Offering one- or two-bedroom floor plans, these waterfront cottages sit just across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge from downtown Charleston (about 10 minutes by car). Heart-pine floors run throughout, double-wide rope hammocks hang on screened porches, fully equipped kitchens anchor the common areas.

The Cottages on Charleston Harbor
16 Patriots Point Road
Charleston, SC 29464
(843) 849-2300

With killer harbor views from the rooftop terrace, the hotel sits at the crossroads of seclusion and convenience―on the edge of quiet Waterfront Park. Book a room in the refurbished historic wing, an 1830s cotton warehouse, with 14-foot ceilings, original brick walls, large plantation shutters, Tempur-Pedic beds, and whirlpool tubs.

HarbourView Inn
2 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 853-8439

Built in 1763 for John Rutledge, one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution, the 19-room inn is filled with antiques and historically accurate reproductions to give the feel of an old Charleston home.

John Rutledge House Inn
116 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(800) 476-9741

The intimate 64-room Relais & Chateaux property, originally built in 1844 as Honig Dry Goods Store, pampers guests as if they were taking up residence in a genteel Southern home―one with Italian marble baths, 10-foot ceilings, and an impressive collection of sweetgrass baskets.

Planter's Inn
112 N Market Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-2345

This 45-room hotel just a block from the waterfront features modern art installations, newly renovated guest rooms (some with fireplaces and step-out balconies), and a must-visit rooftop bar.

The Vendue - Boutique Art Hotel
19 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-7970

This 21-room manse, built in 1886 by a wealthy cotton merchant for his 13 children, has guest rooms large enough to play full-court basketball (not that we recommend it). Note the mint-condition Tiffany stained glass windows and hand-carved marble fireplaces.

Wentworth Mansion
149 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(888) 466-1886

Five separate residences in the Ansonborough district, connected by a central courtyard, were converted into an ultra-stylish 18-room city retreat. Start with breakfast in the 1804 carriage house and take afternoon cocktails on the piazza.

0 George Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 817-7900