Need an idea for a birthday or anniversary weekend?  Have your college students come home for the summer and a weekend away with your spouse sounds wonderful?  Look no farther, Charleston, South Carolina has accommodations for every occasion.

I had the great fortune to stay at the Francis Marion Hotel. A delightful historic property located just out of the shopping district on King Street. The Hotel was very gracious in upgrading me to a suite. And I mean sweet… 12th floor view over the battery about a mile away. Modern upgrades with “Old Hotel” charm. Beautiful lobby with understated bar but very warm living room feel with balcony area overlooking the lobby.  Only drawback was the size of the bathrooms – on the small side. Not only a vacation destination but a great hotel option for meetings as well.  The grand ballroom takes you back in time to Old Charleston. While I enjoyed my time at this location, Charleston has many outstanding properties not to be missed.

Top Five Hotels in Charleston

Belmond Charleston Place
“It’s little surprise Belmond Charleston Place is known as Charleston’s grand ambassador, welcoming friends and guests alike with a gentility that transcends the hotel’s newly renovated guestrooms and suites, award-winning restaurants and world-renowned rooftop spa. This grand dame is located at the very heart of one of America’s favorite cities — mere steps from the famous historic market, antebellum homes and James Beard-awarded restaurants.”

Restoration on King
“Positioned on the corner of King and Wentworth, this meticulously restored boutique hotel inn offers houses 16 “condo” style suites with exposed brick walls and original hardwood flooring. Guest Suites range from 800 – 1600 sq. ft and include full kitchens. Exemplary service and upscale amenities are the trademark and the rooftop terrace is one of the best in Charleston.”

King Charles Inn
“Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, the King Charles Inn offers ideal accommodations for those seeking the best Charleston has to offer. The property boasts complimentary parking, outdoor pool, nightly welcome reception and BREW Pub & Café – the hotel’s new dining option for breakfast and evening libations.”

Planters Inn
“Nestled in the very heart of Charleston’s picturesque Historic District, the intimate 64-room Planters Inn boutique hotel is housed in a meticulously restored and exquisitely furnished 1844 building that Travel + Leisure describes as “akin to an overnight with well-to-do friends in their old Charleston mansion.” In 2014, Travel + Leisure named Planters Inn the #1 Best Hotel in the United States as part of the magazine’s World’s Best Awards.”

If you’re looking for a memorable meal be sure to try Fulton Five. A small restaurant about ten blocks from the Francis Marion. You must have reservations and it was recommended by our Senior Meeting Planner Emily Dunn.  Now, it is recommended by me too!  David was our host and did a spectacular job on affordable wine selection and recommendations on food. All food, beef, fish, scallops, olives, pasta were great. According to Fulton Five’s website, it has been voted Charleston’s “Most Romantic Restaurant” for 13 years in a row.  Emily dishes on more Charleston restaurants here.


About Ricky Shore

Richard E. Shore, Jr. (Ricky) is the President & CEO of Aladdin Travel. “I joined the company in April 2004 with responsibilities for corporate sales and marketing and completed the purchase of Aladdin Travel in November 2012. I enjoy volunteering in the community and have served as president of the Winston-Salem Rotary Club and as a board member and president (2012-13) of the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem. Finally, serving on the Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church as Junior and Senior Warden was a rewarding experience. Sally and I enjoy traveling, with and without family! Memories of crepes in Paris, the Cotswolds outside of London, golf in Scotland, the Great Wall of China, biking in Holland, Italy and the Salzkammergut (Lake District) of Austria and sightseeing in Spain abound. An occasional trip to the beach or the mountains is also welcome!

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