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Charleston, South Carolina is located along the Atlantic waters. Marshes, sandy beaches, and a past enriched downtown area make it a quintessential southern escape. A seamless blend of both coastal charm and centuries-old architecture come together to create the most endearing city on the East Coast. Charleston is more on the high-end side when compared to other coastal towns nearby and the culinary scene does not disappoint, while accommodation ranges from luxury hotels to budget-friendly Airbnbs. So a staycation here can be both lavish and serene. These are our top picks for staycations in Charleston.

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French Quarter Inn French Quarter Inn, Charleston
French Quarter Inn, Charleston

French Quarter Inn

One of the best historic district hotels, the French Quarter Inn is one of the more iconic places to stay in Charleston. The elegant hotel displays the charm of the South Carolina city. You’ll find nothing but luxury here, with incomparable service that will make one feel like royalty. The rooms are nothing short of dreamy, with refined furnishings and high-end touches. The location right off Market Street means it’s easy to get to all of the most prominent places.

Belmond Charleston Place The Belmond Charleston Place
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The Belmond Charleston Place

Belmond Charleston Place

Looking for a boutique hotel in Charleston? Belmond features the same elegance as French Quarter – unbelievably beautiful rooms, dramatic decor throughout the entire property, and plenty of amenities. The pool is lavish and ready to help you cool off on hot summer days. But you’ll also want to indulge in the spa, where you can get one of the best massages. Another thing to note is the incredible food at Belmond, whether it’s smoked salmon for breakfast or a coastal seafood dinner.

Andrew Pinckney Inn Andrew Pickney Inn
Andrew Pickney Inn

Andrew Pinckney Inn

Andrew Pinckney Inn has all of the Charleston feels while being a little bit more affordable than the above options. The building is tucked within the heart of the city, and the rooms have held on tight to their history, while feeling very updated and pampering. Let us just say, you haven’t had a truly good night’s sleep until you have sunk into one of those plush beds! Enjoy a cheese and wine hour from the scenic dining space upstairs, or stop by for a breakfast of quiche and bacon while watching boats chug by in the distance.

Hawaiian Themed Tropical Oasis Hawaiian Themed Tropical Oasis
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Hawaiian Themed Tropical Oasis

Hawaiian Themed Tropical Oasis

Hawaii comes to Charleston in this bright, cheery Airbnb Plus! While the interior consists of light earth tones, you’ll find Polynesian touches within the furniture, and especially outside. There you’ll find an actual tiki bar, unusual stone seating, and lush foliage adorning the backyard. When you can have both a charming historic city escape and island life, it’s definitely going to be a staycation.

Cozy Island Cottage Cozy Island Cottage
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Cozy Island Cottage

Cozy Island Cottage

Minutes from some of Charleston‘s most panoramic beaches, this cottage is self-described as having serious farmhouse vibes as well. We love the blend of aesthetics. A beautiful spiral staircase elevates guests to a snug loft, while just below is an open concept living space with stunning kitchen countertops and all the essentials.

Boutique Hotel Home with Pool 'The Cove' Boutique Hotel Home with Pool 'The Cove
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Boutique Hotel Home with Pool 'The Cove

Boutique Hotel Home with Pool 'The Cove'

While presenting like a boutique hotel, the listing is quite private, more so than your average bed-and-breakfast. A private balcony, lavish bathroom, and zen-like bedroom are a phenomenal retreat base. Other on-site perks include a well-maintained dog run and elegant pool deck which is heated for chilly days. The stay is more personalized than a basic hotel, and the cocktail hour is a great example of this.

Waterfront Privacy with Dock and Infinity pool Waterfront Privacy! Dock, infinity pool
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Waterfront Privacy! Dock, infinity pool

Waterfront Privacy with Dock and Infinity pool

This luxe Airbnb is worth every penny thanks to all of the amenities and overall spectacular presentation. Basically it’s a mansion among the marshlands of Charleston, and its aesthetic‘s are contemporary yet homey. But the first thing you’ll notice is that unbelievable infinity pool that faces toward the waters. Take a sunset walk down the dock to the water’s edge and get ready to be wowed.

Mascota 53’ Yacht Downtown MASCOTA 53’ Yacht DOWNTOWN
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MASCOTA 53’ Yacht DOWNTOWN

Mascota 53’ Yacht Downtown

Why just sit on the dock when you can stay on a yacht? While super tiny, this place is super luxurious. You’ll be right on the water obviously and in the midst of so many restaurants and sites. The boat itself is well equipped with hot water and everything else you might need. And if you love to fish, this is your place! The boat can be rented long-term if you just can’t pull yourself away. Well behaved pets are welcome.

Waterfront Private Bungalow Battery Island Retreat Waterfront Private Bungalow Battery Island Retreat
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Waterfront Private Bungalow Battery Island Retreat

Waterfront Private Bungalow Battery Island Retreat

Clean lines from the small guest house contrast beautifully with the marsh waterfront of Charleston. While a part of a larger property, the dwelling is extremely private, with unobstructed views. Fisherman will find great places to angle steps away, and those just coming to relax will have no problem doing so. If two words can best describe this listing, we would say simplistic and serene.

One Bedroom Residence on Historic King St One Bedroom Residence on Historic King St
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One Bedroom Residence on Historic King St

One Bedroom Residence on Historic King St

If you somewhat know Charleston, you know that King Street is one of the best places to shop and find something really amazing to eat. And it’s not too far from the famed Market Street. This historic apartment in a restored hotel is right on this beloved stretch. Of course, it has all of the preserved aesthetics such as brick walls and wooden accents. You’ll definitely feel like you are in Charleston.

Riverfront Guesthouse Riverfront Guesthouse
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Riverfront Guesthouse

Riverfront Guesthouse

This apartment is optimally located on the Intercostal Waterway, and a dock leads down to the water, so you can fish! The apartment is traditional and welcoming, just like any beautiful home. Off the master bedroom is a lovely balcony from where you can watch the sunset. The pool is stunning, and a great place to spend at least one day.

King Bed in Luxury, Historic Downtown Apt King Bed in Luxury, Historic Downtown Apt
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King Bed in Luxury, Historic Downtown Apt

King Bed in Luxury, Historic Downtown Apt

From the shiplap walls to the dramatic beam ceilings, and that polished bathroom with clawfoot tub, no part of this Airbnb is neglected aesthetically.  Being amongst one of the adored neighborhoods in Charleston, the home is a great example of the deep historic veins that run through the enriching city.

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