Top 10 Places to Stay for an Overnight Trip to Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful city and has some famous lovely, traditional sights like Planters Inn, Mills House, and Belmond Charleston Place.

Jay Brownstein | Nov 17, 2019

Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful city and has some famous lovely, traditional sights like Planters Inn, Mills House, and Belmond Charleston Place. Lots of the area's majestic historic homes are now converted and modernized B&Bs. And there are even several private rentals that are jewels for a short-term visit. Let's review some of our suggestions for your next visit to the area.

10. The Inn at Middleton Place
Close enough to the city and far enough to feel like the country, you'll be surrounded by towering pine and oak trees, and they will be your view through the big glass windows. Nearby Middleton Place, the oldest landscaped garden in America, offers camellias blooming in the winter, sheep, and swans. And in the Ashley River below, lazy alligators will be peeking out with curiosity. And if that doesn't float your boat, you can enjoy biking, kayaking, and swimming. The day starts with a complimentary breakfast and ends with a wine reception, an inviting fire, and dinner at Middleton Place Restaurant.

9. John Rutledge House Inn
This home was built by a signer of the U.S. Constitution in 1763. Today it has 19 rooms, 12-foot ceilings, Italian fireplaces, canopy beds and the original wood flooring. Even though parts of our Constitution were drafted in the walls, the same walls now welcome you to beautiful ironwork, whirlpools, nightly chocolates, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses. You can also enjoy breakfast in the elegance of the ballroom or on the more private patio.

8. Planters Inn
Can you get an image of Tara or Twelve Oaks mansions in your head? Well, those southern images will come to life here at the entrance to the city's historic market. Complete with impressive four poster beds, lofty ceilings, Italian marble bathrooms, the best linens, and period reproductions from Baker Furniture Company, you will be sleeping in a mini museum of 1844. This is also home to one of the best restaurants in town, the Peninsula Grill.

7. Renaissance Charleston Historic District
If you request an upper level suite, you will enjoy the splendid views from your balcony. And if that isn't enough, the rooftop pool is another alternative. If you don't get enough exercise spending money and shopping on King Street, find the onsite fitness center for a workout. Chef Robert Carter will serve you an excellent dinner at the Barony Tavern, hosted by the hotel and there is also tasty food, and live jazz minutes away.

6. The Governors House Inn
Previously owned by one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and a South Carolina governor, this 18th-century Georgian beauty is just breathtaking. Hidden behind a garden fence line, you can hit the veranda for a sit down in a wicker chair, where you will be between the lovely historic residential area and shopping, food and galleries. Hint: there is free sherry in a decanter atop a silver platter in the parlor. With soaring ceilings, overhead and hardwood floors at your feet, your room may even have a frilly canopy bed for an evening of romance.

5. The Restoration
Just opened in 2010, Southern charm meets urban edgy at The Restoration. Additional renovations were just completed in 2016 when they added a spa, library, rooftop terrace, bar, pool and incredible views of the harbor and historic downtown. But, not to worry, there is still original wood floors and walls of exposed brick for some old-world charm. The rooms have iPads, breakfasts are made to order just for you, and you will think you're living in a super deluxe apartment rather than a hotel.

4. The Spectator Hotel
Spectate on this, friends, your very own personal butler who will cater to your every desire. Well, most desires anyway! LOL, a 1920s building with a gilded lift, mirrored ceilings and hand painted wallpaper just south of the city's historic market area. The sunshine will bounce off the marble vanity and awaken you in your bed with a velvet headboard, and some rooms offer a private patio, how romantic is that? Other rooms offer views of the market, the French Quarter or St. Philip's church steeple. And the end of a fabulous day will be waiting for you in the book-lined lounge, with your favorite beverage at the bar.

3. The Vendue
Picture this: an 18th-century warehouse, marble halls, original wood beams, historic Charleston brick, cutting edge art, daily gallery tours, dining in the drawing room amid painters painting or musicians making music and a dinner prepared by Chef Jon Cropf. What do you have? The Vendue. Come see us!

2. Wentworth Mansion
This mansion was originally constructed by a cotton baron and it exceeds the city's zoning height limits because it existed well before the ordinance was adopted. So, what? You can enjoy the most spectacular views from the rooftop cupola, that's what! Marble bathrooms, Tiffany stained glass windows, and bedrooms fit for royalty, a complimentary breakfast on the porch and an evening glass of sherry and hors d'oeuvres by the parlor fire are a few of the things you will fall in love with when you book a room here. Oh, did we mention the carriage house turned restaurant is one of the finest city venues? It is! We may never leave the grounds!

1. Zero George Street
This location is a number of historic buildings now joined by well-manicured landscaped courtyards, which is just a hint of the luxury remaining to be discovered. Chef Vinson Petrillo not only heads the staff and the fabulous food served here, but he also offers private or group cooking classes. Each night you can enjoy wine and cheese in the piazza and each morning a cup of coffee from the Nespresso in the comfort of your room.