South Carolina

Hotels in South Carolina

From all-inclusive beach resorts to boutique inns crafted from historic mansions, hotels in South Carolina cater to every type of traveler.

For accommodations in the middle of Charleston's vibrant city center, opt for South Carolina hotels with a little history of their own. The Wentworth Mansion's Victorian heritage stretches through its 21 guest rooms, each equipped with its own fireplace, and its turndown service is as traditionally decadent as ever.

Nearby, the Belmond Charleston Place offers attentive service in the heart of the city's commercial district. Book a Club Room for private concierge service, and set aside time for the hotel's afternoon tea service, which is accompanied by live music.

Some of the best hotels in South Carolina along the coast include the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island. The luxury digs are conveniently located on the first tee of the Harbour Town Golf Links near a buzzing pedestrian mall and are the perfect jumping-off point for island exploration.

Hotels in South Carolina don't get much more quintessentially southern than The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a plantation-style resort in Bluffton that boasts its own Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, a full-service spa and opportunities for fly fishing and naturalist-led alligator "hunts." Guests say in cottages with gas fireplaces and private, screened porches.

Five hundred vacation villas that share the same barrier island and amenities as the Sanctuary (No. 6).

The 25 pine-paneled rooms are beach-rental basic: think patchwork quilts, ceiling fans, and half-baths (caveat: you’ll be sharing the showers, which are scattered throughout the property).

If the walls at Woodlands weren’t so discreet, they’d tell a tale of antebellum grandeur, party-giving as civic duty, and romantic skullduggery.

Mediterranean-style hotel, the area's most luxurious property, on a 370-foot-wide stretch of private beach.


This informal antebellum beach house sits just south of Myrtle Beach. All nine of the simple rooms have ceiling fans and screened windows to make the most of the salty sea breeze (there is air-conditioning, too). The Southern-style breakfast includes biscuits, grits, and crab salad.

Staying at the Planters Inn is akin to an overnight with well-to-do friends in their old Charleston mansion.

Stay at this unassuming inn in the heart of Charleston’s downtown.

The resort occupies 1,600 acres of private oceanfront property, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other.

Grand hotel with Georgian staircases and a 1-to-1 staff-to-guest ratio, in the heart of Charleston's commercial district. It's a family-friendly spot and one of the city's largest hotels (don't miss the magnificent spa).

Spend the night in Beaufort at the 190-year-old antebellum plantation manse one block from the Intercoastal Waterway.

Hotel compound that melds European luxury with Southern hospitality on the first tee of the famed Harbour Town Golf Links.

Like a super-sized Tara, the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island belongs to a fictional plantation family. In the morning room, a portrait of the “Mistress” presides over moss-green brocades, floral drapes, and porcelain bibelots. The “Master” hangs his hat in the lobby bar.

The four quirky rooms and a tiny backyard garden are only three blocks from the Atlantic. There’s a 70’s crash pad with tie-dye décor and a tree-house room with a canopied twig bed. But the best digs are in a private bungalow that has tongue-and-groove paneling and vintage mahogany furnishings.