Staying in the historic downtown is Charleton's most attractive option, but it's also the most expensive, especially on weekends and in high season. The chain hotels on highways and near the airport offer significantly lower rates. Hotel parking in central downtown is usually between $12 and $20 a night; accommodations on the fringes of downtown often have free parking.

Best Lists

Sleeping

  • Wentworth Mansion A Gilded Age mansion loaded up with Tiffany stained-glass and hand-carved mahogany moldings.
  • Zero George Street Lovingly restored, circa-1804 stucco home with a fabulous restaurant.
  • Ansonborough Inn An intimate Historic District hotel with the vibe of an antique sailing ship.
  • 15 Church Street Charming B&B offering a true Charleston experience, complete with history lessons and dainty accommodations.
  • Water's Edge Inn Playful, waterfront B&B with Tommy Bahama flair.

By Budget: $$

By Budget: $$$

  • Wentworth Mansion A Gilded Age mansion loaded up with Tiffany stained-glass and hand-carved mahogany moldings.
  • Zero George Street Lovingly restored, circa-1804 stucco home with a fabulous restaurant.
  • Dewberry A once-abandoned federal building converted into a glistening ode to mid-century modern design.
  • Restoration Boutique hipster enclave steeped in Americana arts-and-crafts kitsch.
  • Vendue Artsy 84-room inn with an inviting, modern style.
  • Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort The Sea Islands' swankiest golf resort.

B&Bs

  • 15 Church Street Charming B&B offering a true Charleston experience, complete with history lessons and dainty accommodations.
  • 1837 Bed & Breakfast Charmingly overdecorated inn near the College of Charleston.
  • Jasmine House Inn Greek revival, apricot-colored mansion channeling the mid-1800s.
  • John Rutledge House Inn The painstakingly restored mansion of the former governor and signer of the Constitution.
  • Water's Edge Inn Playful, waterfront B&B with Tommy Bahama flair.

For Families

  • Ansonborough Inn An intimate Historic District hotel with the vibe of an antique sailing ship.
  • Restoration Boutique hipster enclave steeped in Americana arts-and-crafts kitsch.
  • French Quarter Inn Genteel, welcoming hotel well placed for exploring downtown.
  • Indigo Inn Snazzy boutique inn right in the middle of the Historic District.
  • Dewberry A once-abandoned federal building converted into a glistening ode to mid-century modern design.
  • Inn at Middleton Place A dreamy escape to Middleton Place, right on the river.

Contemporary Cool

  • Dewberry A once-abandoned federal building converted into a glistening ode to mid-century modern design.
  • Restoration Boutique hipster enclave steeped in Americana arts-and-crafts kitsch.
  • Vendue Artsy, 84-room inn with an inviting, modern style.
  • Zero George Street Lovingly restored, circa-1804 stucco home with a fabulous restaurant.

For Couples

  • Jasmine House Inn Greek revival, apricot-colored mansion channeling the mid-1800s.
  • Zero George Street Lovingly restored, circa-1804 stucco home with a fabulous restaurant.
  • Dewberry A once-abandoned federal building converted into a glistening ode to mid-century modern design.
  • Restoration Boutique hipster enclave steeped in Americana arts-and-crafts kitsch.
  • Planters Inn Upscale, historic hotel with the city's most fabulous suite.
  • Water's Edge Inn Playful, waterfront B&B with Tommy Bahama flair.

Booking Services

  • Historic Charleston B&B (www.historiccharlestonbedandbreakfast.com) Connects visitors with small homes where owners serve Southern breakfasts and dole out local info.
  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/the-south/charleston/hotels) Recommendations and bookings.

Price Ranges

The following price ranges refer to a double room in high season, before taxes and tips

$ less than $150

$$ $150–250

$$$ more than $250

Where to Stay

East Side

For

Quiet area, non-touristy, close proximity to Historic District attractions, restaurants and bars.

Against

Options for midrange and budget accommodations are nonexistent.

NoMo

For

There were no options here at the time of research, but if there were they would be close to interesting new restaurants.

Against

Far from downtown, no known options here yet.

Hampton Park

For

Quiet, lots of green space, close to neighborhood restaurants and bars.

Against

Far from Historic District attractions and nightlife, very limited options.

Harleston Village

For

Quiet, with access to a lovely park and some good restaurants.

Against

Not close to major attractions or the main clusters of restaurants and bars, very pricey accommodations only.

Upper King

For

Near all the shopping and restaurants, close to all main sights.

Against

All options are pricey, the neighborhood can be loud, and it feels a bit touristy.

Cannonborough Elliotborough

For

Quiet area, non-touristy, with options suiting all budgets, walking distance to favorite local restaurants and bars.

Against

A bit far from Historic District attractions, restaurants and bars.

South of Broad

For

Great location, near most sights and restaurants, a thoroughly Charleston experience.

Against

Not many options, all are pricey, and residents prefer to keep their awesome neighborhood local (they'll be nice, though).

French Quarter

For

Right in the middle of everything, very close to all attractions, very pretty hood.

Against

Midrange and budget options nonexistent, fairly touristy, can be loud.