Charleston Insider's Guide > Hotels & Lodging > Charleston, SC Hotels & Inns
There are so many hotels in the Charleston area that you may have trouble knowing where to begin in tracking down the right hotel for you. A number of factors come into play when deciding where you should stay.
Location is the most important decision that needs to be made before you start narrowing down your list of hotels. If you've never been to Charleston before you will want to stay in the historic district sometimes known as the peninsula. Any hotel south of US 17 is fine. As you get more south however, the number of quality historic sites increase and the view improves dramatically. South Battery St. is located on the southern tip of the peninsula. This is where you will find the cannons that used to protect the city in every early US war. Hotel prices are higher in downtown. Most of the best deals you will find will put you in North Charleston or on the river. It is highly recommended however, that you stay downtown if you can find room in your budget. Parking can be difficult to find and expensive when you do find it. If you get a room that is already downtown, you won't need to move your car for the entirety of your trip.
Your next step should be determining what you expect your hotel to provide you during your stay. There are four major types of hotels in Charleston to choose from:
Luxury Hotels – When you want to be waited on hand and foot, Charleston offers many 4 and 5 star hotels to suit your needs. Free breakfast in bed and 24 hour concierge service are just some of the standard features you'll find if you decide to stay at a luxury hotel. They are expensive however; some cost as much as $400 a night.
Full Service Hotels – This level of hotel is the most popular. You'll find most nice hotel chains fall into this category. Most of them offer breakfast and have a pool. It's a solid choice for families and you have plenty of different hotels to select from. They are significantly cheaper than a luxury hotel but still offer plenty of amenities to make your stay spectacular.
Historic Inns – Historic inns are great choices if you want a little touch of southern history and culture to accentuate your trip. Most of these inns are breathtaking. Antiques abound in the inns, and most are hundreds of years old. The size and cost per night vary greatly so if you're looking for something different for your next vacation consider a historic inn.
Budget Hotels & Motels – For the budget traveler, hotels of this class cannot be beat. You won't find a good hotel any cheaper than you'll find in this category. Most of these hotels will be across the river, which is only a five to ten minute drive into the heart of the city.
Once you've figured out what kind of hotel you'd like to stay in, the only other major factor to consider is availability and cost. All that's left to do is book your hotel and enjoy your vacation.
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