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Charleston is rich in history, and this theme flows through to the abundance of gorgeous hotels in the heart of the city. Pivotal buildings from the past are often restored to their former glory, then converted to hotels with plenty of southern charm. Experience one of the best southern destinations in one of these incredible establishments.
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With old world luxury and charm, many rooms here have cozy fireplaces and water views. A rooftop terrace allows guests to lounge amongst panoramic views of Charleston’s gorgeous inlets, while complimentary cheese and wine is served. It’s truly the “southern hospitality” touches, like plentiful breakfasts or nighttime cookies, and the historical feel that make this place so special.
Classically trained butlers bring a continental gourmet breakfast right to your room every morning, and that alone would have been enough to lure us to this charming boutique beauty. Take yourself away from the everyday grind and be waited on with some of the most incredible service available. Shoeshine anyone?
When you hear a hotel once housed Edgar Allen Poe, intrigue is imminent. The King Charles Inn was built in the 1800s, and functioned under a different name while witnessing history. Dotted with palm trees and accented with traditional fixtures, the beautiful hotel sets conveniently in the historic district of Charleston.
Marble bathrooms and welcoming champagne—sounds like a stay fit for a king or queen. With a lavish design true of the southern region, the French Quarter Inn is a truly pampering experience—there’s even a pillow menu from which you can select what suites your comfort level. Special touches are abundant, from the delicious lavender lemonade to the turn down service.
Boutique hotels are fun, with a deeper level of personality. Zero George Street was converted from past residences, into a jaw-dropping European hotel. Airy verandas are situated against rooms, making for a serene escape. Secondarily serving as a Charleston culinary hotspot, the homemade biscuits will be the cherry on top to your southern vacay.
Yes, it’s named after the John Rutledge who signed the U.S. constitution—he himself, built the home in 1763. With time period accurate furnishings and original ironwork and moldings, the Inn is a absolutely oozing with history. Good thing Rutledge went big—just under 20 rooms are available to guests, with additional booking space in the old carriage houses.
Going beyond plain historical to an elevated experience of Southern luxury, The Wentworth Mansion lives up to the name. Twenty-one glamorous rooms are accented with crystal chandeliers, marble, and 1886 accents. Some kind of snack or drink is always available, typical of any home down south, and breakfast includes amazing frittatas, meats, fresh juice and al dente grits.
We’ve got two words for you—rooftop pool! Need we say more? The adorable space is complimented by a black and white checkered patio, giving a throwback, yet modern vibe. Being centralized amongst the heart of historical Charleston, the view is worth a million bucks.
If a “jewel box” inspired spa doesn’t grab your attention, what will? The Restoration is a compilation of five renovated buildings, with lots exposed brick and other pieces from the past. If you haven’t noticed the theme yet, Charleston is all about keeping the old in tact, and it’s amazing.
Indigo Inn is more modestly priced and veers from luxury to artsy. Rooms could be considered a bit plain, but the courtyard is an eclectic haven. With a fantastic breakfast, historical features and afternoon wine and cheese, this is one of the best bangs for your buck in Charleston.