Hotels Near the Port of Charleston

by Nicholas Katers

The Port of Charleston, South Carolina, handles cruise liners and commercial ships from around the world, and the popularity of this downtown port has contributed to a local shipping industry as well as hotels that accommodate vacationers. Hotels range from bed and breakfasts for couples to luxury hotels serving jet-setters. Travelers are able to sample the diverse hotel industry in Charleston without venturing far from the port.

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Luxury Hotels

Downtown Charleston provides abundant options for travelers interested in luxury hotels. The Charleston Place Hotel is three minutes southwest of the port and features French-inspired guest rooms and suites. This upscale property caters to hungry travelers with casual dining at Palmetto Cafe and fine dining at the Charleston Grill. Guests of the French Quarter Inn are welcomed with champagne at the front desk, and that level of service continues after check-in as guests select from seven options on the pillow menu. The inn’s Tristan Restaurant serves Southern cuisine in a casual setting only two minutes southwest of the port.

Historic Hotels

The long history of Charleston is reflected in historic hotels throughout the port district. The Mills House Hotel, three minutes southwest of the port, dates to the 1850s. Guests are able to relax on-site with a stroll through the first-floor art gallery and dinner at the Barbadoes Room. The Francis Marion Hotel offers rooms within two minutes of the port adorned with brass accents, reproduced paintings and antiques dating to 1924. The Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar on the first floor serves Southern entrees and desserts made with local ingredients.

Bed and Breakfasts

Bed and breakfasts near the Port of Charleston provide personalized service to travelers. The John Rutledge House Inn, three minutes south of the port, hosts afternoon tea and evening cocktail receptions for guests. This restored 18th century mansion contains guest rooms with elegant touches, like four-poster rooms and replicated furniture. The Battery Carriage House Inn, five minutes south of the port, features daily breakfast served on fine china and silver platters. Guests interested in the hotel’s haunted past can speak with the owner about ghost sightings in several rooms.

Boutique Hotels

Travelers to Charleston discover unique amenities at boutique hotels near the port. The Andrew Pinckney Inn offers accommodations ranging from budget-friendly rooms to bi-level suites two minutes from the port. This boutique hotel maintains Southern traditions, including hearty breakfasts on the rooftop and afternoon tea in the parlor. Guests at the Vendue Inn encounter replicated furniture and paintings that cover styles going back to the 18th century. The front desk provides free bike rentals for guests who want to tour downtown or journey less than one minute north to the port.

About the Author

Nicholas Katers has been a freelance writer since 2006. He teaches American history at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis. His past works include articles for "CCN Magazine," "The History Teacher" and "The Internationalist" magazine. Katers holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in American history from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, respectively.