Known for its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and pastel antebellum houses, Charleston still preserves its unique southern charm. Some of the major city attractions include Middleton Place Plantation, Waterfront Park, the Old City Market, and the Fort Sumter National Monument. Whether you’re going to Charleston for business or pleasure you need to make sure that you find yourself a nice place to stay. Here are some of the top luxury hotels that you should consider.
Located in the heart of the historic Radcliffe borough neighborhood, the Wentworth Mansion is within walking distance from the picturesque Colonial Lake. Its second empire-style architecture is a reminder of the grand city’s heyday. The lobby boasts a carved wood and marble interior which goes perfectly with the Italian crystal chandeliers hanging from the high ceilings and the tiffany glass windows.
The hotel has a spa that offers different types of massages, body treatments, facials, aromatic wraps, and waxing. Other amenities include free parking, an on-site restaurant and bar, high-speed internet, and room service.
The guest rooms boast high ceilings, a marble surrounded gas fireplace, and Victorian-era furniture. The bathrooms have marble walk-in showers, whirlpool soaking tubs with scented bath salts, and a private water closet.
The onsite restaurant Circa 1886 is run by executive chef Marc Collins who serves traditional South Carolina dishes with a native American touch. His signature dishes include venison with Jerusalem artichoke hash and oxtail with conch fritters.
Located along the eastern border of Marion Square, just north of Calhoun, the Dewberry hotel sits just across the street from King Street’s shops, galleries, and restaurants. The hotel is a result of almost a decade-long renovation of the former federal building and is known for its traditional Charleston design.
The hotel’s inviting marble-floored lobby has a sophisticated interior, with plush sofas and luxury furnishings. The Plate glass windows frame the city views and let in a lot of natural light.
The hotel spa is famous for its cypress paneled treatment rooms where you can get different body treatments using native botanical and sea extracts. Other hotel amenities include a relaxation room, a fitness center, complimentary bicycles, an on-site restaurant and bar, free WiFi in communal spaces, and 24-hour room service.
The spacious and stylish guest rooms make you feel right at home with luxury furniture, large windows farming the cityscape and harbor views, and local artwork displayed on the walls. The beds have plush Irish mattresses topped with primo linens and soft pillows. The marble bathrooms have walk-in showers, soaking tubs, Irish terry robes and towels, and designer toiletries.
Located in Downtown Charleston, The Harborview Inn sits just across the street from the waterfront park and is the only hotel in the city directly looking over the Harbor. It is within walking distance from different shops, galleries, and restaurants making it the ideal place to set base when visiting the city.
The hotel has a French-colonial decor with the lobby featuring plush sofas, upholstered chairs, and a retro fireplace. There is also a rooftop terrace that makes full use of the waterfront location.
The hotel offers spin classes, private yoga lessons, massage, nightly turndown service, and complimentary bicycles with detailed maps to explore the area. Other amenities include an onsite bar, free breakfast every day, a business center, and free WiFi.
The guest rooms boast French colonial-style furnishings, comfy leather chairs, and Tempered mattresses. Fourth-floor rooms also have private balconies that look over the harbor and a gas fireplace. Rooms feature a mini fridge while the bathroom walk-in shower with dual spa jets and plush cotton robes and towels.
Located in Charleston’s city center, The restoration hotel is minutes away from dining and shopping options. As you enter the hotel lobby you are welcomed by a massive photograph of an Icelandic horse, the floor-to-ceiling windows, and some local artwork displayed on the walls plus the exposed brick walls, reclaimed wood beams, and the wood-flooring are there to complement the modern furniture and décor.
The hotel’s rooftop pool is a guest favorite that gets a bit crowded on the weekends. There is also a rooftop terrace that looks over the harbor and offers yoga classes when enough guests are interested. Other hotel amenities include a spa, on-site restaurant, bar, free breakfast, and Wifi.
The guest rooms have small kitchenettes that feature granite countertops and coffee makers that grind fresh beans, and ice cream that is stocked in the minibar. Other amenities include a smart TV, king-size mattresses with soft linens, an iPad, and free WiFi.
The Brown marble bathrooms have double vanity, separate soaking tubs, walk-in showers, separate water closet, and designer bath products.
Located in the historic old town’s French quarter, the Vendue hotel is minutes away from the Cooper River. Major town attractions surround the hotel including different restaurants, shops, and entertainment options. The hotel spans over two buildings occupying reclaimed red-brick warehouses. One of the buildings boasts vintage furniture, crystal chandeliers, wooden floors, and around 300 pieces of local art while the other building has a coffee shop and an art gallery.
Hotel amenities include a pool, art tours, on-site bar, free bicycles to tour the neighborhood, a large in-house art gallery, on-site restaurant, 24-hour room service, and high-speed internet.
Each building houses 42 guest rooms with a unique theme in each room. However, some of the common features include antique furniture, local artwork on the walls, feather beds, smart TV, espresso machines, and large windows. Some of the rooms also look over the east bay street and have a small fireplace. The bathrooms have a lot of counter space, walk-in showers, and plush robes and towels.
The city is known for its food scene which is why the onsite restaurant run by Chef Forest Park serves some of the most innovative and delectable dishes in town. The signature dishes include deviled crab and lobster and the iron skillet duck with foie gras.