The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
Many Charleston hotels cater to the couples market, but this one has all of the things a family craves, including two pools, spacious rooms, and a decidedly unstuffy atmosphere. Located in Mount Pleasant, which is a mere 15-minute car ride from downtown, the Beach Club has 92 guestrooms, many of which face the harbor and marina. Nautical details abound, from the blue-and-white color scheme to the prints of sailboats and framed sailors’ knots that hang on the walls. The six family parlor suites are perfect for a group of four, since they have a separate room with two twin beds tucked off the entryway. The two pools are heated, and one has cabanas set up for ordering cocktails, sandwiches, and snacks like pimento cheese and crackers. As an added value, the resort offers a complimentary shuttle into town, along with a water taxi ride for a nominal fee. There are plenty of attractions nearby, however, including the on-site Estuary Spa (get the Blue Eucalyptus Energizing Massage) and the USS Yorktown, a WWII aircraft carrier.