Best Preferred Hotels & Resorts in South Carolina

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With more than 600 independent properties across 85 countries, Preferred Hotels & Resorts offers its guests unique luxury experiences and quality customer service. Each hotel must conform to the brand's Preferred Standards of Excellence – an anonymous, annual inspection carried out by third-party experts to ensure top-notch service is provided – to remain a Preferred property. And within each collection (Preferred Legend Collection, Preferred LVX Collection, Preferred Lifestyle Collection and Preferred Connect Collection), travelers can expect amenities like locally inspired restaurant menus and full-service spas. Several Preferred properties also feature kids clubs, swimming pools and beach and ski slope access. What's more, members of the brand's I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can earn points – which can be redeemed for free nights – and perks, such as free Wi-Fi access and welcome amenities, during their stays. Popular collections in Preferred Hotels & Resorts appear on our Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Canada, Best Hotels in Mexico, Best Hotels in Bermuda and Best Hotels in Europe rankings lists; the U.S. News-ranked Preferred Hotels & Resorts are listed below.

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    The Inn & Club at Harbour Town - The Sea Pines Resort
    Hilton Head Island, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 659 reviewsTripAdvisor (659)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
    The stunning Harbour Town area is a great place to station yourself during a Hilton Head trip. And its standout accommodations, The Inn & Club at Harbour Town (part of The Sea Pines Resort), is certainly one of the most popular resorts on the island. Guests who choose to make the (somewhat long) trek here delight in the lush scenery, the luxurious rooms and the professional, approachable and welcoming staff. Rooms come with large flat-screen TVs, blackout-lined window treatments and spacious bathrooms with soaking tubs and Molton Brown toiletries. Visitors like to venture out of the hotel to eat (particularly at The Quarterdeck, one of Hilton Head's favorites), but most insist that you stick close to home for Sunday brunch. Harbour Town rests in the bottom boot of Hilton Head Island.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Dewberry Charleston
    Charleston, SC
    0.8 miles to city center
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 833 reviewsTripAdvisor (833)
    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 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.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
    Kiawah Island, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1430 reviewsTripAdvisor (1430)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
    If you want a quiet, stress-free getaway, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort might be just the place. Sitting right on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, this hotel is a destination unto itself. Sun-seekers will feel right at home here with five championship golf courses and plenty of outdoor recreational activities, while on-site amenities like the spa will make your stay on Kiawah Island rejuvenating. When it's time to sleep, rooms include Italian linens and robes, marble walk-in showers and a balcony with ocean or dune views. Recent guests recommended splurging on an ocean-view room to fully appreciate the hotel's idyllic setting. But if you're hoping to explore Charleston, be warned this hotel is located approximately 25 miles south of the city. Keep in mind that members of the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can earn and redeem points by choosing to stay here.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Montage Palmetto Bluff
    Bluffton, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 838 reviewsTripAdvisor (838)
    Free WiFi
    Some see Bluffton, South Carolina, as the gateway into Hilton Head Island, which is just 8 miles farther east. But this quaint town is also rife with opportunities to explore the South Carolina low country. And for recent visitors, there's no better place to make your home base than the alluring Montage Palmetto Bluff. You don't even need to leave the resort premises to enjoy the culture – the property's screened-in shabby-chic porches are a prime setting to enjoy a Carolina sunset. You can dine on the area's freshest seafood at the inn's Canoe Club and experience some of the South's trademark charm from the ever-present and accommodating staff members. Guests can choose to stay in a room within the main house, or within a private cottage. There's also a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course on-site, as well as alligator-spotting excursions, day trips to Daufuskie Island and marshland kayaking in the surrounding area. (Though the resort also charges a $40 daily resort fee.) The Montage Palmetto Bluff sits on Village Park Square, right along the May River (about 95 miles south of Charleston and around 20 miles northeast of Savannah).
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi

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