Charleston is a coastal southern town oozing with history and charm. It’s been refined into a high-end destination, complete with interesting attractions, gourmet dining, polished shops, river views, killer sunsets and traditional comfort food. The historic inns and rentals can get rather expensive, making a trip to this enriching city possibly quite pricey—enter Airbnb. Many times, for under $100, one can stay at the most elaborate, interesting, fun accommodations when booking through the site. Literally stay on the water, or even a centuries old carriage house—these are the best Airbnbs in Charleston.
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Recently renovated into a floating rustic retreat with coastal flair, this houseboat could not get any cuter. Inside is bright and the whitewashed wood floors have been reclaimed. Enjoy the elevated deck where you can have a relaxing dinner on the harbor, or dolphin watch during the day. While you can’t take the boat for a joy ride, you’ll find it to be just as enjoyable gently floating on the calm waters, within this Tiny House Hunters featured abode.
Built in the 1850s, this little guest house has the same Victorian charm as the full home. Going beyond the typical secondary quarters of older homes, this old carriage house has two stories, with two bathrooms and two bedrooms. Modern fixtures and rustic aesthetic such as shiplap and other subtle woods, there’s an eclectic vibe that still intertwines well with the old Charleston feel. But perhaps the most lovely spot to wind down is the private courtyard complete with twinkling string lights and cushy furniture.
The atmosphere of this minimalistic tiny home is mesmerizing and welcoming, while it sits optimally between Folly Beach and downtown Charleston. Climb the ladder to reach your snug sleeping quarters, enjoy meals cooked in the kitchen with goodies purchased at the nearby farmers market, and enjoy the outdoor space and provided bikes. Everything one could want to experience in the city can be reached on foot or bike, so utilize the free parking and enjoy this ultimate Airbnb.
While this renovated carriage house is smaller than the carriage house listed above, it offers a level of privacy and peace that may be harder to attain in the heart of downtown. If you’re the type of person who likes a nice balance between exploring the bustle and retreating, this is the escape for you. The beach and downtown are four miles away. Inside is open with a great flow, and there’s a loft accessible by ladder. Blue floors, white accents and wood trim give the space a cool feel.
Obviously old Charleston carriage houses make for some of the best Airbnbs—they’re small, but much bigger than a hotel room, and they often feature rustic appeal consistent with the city. On the top level of this historic structure is a renovated apartment/suite with a spacious sleeping area with a queen bed and one and a half bathrooms. Brick walls, wood flooring and period furniture add to the character, while a cozy outdoor space is perfect for a morning coffee session. Since this one is centrally located, you can just park and walk through the duration of the stay.
On Charleston’s James Island resides this cute little cottage with all the woodsy modern appeal—but the hosts refer to the style as “beachy farmhouse”, which is completely fitting. While simple, the kitchen is dreamy and is set beside a spiral staircase that cascades from the loft, and the walls alternate from shiplap to cozy wooden panels. An outside deck is an extension of the living room, so guests can space out a bit. While being out on the island, your still only five miles from downtown.
For those intrigued by the out-of-the-ordinary, there’s Skoolie, the old green school bus turned tiny home, that sits amongst bamboo trees behind another Charleston Airbnb. While quite small, it’s super cozy, with a bed, seating area and tiny kitchen nook. Outside there’s a showering area with a compost toilet that’s also completely private. A short drive will take you to the beaches and downtown.
A group of very “Charleston“ vacation homes is listed on Airbnb, and they are known as The Inns. Many of these homes are absolutely gorgeous and centrally located, and this particular one is right amongst some of the most famous streets in town. Exuding modern, traditional and southern charm, airy color pallets pair with rich wood floors and lavish accents, like a rounded staircase entrance and stunning courtyard with plenty of lounging furniture. So if you want to feel at home while being amongst the most iconic sites, this is the place to be.
Placed among backyard palms with a lovely lawn, the Cannonborough Cottage is a basic studio, but with all the lavish upgrades from slick wood trim to a subway tiled bathroom. A great bricked patio extends from the front door and is dubbed by the hosts as the living room. How cool is it to have an outdoor living room? It’s the best way to live in Charleston luxury amongst all the prominent places without spending a pretty penny.
Live like a celebrity in this Airbnb Plus cottage with lots of windows, chic decor and a lovely loft sleeping space. Step into the magical wonderland of the outside quarters where fish splash in the koi pond while a waterfall trickles in. You’ll find a narrow lap pool that’s heated on cooler days while being the perfect refreshment after a walk around downtown during the hot summer months.