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About South Carolina
South Carolina, in the south-eastern United States, is perhaps best known for its sub-tropical beaches and for the gracious, plantation houses of Charleston - oh, and for being the starting point of the Civil War. And it still has a fierce, patriotic spirit. Although most of the best places to stay in South Carolina are in and around Charleston, and along the coast with its palm-tree-lined beaches, antebellum cities, golf courses and bright lights of Myrtle Beach, the state has plenty more to discover inland. Here you’ll find national parks - such as Table Rock - sleepy towns, mysterious black-water swamps with moss-hung oaks, and the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains.
Stay on the coast and enjoy miles of white-sand beaches and watersports. The wide-open, pristine beaches of Huntingdon Beach State Park are excellent for bird-watching and the chance to spot alligators and loggerhead turtles.
Explore islands such as laidback Pawleys with its unspoilt beaches, hammocks and crabbing opportunities. Or enjoy the charms of coastal cities such as Georgetown with a horse-drawn carriage ride around the historic downtown area of the old docks, now converted to restaurants and shops. And for non-stop entertainment and plenty of family fun, head to Myrtle Beach.
Charleston is a must, with its sorbet-coloured houses, elegant architecture and proliferation of church steeples - hence its nickname ‘Holy City’ - making its streets a delight to wander. Full of classic Southern charm, this can be discovered by a stroll around the harbour and White Point Gardens or through the historic French Quarter. After a rooftop cocktail, explore the City Market, a great place to shop, sample local food and hear the local gossip.
For a breath of the big outdoors, head ‘upcountry’ to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, an area with over 150 waterfalls, three large freshwater lakes, Chattooga River, thousands of acres of parks, and hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, cycling or horse-riding.
Why not use our guide to the best places to stay in South Carolina to plan a trip that takes in both the coast and the wilder, less discovered inland areas?
Best historic hotels in Charleston
- The splendid Wentworth Mansion, with its portico, mansard roof and decorative ironwork, oozes history. Inside it doesn’t disappoint either, with marble floors and vaulted ceilings, and airy rooms with panelling, fireplaces and antiques.
- For a quirkier take on history, try the boutique John Rutledge House Inn, a historic townhouse with ornate ironwork, where rooms mix grand Italian fireplaces and four-posters with chandeliers and bold modern colours.
Best hotels in the historic centre of Charleston
- With its airy, classically styled rooms and terrific city views, the Belmond Charleston Place has prime position in the historic centre. This comfortable, traditional hotel also has an indoor pool and spa.
- Well-placed in the historic district, Planters Inn is a classic 19th-century inn with gracious rooms furnished with elegance and four-poster beds. The fine-dining Peninsula Grill offers the chance to eat al fresco, too.
Best B&Bs in Charleston
- The Restoration on King is an old-style hotel given a modern makeover with hardwood floors, exposed brickwork and shiny, modern kitchens for rustling up suppers. Breakfasts and wine-and-cheese receptions are offered daily plus there’s a fabulous roof-top terrace.
- King’s Courtyard Inn, with its Greek-Revival façade, offers beautifully light and elegantly traditional rooms, and is strolling distance from a wealth of restaurants.
- You’ll find four-poster beds and shady verandas at Harbourview Inn a 19th-century townhouse which, as its names suggests, overlooks the harbour in Waterfront Park.
Best hotels for foodies in Charleston
- Set across three townhouses, Zero George Street has a colonial style, from its high ceilings and wooden floors to its airy rooms and shady verandas. It also offers an award-winning restaurant and twice-weekly cookery classes at the nearby Kitchen Carriage House.
For active types
- Fishing, surfing and hiking trails amongst Spanish-moss covered trees are all on the doorstep at The Rhett House Inn at Beaufort, a classic southern inn with light and elegantly furnished rooms.
- Or head inland to The Willcox at Aiken, a grand 19th-century mansion with classically elegant rooms and where you can take your pick of golf, polo, bird-watching, cycling, riding and guided wildlife walks. Afterwards, take a well-deserved rest in the spa.
- With watersports, golf, yoga, fishing, clay-pigeon shooting and hiking, amongst the many activities on offer at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff - plus spa for relaxation - the family will never be bored. Sleep in Southern-style clapboard cottages at this luxury resort on the River May.
For more ideas, browse our list of the best places to stay in South Carolina. Or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
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Best Hotels in South Carolina
Graduate Columbia South Carolina 166 rooms from £77Local exploring - Perfectly located by the University of South Carolina Campus and within walking distance of museums, galleries, & restaurantsValue chic - With rooms starting at $100 and an extra 15% off for those visiting the university, this is a stylish and well priced stayLocal markets - Stroll down to Soda City Market and sample local produceFull of character
A chic hotel well located beside the South Carolina University campus. Be welcomed at the candy-floss pink reception which sets the tone for this fun stay. Similar vibrant themes continue in the rooms with bold graphics and bright colours. Complete with a sophisticated bar and laidback restaurant. See More
The Rhett House Inn Beaufort (South Carolina) 14 rooms from £140Fishing - With literally hundreds of square miles of tide waters and grassy marshes to draw from, fishing possibilities are endless.Great walks - Spanish Moss Trail is a 3.3 mile pedestrian trail open for the enjoyment of bikers, runners, and walkers.Surfing - Surfers are now loving SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) and you should get with the craze too.Back to Nature - River, marsh land and national parks make up a brilliant weekend surrounded by nature.
The Willcox Aiken, South Carolina 22 rooms from £148Great walks - Explore Hitchcock Woods - the largest urban woods in America with just under 2,000 acres of land.Sights nearby - A former winter colonial mansion turned into Aiken County Historical Museum.Fishing - Picnics or fishing in the Aiken State Park is a fantastic day trip.Romantic - Good for couples.
Grand, graceful 19th Century mansion turned boutique hotel. Fine southern hospitality, classic interiors & prime location close to world renowned golf courses & all the outdoor activities you can think of. Highly regarded restaurant serves local cuisine. Relax at the spa and plan your return trip! See More
Fulton Lane Inn Charleston (Historic District) 36 rooms from £148Value chic - Fab location means there's no need to hire transport to explore or go sightseeing; it's all on your doorstep. Worth every pennyLocal exploring - Ideal location means that Charleston's Historic District, King Street and French Quarter sites are all around the cornerFamilies - The property's two-room suites are perfect for families travelling together. Look out for family-friendly packages tooLocal markets - It's a five minute stroll to the city's renowned historic City Market; the oldest market in the country
Quiet centrally-located boutique hotel tucked away behind King Street. Within a 19th-century structure, cosy rooms feature high ceilings, serene canopy beds, warming fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Enjoy in-room breakfasts, evening refreshments and the city on your doorstep. A great value hidden gem. See More
The Quarters on King Charleston (Historic District) 9 rooms from £148Groups - Designed for hanging out and enjoying downtime; works well for hen parties, couples travelling together and familiesCity Style - Ideal base for extended stays; feels like a fully-furnished and comfortable home in the heart of the cityCooking classes - Foodies should make time to go on one of the city's many food tours; Chow Down Charleston Food Tours offer a great experienceSights nearby - It's walking distance to Old Exchange, Provost Dungeon, Old Slave Art Museum and Dock street theatre
Luxury apartment hotel with a fab downtown location, walking distance to all the sites. Within the historic building, spacious one and two-bedroom apartments have fully-equipped kitchens, living and dining areas have been decorated in a fresh contemporary style with homely touches. Amazing value. See More
The Inn at Middleton Place Charleston 55 rooms from £153Back to Nature - Enjoy a slow pace of life surrounded by nature; laze under trees in hammocks, kayak through the swamp or ride through the estateFamilies - Kids will enjoy roaming the estate and gardens, while rooms are spacious enough to comfortably stay as a familyHideaway - Leafy tranquil haven to escape to after a day of sightseeing or simply retreat for several days of rural blissArchitectural - A haven to modernism, the award-winning minimalist midcentury aesthetic will appeal to architecture-lovers
Modernist hotel located on the estate of historic Middleton Place house museum & gardens. A secluded riverside spot overlooking untouched marshland gives a Southern feel. Spacious rooms with river & garden views channel midcentury aesthetic with wood floors, shutters & furniture. Sophisticated luxe. See More
Kings Courtyard Inn Charleston (South Carolina) 41 rooms from £155Sights nearby - Drayton Hall Plantation is the oldest 18th Georgian Palladian building resting on the Ashley River.Great walks - At dawn, or at dusk, walk south of broad.Four poster beds - For romantics.Romantic - Good for couples.
1853 Ancient Greek revival facade, classically decorated interiors and two courtyards. High ceilings, original features in the comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and complimentary breakfast. Step back into Charleston's history through tours and mansions, or explore the modern day restaurants. See More
The Restoration Charleston (South Carolina) 15 rooms from £210Sights nearby - Angel Oak - a live oak tree over 1,400 years old.Local markets - Charleston Museum for local and natural history.Views - Great views from hotelSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Tablet
Old downtown hotel offers local elegance, hardwood floors and exposed brick. Fully equipped kitchens (with dryer and washing machine), comfortable double beds and modern bathrooms. Breakfast offered in picnic baskets, wine and cheese receptions, rooftop eatery and cookies with milk as a nightcap. See More
The Beaufort Inn Beaufort 47 rooms from £166Weddings - Series of romantic outdoor courtyards, gardens, terraces and rooftops with views offer a perfect space whatever size your eventFamilies - Beauloft is ideal for families with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, full kitchen, dining room, living room and outdoor spaceLocal exploring - Luxurious base from which to explore this charming award-winning small coastal town brimming with Southern hospitalityHoneymoons - Perfect honeymoon material; romantic property which offers plenty of excellent activities and excursions
Luxurious inn located within Beaufort's Landmark Historic District. Made up of rooms, suites, lofts and multi-room self-catered cottages, there are options for every type of stay. Enjoy romantic gardens dotted with fairy lights and fire-pits, an on-site spa and restaurants within walking distance. See More
Andrew Pinckney Inn Charleston (Historic District) 41 rooms from £167Local markets - Nextdoor Charleston City Market - the nation's oldest market - has been in running for 200+ years. Browse over 100 local vendorsLocal exploring - Located two blocks above Charleston's Historic Market, many of the city's main sites are walking distanceGreat walks - The city is home to great green spaces. Make sure to visit Waterfront Park, Battery Park and White Point GardensSights nearby - No trip to Charleston is complete without a guided historic homes walking tour
Charming boutique inn located in the heart of Charleston's historic district. Made up of several 300-year-old buildings, the 19th-century facade creates a strong sense of place, while chic rooms with West Indies touches offer modern comforts. Enjoy a rooftop solarium and the striking inner atrium. See More
Emeline Charleston (Historic District) 212 rooms from £176City Style - It's rare to find such a jewel of a hotel; a mix of history, character, soul & style - with all the modern touches guests expectRomantic Break - A buzzing boutique option for a memorable weekend; eat & sleep well in carefully curated surroundings with magic atmosphereLocal exploring - The Charleston's historic quarter location means sites, museums, monuments - plus shopping & dining - are on the doorstepGreat walks - Walk across 10 acres in Charleston Waterfront Park, with it's prime location overlooking Charleston Harbor and the Cooper River
Brimming with playful charm, this beautifully converted historic hotel offers stylish rooms, lively dining options & a vibey courtyard terrace. Rooms have thoughtful amenities, embroidered linens, mid-century furniture & velvet headboards. A perfect boutique property in the heart of the action. See More
Harbourview Inn Charleston (South Carolina) 52 rooms from £176LuxuryLocal markets - The Old City Market.Sights nearby - Waterfront Park.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
This townhouse mansion in the historic district on the Waterfront Park maintains the traditional interiors such as high ceiling reception, welcoming fireplace and art works. Rooms boast fine linens, four-poster beds, whirlpool baths and breakfast in-room. City exploring is accessible. See More
Bloomsbury Inn Camden, South Carolina 4 rooms from £193Local exploring - Get lost in the rich history of Camden with endless museums and Civil War sitesGreat walks - Take an exterior walking/driving tour of the beautiful Antebellum homes in CamdenLocal markets - There are dozens of antique stores with dozens of booths to explore in CamdenRestrictions on children - Children over the age of 12 are welcome
A charming period decor inn set in the heart of Camden. Rooms boast sitting/reading areas, decorative fireplaces (including original 1854 mantels) as well as private, 1930s-era Italian tile baths. Soak in the beautiful historic architecture and sip on wine on the magnificent porch. An elegant stay. See More
The Vendue Charleston (Historic District) 84 rooms from £202Artworks - Perfect for art lovers! The property features 300+ works of art, daily art tours with wine & rolling artist-in-residence programLocal exploring - The downtown location means that the historic district's buildings, restaurants, shops, sites & galleries are walking distanceCity Style - Feel the pulse of 21st century Charleston in this exciting modern property in historic buildings with oodles of characterSights nearby - Fittingly the hotel is located in the city's Arts District. Visit Miller, Mitchell Hill, Mary Martin, Meyr Vogl & City galleries
Eclectic and lively hotel with a strong art focus. Set across two buildings, each made up of 18th-century warehouses, expect exposed brick walls and blend of period and modern furnishings. Enjoy art gallery, property tours and artist-in-residence, plus a classic restaurant and popular rooftop bar. See More
John Rutledge House Inn Charleston (South Carolina) 19 rooms from £211Sights nearby - Fort Sumter is where you can imagine the first shots of the Civil War.Great walks - Step back in time and explore Charlestons history on a walking tour.Romantic - Good for couples.Full of character
Ornate ironwork facade, elaborate interiors with Italian fireplaces make this historical townhouse a Charleston boutique favourite. Large light rooms with complimentary breakfast and access to a relaxing courtyard. Plantations, history and oceanfront strolls await you from this prime spot. See More
20 South Battery Charleston (Historic District) 11 rooms from £214Local exploring - South Battery is a sought out location due to its sea views, waterfront promenade and proximity to the heart of townCity Style - Manages to combine the grandeur of Charleston's past with luxury amenities firmly in the presentSights nearby - The heart of Charleston's historic district and all major sites are within walking distanceGreat walks - The property is located just across from White Point Gardens
Historic private mansion transformed into luxury B&B. Meticulously restored to its former glory, rooms are decorated with grand four-poster beds, impressive antiques and period artwork. Expect high-end bedding, deluxe bath products, smart TVs and homely touches. Intimate feel with an ideal location. See More
Zero George Street Charleston (South Carolina) 18 rooms from £226Foodies - The Zero Cafe has earned glowing reviews for its locally sourced and seasonal cuisineTraditional - The hotel features many original features including heart pine floors and high ceilings.Cooking classes - Every Monday and Saturday classes are held in the Kitchen Carriage HouseSights nearby - Middleton Place: a National Historic LandmarkRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
21 East Battery Charleston (Historic District) 3 rooms from £233Museums - Located on the site of Edmonston-Alston House, a Greek Revival home built in 1825 and one of Charleston's fine house museumsGroups - Quarters is made up of two rooms, ideal for friends and couples travelling together. Carriage House can sleep up to fourCity Style - Feels as though you're staying in an upmarket private house; enjoy the tranquil setting, privacy and rustic homely feelOutstanding location - No other Charleston hotel offers immediate access and views onto The Battery, making this a prime address!
Stunning B&B located within the grounds of a 19th-century waterfront mansion. Book either the cosy Carriage House or one of two rooms within the Quarters; all have kitchens and large living areas. Tasteful decor in classic style combines art, antiques and pine floors. Understated historic chic. See More
The Dewberry Charleston 155 rooms from £233City Style - An elegant property complete with French-style brasserie and two cocktail bars.Sights nearby - Visit the eccentric stately home, the Calhoun Mansion.Romantic - Good for couples.Full of characterRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
A beautifully designed hotel set in an historic building. Perfectly mixing contemporary style and traditional charm rooms are chic and homely. A fabulous French brasserie and two bars set the scene for elegant evenings of cocktails and oysters. A glorious hotel that encapsulates that Southern charm. See More
Anchorage 1770 Beaufort 15 rooms from £242Weddings - Perfect for intimate celebrations with venues including roof terrace, garden with water-front back drop and river-facing porchesRomantic Break - All the ingredients for romantic weekend getaways; waterfront rooms with sea views, four-poster beds & in-room spa treatmentsBack to Nature - The area offers wonderful outdoor activities including fishing, sailing, golf, running, tennis and cyclingSights nearby - Walk or cycle around Beaufort's historic district with its boutiques, art galleries and restaurants
A luxury boutique hotel that boasts being Beaufort's only waterfront inn. The impressive neoclassic mansion was built in 1770; expect high ceilings, spacious verandas, grand beds & historic restaurant. Ideal location offers views of the sea, marina and Beaufort River while walking distance to town. See More
Montage Palmetto Bluff Bluffton, South Carolina 200 rooms from £254Active Holiday - With so many onsite activities from golf, to shooting to watersports, you'll never be bored!Golf - 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature course at the May River Golf ClubFamilies - From young to old, there really is something here for all agesKids Club - PB Explorers and Pioneers clubs welcome children from 5-12 years, and offer a wide range of activities and eventsRecommended by - Tablet
A luxury resort set on the May River complete with a golf course, pools & full-service spa. Southern-style clapboard cottages have fireplaces, fine linens and modern bathrooms. With endless river and ranch activities plus no less than five restaurants, this is perfect family holiday material. See More
Planters Inn Charleston (South Carolina) 64 rooms from £258Local markets - Charleston City Market is a chance to meet Lowcountry artisans including more than 50 Gullah sweetgrass basket weavers.Great walks - Middleton Place or Magnolia Gardens, previous plantation houses, offer some brilliant gardens.Sights nearby - Confederate Museum.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Relais & Chateaux
Prime location in the historic district, a 19th Century inn with classic interiors and fine dining at Peninsula Grill. Spacious rooms offer four-poster beds, private sitting rooms and bathrooms. Dine al fresco, or explore the city market for many other options. A historian's dream stay. See More
The Governor's House Inn Charleston (Historic District) 11 rooms from £276Romantic Break - Pick the room that ticks your boxes; fireplaces, canopy beds, private balconies and oversize whirlpool tubs are all up for grabsHistoric - Built in 1760, this was the home of Edward Rutledge, signer to the Declaration of Independence & friend of Alexander HamiltonCity Style - Dripping in Southern class and style; expect drinks on the veranda, whirling ceiling fans and chandeliers over the bath tubLocal exploring - The central location, near the historic district, means that sites, shops, restaurants and galleries are walking distance
Grand Georgian manor with traditional Charleston piazzas, formal gardens and sumptuous suites. Rooms feature rice beds with canopies, soaring ceilings, period antiques and shutters; some have piazza access. Enjoy sweeping staircase, pine floors and ornate parlour. Will appeal to history lovers. See More
Belmond Charleston Place Charleston (South Carolina) 434 rooms from £285Great walks - Head to Waterfront Park for walk trails and fountains.Sights nearby - Confederate Museum closeby.Views - Great views from hotelLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet
Old South hospitality, grand reception rooms and prime spot in the historic centre. Rooms are conservatively decorated with marble bathrooms and city views. Charleston Grill is southern cooking at its finest and a drinking hole for locals. Traditional hotel is home to an indoor pool, spa and gym. See More
The Charlestonian Charleston (Historic District) 4 rooms from £286Local exploring - Great base for extended stays in the city. After days exploring, relax in this comfortable and spacious environmentGroups - Friends or families travelling together will appreciate the communal areas for downtimeLocal markets - It's walking distance to the Historic Charleston City Market which has been in operation for over 200 yearsFull of character
Range of contemporary multi-room apartments in quiet Cannonborough neighbourhood. Spacious living, dining and kitchen areas designed for families or groups give way to cosy bedrooms; some have balconies. Upscale decor combines wood floors, bold tones and objets d'art creating a warm and homely feel. See More
Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston Charleston (Historic District) 50 rooms from £292Roof terrace - Modelled on a secret garden, this fourth floor rooftop oasis boasts botanical cocktails, dining and historic city skyline viewsBusiness meetings - In addition to ballroom and event spaces, there's art gallery cocktail receptions, wine-tastings and farm-to-table diningArtworks - Visit the hotel's art gallery where contemporary artwork, sculptures and jewelry created by local artists is for saleCity Style - Luxurious pad in the heart of the action; enjoy both world-class amenities and enviable location
Luxury hotel with all the trimmings located in historic downtown. Expect champagne on arrival, an art-filled atrium, funky rooftop with city views, fine-dining restaurant and upscale wine bar. Colourful rooms are compact but exceedingly comfortable with fluffy robes, smart TVs and modern artwork. See More
86 Cannon Charleston 7 rooms from £293Local exploring - Set in a leafy area of Charleston, close to high-end boutiques and restaurants, this hotel is a luxury base for local exploringRomantic Break - With beautifully appointed suites and two open-air terraces, this hotel makes an indulgent couples' getawayCity Style - Set in a heritage property in a stylish Charleston neighbourhood, this hotel has reams of local city charmGreat walks - Discover historic downtown Charleston on a guided walking tour; enquire at the hotel for more detailsRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
This boutique hotel is nestled within a 1860s residence in the heart of Charleston. Interiors blend mid-century elegance with classic French design and a touch of Southern style. With nightly wine and cheese served on the hotel verandah, this is a discerning city bolt-hole. See More
The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina Charleston 92 rooms from £293Families - Family Parlor Rooms are ideal for those with kids; there's a second bedroom with twin beds as well as fireplace & outdoor spaceBeach Life - Although swimming is not possible, the resort's private white sand beach is perfect for sandcastles, relaxing and sunbathingTotal relaxation - Ultimate fly and flop destination with unbeatable combo of sun, sea views, private beach, pools, spa and sites nearbySwimming Pool - The large outdoor family pool is every child's dream. For those after a quieter time there is year-round heated 'quiet' pool
Luxury resort with views over Charleston. This expansive waterfront property boasts a private beach, amazing sunsets, seaside dining, pools & multiple dining options; it works for couples, families and friends. Super comfortable contemporary-style rooms offer balconies, lots of space and sea views. See More
Wentworth Mansion Charleston (South Carolina) 21 rooms from £316Great walks - This pet friendly hotel is the perfect place for all the family, and there are many parks to take your pooch for a walk.Romantic - Good for couples.Outstanding locationFull of characterRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels, Fodors
America’s Gilded Age mansion oozes Charleston history through its marble floors, vaulted high ceilings and antique furnishings. Large rooms with fireplaces are unique and with modern amenities and complimentary breakfast. Enjoy a range of spa treatments or head out to explore yester-year. See More
Hotel Bennett Charleston 179 rooms from £386City Style - A sumptuous, luxury hotel mixing European grandeur with Southern hospitalityLocal exploring - Walking distance from the historic part of CharlestonLocal markets - Visit the weekly farmers market that's held at Marion SquareSwimming Pool - Outdoor rooftop pool
The Hotel Bennett has an imposing white exterior which opens up onto suitably grand interiors. Luxurious rooms have a traditional European feel with antique-style furniture and lavish bathrooms. Excellent regional dishes are served in the restaurant and the rooftop pool is a very nice addition. See More
The Spectator Charleston 41 rooms from £444Local exploring - Right in the heart of the Historic District, with neo-classical architecture, cobblestone streets and antebellum mansions.City Style - A sleek choice- this boutique hotel boasts cool 1920's speakeasy bar, crisp modern rooms and phenomanal service.Local markets - The Historic Charleston City Market is just down the road.Restrictions on children
A boutique hotel in the centre of historic Charleston, evoking the style of the roaring twenties, complemented with Southern charm and hospitality. Stylish rooms and suites with an art deco vibe, some with balcony or terrace and gourmet breakfast delivered to your door. A chic city centre spot. See More