Historic Hotels: A Charleston Tradition of Beauty, Preservation and Service



Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy the living history preserved in the culture of Charleston. What better way to fully experience the rich history and traditions of Charleston than to stay in the city's oldest historic hotels and B&B's? Enjoy the stomping grounds of Charleston's legends while staying in the home of Edward Rutledge, youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, or in the original residence of John Rutledge, a signer of the U.S. Constitution. Enjoy B&B lodgings just steps from Charleston's Battery Park and White Point Gardens at the Battery Carriage House, or enjoy a carriage house all your own at the 21 East Battery Bed and Breakfast. Historic hotels in Charleston often tell the tales of much different beginnings, with some lodgings built as cotton and indigo warehouses, as well as wealthy family residences like Wentworth Mansion.

Unique features such as antique furnishings, private courtyards, and shady porch verandas add the charm and tranquility enjoyed by Charleston hotel guests for centuries. All nestled within downtown Charleston's Historic District, these historic hotels and B & B's are as interesting on the outside as inside, with Charleston-style wrought ironwork facades and elegant marble and luxurious interior decor. Above all, it is the age old tradition of providing special amenities as an inclusive part of the guest experience. As a guest in Charleston's historic hotels, you'll experience the traditional Southern bounty style breakfasts, afternoon wine and cheese receptions, and evening sherry and treats that have become lowcountry hospitality traditions. 


The brightly colored Andrew Pinckney Inn is hard to miss among the carriage companies, shops and restaurants of the Market Street area of downtown Charleston. This historic inn retains its classic Charleston charm while offering guests just 41...  Read More


Indigo Inn

The Indigo Inn, built in 1850, was first used as a warehouse for indigo, a blue dye plant that served as one of antebellum Charleston's main cash crops. This historic district property offers king, one, and two queen bedded rooms, and is within...  Read More


The Mills House
Photo courtesy of Wyndham Grand Hotels

Now a Wyndham Grand property, the historic Mills House Hotel's pink exterior and black iron balconies make it one of the most recognized hotel fronts on the Charleston peninsula. The property features a business center, outdoor pool, experienced...  Read More


The Vendue
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Located on Vendue Range near Waterfront Park, The Vendue offers its guests a prime location for exploration, dining, and shopping. This boutique style hotel features The Press coffee shop, The Drawing Room, an upscale restaurant on the lower...  Read More


The Battery Carriage House Inn
Photo courtesy of Battery Carriage House Inn

The Battery Carriage House Inn is one of the most picturesque residence-turned-B & B on the Charleston peninsula. This antebellum Charleston style mansion was built in 1843, with ten rooms and one suite; each having their own unique worldly...  Read More


Located on palm lined Broad Street among art galleries and restaurants, The Governor's House Inn offers its guests a location within walking distance to everything on the peninsula, and centuries of history. Built in 1760 on the site of an...  Read More


John Rutledge House Inn
Photo courtesy of John Rutledge House Inn

Once home to John Rutledge, one of the 55 signers of the United States Constitution, the John Rutledge House Historic Inn was built in 1763, and now offers 19 guest rooms the original iron balcony adorned home and 2 carriage houses. A...  Read More


Planters Inn

Set across the street from the 1841 Green Revival Market Hall, Planters Inn holds sway in a restored building that traces its roots back to a mid-19th-century cotton warehouse. In the 1900s, the warehouse was converted to a dry-goods emporium....  Read More




Built originally as a grand private residence in the post Civil War 1880's, Wentworth Mansion is Charleston's only AAA Five Diamond Property. Located on Wentworth Street, and tucked away in the Harleston Village neighborhood, Wentworth Mansion...  Read More


Zero George Hotel
Photo courtesy of Zero George Hotel

The Zero George Hotel, named simply for its unique address at 0 George in downtown Charleston, is one of the city's truly historic hotel properties. Recently opened in 2012, Zero George is comprised of five authentic buildings, two of which are...  Read More


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Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare also ventured abroad to Spain and north to Boston before returning to Charleston and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown...  More About Clare

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