Located in southeastern South Carolina, the historic seaside city of Charleston is known for its pink houses, world-class golf courses and expansive subtropical waterfront. The city also has a number of landmarks reminiscent of its prominent role in national history, and there are several Old South plantations here, as well as the site of the first Civil War shot.
Charleston is a popular tourist destination where there are many accommodation options, ranging from basic and affordable to high-end hotels. If you’re looking for a place to stay that really has character and charm, then you’ll do worse than choosing a B&B in this city. Here are 10 of the best B&Bs.
Barksdale House Hotel.
Room price $193/night from
Set in a building dating back to the late 18th century, the Barksdale House Inn is a European-style home with distinctive rooms in the heart of Charleston’s historic district. Services and amenities include a continental breakfast served each morning, free WiFi in all areas and free on-site parking. The room features a 4-person bed, cable TV and coffee making facilities. The atmospheric Old City Market is a great place to shop for gifts and souvenirs, just a few minutes’ walk away, and the South Carolina Aquarium is within comfortable walking distance.
Room price $323/night from
Located a few miles west of Charleston city centre, the property offers guests plenty of communal leisure opportunities with a beautiful terrace and shared lounge and garden. The hotel offers daily continental or buffet breakfast and free private parking for guests on self-drive tours. The rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with standard amenities. This hotel is located on the 1st floor of the city center, just 5 minutes’ drive from the city center.
Room price $233/night from
This elegant home in Charleston’s historic district is embracing Southern hospitality and charm. Featuring spacious guest suites with flat-screen TVs, balconies and private bathrooms, this B&B combines style and comfort with a first-class location just a stone’s throw from the cultural treasures of Museum Mile in Charleston and the many shopping and dining opportunities in the Upper King Street Design and Dining District. Elsewhere in the B&B, there is a choice of full English/Irish or American breakfast each morning, and the beautiful terrace allows you to relax after a hard day of sightseeing. The hotel also offers its own bike rental service for guests. Popular public places nearby include Marion Square and Charleston Waterfront Park, ideal for relaxing on a sunny day.
King’s Courtyard Hotel
Room price $281/night from
The Kings Courtyard Inn is conveniently located just a few minutes’ walk from the historic City Market, one of Charleston’s most bustling attractions, with impressive facilities and service. The hotel offers free wine or sherry, a wine and cheese reception in the evening, and a nearby fitness center (for a fee). The hotel also offers in-room breakfast and free WiFi, and each room is individually decorated with in-room antiques, an en suite bathroom, cable TV, a small refrigerator and a desk. A number of restaurants and bars are located nearby, and the green spaces of Waterfront Park are just over half a mile away.
27 State Street
Room price $286/night from
Located in Charleston’s French Quarter, 27 State Street features a public terrace where guests can relax and socialize, as well as an on-site concierge service to recommend your attractions. The hotel also offers a daily continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, antique furniture and en suite bathrooms. There are also several art galleries and a theater near Waterfront Park.
Governor’s House Inn.
Room price $420/night from
The Governor’s House Inn was the home of Edward Rutledge, signer of the American Declaration of Independence and later Governor of South Carolina, and is an officially designated National Historic Landmark. Located in Charleston’s downtown district, this B&B has much to remind you of its illustrious past, including a large plaza, a stately piano room, a living room where receptions and cherry nights are held, and a gorgeous dining room. In terms of modern facilities, the hotel also offers free WiFi and free parking. The individually decorated rooms all feature flat-screen TVs, decorative fireplaces and four-poster canopy beds. The hotel is located on the 1st floor of Charleston, just 5 minutes’ drive from the city centre.
Fulton Lane Hotel
Room price $265/night from
Located between the shops and boutiques of King Street and just a stone’s throw from the bustling City Market, this B&B offers free coffee in the lobby area and a dedicated concierge service to give you tips on what to see during your stay. Other services include a daily continental breakfast that can be delivered to your room upon request, free WiFi in all areas, and a free wine and cheese reception each night. The rooms feature cable TV, a small refrigerator, antique furniture and a private bathroom. For those keen to travel locally, the ferry terminal to historic Fort Sumter is a 20-minute walk away.
South Battery 20.
Room price $247/night from
Conveniently located in the heart of the city, 20 South Battery Hotel offers an ideal location for those keen to get active, combining a central location with some delightful amenities, including a charming garden and terrace area and a bike hire service. Rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom and a sitting area. A continental breakfast is served each morning in the dining area. Notable landmarks and attractions near the hotel include Marion Square and the Charleston Museum, both of which are just over a mile away.
Conference Street Hotel
Room price $181/night from
This upscale inn in the heart of the historic district features classically decorated 19th century-style rooms with 4 beds and stylish hardwood floors. Some rooms also feature a comfortable hot tub. Elsewhere in the hotel, an enclosed garden courtyard provides a charming place to relax and unwind, with complimentary wine and aperitifs held every evening. The historic City Market, Pier Street Theater and the South Carolina Aquarium are just some of the popular attractions for B&Bs.
Shaybnb Charming Rooms
Room rates from 71 RMB/night
Located about 9 miles north of downtown Charleston, this budget airport B&B is ideal for travelers arriving in the city early or departing late. The hotel has a shared lounge with a coffee machine and toaster, and free snacks are served throughout the day. Other services and amenities at the hotel include free private parking and free WiFi in all areas.Rooms feature a microwave and a small refrigerator, and some rooms also feature a comfortable seating area and a work desk chair. The North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center are both a quick drive away.