The Coolest Hotels in Charleston

Molly Ramsey | February 01, 2018

When you think of Charleston, you may envision creaky B&Bs rife with period reproductions. And while our fair city has its fair share of those (which are charming in their own right), there has been a flood of trendy boutique hotels opened in recent years that ooze a refreshingly modern swagger. Put simply: these are the coolest hotels the Holy City has to offer.


Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston

Why it made the list

Travelers can expect more than just a cozy place to lay their heads at this funky boutique hotel. From top (Élevé Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge holds fire pits, AstroTurf, and mod furnishings) to bottom (the ground floor features an art shop and wine tasting lounge with more than a dozen varietals on tap), experiences abound here.

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Zero George

Why it made the list

While the exterior of this boutique inn has all the charm of 19-century Charleston, guest studios and suites are perfectly modern, with marble-clad bathrooms (and dimmable lights) plus pristine beds and linens. Pop-up shops hosting some of the city’s most talented makers are common within the B&Bs main house, and its eatery, Zero Restaurant + Bar, serves up an adventurous tasting menu.

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86 Cannon

Why it made the list

Prior to your arrival, innkeepers will touch base with you via text. While staying at this charming bed and breakfast, you’ll delight over the modern décor styled by local designer Betsy Berry (think Farrow & Ball wallpaper and metal four-poster bed frames).

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The Spectator

Why it made the list

Local interior designer Jenny Keenan dressed this luxury inn to Art Deco perfection and its ground-floor bar makes you feel like you’re in a chic, modern-day speakeasy. A personal butler service—the only of its kind in town—and bikes you can borrow provide the experiential elements Millennials crave.

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The Dewberry Charleston

Why it made the list

In the Living Room at The Dewberry Charleston—its ground-floor coffee shop slash bar slash lounge—you’ll find guests and in-the-know locals alike reading the newspaper or typing away on their MacBook in the mornings. Later that day, bearded mixologists donning bright white sports coats pour craft cocktails in the same space. In lieu of an old-school souveneir shop, guests can shop artisanal goods made throughout the South at Garden & Gun magazine’s first-of-its-kind field shop, housed in the first floor, as well.

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The Restoration

Why it made the list

Moody portraits snapped by local photographer Gately Williams hang in guest rooms and a dimly lit library with equestrian décor and a library of Assouline books invites you to sit and stay awhile. In The Rise, the hotel’s ground-floor café, you’ll sip fair-trade coffee, and at its rooftop bar, The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits, denim-clad servers bring you crisp rosé and craft brews. Rooftop yoga and live music are often offered here, as well.

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