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7 Top-Rated Resorts in Charleston, SC

Written by Carri Wilbanks

Whether you are looking for a beachfront resort or one in the historic downtown area, Charleston is filled with hotels for all styles and budgets. Many of the top resorts in this popular South Carolina vacation destination are located right on the Atlantic Ocean and cater to both families and couples looking for a romantic getaway.

There are also properties in the Charleston Historic District, some of which have a more boutique vibe, and these hotels are a good choice if you are looking for more of an urban feel. These properties are usually child-friendly but also cater to romantics. The Belmond Charleston Place, which is right in the heart of the old town, is one such example.

Then there are properties like The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and the Wild Dunes Resort, which are truly destinations in their own right. These resorts have multiple restaurants and amenities like championship golf courses, spas, and wellness centers, which keep you entertained day and night. Also note that not all properties here are in downtown Charleston proper. Kiawah Island is home to a number of top resorts, including the Andell Inn, and is located about 25 miles south of the city center. Whether you want an urban base or an island escape, find the best place to stay with our list of the top-rated hotels in Charleston, South Carolina.

1. The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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On Kiawah Island, south of Charleston, The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is right on the ocean and a destination in its own right, especially if you like to play golf. There are five championship golf courses on the grounds of this luxury resort, as well as other outdoor activity opportunities and a wonderfully relaxing spa. When it comes to sleeping, expect swanky, elegant rooms and suites with Italian linens, marble bathrooms, and balconies with either direct ocean or dune views. There are also multiple restaurants to choose from when it comes time to dine.

Accommodation: The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

2. Harbourview Inn

Harbourview Inn

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The Harbourview Inn is a charming property right on the waterfront in the Charleston Historic District. Inside a converted old cotton warehouse, it has 52 rooms that are either "traditional" or "historic." The historic rooms have original brick walls, handcrafted furnishings, and deep soaking tubs. Breakfast is included in the rate and can be enjoyed in your room, in the lobby, or on the fantastic rooftop terrace with panoramic views. Other amenities here include an afternoon reception, with complimentary cheese and snacks, and a milk and cookie service in the evening.

Accommodation: Harbourview Inn

3. Belmond Charleston Place

Belmond Charleston Place

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In the Charleston Historic District, the Belmond Charleston Place is an elegant property, which appeals to couples and families alike and is also pet-friendly. The sophisticated rooms and suites offer plenty of space to move around, quality linens on comfortable beds, and a soothing white and grey color palette. Bathrooms are done up with Carrara marble and L'Occitane bath products. Away from the rooms, you'll find a rooftop deck with a saltwater pool, a fitness center, spa, boutique shops, and a few different dining options.

Accommodation: Belmond Charleston Place

4. Wild Dunes Resort

Wild Dunes Resort

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Right on the oceanfront, Wild Dunes Resort offers accommodations in two different hotels, as well as private condos and beach houses, which all share central amenities like dining, golf, and a spa and wellness center. For hotel-style accommodations there is the luxe Boardwalk Inn just a few hundred feet from the beach, which has spacious and comfortable rooms and suites, as well as a restaurant and adults-only swimming pool. There is also the Village at Wild Dunes, which is a great choice for families as it comes with one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites and is at the center of the resort where many of the restaurants, the spa, and the large swimming pool are. A total of eight different restaurants are on-site, as well as two 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed golf courses.

Accommodation: Wild Dunes Resort

5. The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

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On the waterfront at Charleston Harbor, across the bridge from downtown, The Beach Club is a cheerful, luxe boutique property. The 92 rooms and suites are all done up in maritime designs and feature bright colors and plenty of space to move around. The beds are comfy, and rooms come with fireplaces and deep soaking tubs. All have balconies, but the best come with direct harbor views. Suites add separate living rooms and even more space. On-site amenities include a few different dining choices, a private beach area, multiple swimming pools, a kids' club, 24-hour workout room, and a posh spa.

Accommodation: The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

6. Andell Inn

Andell Inn

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Within Freshfields Village on Kiawah Island, the Andell Inn overlooks the Kiawah River and features laid-back rooms and suites. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and have flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, while suites add one or two bedrooms and have fully-equipped kitchens and separate living spaces. On-site amenities include a complimentary hot breakfast, heated outdoor saltwater swimming pool, and a workout room. There is also an on-site restaurant serving gourmet flatbreads and regional cheese and charcuterie boards. The property is also part of a resort community with a number of restaurants and shops that are just a short walk away.

Accommodation: Andell Inn

7. The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

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Right in the heart of historic Charleston, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel is a charming property dating back to the 1850s and has a lovely front courtyard complete with a fountain. The decor is modern Southern charm, with plush furnishings and details like color-coordinated bedspreads and drapes in the comfortable rooms and junior suites. The rooms come in a variety of sizes and shapes - some have awesome balconies, others open onto the swimming pool deck. The public spaces here are worth wandering as they are packed with museum-quality antiques and art. Other on-site amenities include an outdoor pool and large sundeck, a gourmet restaurant, and fitness center.

Accommodation: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

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