HISTORY. BEACHES. AMAZING ARCHITECTURE. FANTASTIC FOOD. BEAUTIFUL PLANTATIONS. The list goes on and on…the entire country (and world) have caught on…Charleston is a pretty special place to visit. One of the things that makes this area so unique is that every week, all year long there are events to check out, things happening….its a beautiful and exciting place. It appeals to business travelers, wedding parties, families, honeymooners, adventures, history buffs, beach goers…there’s a lot to experience and enjoy in our lovely city! And the fact the airport is only 15 minutes from downtown makes it easily accessible.
Every month I receive several email requests from my blog and Instagram followers, who are seeking recommendations of where to stay, what to see & do and where to eat. I am always happy to help offer my suggestions to help visitors navigate their time and experience! I thought it would be helpful to put together a list of some of my favorite places in Charleston and highlight what I think makes them unique and special! I have personally stayed at each of these properties and give them my highest recommendations and hope that you will consider one of these properties when booking your next trip to Charleston! This introduction article offers an overview of the 5 properties on my list. Each week following this kick off, I will post a separate more detailed article about each property with more pictures and information about each property. I hope you enjoy your stay in our small slice of east coast paradise!!!
Belmond Charleston Place
205 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401
This hotel has many features that make it the perfect stay for a wide variety of travelers and is conveniently located in historic downtown. The property has over 400+ rooms, suites and club level accommodations, along with a conference center, spa with health club, infinity salt water pool with retractable roof and its own poolside patio bar. The property has 4 restaurants and bars and several on site shops (Gucci, St. John, Louis Vuitton and more). Every inch of the property is majestic, beautiful and elegant! Belmond Charleston Place is in the heart of the city and walking distance to countless art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and shops. One of my personal favorite amenities of this property is visiting the spa and its team of seasoned professionals…ask about the Intracueticals Rejuvenate Restoring Oxygen Treatment (it’s an amazing treatment)!
The Cottages On Charleston Harbor
16 Patriots Point Rd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Nestled on the harbor of Patriots Point are 10 lovely cottages tucked away from the daily hustle and bustle of downtown. These sweet cottages each offer: 2 bedroom, 3 bath floor plans with a shared centrally located full kitchen, living room and dining area. Each cottage has a screened in private porch, hammock, lounge furniture and pool access. Only minutes from downtown and area beaches this sweet spot is the perfect place to decompress and escape while getting lost in a book and taking in a beautiful sunrise while listening to the soft sound of waves lapping onto the shore. It is the great retreat for people looking for a good mix of close proximity to area attractions and yet also seeking relaxation and laid back comfort. I really enjoyed the beauty of the harbor and never-ending supply of yummy treats in the clubhouse lounge offered all day long!
Hyatt House & Hyatt Place
560 King St. Charleston, SC 29403
These two properties (recently opened at the end of 2015) offer over 200 modernly decorated rooms and suites between the two buildings and are adjacent to one another on Upper King Street (only steps away from over 20+ restaurants and bars). Hyatt House is designed to offer guests the comfort of feeling “at home” with the convenience of a fully equipped kitchen and lounge space (much resembling a studio apartment) this is a perfect location for someone looking for a long stay option while in Charleston. The two properties share an indoor pool and gym. Designed for modern comfort the properties offer several great amenities for business guests or families on vacation and is a very affordable option. I love the modern sleek style and great customer service!
The Restoration Hotel
75 Wentworth St. Charleston, SC 29401
Every inch of this boutique hotel is a lovely mix of history and style celebrating the elements of classic southern hospitality in the modern age. The property consists of 5 buildings that house: 54 suites, a restaurant, rooftop bar, coffee shop, library, outdoor rooftop pool, spa and mercantile shop (with some of the most unique and sweetest treasures to splurge on and take home with you)! The chic style of the hotel is unlike anything else in Charleston. The property is located in the middle of downtown and most area attractions, shops and restaurants are walking distance from the hotel. This property is perfect for the traveler looking to stay in style, a romantic escape or someone who appreciates detail. I personally love their resident artist program that is celebrated and showcased all throughout the property…its very cool!
The Old Village Post House Inn
101 Pitt St. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
This historic inn is located in Mt. Pleasant near Shem Creek’s fishing community just off the harbor. The property has 6 rooms each uniquely styled and recently renovated. The charm of this property is found everywhere you turn from the room keys to the throw pillows on the bed. On the first floor of the inn is the Old Village Post House Restaurant that offers fantastic lowcountry and southern cuisine and also has a great patio to enjoy brunch or dinner. Right outside the front door is a row of shops offering baked goods, home decor, children’s toys and more! This property is only minutes from Sullivan’s Island beach and downtown Charleston. It is the perfect spot for travelers who are looking for a place to stay off the beaten path in a quiet neighborhood. P.S. the cheesecake is…AMAZING!!!