Here is a selective list of some of the more interesting places to stay in the Greater Charleston area. To book hotel rooms, go to the HotelGuide.
Visitors to Charleston are lucky to find atmospheric hotels in the downtown area along with fine bed and breakfast inns, including the historic Anchorage Inn and the beautiful Francis Marion Hotel/B&B. You'll also fine excellent accommodations in the Mount Pleasant area and on the Isle of Pines.
26 Vendue Range, (803) 723-8300 or 800-421-2952
This superb inn is in the middle of the city's restaurant district. With 19 units, including two suites and four rooms with whirlpool tubs, the inn offers a luxurious and distinctive stay. The decor is styled after a 17th-century English inn, with fine antiques and period reproductions. This is a deluxe B&B inn, with continental breakfast served in the inn's dining room. Afternoon wine and cheese is offered to guests.
Charleston Place Orient Express
132 Market Street, (803) 722-4900 or 800-611-5545
This sprawling hotel, with more than 440 rooms, is spread across the second floor of a huge shopping complex in the downtown district. You can stay, and then shop in luxurious boutiques in the same building. The hotel does bear the trappings of the famed Orient Express railway, with marble accents (including some bath tubs), and art deco touches. It's one of the more expensive hotels in Charleston, but you get a lot. Several restaurants are located on the ground floor, including the Charleston Grill. Hotel features include an indoor-outdoor swimming pool, and fitness center.
Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street, (803) 722-0500
This beautiful, renovated hotel was opened in 1924, and is still one of the most popular hotels in the city. The rooms and suites are spacious. Elliot's on the Square is the hotel's respected restaurant. The location makes it easy to walk through the downtown district, and to visit nearby attractions including the Charleston Museum. The city visitor center is also nearby.
1 Maiden Lane, (803) 577-5900 or 800-845-7639
The address is a little confusing. The inn is on Meeting Street, near Charleston Place and in the restaurant district. The 40 rooms are placed around a courtyard garden, and have a traditional plantation ambiance, featuring huge four-poster beds. The inn serves continental breakfast, and this is one hotel in Charleston that has enough parking space for all of its guests.
B&Bs In Charleston
Ashley Bed and Breakfast
201 Ashley Street, (803) 723-1848
This mansion, built in the 1830s, is a distinctive B&B with six bedrooms and one suite. All have private baths, and are furnished with antiques, including four-poster beds. Breakfast, consisting of gourmet hot dishes are served (usually on the piazza). Guests are also served afternoon tea and evening sherry. The inn has its own parking area, and provides bicycles to guests for exploring the city.
69 Church Street, (803) 722-2263
A large Georgian house, this B&B offers four rooms in the main house and two more in the "kitchen-house," the former dependency. The two kitchen house units have private entrances. The house was constructed around 1730, and is well-preserved -- complete with Waterford Crystal chandeliers. All units have private baths and air conditioning. Full breakfast is served. On-site parking is also available.
In Mount Pleasant
Charleston Harbor Hilton Resort
24 Patriots Point Road, (803) 856-3882 or 800-445-8667
The new Hilton resort hotel has 131 rooms, and is located at the edge of the city. With a large marina, the hotel is perfect for those who intend to spend time on the water, or who just like a waterside place to stay. Rooms and suites are available, with king beds or two double beds. The swimming pool features a man-made beach, and the fine Patriots Point Links golf course is next door.
Shem Creek Inn
1401 Shrimp Boat Lane, (803) 881-1000 or 800-523-4951
This 50-room inn is a great place to view the shrimp boats moving in and out of the harbor. The rooms have private baths and private balconies, and the larger rooms, with king beds, have garden tubs. Continental breakfast is served, and on-site parking is available, along with dockage for your boat.
Guilds Inn Bed and Breakfast
101 Pitt Street, (803) 881-0510
This long time hostelry has been beautifully restored, complete with six distinctive rooms, all with private bath. Continental breakfast is served. You may want to reserve the executive suite or the bridal suite. Capt. Guilds Cafe is on-site, offering informal dining. Supper at Stacks is their fine dining room on the second floor, with tables available only by advance reservation.
On Isle of Palms
The Boardwalk at Wild Dunes
5757 Palm Boulevard, (803) 886-6000 or 800-845-8880
Recently opened, this is a deluxe inn with almost 100 rooms, part of the Wild Dunes Resort with its two golf courses and marina (see below). This property is a little less expensive than the main resort, but is still in the upper rate ranges.
Wild Dunes Resort
5757 Palm Blvd, (803) 886-6000 or 800-845-8880
In case you didn't notice, the same number gets you to either resort hotel. People who stay at Wild Dunes rent two-and three-bedroom villas, newt to the ocean and beside the two golf courses, and close to the tennis courts and lagoon. Homes and cottages are also available. All furnishings, linens, dinnerware, and washers and dryers are supplied. A major tennis center is located at Wild Dunes, and the resort has the mot complete marina along the South Carolina Coast. Sandy beaches attract families.
Kiawah Island Resort
12 Kiawah Beach Drive, Kiawah Island (803) 768-2121
This famed resort island lies south of Charleston, reached by State Highway 171. The various rental homes, villas, and the Resort itself are spread over 10,000 acres of barrier island. Three villages on the island provide homes and villas. You'll find walking and hiking trails around the island, and if you stay in a villa or home in one of the villages you'll have the use of pools, tennis courts, and golf courses. The two tennis centers have a national reputation.
The 150-room Kiawah Island Inn offers studio units with kitchenettes and dining rooms, and a choice of twin-double or king beds. Some units have porches with fine views -- of the dunes, or the ocean.
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