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When looking for a place to stay in Charleston, most of the Charleston hotels are located in five main areas: the downtown historic district, the downtown riverview area, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant and North Charleston. The hotels in the historic district are within walking distance of museums, shops, and restaurants while the riverview hotels are farther away but cheaper. If you stay in one of the riverview hotels, the fastest and cheapest way to get to nearby attractions is to take the free dash buses. The buses run about every 20-30 minutes and are a convenient way to get around Charleston without the hassle and expense of parking. The West Ashley hotels, located about 20 minutes from the attractions in the historic district, are the cheapest in the area.

The hotels in both Mount Pleasant and North Charleston are cheaper than the hotels on the peninsula but you must also add in the cost of either taking an Uber or paying for parking in the historic district.


The Best Charleston SC Hotels 
Historic District 




1. Hyatt Place
560 King St
Charleston SC 29403

Hyatt Place Charleston SC

The Hyatt Place Charleston, located steps from award winning restaurants, museums, and attractions, has spacious rooms with separate living areas. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, a bakery cafe with Starbucks, and complimentary Wifi. 


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2. King Charles Inn
237 Meeting St
Charleston SC 29401

King Charles Inn Charleston SC

The King Charles Inn, located along "Museum Mile" in the heart of historic Charleston, is within walking distance to great shopping, restaurants, and attractions. Amenities include free parking, outdoor pool, and free Wifi. 


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3. Hyatt House Charleston
560 King St
Charleston SC 29403

Hyatt House Charleston SC

If you are looking for something other than a typical hotel room, then try Hyatt House and their apartment style suites with kitchens and separate living spaces. Amenities include a complimentary breakfast buffet, fitness center, guest market and indoor heated pool. 


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4. Homewood Suites by Hilton
415 Meeting St
Charleston SC 29403

Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston SC

Homewood Suites by Hilton is located on upper Meeting Street in the famed historic district. Find the comforts of home in spacious studio-suites with fully equipped kitchen and separate living area. Each suite is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, two burner stove and a 42-inch HDTV. 


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5. Hampton Inn Historic District
345 Meeting St
Charleston SC 29403

Hampton Inn Historic District Charleston SC

The Hampton Inn Historic District, located next to the country's oldest museum, is in a restored circa 1860 railroad warehouse. Guests enjoy free hot breakfast, refreshing outdoor pool, and free Wifi in every room.


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6. Courtyard Charleston Historic District
125 Calhoun St
Charleston SC 29401

Courtyard Charleston SC Historic District

Located in the historic district next to Marion Square and The Gaillard Center, rooms offer pillow-top mattresses, and plush bedding and suites feature upgraded amenities. 


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7. DoubleTree by Hilton
181 Church St
Charleston SC 29401

DoubleTree by Hilton Charleston SC

Overlooking the Charleston City Market, The DoubleTree by Hilton has some of the largest hotel rooms in the historic district. Guests can enjoy a southern breakfast buffet at the Lighthouse Cafe and relax in the beautiful Palmetto Courtyard.


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8. Holiday Inn Historic District
425 Meeting St
Charleston SC 29403

Holiday Inn Historic Downtown Charleston SC

One of the newest hotels in Charleston, the Holiday Inn historic downtown, blends contemporary luxury with traditional southern hospitality. Conveniently located in the bustling upper Kings shopping district and just a short walk from many restaurants and attractions. 


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9. Embassy Suites by Hilton
337 Meeting St
Charleston SC 29403

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston SC

Located in the original Citadel Military College, this all-suite hotel is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Featuring British Colonial Plantation decor, exposed brick walls, a five-story open-air atrium, and a free made-to-order breakfast each morning.


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The 5 Best Charleston SC Hotels 
Riverview 




1. Charleston Marriott
170 Lockwood Blvd
Charleston SC 29403

Charleston SC Marriott

Overlooking the Ashley River, The Charleston Marriott provides modern accommodations, genuine Southern hospitality, and easy access to local shopping, restaurants, and attractions. Enjoy delicious cuisine at the on-site restaurant and unwind with cocktails at the rooftop bar. 


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2. Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront
45 Lockwood Dr
Charleston SC 29401

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston SC Waterfront

Thoughtful touches and modern amenities will welcome you at the Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront. Enjoy easy access to historic plantations, shops, restaurants, and beaches. 


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3. Courtyard Charleston Waterfront
35 Lockwood Dr
Charleston SC 29401

Courtyard Charleston SC Waterfront

Guests at the Courtyard Charleston Waterfront hotel experience luxury, southern hospitality, and stunning waterfront views of the Ashley River. Enjoy spacious guest rooms, free guest parking on-site, and hotel shuttle service to downtown for a small fare. 


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4. Comfort Inn Downtown Charleston
144 Bee St
Charleston SC 29401

Comfort Inn Downtown Charleston SC

The Comfort Inn downtown, located just a few blocks from the historic district, provides guests with many amenities including free coffee, free continental breakfast, and seasonal outdoor pool. Relaxing rooms include flat screen TV's, microwaves and refrigerators. 


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The 5 Best Charleston SC Hotels 
West Ashley




1. Comfort Suites West of Ashley
2080 Savannah Hwy
Charleston SC 29407

Comfort Suites West of Ashley Charleston SC

The Comfort Suites West of Ashley offers spacious suites with modern amenities including flat-screen TVs, Wifi, and indoor pool. The historic district, with lots of shopping and restaurants, is just a short drive away. This hotel is a great value compared to nearby hotels.


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2. Residence Inn Riverview
90 Ripley Point Dr
Charleston SC 29407

Residence Inn Riverview Charleston SC

This award winning hotel will prove to be your home away from home with breathtaking views of The Battery and generous amenities including complimentary hot breakfast and evening shuttle to the historic district. 


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3. SpringHill Suites Charleston Riverview
98 Ripley Point Dr
Charleston SC 29407

SpringHill Suites Riverview Charleston SC

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston Riverview, conveniently located near The College of Charleston, The Citadel, and ten minutes from downtown historic Charleston, has suites that are 25% bigger than average hotel rooms.


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4. Hampton Inn and Suites West Ashley
678 Citadel Haven Dr
Charleston SC 29414

Hampton Inn and Suites West Ashley Charleston SC

Southern Charm touches every era at the Hampton Inn and Suites West Ashley. Located minutes from downtown Charleston, choose between spacious rooms or well-equipped whirlpool suites. Guests enjoy a relaxing outdoor pool and a free hot breakfast. 


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5. Holiday Inn Riverview
301 Savannah Hwy
Charleston SC 29407

Holiday Inn Riverview Charleston SC

The Holiday Inn Riverview is a landmark hotel in Charleston. Located on the Ashley River, the hotel has impressive views of the Charleston Harbor and the Charleston Peninsula. Amenities include seasonal outdoor pool, complimentary USA Today, and Wifi. 


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6. TownePlace Suites Charleston
805 Orleans Rd
Charleston SC 29407

TownePlace Suites Charleston SC

The TownePlace Suites by Marriott is just a short drive from the downtown historic district. Amenities include suites with fully equipped kitchens, free hot breakfast, complimentary Wifi, outdoor pool and grilling stations. 


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Mount Pleasant and North Charleston Hotels


Depending on the time of the year, it may be hard to find available hotel rooms in the downtown Charleston area. A couple of good alternatives are North Charleston and Mount Pleasant. Both are a 15-20 minute drive from downtown and you can always drive to the downtown area and use on-street metered parking or park in one of the many parking garages. If you are budget conscious, the rooms in North Charleston are normally cheaper than the ones in Mount Pleasant.


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