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There is a lot to love about the city of Charleston - it's been a trending and increasingly popular vacation destination for some time now. If you want to visit this hip, trendy, and historical town this year, you'll want to know the best places to stay in Charleston, SC.

Before we get to finding the best places to stay in Charleston, SC, let's first talk about why you should be visiting this charming little city in the first place. Charleston has a lot going for it when it comes to domestic travel! With a celebrated culinary scene, stunning historic architecture, packed events calendar, and world-class attractions like the International African American Museum, is it any wonder?

Charleston's roots run deep, and it's worthy of exploration and examination as we enter this new year. If you're ready to get out there and explore with us, then partner with Select Registry for your lodging. Staying Select ensures you'll stay at one of the best places to stay in Charleston, SC. 

Unique accommodations are only one aspect of why our Inns are the best places to stay in Charleston, SC. Keep reading to learn more about why Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts are the ultimate choice when it comes to high-quality, unique, and welcoming lodging in the Charleston area.  

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Reasons to Visit Charleston

Odds are, if you're curious about the best places to stay in Charleston, you're interested in visiting the city sometime soon. If you're not planning to be in Charleston, let us change your mind! From exploring the city's top attractions to attending exciting events like the annual Charleston Food & Wine Festival in March, we have little doubt you'll fall head over heels for this amazing city. 

Charleston is a charming waterfront city replete with layer upon layer of history and charm. Charleston has been consecutively named the No. 1 City in the United States and Canada by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler and was the first domestic destination to earn the coveted No. 1 City in the World ranking.

We'll get to discussing the best places to stay in Charleston, SC, in a bit. In the meantime, here are some of the top reasons to visit us in Charleston.

  1. History is everywhere you turn in this town. From the city's dark roots in slavery to the heights of the Antebellum South, there are plenty of historic attractions to explore in Charleston. 
  2. There's plenty of African-American heritage in Charleston. One of the best ways to learn about the black perspective of this historic city is to take one of the tours focused on this part of Charleston's history. Make sure to visit the International Museum of African American History, a place designed to honor the untold story of the African American Journey. 
  3. Along with plenty of history to absorb, there's also stunning historic architecture to admire. Tour historic homes and plantations, and walk along what is commonly referred to as "rainbow row." This colorful street of houses is one of Charleston's most iconic historical sites, filled with brightly painted 18th-century homes. 
  4. It's a major foodie destination, so much so that we could dedicate an entire blog to just the food. This March, Charleston will once again host the Charleston Wine + Food Festival - a delicious way to taste your way through the city. 
  5. Charleston is home to a thriving arts scene, including the Dock Street Theatre, America's first permanent playhouse. The Gibbes Museum of Art is also extraordinary. 
  6. The beaches are beautiful, and the vibe is laidback. It's perfect for that refreshing getaway you've been craving. 

Of course, if you can't make it to Charleston any time soon, don't fret. The city's best restaurants, attractions, and more will still be here waiting for you when you're ready. The best places to stay in Charleston, SC, will still be here waiting, too!

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Best Places to Stay in Charleston, SC

John Rutledge House Inn

John Rutledge House Inn

Home to 19 elegant rooms and suites—each unique in both size and architectural details, the John Rutledge House Inn® offers luxurious amenities that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Whether you join us in the main house or one of our two charming carriage houses, you are sure to revel in the grand comfort of our historic Charleston inn.

From 12-foot high ceilings to Italian marble gas fireplaces, the ethereal guest rooms and suites of the historic John Rutledge House Inn® emanate an elegance of an era bygone, and the experience is just as enticing. After a day of exploring Charleston, there’s nothing quite like returning home to your cozy Broad Street accommodations and joining fellow guests for a complimentary evening drink of port, sherry, or brandy before retiring to your suite for nightly chocolates.

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Stay Select in Charleston, SC

There's no shortage of lodging in the area - but if you're genuinely looking for the best places to stay in Charleston, SC, then you should be looking at the two Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts that call this charming city home. 

If you're not already familiar with the Select Registry brand, then it's time to get acquainted with this collection of independent, luxury Inns. Select Registry Inns are located in almost every state in the country, with membership growing all the time. 

To become a member of Select Registry, each property must undergo the most comprehensive inspection in the hospitality industry, thus ensuring that guests enjoy a consistently high-quality experience everywhere they travel. This high quality and repeatable experience is only one of the things that make our Inns the best places to stay in Charleston, SC, though. 

Each Select Registry property is unique, with individualized accommodations, amenities, and value-added experiences. However unique our properties may be, they each adhere strictly to Select Registry's core values of quality, authenticity, and community. Moreover, our Inns offer personalized service that is less and less common. 

With this impeccable service and attention to detail, is it any wonder our properties are rated as the best places to stay in Charleston, SC? 

Best Places to Stay in Charleston

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John Rutledge House Inn

Charleston, SC

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