Charleston's Best Hotels for Family-Friendly Accommodations and Amenities

Charleston, South Carolina is a destination with diverse attractions suited to all types of visitors, from couples in search of a romantic venture, to group getaways and family gatherings. Luckily, Charleston is flush with restaurants, museums, and accommodations fit to welcome any guest. When it comes to choosing the ideal Charleston hotel for your family, there are often many factors to consider: Should we stay on the peninsula? Are we within walking distance of the attractions we want to see? What kid-friendly amenities do Charleston hotels typically offer? Will we have access to transportation from our hotel?

Charleston is a small, historical city, with narrow, one-way streets, and many residential areas tucked in between shopping and dining districts. For this reason, driving and parking can be difficult at times. Thankfully, Charleston is one of the most walkable cities in the country! Ditch the rental car, and choose a hotel within walking distance of your favorite Charleston attractions, or one that offers shuttle services or tours, such as Belmond Charleston Place or King Charles Inn.

Lowcountry Charleston is home to breathtaking scenery, both on the peninsula and beyond. When deciding which hotel to book for your family's next Charleston vacation, consider staying at a hotel on the beach, such as the all-inclusive Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms, or the Tides beachfront hotel on Folly Beach. For a private beach and marina minutes from downtown by car or water taxi, book your rooms at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina.



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



This hotel is very unique to the area and unique among other Holiday Inns you may have stayed at previously! The Holiday Inn Charleston-Riverview offers exactly what its name implies, and more: stunning, 360 degree views of the Ashley River and...  Read More



The Courtyard Marriott Charleston Waterfront is, as its name implies, facing the Charleston harbor marina and beautiful Ashley River of Charleston's South side. Families will enjoy the gorgeous pool at this hotel, which overlooks the marina, and...  Read More



Located in Charleston's Historic District, the Embassy Suites Charleston offers guests historic accommodations in what was once the original home of the Citadel Military College. You can't miss the Embassy Suite's fortress-like presence on...  Read More



The Courtyard Marriott Historic District, recently renovated in 2011, is one of the best value priced hotels on the Charleston peninsula. Conveniently located on Calhoun and Meeting streets, the Courtyard Marriott is within walking distance to...  Read More



Recently renovated and rebranded, the now Charlestowne Hotels-operated King Charles Inn could not be located in a more ideal spot for those wishing to explore Charleston by foot. This medium-sized hotel is close to many shops, restaurants, and...  Read More

Belmond Charleston Place
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Belmond Charleston Place, an exemplary luxury property and AAA Four Diamond hotel, maintains true Charleston elegance through exceptional service and elegant accommodations. Award winning restaurants Palmetto Cafe and Charleston Grill, and bar...  Read More



The Tides Folly Beach is Folly's premier beachfront hotel, newly renovated late 2011, and located just 9 miles from downtown Charleston. Each and every room at Tides is an oceanview room, featuring king or queen bed arrangements and a Juliet...  Read More

Wild Dunes Resort By Destination Hotels
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Wild Dunes is known as one of Charleston's premier resorts, and it is indeed a destination. This family friendly resort offers vacation homes and condo rentals, including two AAA 4 Diamond properties, The Boardwalk Inn and The Village, as well...  Read More



The Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina is more than ideally suited for families traveling with children of all ages. This large resort is situated just across the Ravenel Bridge from downtown Charleston, only a quick car or water taxi ride...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare is always venturing between traveling abroad and her beloved Lowcountry. 

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