Sep 06, 2023

5 Historic Downtown Hotels For Your Next Visit To Charleston

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Travelers from around the world continue to be drawn to the continuously ranked #1 city in the U.S., the charming city of Charleston. This comes as no surprise as this historic city offers a little bit of everything from Lowcountry charm, beaches and marshlands, pastel sunsets, an exquisite culinary scene, cobblestone streets, a rich history – the list goes on! When planning a visit to the Holy City, consider lodging in one of the historic downtown hotels mentioned below if you crave an authentic Charleston bed and breakfast experience.

John Rutledge House Inn. Constructed in 1763, the John Rutledge House Inn is a charming boutique hotel and is a living National Historic Landmark. It was once the home of John Rutledge, a signer of the U.S. Constitution and South Carolina politician. It is even rumored that She Crab Soup was created in the house at a party attended by President William Howard Taft during the 1920s. This historic inn provides a charming setting with delights such as complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and hors d’oeuvres. Located on historic Broad Street, you will be in the perfect location to explore Charleston’s history and attractions. Fun fact – you can find our downtown office just steps away at 25 Broad Street. 

Fulton Lane Inn. Tucked away in the heart of downtown on King Street, this inn is just steps away from iconic attractions. The structure that houses this establishment was originally two separate buildings that were built in 1889 and 1912. Seventy years later, the buildings were purchased together and underwent a series of extensive renovations and restorations which brought forward the historic architecture of the buildings. This hotel offers forty-five guest rooms, each with a sitting area and a charming fireplace. Breakfast is delivered each morning to the rooms and wine and cheese is available each night in the lobby. The Fulton Lane Inn is a great option if you’re seeking true Southern hospitality and a prime location.

The Mills House Hotel. This stylish pink hotel is located in Charleston’s French Quarter, sitting on the corner of Queen and Meeting Streets and was originally opened in 1853. The hotel finished a transformative, multi-million-dollar renovation in December 2022, bringing a luxurious and historic ambiance to the forefront. Step through the iron archways that lead into the upscale light-filled lobby. Enjoy amenities such as rooftop wellness classes, sunny pool days with cocktails from the Terrace Bar, The Black Door Cafe and courtyard dinners by the lush garden at the Iron Rose restaurant. This vibrant hotel also offers a “Pretty in Pink” bachelorette package, perfect for a photoshoot. This month marks a milestone for this iconic hotel as it celebrates its 170th anniversary!

Wentworth Mansion. Located in the Harleston Village neighborhood, the historic Wentworth Mansion was completed in 1886 and originally debuted as the four-story private residence of Francis Silas Rodgers and his extensive family. He oversaw the creation of the mansion’s beautiful architectural features such as hand-carved ceilings, parquet floors, wrought-iron ornamentation and Tiffany stained-glass windows. He also created a winding staircase that leads to the cupola that still resides in the building today. Enjoy an elegant dinner at one of Charleston’s finest restaurants, Circa 1886, which is located in the original carriage house of the Wentworth Mansion. Enjoy being steps from King Street and award-winning dining, culture and history.

Francis Marion Hotel. Named after the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, also known as the “Swamp Fox”, this historic hotel became an instant Charleston landmark when it opened in 1924. Rising twelve stories above the Historic District, the hotel offers panoramic views of historic mansions, church steeples and the Charleston harbor. With on-site amenities like the Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, The Spa of Charleston and Starbucks, you have everything you need at your fingertips. Located downtown on King Street across from Marion Square, this hotel is within walking distance to downtown’s hottest attractions.

Each of these hotels offers a unique glimpse into Charleston’s history while pampering guests with modern comforts. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply seeking an enchanting getaway, these accommodations will make your stay in Charleston truly unforgettable. William Means was founded in 1933 and is one of the oldest real estate companies in Charleston. If you’re looking to learn more about Charleston, one of our agents would be delighted to provide their expertise.


The Francis Marion Hotel

Fulton Lane Inn

John Rutledge House Inn

Wentworth Mansion

The Mills House Hotel

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