Finding the perfect place to stay can make or break your Lowcountry getaway, whether it is a beach vacation in Charleston or a respite from the hectic modern world in historic downtown. Here are some of our favorite hotels in the greater Charleston area:
- King Charles Inn : Located in the heart of the historic district, the luxurious King Charles blends in perfectly with its yesteryear neighbors. Guestrooms feature spa-inspired bath amenities, a Keurig coffee maker, and smartphone docking station. Fuel up for an afternoon on the cobblestones with lunch at the Brew Pub & Café, then cap off the day with a picturesque view of the sunset from the poolside deck.
- The Francis Marion Hotel: Situated across King Street from the aptly named Marion Square park, this historic property is an ideal venue for your vacation in Charleston. As the only high-rise hotel downtown, the views of the harbor from your room are unsurpassed. Enjoy a rejuvenating treatment from the on-site Spa Adagio, step outside the lobby door for a walking adventure in town, then return for an award-winning shrimp and grits dinner at the Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar.
- The Vendue: Just steps away from Waterfront Park and all downtown attractions, this Charleston French Quarter boutique hotel is more than just a conveniently located option. As the city’s only hotel dedicated to the arts, you’ll experience engaging works throughout the property. Your eyes aren’t the only thing in for a treat, either. Grab breakfast and coffee at The Press, savor an amazing dinner at the Drawing Room, then finish the day with a cocktail at The Rooftop.
- Charleston Marriott: Nestled next to Brittlebank Park on the banks of the Ashly River, the Marriott offers a modern high-rise alternative to the quaint historical hotels throughout town. The 50,000 square feet of flexible meeting space makes a perfect venue for your next event, Saffire Restaurant and Bar offers an eclectic mix of causal cuisine, and the rooftop Aqua Terrace lounge is the perfect place to watch the sunset over the Ashley.
Whether you'll be renting a car in Charleston or you plan to rely on bikes, cabs, and hotel shuttles to get around, get ready to get going. There's so much to do and see, and, as a wise wanderer, you want to breathe it all in. A car will be handy when crossing the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to take in the stunning views. You won't need a vehicle to enjoy Charleston's historic district, considered one of the country's most architecturally significant neighborhoods. From cobblestone streets to colorful, genteel antebellum mansions, in Charleston you'll be surrounded by history. Be sure to hop a ferry to Fort Sumter and the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, and visit the gardens at Magnolia Plantation. And if you enjoy golf or tennis, be sure to schedule a tee-time at the country's first golf club or practice your backhand at the country's "Best Tennis Town."
Festivals and Events
Any time is an excellent time to visit Charleston. If you play your cards right, you might experience one of the city's many seasonal events. Around Christmas, enjoy the annual holiday parade, Dickens Dinner, and Festival of Lights—all held in the shadow of the 270-year-old Drayton Hall plantation house. Around Halloween, consider taking a ghost tour…if you dare. In March, there's the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, and in late May, you can check out the 17-daylong Spoleto Arts Festival, packed with performances and visual arts.
Ready to explore the year-round fun? A Charleston, SC, vacation package from Travelocity is the way to go. Charleston package deals bundle airfare and hotel to save you a significant amount of money compared to booking each separately. With the money you pocket, you can treat your entire party to a traditional Lowcountry feast featuring Frogmore stew, she-crab soup, a side of Hoppin’ John, and—of course—some of that delectable shrimp and grits.
Accommodation in Charleston
Charleston is a much-loved destination, and finding a place to stay here is easy. Travelocity's Charleston lodging guide lists no less than 160 options for you to browse.
The Isle of Palms and Wild Dunes by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, at 1400 Palm Blvd, Suite N, or the Wentworth Mansion, at 149 Wentworth St, are brimming with opulence and charm. Or, perhaps the Kiawah Island by Wyndham Vacation Rentals or the Restoration may be more suitable this time around.