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Charleston, SC: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

Find hotels & motels in Charleston using the list below. Search for the cheapest discounted hotel and motel rates in or near Charleston, SC for your upcoming personal or group trip. Explore the most favored Charleston, South Carolina hotel and motel rooms. Browse the Charleston area hotels to find the perfect lodging! Please use the provided map of the Charleston hotels. Need 5+ Rooms? Secure Charleston Group Hotel Deals or Check out the best Charleston meeting hotels

The Charleston center is around the area of Karpeles Manuscript Library and the area of Children's Museum of the Lowcountry.

Welcome to Charleston, South Carolina's historical wonderland. This charming city dates back a few hundred years, and it has the mansions, cemeteries, and cobblestone sidewalks to prove it. Discover the best of historical Charleston, explore the city's culture, and indulge in some of its finest restaurants. More from this guide...

Charleston Hotels & Accommodations

Clarion Inn Mt.pleasant in Mount Pleasant 310 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Website ~2.76 miles east of Charleston
  • 2 star property
  • Free comp. breakfast
The Restoration on King in Charleston 75 Wentworth St., Charleston, SC 29401
  • Four-star Downtown property
  • Gym is available on property
  • Pleasant hotel grounds
  • Affordable food
From$249
Excellent 5.0 /5Read Reviews Call
French Quarter Inn - Charleston
+1-800-997-5148
166 Church St., Charleston, SC 29401
  • 4 star Downtown property
  • Free breakfast available
  • For 50%, maintenance was acceptable
  • Every guests reviewed loved the outdoor sports facilities
From$200
Excellent 5.0 /5Guest Reviews Call
The Spectator Hotel : 67 State St. 67 State St., Charleston, SC 29401
  • High end Downtown hotel
  • 41 rooms in property
From$209
Excellent 5.0 /5Hotel Reviews Call
Hyatt Place Charleston / Historic District in Charleston
+1-888-305-3366
560 King St., Charleston, SC 29403
  • Three Star Downtown hotel
  • 3 meeting rooms in hotel
From$109
Very Good 4.5 /5Review Score Call
Holiday Inn Historic Downtown : 425 Meeting St. 425 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29403
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • Has environment-friendly policy Learn more
  • Great bar
  • The breakfast buffet was very good and plentiful
From$129
Very Good 4.5 /5Hotel Reviews Call
Hampton Inn Historic in Charleston 345 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29403
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • Check-in: 4:00PM
  • Nice price
  • Terrific complimentary breakfast
From$159
Very Good 4.5 /5Latest Reviews Call
Courtyard by Marriott Historic Charleston in Charleston 125 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • 176 rooms in hotel
  • Pool area is small
  • Most guests said the concierge service was amazing
From$134
Very Good 4.5 /5Latest Reviews Call
The Society House
+1-888-690-5281
292 King St., Charleston, SC 29401
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • 3 floors in property
From$139
Very Good 4.5 /5Read Reviews Call
King Charles Inn 237 Meeting, Charleston, SC 29401
  • Three Star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 91 rooms
  • Most guests said the reception staff was great
  • Located near shopping areas with easy access to parking
From$149
Very Good 4.5 /5Read Reviews Call
Andrew Pinckney Inn
+1-800-997-5148
40 Pinckney St., Charleston, SC 29401
  • Four star Downtown hotel
  • 3 floors in property
  • All guests were happy with the price
  • Most guests loved the menu selection
From$189
Very Good 4.5 /5Recent Reviews Call
Ansonborough Inn : 21 Hasell St. 21 Hasell St., Charleston, SC 29401
  • Affordable Downtown hotel
  • 45 suites in hotel
  • Most guests thought it was clean
  • Friendly service
From$239
Very Good 4.5 /5Hotel Reviews Call
Belmond Charleston Place 205 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401
  • 4 star property
  • Check in time: 0400pm
  • Every guests reviewed liked the proximity to sightseeing
  • Big bathrooms and friendly employees
From$245
Very Good 4.5 /5Guest Reviews Call
Planters Inn 112 North Market St., Charleston, SC 29401
  • 4-star Downtown property
  • 3 meeting rooms in property
  • Excellent hotel in downtown
  • Great desserts & fruits
From$369
Very Good 4.5 /5Latest Reviews Call
Fulton Lane Inn in Charleston 202 King St., Charleston, SC 29401
  • Mid-scale Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 27 rooms
  • Old keys
  • Both excellent places to eat
From$225
Very Good 4.5 /5Hotel Reviews Call
Kings Courtyard Inn - Charleston 198 King St., Charleston, SC 29401
  • Mid-scale Downtown hotel
  • 3 floors in property
  • Great service
  • New Marriott Marquis
From$205
Very Good 4.5 /5Read Reviews Call
Market Pavilion Hotel 225 East Bay St., Charleston, SC 29401
  • Four star Downtown property
  • Airport shuttle available
From$289
Very Good 4.5 /5Guest Reviews Call
The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel : 115 Meeting St. 115 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401
  • Expensive Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 216 rooms
  • Well-suited elevator
  • AC needs updating
From$149
Very Good 4.5 /5Guest Reviews Call
The Vendue : 19 Vendue Range 19 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401
  • 4-star Downtown hotel
  • 4 meeting rooms in hotel
  • Rooms in need of an update
  • Rooms need regular maintenance
From$107
Very Good 4.5 /5Hotel Reviews Call
Harbourview Inn : 2 Vendue Range 2 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401
  • 4 star Downtown property
  • Free comp. breakfast
  • Almost all guests said rooms were clean enough
  • Tasty breakfast
From$179
Very Good 4.5 /5Latest Reviews Call
Hampton Inn Mt. Pleasant - Mount Pleasant 255 Sessions Way., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 ~2.69 miles east of Charleston
  • Three Star Suburban hotel
  • Free complimentary breakfast
  • Quiet rooms near the city centre
  • Very good city hotel
From$89
Very Good 4.5 /5Review Score Call
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt.pleasant Charlesto 350 Johnnie Dodds Bvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 ~2.77 miles east of Charleston
  • 3 star Suburban property
  • Hotel has 22 suites
  • Most guests found problems with the furniture
  • AC worked well
Hilton Garden Inn Charleston / Mt. Pleasant - Mt. Pleasant 300 Wingo Way, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 ~2.83 miles east of Charleston
  • Midscale Rural property
  • 133 rooms in hotel
  • Food could be better
  • Clean Rooms
From$95
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews Call
Embassy Suites Historic Charleston - Charleston 337 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29403
  • Three Star Downtown hotel
  • Gym is available on property
From$149
Very Good 4.0 /5Latest Reviews Call
Francis Marion Hotel : 387 King St. 387 King St., Charleston, SC 29403
  • Four star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 12 floors
  • Almost all guests thought the service was very professional
  • Average wifi quality
From$149
Very Good 4.0 /5Hotel Reviews Call
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When to Visit Charleston, South Carolina

As a southern city, Charleston typically has mild winters and hot, humid summers. For the best weather, most tourists prefer to visit during the pleasant spring and fall seasons. April and May tend to offer the best weather with the most sunshine, although hotel prices can be high during this high season. The fall features similarly pleasant weather with slightly more rain showers and generally lower costs.

If you can stand the heat, summer can be a good time to visit Charleston, especially during a school break. To save big on hotel prices, however, consider visiting during the winter. The weather is cool with temperatures in the 50s, but holiday events and other festivals keep the atmosphere perfectly warm.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Charleston, SC:

seasonality of hotel rates in Charleston

Charleston, SC: Prices by Star Rating Class

Below we've posted 3 graphs illustrating avg. nightly cost patterns by star rating class in Charleston, SC. Browse these illustrations to determine the best months to book in Charleston for upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotels in Charleston, South Carolina

4 Star Average Prices: $222.96

No stranger to luxury, Charleston has numerous high-end hotels. Unlike many other cities' hotel markets, however, Charleston's best hotels tend to be independent spots that highlight personal attention and excellent service.

You'll be wowed from the moment you set foot inside the Belmond Charleston Place. This luxury hotel features a gorgeous lobby, deluxe and premier rooms, and some city views from select rooms. Enjoy in-room amenities like a refrigerator and minibar, and then head to the spa for a facial or body treatment. Go for a swim in the outdoor pool, cool off with a beverage at the poolside bar, and use the area shuttle to explore Charleston's fine dining options.

Situated near Charleston Place, the French Huguenot Church, and St. Philip's Church, the French Quarter Inn features a range of well-appointed rooms. Choose traditional queen or king rooms, or upgrade to a junior suite or a king suite. Most rooms include amenities like refrigerators and flat-screen TVs, and you'll feel refreshed thanks to the hotel's designer toiletries. Take in the lovely views of Charleston from the hotel's terrace, and mix and mingle with fellow travelers at the complimentary manager's reception. Dine at the restaurant, order room service, or explore the best of Charleston right outside.

One of the most highly rated hotels in Charleston, Zero George Street offers spacious rooms with private verandas and larger rooms with outdoor furnished piazzas and sitting areas. The most upscale rooms include kitchens, parlors, and separate bedrooms. Enjoy a complimentary snack or two from the minibar, soak up the stunning views from your veranda, and order in thanks to the hotel's 24-hour room service. If you can bring yourself to leave this upscale property, you'll find top Charleston attractions like Coleman Fine Art and the South Carolina Aquarium just a few blocks away.

When you want nothing but the best, book your stay at Charleston's Wentworth Mansion. Located close to Charleston City Market, the Confederate Museum, and Marion Square, the Wentworth Mansion is in the heart of the city. By all accounts the most elegant hotel in town, the Wentworth Mansion offers fantastic service, top-notch food, and a luxe vibe. Relax by the fireplace in your guest room, or have a leisurely soak in the jetted bathtub. Book a body treatment or massage at the full-service spa, and take advantage of the hotel's childcare services as you enjoy a night out on the town.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Charleston

Best Budget-Friendly Hotels in Charleston, South Carolina

3 Star Average Prices: $122.92

While you might not score amazing deals on hotels right in the heart of Charleston, you'll find plenty of affordable spots north of the city. Take a closer look at these top budget-friendly hotels in Charleston.

Located north of Charleston and near the expansive Francis Marion National Forest, the Days Inn Goose Creek is one of the most affordable hotels in the area. Save on snacks and meals thanks to the in-room microwaves and refrigerators, and start the day on the right foot each morning with a complimentary breakfast.

Head north of the city to the Best Western Magnolia Inn & Suites, which offers convenient interstate access and free self-parking. You'll feel right at home in the Best Western's 61 guest rooms, and you can rely on the hotel's free Wi-Fi to stay in touch with family back at home. Splash around in the outdoor pool, fit in a workout in the health club, and fuel up with a free hot and cold buffet breakfast, all for one of the lowest prices around.

Only a few miles north of Charleston, the Red Roof Inn North Charleston Coliseum is convenient to Penn's Art Gallery and the Charleston International Airport. Get a restful night's sleep thanks to the blackout curtains, and check in with colleagues or friends by using the hotel's complimentary Wi-Fi. Save even more with on-site laundry facilities and free parking.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Charleston

2 Star Average Prices: $94.11

2 Star Hotel Prices in Charleston

Charleston: Real Discounts

If you're a member of a few select groups, you won't have to worry about paying full price at Charleston hotels. At Zero George Street, AAA members save 10 percent or more on king and queen rooms. At hotels like the Fairfield Inn & Suites Charleston North/Ashley Phosphate, senior travelers and AARP members get the lowest rates available, generally 10 percent lower than the standard room rate. Military members and government employees can rely on low rates at hotels like the Best Western Magnolia Inn & Suites.

Best Value Options in Charleston, South Carolina

Just north of downtown Charleston, you'll find numerous hotels that strike a balance between price and comfort. For a good price with solid amenities, consider these great value options.

Only a short drive northeast of Charleston, the Holiday Inn Charleston - Mount Pleasant is convenient to Mt. Pleasant, the USS Yorktown, and the Naval and Maritime Museum. This hotel has just short of 160 rooms, with choices ranging from standard king and double rooms to junior and king suites. Go for a swim in the seasonal outdoor pool, and work up a sweat in the 24-hour fitness center. At the end of the day, have a drink in the hotel bar. Catch up on work with the in-room workspace and complimentary Wi-Fi, or head down to the hotel's 24-hour business center. If you're planning an event in the area, reserve the Holiday Inn's 5,000 square feet of conference and meeting space.

Located north of Charleston off Interstate 26, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Charleston North/Ashley Phosphate is near highlights like Penn's Art Gallery, Charleston Southern University, and Charleston International Airport. Stay in one of the hotel's 84 rooms, and enjoy homelike conveniences like microwaves and refrigerators. Get sweaty in the hotel's workout room, and cool off at the outdoor pool. In the morning, enjoy the complimentary buffet breakfast while you read a complimentary newspaper. Free self-parking makes the Fairfield Inn an even greater value.

Not far from the Fairfield Inn, the Hampton Inn & Suites North Charleston offers a good value near Trident Technical College and Wescott Plantation. Get comfortable in a standard queen or king room, or opt for a larger studio suite with a separate sitting area and sofa bed. All rooms feature refrigerators so you can keep cool drinks on hand, as well as LCD TVs with cable programming so you can catch up on shows. Work up an appetite at the seasonal outdoor pool and on-site fitness center, and enjoy a filling hot and cold buffet breakfast on the house.

For an affordable stay near the airport, set your sights on the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston Airport, which is also close to Interstate 26 and the U.S. Army Reserve School. Get low rates on basic double or king rooms, or spend a little more on a suite or a special hotel experience package. All 149 rooms feature flat-screen TVs so you can kick back and watch a movie, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi so you can stay in touch with friends and family at home. Request a crib if you're traveling with family, and take the kids to the outdoor pool. Hop on the hotel's complimentary area shuttle to get a ride to local attractions, and use the shuttle to get to the airport at no charge.

Can’t-Miss Attractions in Charleston, South Carolina

Get to know Charleston's fascinating and romantic history with a visit to the antebellum Aiken-Rhett House Museum, and tour Drayton Hall, one of the South's oldest plantations. Marvel at the city's natural beauty with a stroll through the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens or a trip to the Battery. Soak up the sun and escape from everyday life at popular Folly Beach or the more secluded Isle of Palms County Park. Top it all off with a day at one of Charleston's popular culinary events or an evening at one of the city's finest restaurants.

Whether you're visiting for an event, a business trip, or a personal vacation, Charleston is a true gem. Immerse yourself in the city's history, take in the culture, and find a great hotel so you can stay awhile.

Verified reviews of the city: Charleston, SC

Below are reviews of the city of Charleston, SC from an actual visitor's perspective.

"Charleston Is Just Amazing "
Score 5.0 / 5

I love Charleston would move there if it was possible. I like Market and all of the different shops. I love seafood.

Patrick C., from 17-Aug-2016
"Great Place to Visit"
Score 5.0 / 5

Charleston county has excellent county parks located close to the city and near the beaches that allow you to take in the sites in the city as well as visiting the local beaches and parks.

Sallie M. G., from 09-Aug-2016
"Beautiful City "
Score 4.0 / 5

James Island County Park, Downtown Charleston.

Dorothenia B., from 08-Aug-2016
"Historic Town"
Score 4.0 / 5

Horse carriage ride through the historic town

Chantelle G., from 04-Jul-2016
"Very Nice Visit"
Score 5.0 / 5

Charleston was very welcoming to our group. We were in the area visiting colleges/universities and the welcome mat was rolled out at Trident Technical College and the Citadel. We will be bringing more students in the future. We also toured(walking) downtown; which was very nice and informational. We had the opportunity to visit Mother Emanuel and speak with one of the members who answered questions for the staff and students. Also, we visited the Old Slave Market and was blessed with a presentation. A walk to water fountain was nice as gave us time to relax enjoy an Italian ice and see the boats out on the water. Overall, Charleston was very nice!!!

Vera C., from 14-Jun-2016
"Really Great Area"
Score 5.0 / 5

Close to the Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island and beautiful down town Charleston

Mark M., from 23-May-2016
"Best Views"
Score 5.0 / 5

Surrounded by water, which made for beautiful views everywhere.

Calentis W., from 20-Jan-2016
"Would Recommend a Visit"
Score 4.0 / 5

We loved seeing the beautifully preserved buildings and the city highlights with a very knowledgeable tour bus driver. We enjoyed the aquarium, Patriot's Point and the boat tours to Fort Sumter, seeing the Yorktown carrier, the destroyer Laffey and the submarine. We enjoyed seeing the Draydon Mansion and Middleton Mansion and Park. City Market was fun. Great restaurants and beautiful views, especially loved the fabulous bridge between Charleston and Mt Pleasant. We should have skipped the jail ghost tour.

Barbara D., from 07-Jan-2016
"Beautiful All Around"
Score 5.0 / 5

We loved seeing the beautifully preserved buildings and the city highlights with a very knowledgeable tour bus driver. We enjoyed the aquarium, Patriot's Point and the boat tours to Fort Sumpter, seeing the Yorktown carrier, the destroyer Laffey and the submarine. We enjoyed seeing the Draydon Mansion and Middleton Mansion and Park. City Market was fun. Great restaurants and beautiful views, especially loved the fabulous bridge between Charleston and Mt Pleasant. We should have skipped the jail ghost tour.

Barbara D., from 07-Jan-2016
"Good All Around!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Good tours and food also good golf.

Barbara D., from 03-Jan-2016
"Enjoyed Some Great Group Tours"
Score 5.0 / 5

Downtown tour was great. We used our bus and picked up a step on guide. Also, the Charleston Tea Plantation was a great tour.

Ken H., from 27-Oct-2015
"An Enjoyable Visit to Charleston"
Score 5.0 / 5

As a group, we recommend touring the city and taking a Dinner Cruise.

Josephine S., from 05-Oct-2015
"Everything was Great"
Score 4.0 / 5

Loved the food, churches, history, harbor cruise and Folly Beach.

Suzan A., from 24-Sep-2015
"I Loved the Different Shops in Charleston"
Score 4.0 / 5

We visited the Charleston Tea Plantation, Angel Oak Tree, and the Emmanuel African Methodist Church. Famous author Alphonso Brown also gave us a very informative tour of the Gullah Area. We were enlightened with a lot of unknown slave and black history in Charleston. Spirit of Carolina Dinner cruise was also very nice!

Nancy C., from 14-Sep-2015
"An Eventful Trip"
Score 4.0 / 5

One of the attractions that we attended was wine tasting and the Firefly distillery tasting. We enjoyed the both and Wanda at the Firefly distillery was great. It rained the entire time, but it was good.

Pam B., from 03-Aug-2015
"Great Charleston Vacation"
Score 4.0 / 5

Charleston offers great historic forts and houses. Guided tours also available by boat, bus, or horse drawn carriages.

Cindy S., from 11-Apr-2015
"There's Something For Everyone!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Charleston offers so much to see and do from historic sites and ghost tours to beaches and dining.

Courtney Y., from 30-Mar-2015
"Lovely Historic Sites "
Score 5.0 / 5

Downtown is compact and travel by walking or auto is easy. Also, many quaint restaurants with good food at reasonable prices.

Earl M., from 30-Jan-2015
"Tourist Friendly"
Score 5.0 / 5

Amazing places to eat close by!Endless opportunities to shop and be a tourist.

Leah W., from 15-Sep-2014
"For History Lovers"
Score 4.0 / 5

This city has a lot of history and the tours were very informative and the guides keep our attention. The Angel Tree is breathtaking and you can feel a good presence at this tree. Ft. Sumpter, Spritline Dinner Cruise, Old Slave Mart and The Battery are all a must see!!!!

Valerie B., from 30-Jul-2014
"Couldn't agree more"
Score 4.0 / 5

Charleston is a beautiful city with rich culture and history. It is deserving of all the ratings.

Frances J., from 28-Jul-2014
"Charleston is good times."
Score 5.0 / 5

The market downtown is fun to visit. Lots of great restaurants all in the area. My group particularly enjoyed Wet Willie's. And the beaches are great.

Carol S., from 15-Jul-2014
"Frequent Visitors"
Score 5.0 / 5

I love Charleston! My husband and I are from the Myrtle Beach area and we drive up almost every other weekend and stay just so we can walk around the downtown area and just relax. There are all kinds of fun activities to do in town and walking down by the park and the battery is wonderful.

Stacey C., from 19-Jun-2014
"Ideal for a History Buff"
Score 4.0 / 5

Great city, wonderful restaurants, fun tours. If you like history you have to come here!

Dennis Y., from 12-Jun-2014
"Take a City Tour"
Score 5.0 / 5

The tour of Charleston was a success. It is a clean city and full of history. Southern Hospitality was in view everywhere.

Tressie W., from 01-Jun-2014
"Family Friendly"
Score 4.0 / 5

How family oriented it is. Many sights to see. So much to keep you busy.

Jean G., from 27-May-2014
"Surprisingly Artistic"
Score 4.0 / 5

Charleston was more special than I anticipated. The commitment to the arts throughout the city is commendable. It showed all over the city, in the schools we visited and at the Spoletto Arts Festival! And, did I forget to mention the food? One meal was better than the next and all were top notch! Thank you!

Holly N., from 26-May-2014
"Really Nice"
Score 5.0 / 5

Charleston is one of the nicest cities I have ever visited.

Melony L., from 13-May-2014
"Downtown"
Score 4.0 / 5

As always, downtown Charleston did not disappoint.

Ryan H., from 14-Apr-2014
"I visit again and again with pleasure."
Score 4.0 / 5

This is the 15th year hosting the event, so we have been to Charleston on both a professional and personal level! The city is historical and beautiful!

Tre' T., from 18-Mar-2014
"Amazing Beachfront Town for Tournament"
Score 5.0 / 5

We took our teams to the Battery soccer games and had a great time. Restaurant choices are abundant. Soccer on the beach was incredible!

Richard B., from 25-Feb-2014
The average traveler rating of the city of Charleston, SC shown above is 4.5 out of 5 based on 31 reviews
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