Charleston, SC Hotel Selections Where Your Money Goes Further There is a broad spectrum of three, four and five-diamond rated hotels in the Charleston area. A hotel rated at the three-diamond level offers well maintained, conveniently located, attractive and comfortable accommodations that are most often inclusive of many amenities. Many times, the difference between a three and a four-diamond rated hotel is minor, for example, provision of a single service or variation in location or room size may be all that establishes the higher rating. So it pays to understand that it is possible to stay at a three-diamond hotel and receive rooms and services very comparable to the four-diamond at a better price value and likewise, for the variables between a four and five-diamond hotel. The difference in the accommodations may be a trifling feature but perhaps not so insignificant with respect to what you might save per night, in room fees.
The hotels listed below are comparable in their diamond status but have variables in what they offer in terms of amenities and conveniences. If you take into consideration high and low season for reservations, generally March 15 through June 15 and again from Labor Day through October is high season or in demand and rates elevate during this time. If you are able to plan a mid-summer get away in July or August or even better, a mid-winter trip during November through early March, the savings can be substantial. Of course there are exceptions during low season for big events like the South Eastern Wildlife Exhibition or during Christmas, New Years Eve and Valentines weekend, which are big in the hospitality industry so do call ahead for low season rates but overall, hotel savings are big by booking during in low season.
If you must travel during holiday or high season, you can still save if you have flexibility for weekday travel as opposed to weekend reservations as rates are typically lower from Sunday night to Wednesday night and jump as demand does on the weekend. Further, determine what is most important for your own comfort, you may be able to procure a 3 or 4-diamond hotel for an extremely reasonable price if you don't mind leaving the hotel for a restaurant, don't necessarily have to be right in the heart of town or can get by without room service.
These minor differences in reservation times and hotel choices can translate into great savings and whether yours is ultimately a good vacation or a great one. Compare the listing below then click on the name of the hotels you think will suit you best for a full review and see what each hotel is rated. Take advantage of the special rates at the hotels listed below online.
Doubletree Guest Suites
Location - Excellent location right on the City Market near to all tours, sites, museums, galleries, restaurants, nightlife and culture
Restaurant - Not on site but right in the heart of many choices
Breakfast - A newly added breakfast cafe (not included with room price)
Beverage Service - Bar service within limited hours, (not included with room price) but again, within walking distance to all bar service and nightlife Charleston has to offer.
Rooms - All are suites but for a few Executive King rooms. Very well appointed with newly renovated, oversized rooms with a calming, early American pallet, simple crown molding, Sweet Dreams plush-top mattresses, jumbo pillows, down comforters and luxurious linens.
High Season Weekend Pricing - $289+ on weekends but book early to enjoy these rates.
History - This hotel was the original Charleston Hotel. Rate Practices - Doubletree is a Hilton family property and offers a low rate guaranteed on their website. Unlike many properties, their lowest rate does not have an advance purchase requirement but rather, your card will not be charged until you check in. Rates increase as the hotel reaches a certain occupancy level, so waiting too long may result in a higher rate.
Embassy Suites Historic District
Add up the extras for a great value. SAVE ADDITIONAL 15% on rates in the off season by booking with by booking online at Embassy Suites depending on the time of year.
Location - Near the Northeastern edge of the Historic District. Convenient to shopping, tours, Aquarium.
Breakfast - Yes, full and cooked to order.
Beverage Service - Two Hours manager's reception with complimentary full bar.
Price - $259 Sunday-Thursday, Weekends $295+
Rooms - View of the atrium, flat screen television, granite counters, wet bar, microwave, mini fridge, sitting area with additional sleeping on pull out couches.
History - Originally the Citadel Campus. Museum quality historical artifacts on attractions in the lobby. Rate Practices - Embassy Suites is a Hilton family property and offers a low rate guaranteed on their website.
Francis Marion Hotel
Discounted Rates are available at Charleston Reservations by calling 800.310.1292
Location - Northeastern edge of the Historic District. Convenient to King Street attractions, shopping and restaurants.
Restaurant - On site coffee house or room service (not included in room price).
Breakfast - On site coffee house or room service (not included in room price).
Beverage Service - In house, full service bar with piano music (not included in room price)
Price - Price Range for High Season Guestroom- $239 Sunday-Thursday $289 weekends
Rooms - Well appointed rooms with luxurious touches, old world style and fantastic views. Smaller bathrooms due to historical restrictions.
History - Built in 1925 as a full service luxury hotel.
Least Expensive and still very nice with discounted rates available online.
Location - Northeastern edge of Historic District close to Marion Square, King Street shopping and within walking distance to may ites
Restaurant - No in-house restaurant but in proximity to the famous Rue de Jean and other popular restaurants
Breakfast - Continental and hot breakfast served daily
Beverage Service - No, but again in proximity to ample nightlife and bar service
Price - Price Range for High Season Guestroom- $220 during the week and $260+ on the weekends
Rooms - Amenities include pleasant and well-maintained rooms, flat screen television, WiFi, coffee maker, ironing equipment, cribs (on request) hair dryer, a fitness room and swimming pool. Dry cleaning service and parking available for nominal fee.
History - Once a train station, has been renovated for unique hotel lobby and guestrooms.
Rate Practices - Hampton Inn is a Hilton family property and offers a low rate guaranteed on their website.
Mills House Hotel
The best discounted rates are available online at the Mills House Hotel website
Location - Wonderful French Quarter location close to historic homes antique district and art galleries.
Restaurant - In house full service restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner (not included in room price)
Breakfast - In the restaurant or room service (not included in room price)
Beverage Service - Full Service Restaurant and bar.
Price - Price Range for High Season Guestroom - $239 Sunday through Thursday $339+ on weekends.
Rooms - Opulent, Victorian style decor. A desk, bedding package, WiFi and turndown service is standard service in all rooms, which are well maintained in a tasteful palate, offering a pleasing and luxurious environment for every guest. Use of pool is included in price of room.
History - Rich history through Civil War times and multiple rebirths and renovations. First hotel to have indoor baths and plumbing. Located on the same site as the original Mill House Hotel.
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