Charleston's Best Budget Hotels: Spend Less, See More of the City

Whether you're a regular visitor to Charleston or planning your first trip to the Holy City, you'll find that there is a wide variety of accommodations available in the area, across all price levels and styles. From uber-luxurious to budget and family-friendly hotels, Charleston offers all couples, families, business travelers or group vacationers the opportunity to conveniently and comfortably explore the lowcountry. For those visitors looking to save money on their hotel accommodations in favor of spending more on attractions, sightseeing, and dining, booking a hotel off the peninsula is often recommended. Though properties like the Comfort Suites West of the Ashley or the Shem Creek Inn are not located downtown, they are only a short drive or water taxi ride away. Those staying at hotels slightly further away from downtown Charleston such as the Best Western Sweetgrass Inn may need to use a personal or rental car in order to see the popular sights and attractions of the area. However, once visitors reach the downtown peninsula, having a car is largely unnecessary; Charleston is one of the more walkable cities in the country!

It is also recommended that visitors traveling on a budget book their Charleston hotel stays well in advance, while avoiding Charleston's peak tourist season (from March through October). Even though the winter and early spring months are less popular, many visitors find that Charleston's warmer climate makes for a nice getaway from colder Northern temperatures.



For travelers in search of budget-friendly acommodations in Charleston, the Hampton Inn Mount Pleasant-Patriots Point hotel is a convenient and affordable choice. This consistently low-cost hotel is located just over the Ravenel Bridge from...  Read More



Mount Pleasant's Holiday Inn is quiet, comfortable, recently updated, and most of all, very affordable compared to downtown Charleston hotels. This Holiday Inn is located just a few miles from downtown Charleston's historic district shops and...  Read More

Mount Pleasant


Boat watching and dolphin watching is a breeze at this family friendly hotel on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant. Located just across the Ravenel Bridge 4 miles from downtown Charleston, Shem Creek Inn is also just minutes from the beaches of Isle...  Read More

Days Inn Historic District
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This small but charming Days Inn property is conveniently located on Meeting Street in the heart of Charleston's downtown historic district, within walking distance of many restaurants, shopping areas, carriage tour companies, and sightseeing...  Read More



This West Ashley Best Western Sweetgrass Inn is well known as one of Charleston's better budget accommodations. While the property is located a short 3 mile drive from Charleston's downtown historic district, this Best Western boasts an outdoor...  Read More



The Comfort Suites West of the Ashley is aptly named; this budget-friendly, family-friendly hotel is one of Charleston's most affordable lodging options, and is located just a short 15 minute drive from the downtown Charleston peninsula. As this...  Read More



The downtown Hampton Inn Charleston Historic District hotel is among the "pricier" of our budget hotel recommendations, but is included on our list for its great value. This centrally located property is situated between King and Meeting...  Read More



This four-story, 123-room, sunny yellow-colored SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel is conveniently located just off of the Charleston peninsula in West Ashley, only a few minutes drive from the downtown historic district. The SpringHill Suites...  Read More



Looking for a more budget-friendly option for Charleston family accommodations? Though the Residence Inn Downtown/Riverview has a Charleston address, it is not actually located downtown, but rather just a few minutes' drive across the Ashley...  Read More



Acting as somewhat of a local landmark due to its uniquely round shape, the Holiday Inn Charleston-Riverview lives up to its name. This Holiday Inn is located just across the Ashley River, 5 minutes from downtown Charleston, and boast rates...  Read More


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. 

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