One of the most genteel of all Southern cities, Charleston knows how to do hospitality. That said, many guides, such as Moon Travel Guides, say most visitors enjoy their stay at Charlestonian hotels. For the most part, Charleston hotels range in price depending on two things: their proximity to downtown and their amount of historic appeal and charm, but many recent travelers recommend staying in the ambient downtown. But if you're looking to save some cash, you might look to book on the city's outskirts but you will miss out on some of its Southern enchantment.
- Staying in a centuries-old inn, preferably one previously owned by a wealthy merchant or signer of the Declaration of Independence, is part of the Charleston experience. The city offers a dizzying number of choices; those in the historic district are priced highest." -- Concierge.com
- Charleston ranks among the top cities of America for hotels of charm and character. … Staying at an inn or B&B in the historic district is one of the reasons to go to Charleston and can do more to evoke the elegance of the city than almost anything else. Innkeepers and B&B owners know this all too well and charge accordingly, especially in the summer season." -- Frommer's
- Hotels and bed-and-breakfasts are generally well maintained and have a high level of service, ranging from good to excellent. There's a 12.5 percent tax on hotel rooms in Charleston." -- Moon Travel Guides
For a stay dripping with Southern charm, you might consider booking a historic inn or bed and breakfast in Downtown Charleston. Many of these are pitch perfect -- but with perfection comes price, and these places tend to run high. Recent visitors praise the lavish interiors and convenient location of downtown's French Quarter Inn. Others, such as the Harbourview Inn and the Restoration on King, garner compliments too.
- When booking a hotel, ask about package plans -- deals are most often granted to those who are staying 3 days or more." -- Frommer's
If you're a traveler who wants a Charleston vacation sans the hefty hotel bills, you might want to book on the city's outskirts. Chain hotels are available near the airport. And when you drive into the city, you can find metered street parking and garages to stow your car while you tour around on foot.
- If prices in the center are too high for your budget, find a place west of the Ashley River, and drive into town for sightseeing." -- Frommer's
Although there aren't as many accommodation options north of Charleston on the beaches, there are a quality few that generate high marks from visitors. The Wild Dunes Resort is a popular choice on Isle of Palms, as is the Water's Edge Inn on Folly Beach. And you're only about a 20-25-minute drive from Charleston's attractions and dining scene.