’s rocking chairs.

Following similarly in line with Charleston’s bed and breakfasts, many of the hotels in downtown feature historic architecture. Charleston Place may be the city’s most popular hotel, as it combines historic, French architecture with first-class luxury. Guest rooms are some of the largest in Charleston and are well-appointed with amenities like marble bathrooms. Features of the hotel include a fully-equipped fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two restaurants and a bar and lounge that often include live entertainment.

Another one of Charleston’s stately hotels is the Francis Marion. The 12-story hotel is located right in the midst of historic downtown Charleston on King Street. The hotel was recently renovated to upgrade the guest experience. Weekend evenings are often lively at the Charleston hotel’s restaurant and lounge, The Swamp Fox, which typically has live jazz music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Charleston has a couple luxury resort-style accommodations that are a short drive out from downtown. The closest is Wild Dunes, which is a hotel and resort and is just 15 miles from downtown. Kiawah Island Resort is a 30 mile drive from downtown Charleston, featuring some of the best golf in the southeast. Kiawah Island offers a resort hotel, along with villas and homes scattered around the island.

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