Best area to stay in Charleston SC

Which is the best area to stay in Charleston SC?

If you are visiting Charleston, we recommend you stay in the Historical District, situated just 20 minutes from the airport. Here you will find many restaurants, fashion boutiques, antique shops, magnificent old houses, art museums, ghost tours, historical tours horse-carriage tours and much more.


The French Quarter is a section of the Historical District with a high concentration of French merchants. In the northernmost limit of this area you will find the Charleston City Market, selling clothes, jewellery, handcrafts, artwork, spices, silver, as well as prints and paintings of the city.


Along the River Cooper you will find the beautiful Charleston Waterfront Park, from where you can enjoy a relaxing walk to the White Point Garden, the perfect spot for a picnic. Other interesting and architecturally beautiful places in the Historic Centre are the The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the Jewish Congregation Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim.


You can use the free trolleybus to get around, which is a great option for tourist tours, not just getting around the city. You can also take a horse-carriage ride around the city whilst listening to fascinating stories about its history, although this is an optional extra, as most of the city´s main places can be visited on foot, unless you decide to go to the beach, golf courses or plantation houses. If travelling by car, you should take into consideration that parking costs around 20 dollars per day.

Hotel   Price per night
Meeting Street Inn
173 Meeting Street
270€ - 302$
King Charles Inn
237 Meeting Street
275€ - 308$
Church Street Inn
177 Church Street
315€ - 353$
Hotel   Price per night
Planters Inn - Charleston
112 N Market St
316€ - 354$
The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
115 Meeting Street
395€ - 442$
Hotel   Price per night
Wentworth Mansion
149 Wentworth St
350€ - 392$
The Spectator Hotel
67 State Street
367€ - 411$
Belmond Charleston Place
205 Meeting Street
369€ - 413$


On the map, which shows the best area to stay in Charleston SC, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.


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The Historical District, the best area to stay in Charleston


The Historical District is the ideal neighborhood in which to stay while touring Charleston. This area is comprised of wonderfully preserved historic landmarks, monuments, and homes. Set on a peninsula, the Historical District neighborhood is incredibly walk-able. In fact, walking around the area, taking in the beautiful 18th and 19th century architecture is a unique historic and cultural experience in-of-itself.


East Battery Street holds some of the most impressive, colonial mansions, while Rainbow Row features a strip of cheerfully painted homes. Stroll along King Street for high-end designer shops and boutiques, restaurants and bars of worldly fare, and trendy art galleries. The Historical District also houses the Charleston City Market. This open-air market historically served as a space for farmers to sell their produce and other goods beginning in 1840. Today you can purchase crafts, souvenirs, and sample some South Carolina Barbecue and other southern delicacies. For a relaxing afternoon, spend some time in the picturesque Waterfront Park. Pop in to the Charleston Museum, Old Slave Mart Museum, or Gibbes Museum of Art for an educational affair. The Historical District of South Carolina has everything you need in terms of sights, shopping, arts, and food.

Other areas to stay in Charleston


Mount Pleasant


Mount Pleasant is a more residential place to stay in Charleston, making it calm and quiet, yet scenic. It is the largest suburb of Charleston featuring colonial architecture similar to that found in the Historical District, on an equally charming, yet less grand scale. The expansive Shem Creek Park offers tranquility, with boardwalks, hiking trails, and wetland landscapes. This neighborhood houses several museums and monuments related to the United States Military and militant past, including Patriots Point, the Vietnam Experience Exhibit, and Cold War submarine memorial. Mount Pleasant offers many colorful diners and restaurants with both local and international cuisine. For beach-goers, Sullivan's Island is only a short 10-15 minute drive from the center of Mount Pleasant.


Wesh Ashley


West Ashley is another residential suburb of Charleston, set on the banks of the Ashley and Stono Rivers, featuring waterfront landscapes. Magnolia Plantation should not be missed for it’s fragrant and colorful botanical gardens. West Ashley gives convenient access to the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, which preserves the area of the first lasting English settlement in South Carolina.


Both Mount Pleasant and West Ashley maintain adequate transportation options into Downtown Charleston, by car and public transportation. Stay in these areas to escape the hustle of the city center, while still enjoying the colonial and colorful charms of Charleston.