Best Hotels in Charleston

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U.S. News & World Report ranks the best hotels in Charleston based on an analysis of industry awards, hotel star ratings and user ratings. Hotels that scored in the top 10 percent of the Best Hotels in the USA earned a Gold badge. Hotels that appear after ranked hotels are sorted by hotel class and then by user rating, as provided by TripAdvisor.

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    Wentworth Mansion
    Charleston, SC
    #1 in Best Hotels in Charleston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 973 reviewsTripAdvisor (973)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Guests rave about Wentworth Mansion, applauding its long-standing commitment to the building's history and its ability to deliver on contemporary luxury. Constructed in the late 1800s, the Wentworth Mansion exudes old-world charm, meaning it's also the perfect Charleston home base for history buffs. Lodgers particularly praise the elegant decor, fantastic customer service, on-site spa, evening brandies and sherries, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Rooms include spacious bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces or outside porches and, in some suites, sunrooms. Though guests say the rooms and overall atmosphere are relaxing, they note that the luxury doesn't come cheap. However, its location is another feather in its cap; The Battery is nearby, as is the South Carolina Aquarium. Also, keep in mind that this hotel is a part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which means that members of the INVITED rewards program can earn and redeem points here.

    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 973 reviewsTripAdvisor (973)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Dewberry Charleston
    Charleston, SC
    #2 in Best Hotels in Charleston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 833 reviewsTripAdvisor (833)
    Free WiFi

    Named after John Dewberry, one of the South's most polarizing and powerful real estate developers, The Dewberry Charleston is the result of an almost eight-year renovation of a former federal building. Designed to exude old-world Charleston, South Carolina, charm, all of the property's 155 guest rooms and suites feature hand-painted wallpaper by a local artist, chandeliers, queen- or king-sized beds dressed in Irish linens, flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers. Recent visitors raved about the beautiful and clean accommodations, although some bemoaned the lack of coffee makers and work desks. Should you need to conduct business while staying here, three event venues, including a ballroom and its adjacent pre-function space, are available. Fitness buffs, meanwhile, can work out in the fitness studio, borrow a bike for a ride around town or participate in rooftop yoga classes. Once you've worked up an appetite, sit down for a meal at Henrietta's, where international dishes are served in a mahogany-paneled dining room with Roaring '20s-themed artwork. After filling up on gourmet fare, reserve The Dewberry's Volvo house car to reach sights like The Battery and the Charleston City Market.

    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 833 reviewsTripAdvisor (833)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Spectator Hotel
    Charleston, SC
    #3 in Best Hotels in Charleston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 712 reviewsTripAdvisor (712)
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi

    For recent guests, The Spectator Hotel's distinct style and unbeatable customer service are what sets this Charleston property apart from its peers. Situated just one block from the Charleston City Market and a short walk from the popular Waterfront Park, The Spectator Hotel offers a convenient home base for sightseers. Aside from the location, recent visitors raved about the rooms, particularly the comfy beds and spacious bathrooms. Accommodations also come equipped with minifridges, coffee makers, complimentary Wi-Fi access and personal butlers – perhaps the biggest delight among lodgers. While the property doesn't have its own on-site restaurant (though it does offer a free continental breakfast each morning), recent visitors didn't seem to mind; travelers said their butlers and the front desk staff were quick to offer suggestions and advice for guests. But after you've explored the Charleston dining scene, consider heading back to The Spectator to sample some of the handcrafted cocktails at its bar, which is designed to look like a 1920s-era speakeasy. The Spectator also lacks a fitness center, but you can get in your exercise with the hotel's complimentary bikes.

    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 712 reviewsTripAdvisor (712)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi
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    French Quarter Inn
    Charleston, SC
    #4 in Best Hotels in Charleston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3317 reviewsTripAdvisor (3317)
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi

    Surrounded by some of Charleston's favorite attractions – including the Old City Market and the Nathaniel Russell House – this boutique hotel is a convenient and luxurious home base for leisure travelers. It features carved beds in spacious rooms equipped with 40-inch flat-screen TVs, Blu-ray DVD players, free wireless internet and a private veranda (in some rooms). Additionally, the French Quarter Inn offers complimentary breakfast and a variety of free snacks (like a bedtime plate of cookies and milk) throughout the day. Past guests have nothing but praise for this property for its prime location and the kind and welcoming hotel staff.

    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3317 reviewsTripAdvisor (3317)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi
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    Belmond Charleston Place
    Charleston, SC
    #5 in Best Hotels in Charleston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3614 reviewsTripAdvisor (3614)
    Free WiFi

    The City Market sits right outside the lobby and attractions like the Old Slave Mart Museum, numerous art galleries and the Nathaniel Russell House are just a stone's throw away. So in other words, Charleston Place makes a great home base for sightseers visiting this city for the first time. Plus, the hotel's decor  complete with exquisitely carved furniture, sweeping staircases and bright, cheerful colors  add a taste of Southern comfort. Inside the rooms, guests will find minifridges, marble bathrooms with walk-in showers or soaker tubs, and Belmond Charleston Place toiletries. Along with the hotel's furnishings, Charleston Place also boasts a spa and an infinity-edge, saltwater indoor/outdoor swimming pool (the glass roof retracts). But what keeps customers coming back is the excellent quality of Charleston Place's customer service.

    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3614 reviewsTripAdvisor (3614)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Planters Inn
    Charleston, SC
    #6 in Best Hotels in Charleston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2158 reviewsTripAdvisor (2158)
    Free WiFi

    Sitting smack-dab in the heart of downtown, this beautiful hotel claims to be the "heart and soul of Historic Charleston." And guests agree, citing the homey atmosphere and Southern charm as major reasons to stay here. Decked out in beautifully carved furniture accented by rich neutrals and cozy curtains, Planters Inn exudes an Old World aura, but it also embraces modern standards of luxury. The hotel offers nightly turndown service (with macarons and a weather card to help plan your next-day activities) and spacious Italian marble baths. And you can enjoy some true low country cooking at the on-site Peninsula Grill. Because Planter's Inn is a Relais & Châteaux outpost, Club 5C members can earn or redeem complimentary perks here.

    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2158 reviewsTripAdvisor (2158)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    HarbourView Inn
    Charleston, SC
    #7 in Best Hotels in Charleston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2367 reviewsTripAdvisor (2367)
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi

    Just as its name suggests, this hotel sits right along the coast, boasting spectacular views of Charleston Harbor. And it's just a short walk from some of the city's best things to do, including the Old Slave Mart Museum and the City Market. However, according to recent guests, location isn't the only thing the HarbourView has to brag about: People rave about the hotel's handcrafted furnishings (the four-poster beds, complimentary wireless Internet and 42-inch flat-screen TVs are nice touches) and the inn's relaxed, homey atmosphere. They also say that the complimentary breakfast alongside waterfront views from the rooftop terrace and the impeccable customer service are worth returning for.

    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2367 reviewsTripAdvisor (2367)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi
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    Market Pavilion Hotel
    Charleston, SC
    #8 in Best Hotels in Charleston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1658 reviewsTripAdvisor (1658)
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi

    Sitting just down the street from the historic Charleston City Market, this hotel is ideal for anyone who prefers all things luxury. Many guests find it hard to believe that Market Pavilion only dates back to 2003; intricately carved furniture and elaborate decor evoke a sense of history, while the hotel's rooftop pool and Pavilion Bar add contemporary flair. Recent guests rave about the hotel's friendly staff and top-tier room amenities, which include two-poster beds, plush robes, oversized marble baths and Hermès brand toiletries.

    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1658 reviewsTripAdvisor (1658)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi
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    The Restoration
    Charleston, SC
    #9 in Best Hotels in Charleston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1167 reviewsTripAdvisor (1167)
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi

    According to recent guests, The Restoration is more than just a hotel. Spread throughout five buildings in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, the property offers a bevy of unique amenities. Visitors and locals can wander through The Port Mercantile retail store in search of one-of-a-kind goods; soak up the sun on the rooftop or by the Indigo Pool; indulge in a treatment at The Amethyst Spa; or enjoy farm-to-table eats at The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits. Other on-site amenities exclusively available to guests include a fitness center and complimentary bicycle rentals. Travelers also rave about the property's location, which puts lodgers within walking distance of many popular Charleston attractions, including the Charleston City Market and The Nathaniel Russell House Museum. Additionally, recent guests said they weren't disappointed when they retired to their rooms. The all-suite accommodations are described as spacious, comfortable and stylish. Ranging from 500-square-foot studio suites with kitchenettes to two-bedroom suites with full kitchens, rooms are equipped with Smart TVs, personal iPads, complimentary Wi-Fi access and made-to-order breakfast baskets, among other amenities. Aside from the standout facilities, reviewers were most impressed with the exceptional service. 

    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1167 reviewsTripAdvisor (1167)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi
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    The Vendue
    Charleston, SC
    #10 in Best Hotels in Charleston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2602 reviewsTripAdvisor (2602)
    Free WiFi

    Nestled in historic downtown Charleston's French Quarter, The Vendue offers unique lodgings that exhibit distinct Southern charm. Due to the age of the property (the hotel is a combination of old warehouses that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries), no two rooms here are the same. While the specific design of each room varies, the historical theme of the property remains central across all accommodations, each boasting antique furnishings as well as modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and in-room Wi-Fi. Aside from the room accouterments, The Vendue also boasts complimentary bike rentals, two restaurant, rooftop bar and top-notch customer service, according to guests. There is also a rotating art gallery in-house as well as an afternoon wine reception and evening milk and cookies, creating for an utmost cozy stay. 

    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2602 reviewsTripAdvisor (2602)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection
    Charleston, SC
    #11 in Best Hotels in Charleston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 344 reviewsTripAdvisor (344)
    Free WiFi

    If location is a make or break factor for you, there are fewer properties that can provide a more convenient home base in Charleston, South Carolina, than the Grand Bohemian. Some of the city's biggest attractions, including The Battery and the Charleston City Market, sit less than a mile from the property. Along with its address, another standout aspect of this boutique property is its funky, upscale decor. Accommodations feature mustard-colored accent chairs, velvet upholstered headboards and glass-top desks, among other features. Rooms also come equipped with flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms, minifridges and windows offering views of the city's historic area or hotel atrium. Though some guests had mixed feels about the unconventional decor, many agreed that the on-site dining is top-notch. Élevé Restaurant specializes in farm-to-table fare, and the rooftop bar by the same name is described as a must-visit. Guests also strongly recommend visiting the Bohemian Wine Blending & Tasting room, but if you're looking for something more casual, the Maison Café will likely do. Travelers were pleased with the hotel and its amenities, but said room rates are expensive, especially considering the property lacks additional hotel facilities, such as a pool or spa.   

    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 344 reviewsTripAdvisor (344)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
    Charleston, SC
    #12 in Best Hotels in Charleston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3959 reviewsTripAdvisor (3959)
    Free WiFi

    Most recent guests praise The Mills House Hotel's quaint accommodations, ideal location and delicious food. Sandwiched between some of Charleston's most intriguing museums and galleries on Meeting Street, Mills is also an easy walk to The Calhoun Mansion and the Nathaniel Russell House. Besides the rooms featuring coffee makers, nightly turndown service and complimentary daily newspapers, this hotel also has an outdoor pool, a well-dressed courtyard and the visitor-approved Barbadoes Room restaurant. Several guests express disappointment on having to pay up to $32 a day for parking. One other thing to keep in mind: This hotel was originally built in 1853, meaning its rooms and bathrooms are smaller than its contemporary counterparts.

    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3959 reviewsTripAdvisor (3959)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    King Charles Inn
    Charleston, SC
    #13 in Best Hotels in Charleston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3251 reviewsTripAdvisor (3251)
    Free WiFi

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    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3251 reviewsTripAdvisor (3251)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel
    Isle of Palms, SC
    #14 in Best Hotels in Charleston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4932 reviewsTripAdvisor (4932)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Located about 15 miles northeast of Charleston on the Isle of Palms, the Wild Dunes Resort doesn't offer much in the way of sightseeing but it does boast two golf courses and wide range of spa and wellness services. Wild Dunes is also an enjoyable family spot. Kids can take tennis and golf lessons and partake in arts and crafts projects. Lodgers are also invited to board a vessel bound for Capers Island, with sightings of marsh wildlife along the way. When you're not out and about, retreat to your accomodations at either the Boardwalk Inn or the Village at Wild Dunes, which all feature coffee makers, flat-screen TVs and close proximity to the beach. Past guests had mostly praise for Wild Dunes Resort, citing everything from the comfortable rooms to the tasty on-site food as reasons for a return visit. Some travelers, however, said they encountered difficult front desk members and noted that staff as a whole could use some additional training.

    Isle of Palms, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4932 reviewsTripAdvisor (4932)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel
    Charleston, SC
    #15 in Best Hotels in Charleston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 216 reviewsTripAdvisor (216)

    While it may not boast the unique and historic vibe of its competitors, the Renaissance Charleston Hotel Historic District is a great option for business and leisure travelers. Those who have recently visited say that this Renaissance lives up to the chain's reputation for being both comfortable and convenient. Located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, this hotel makes a great jumping-off point for a sightseeing tour, while a full-service business center makes out-of-office work easy. Plus, the heated outdoor pool is a hit with the kids. The hotel is also home to a restaurant and bar for those who get hungry. Redesigned rooms embody a refined Southern flair and feature comfy bedding, marble bathrooms and city views. Some recent guests do warn that noise from neighboring rooms and the street could be a problem for some visitors, and others were disappointed in-room Wi-Fi costs an additional fee. However, members of the Marriott Bonvoy program can get free Wi-Fi access and accrue and cash in points here.

    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 216 reviewsTripAdvisor (216)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating