There are many amazing places to stay in Charleston and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Each is popular for their own reasons and all of them have the charm people look for when visiting the Holy City. I had a comped night with Hotel Bennett, so we chose to use it on this trip and got to enjoy one of the crown jewels of Charleston again!
If you only have 24 hours, why not stay at Charleston’s best? Other options for hotels that are convenient to downtown are:
Charleston is known as a foodie paradise and there’s no shortage of places to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
Tavern & Table had great flavor, was fresh, and reasonably priced (average lunch entree price $16). We shared the Dynamite Shrimp, Jason had the Ahi Tuna bowl with salmon instead (that crusted avocado – YUM), and I had the Fig & Prosciutto Flatbread. This is a great spot to sit outside and watch the boats; you may even see a dolphin or two. Be prepared, Shem Creek is very popular with locals and tourists alike, so parking can be difficult in the high season.
I want to highlight a way to enjoy the Holy City that maybe you haven’t thought of – chartering/renting a boat! Getting out on the water is one of the best ways to see the city. Not only do you get an awesome view of downtown and all the amazing properties that line The Battery, but you can also go fishing, island hopping, explore Fort Sumter, or tie up at Shem Creek for lunch. If you want some serious deep sea fishing, there are companies that can take you further than the peninsula. The marsh and ocean is a way of life in the Lowcountry, not only for leisure, but many make their living through fishing, shrimping, oyster harvesting, boat charters, tours, and more. If you only have 24 hours in Charleston, this is a great morning activity that frees up the rest of the day.
If you’re looking to stay on land, one of the best ways to explore Charleston is by simply walking or biking. I recommend the hot spots like Rainbow Row, the Battery, Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park, and City Market, but you should also check out: