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Explore Charleston Historic District Hotels: Find the Perfect Stay for You


Charleston airport lobbyThanks to travel bloggers of various calibers, the world has discovered the Charleston historic district. And so it feels as if a new landmark joins the list of Charleston historic district hotels on a regular basis.


There’s no question that the historic district is magical. And many of these hotels add to the vibe, with top-notch Southern hospitality housed in historic architecture.


And while a more economic option is becoming rarer in what I consider the Venice of North America, you can still find them near the district. You’ll just need to be willing to walk a bit further to historic district attractions.


From chain hotels to unique boutique style hotels in downtown Charleston, get ready to start perusing.

cannon at fort sumter sc

Is Fort Sumter, SC, Actually Interesting? Get the Facts

park rangers at the entrance to fort sumter sc

South Carolina was important to the Confederacy during the American Civil War. The first state to leave the Union, South Carolina, put itself front and center at the start of the conflict. So it’s no surprise that Charleston Harbor was the first target of aggression. When the militia fired on Fort Sumter, the local (free) population cheered.


Today, this island and the ferry to reach it provide excellent views of the harbor and downtown Charleston.


It’s a perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon riding the waves, watching for dolphins, and scrambling over historic rocks.


While a visit does take quite a bit of time, it is worth the trip. Read on to understand why Fort Sumter consistently joins Rainbow Row and others on the list of Charleston’s top attractions.


woman enjoying modern art at one of the best museums in charleston sc

Museums in Charleston, SC: The Art and History Lover’s Guide

garden at the joseph manigault house

Charleston is one of the best places to learn about America’s history, warts and all. Few places in the country showcase both the best and worst aspects of American history as well as Charleston, South Carolina.


Charleston will not disappoint you.


And that goes for whether you come to see breathtaking architecture or witness the depths of human cruelty to one another.


You have a lot to look forward to in Charleston. And if you are interested in American history, from the dreadful days of slavery to historic homes and naval history, that goes double.


So, what are the best museums in Charleston, SC?


Read on:

38 of the Best Hotels in Charleston, SC

luxury amenities at one of the best luxury hotels in charleston sc

Struggling to narrow down your hotel options in Charleston, SC?


We’ve sifted through dozens of hotels and narrowed it down to the best ones in Charleston. These hotels offer just the right combination of amenities and great locations to stand out from the competition.


Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or an affordable option close to everything, we can help find you a hotel that meets your needs.


With so many lodging options, the choice doesn’t have to be overwhelming. This article is here to help you make a decision and feel more confident about your travels. Find what works best for your budget and preferences with our helpful guide! It offers detailed reviews of each hotel along with insider tips on making the most out of your stay in Charleston.


Check out our list now and pick one of these great hotels to enjoy some true Southern hospitality! And afterward, keep reading for more insider tips about visiting Charleston SC!


continental breakfast served at one of the best bed and breakfasts in charleston sc

Best Bed & Breakfasts in Charleston, SC: Where to Relax in Style

breakfast in bed at one of the most romantic bed and breakfasts in the historic district of charleston, sc

Many people cringe at the term, “bed and breakfasts.”


It makes them think of things like:


  • doilies


  • sleeping at their grandparents’ house


  • being supremely uncomfortable around old people


Fortunately, bed and breakfast inns have changed a lot (for the better). New changes in the market like Airbnb have made bed and breakfasts more accessible to a new generation of potential guests.


In this case, Millennials like me.


And while you’ll still find cringe-worthy B&B inns out there, you won’t find any of them on this list of the most romantic bed and breakfasts in Charleston, SC.


main house at boone hall plantation and gardens

What to Look for at Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

allee of oaks at one of the charleston plantations

Any film buff visiting Charleston feels almost obligated to visit Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens.


The silver lining is that visiting one of the most beautiful Charleston plantations certainly doesn’t feel like a chore.
This antebellum era plantation is one of the oldest living, working plantations in the country. Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens is on Wampacheeoone Creek in Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant, SC is across the Ravenel Bridge from Charleston, South Carolina.
one of several gorgeous plantations in charleston sc

Which Charleston Plantations Do You Need to See?

bridge at magnolia plantations, one of the best plantations in charleston sc

It’s easy to forget there are even more activities just beyond downtown Charleston. But there are plenty of fun things to do near Charleston during your visit. A top recommendation are the beautiful plantations in Charleston, SC.
Each of the plantations in Charleston, SC, are famous in their own right, whether you easily recognize their names or not. Magnolia Plantation, Boone Hall Plantation, Middleton Place, and Drayton Hall all merit a visit. Lump several together and you’ve got yourself a few options for day trips from Charleston, SC.


Drayton Hall Plantation house

What You Need to Know About Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall, as seen behind some live oak trees from across the reflecting pond

Nationally, Drayton Hall makes people think of bedroom furniture, not Drayton Hall plantation.
But here in Charleston (and in preservationist circles), it’s different:
Drayton Hall Plantation is a beautiful and well-preserved historic site.
This eighteenth-century plantation sits 12 miles northwest of historic downtown Charleston. It overlooks the Ashley River in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
This West Ashley plantation is a perfect example of Georgian Palladian architecture. And it has the honor or being one of only three plantations near Charleston to survive both the Civil and Revolutionary Wars.


look over a map of charleston, like the metal one at waterfront park, before thinking of moving to charleston sc

Thinking of Moving to Charleston, SC? 23 Things No One Tells You

most people envision looking out their windows at historic mansions when thinking of moving to charleston scAre you thinking of moving to Charleston, SC?


So is everyone else, it feels like.


In fact, 28 people move to the three counties of the Charleston metro region every day.


Now that it’s on the map, it didn’t take long for Charleston to become the largest city in South Carolina, with 153,040 people as of 2023.


Plenty of articles and people (especially real estate agents) will list all kinds of fantastic qualities of the experience of moving to Charleston.


An abridged list includes:

  1. The beaches
  2. The history
  3. The friendly people
  4. The world-class food scene
  5. The beauty of Lowcountry nature and abundance of outdoor activities
  6. Beautiful weather (especially compared to the Northeast and Midwest)

And there’s no question these are all huge selling points for living in Charleston.


But there are a few things I, as someone who was previously thinking about moving to Charleston before picking up and settling here, would have appreciated knowing beforehand.

Top 20 Charleston Travel Tips and Tricks to Know Before You Visit

charleston travel tips include visiting the hidden gem that is the angel oak on johns island of charleston sc

The Angel Oak tree is bigger than you’ll expect, and a hidden gem on Johns Island

Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the best places I’ve lived. And I spent years bouncing around like a tumbleweed. As of last year, Charleston, SC, is where I have lived the longest since I lived at my parents’ full-time in high school.


Like a lot of other people that live here, I visited a couple times, loved it, and decided to move here. The steady influx of outsiders has changed the traditional delineation of Charleston society between locals and outsiders, or people “from off”.


There are still some Charleston travel tips and tricks to know before you step foot here to help you blend-in. Follow the below (and be conscientious) and you’ll avoid being one of those tourists that people here hate.

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