Charleston's 11 Best Hotels for Views of the Water

Molly Ramsey | February 07, 2018

You may be traveling to Charleston for her history, architecture, or culinary delights, but, even so, while you’re in the South Carolina Lowcountry you’ve got to spend some time enjoying the coast. Luckily, a number of local inns offer brilliant sightlines of the water; some overlook the ocean, and others, the city’s rivers and harbor. These are the best oceanfront hotels in Charleston.


HarbourView Inn

Why it made the list

As its name implies, a few suites at this boutique hotel in the historic district offer a view of Charleston Harbor. Book a Grand Harbourview Room or the Landmark Suite for a private balcony and sightlines of the water; otherwise, enjoy the view from the hotel’s second-floor lobby.

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Courtyard Charleston Waterfront

Why it made the list

Situated along the western edge of the downtown peninsula, this budget hotel overlooks the Ashley River. Be sure to request a room with a water view to take advantage of the property’s picturesque location.

Situated on the western edge of the peninsula, Courtyard Cha Read More


Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront

Why it made the list

Right next door to the Courtyard Charleston Waterfront is this chain inn. Some rooms overlook the Ashley River; if staying in those that don’t, watch the sun set over the water from the hotel’s rooftop bar.

Nestled on the banks of the Ashley River, the Hilton Garden Read More


Inn at Middleton Place

Why it made the list

At the center of Middleton Place plantation—home to one of America’s oldest landscaped gardens—sits this unique inn. Certain rooms have sightlines of the Ashley River. Meander through the gardens, or park yourself by the pool, to soak up additional water views.

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Seabrook Island

Why it made the list

As you sunbathe by the pool or nosh at Cap’n Sam’s Poolside Grill, you’ll face out toward the ocean with pelicans soaring overhead.

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Wild Dunes Resort

Why it made the list

This Isle of Palms resort offers a handful of oceanfront accommodations. Past that, you can soak up sights of the water while sipping cocktails in your bathing suit at Beachside Burgers & Bar.

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Why it made the list

Book an Ocean View Suite to score a sweeping view of the Atlantic from the comfort of your (uber-luxe) room, then spend the day walking up and down Kiawah Island’s remote shoreline.

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The Cottages on Charleston Harbor

Why it made the list

Charleston’s harbor is within view of all but one of these quaint cottages. Grab a seat on the back porch—outfitted with rockers and a hammock—and watch the sunrise as gulls and other wildlife start the day, too.

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Harborside at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

Why it made the list

Many guest rooms at this Mount Pleasant hotel come with sweeping views of Charleston Harbor and the resort’s marina. Take in the vistas as you splash about in the pool or play volleyball on the property’s private beach.

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The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

Why it made the list

Sit in your private balcony’s Adirondacks as you watch the sun set over Charleston Harbor and you’ll feel all your worries melt away. Not only do you get sweeping views of the harbor here, you also get to take in the Holy City’s steeple-sprinkled skyline.

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Tides Folly Beach Hotel

Why it made the list

One hundred percent of the guest rooms at this Folly Beach hotel face the sea, so no matter where you’re sleeping, you’ll wake up to a view of the Atlantic Ocean (though the higher up you are, the more impressive the sights get).

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