Historic Downtown Hotels
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French Quarter Inn

French Quarter Inn Rating: 4.0 Pearls

This stately historic boutique is one of Charleston's best-known hotels, and has plenty of charming southern details (such as a grand wrought-iron staircase) and a location near Historic Downtown's popular tourist sights. Rooms are spacious and have French-inspired decor, and free extras such as breakfast, daily wine and cheese receptions, and freshly baked cookies add value. But there is no pool or fitness center, unlike at the Market Pavilion Hotel.

Market Pavilion Hotel

Market Pavilion Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

This luxurious property is located across the street from the City Market, in the heart of the most upscale area of the Historic District. It seems there’s been more effort put into some of the gorgeous bathrooms (with Hermes toiletries as well as separate showers and tubs) than into the elegant but somewhat plainer standard rooms (the striped comforters in particular could use an upgrade). The Concierge Level is definitely worth the extra dollars, with more opulent rooms and wonderful amenities. The great pool area, the solid rooftop bar and the fine steakhouse are some of the highlights of this classy property.

The Jasmine House Inn

The Jasmine House Inn Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Housed in a beautifully renovated mansion dating to 1843, the Jasmine House Inn has all the charm of a B&B and the comfort of an upscale hotel, plus a central location in downtown Charleston. It has 12 large rooms with hardwood floors, 15-foot ceilings, flat-screen TVs and unique decor that might be a bit too much for some (think matching bedspreads and drapes, patterned rugs, and flowal wallpaper). There are a bunch of great freebies, including a continental breakfast, Wi-Fi and evening hors d’oeuvres -- but you’ll have to pay for parking.

Francis Marion Hotel

Francis Marion Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Still considered one of Charleston's grand dames, the historic Francis Marion Hotel has lost some of its luster -- the decor is a bit dated, the bathrooms are small, and the restaurant is only so-so. The hotel's location in historic downtown remains the highlight, and rooms come with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs.

Andrew Pinckney Inn

Andrew Pinckney Inn Rating: 3.5 Pearls

This 41-room boutique hotel, located within walking distance of Historic District attractions, is housed within two historic buildings dating to the 1860s. Its decor incorporates both traditional Charleston details (such as original brick walls) and West Indies style. The charming rooms, renovated in 2010 and 2011, all have individual decor; some have historic details such as original wood floors. But a few units are very small and lack impressive views. The hotel has few on-site features, but the attractive rooms, convenient location, and multiple freebies make it a good value.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston - Historic District

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston - Historic District Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The Doubletree by Hilton features rooms outfitted in golds, reds, and greens, with dark wood accents and draped curtains. Some may find the decor somewhat dated and stuffy, but the hotel has a more luxurious feel than other chain hotels, especially in the lobby, which is bedecked with chandeliers and high archways. The basement fitness center and the quiet courtyard are nice features, and the historic downtown location is a highlight, but families may want to consider the nearby Embassy Suites, which has a pool and free Wi-Fi.

Elliott House Inn

Elliott House Inn Rating: 3.5 Pearls

This quaint, 25-room bed-and-breakfast, housed within a Civil War-era private residence, has an excellent location within the Historic District and competitive rates. Rooms are decorated in traditional style (white quilts, four-poster beds, wood floors), and the property features a large Jacuzzi underneath a shady pergola as well as free breakfast and Wi-Fi. Some rooms are on the small side, however, and amenities are few: The hotel lacks a fitness center, business center, and full restaurant.

Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston

Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Across the street from Marion Square, the upper-middle-range Embassy Suites Charleston is housed in the original Citadel Military College that looks like an aged fortress. The lobby, with an oddly placed array of plants, oriental rugs, and chairs, isn't as inviting as some other Charleston hotels, but the Historic Downtown location and the large suites -- complete with separate living rooms, wet bars, mini-fridges, and microwaves -- are the highlight.

Indigo Inn

Indigo Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls

This 40-room property is a real B&B, with quaint, spacious rooms overlooking a lovely courtyard, traditional-style decor (dated for some), and no hotel-style amenities. However, it has a few interesting freebies, including Wi-Fi; breakfast; and afternoon cheese, wine, and fruit. Plus, it's situated in a gorgeous location in the heart of Charleston’s Historic Downtown, within walking distance to major tourist attractions. It is not quite luxurious (though it has some nice touches), but it is definitely charming and cozy, and geared toward those who appreciate a B&B experience.

King Charles Inn

King Charles Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls

This 91-room Best Western property, located on busy Meeting Street, delivers more amenities than the average downtown Charleston inn, including a pool, a lounge, and free parking. The decor in the common spaces isn't as charming as at some competing properties, such as the Elliott House Inn, but rooms have sleek (if generic) southern style -- poster beds, quilts, and dark wood furniture. The location is steps from the Historic District's best shops, restaurants, and attractions.

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Locations

  • Historic Downtown
  • Folly Beach
  • Mount Pleasant
  • North Charleston
  • West Ashley

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  • Air Conditioner
  • Babysitting Services
  • Bar at Pool
  • Business Center
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Brands

  • Best Western
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