We have reviewed hotels in Charleston, South Carolina, with the best club or executive lounges. Whether you are traveling as a couple, a family, or as a single business traveler, by reviewing each of these club lounges, in turn, I conclude which hotel club lounge comes in at the top and which hotel you should pick for the best club lounge in Charleston.
Charleston is a richly cultured city in the American state South Carolina with elegant cobblestone streets, still attracting the odd horse-drawn carriage and pretty pastel antebellum houses in the French Quarter and Battery districts. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter lies across the water.
If you want to stay in luxury in Charleston, South Carolina, you should stay at one of the luxury hotels in the area, which include Belmond Charleston Place (which has a club lounge), The Dewberry Charleston, and Zero George Street Hotel (which does not have a club lounge).
Wherever you decide to stay in Charleston, or elsewhere, book your hotel via our luxury travel concierge. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, and free perks at hotels including the Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental, and more at no extra cost.
I have compiled a list below containing the club lounges available across luxury hotels in Charleston. I list the lounges that I consider to be the best of the best. I will be reviewing each of these hotel club lounges in detail in turn so that you know what you’ll get if you book a room with club lounge access or get upgraded to a club lounge for free because of your loyalty status.
1. Belmond Charleston Place
Belmond Charleston Place is Charleston’s premier hotel is the Belmond Charleston Place which is nestled in the historic district and feels like a home away from home. Surrounded by some of Charleston’s most historic buildings, the hotel exudes 17th-century majesty with a Georgian open-arm staircase in the lobby, Italian marble floors, and glistening chandeliers. Redesigned suites are particularly special here and include Carrara marble baths, Tempur-Pedic sofa beds (in the one-bedroom suites), and wet bars.
For rest and relaxation, head to our full-service spa, where you’ll find a saltwater infinity pool with a retractable roof. A more private experience awaits at our exclusive Club Level that provides an upscale experience for guests with dedicated staff and all-day complimentary food and beverage. This club-level floor boasts stunning views of the city, and guests receive complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea service, evening hor d’ouvres, and nightly drinks and desserts.
Charleston Grill at Belmond Charleston Place oozes atmosphere. Here, acclaimed Executive Chef Michelle Weaver’s elegant plates put a modern spin on local tradition and come served with a helping of live jazz. The Palmetto Cafe offers great Lowcountry plates in a gorgeous garden-style setting, while the Thoroughbred Club’s expert mixologist pairs bespoke bourbons with the freshest ingredients. Traditional pub fare can be found at Meeting at Market.
Book The Belmond Charleston via our luxury travel concierge and you will get great free benefits at no extra cost:
- Upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)
- Full Breakfast daily for up to 2 in-room guests, served in the restaurant
- $100 USD Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
- Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
2. Hotel Bennett
Hotel Bennett features 179 guestrooms and suites more finely appointed and designed than traditional luxury hotel accommodations. Custom furnishings include elegant bathrooms with a pedestal tub, separate shower, luxurious bedding, and locally inspired artwork. Many rooms boast balconies with spectacular views.
An Exclusive Club Level is available for a fee of $150 USD per room for two guests weekdays (Sunday – Thursday), $180 USD per room for two guests weekends (Friday and Saturday). $75 USD per additional third and fourth guests.
The King’s Club provides a private oasis. Reserve a room or suite with King’s Club access (or pay the upgrade fee), and you will receive extra amenities and exclusive access to the city. VIP treatment includes a dedicated concierge, stunning terrace views of King Street, and the Chef de cuisine’s food and beverage presentations throughout the day and evening.
Amenities on offer include Champagne (or non-alcoholic beverage) upon arrival in the club lounge, a customized itinerary for the duration of your stay, a private lounge with a veranda overlooking King Street, an open bar with five food presentations: continental breakfast, light fare lunch, afternoon tea, evening hors d’oeuvres, cordials & desserts.
3. North Charleston Marriott
The North Charleston Marriott is a convention hotel with free parking, outdoor pool, a state of the art 24/7 fitness center and small but comfortable rooms. It is a category 4 Marriott property and requires 25,00 Bonvoy per night. The North Charleston Marriott is not within walking distance to the historic district and is instead located along the Ashley River, but they offer a shuttle into town, which costs around $6 USD per day which runs every 30 minutes, and drops you off by waterfront park on Queen St. You call for the return trip, and they will pick you up from anywhere in downtown. The hotel actually backs onto a baseball field for the Charleston Riverdogs as well as The Citadel Military College, but there is little else in the vicinity.
This hotel has an excellent concierge club Lounge as far as food and drink. The hotel also has a very nice outside bar with views of the Ashley River. Probably one of the best outside bars in Charleston.
If you are a Marriott Bonvoy loyalty member, you may want to consider an alternative hotel within this brand instead. I have outlined many of the choices below but bear in mind that none of these has a club lounge as far as we know.
The Renaissance is a smaller hotel located in the historic district, which is much better for walking around downtown Charleston. The location is excellent right off the famed King Street (great for shopping). Parking is about $20 USD a day. The lobby is small, and the restaurant is decent, but there is no club lounge at this Renaissance hotel.
Other options are Courtyard in the historic district, which is an old Holiday Inn that was renovated. The location is right off Meeting and Calhoun street, and you can walk almost anywhere. It is about 3 blocks up from the Renaissance above and usually offers better value for such a central location.
Courtyard Charleston Waterfront hotel is right down the street from the Marriott, with free parking and great water views along with a nice pool and bar area. They also have a historic district shuttle (for a small fee), so you would have to drive down there and park in a garage (which can be expensive).
Springhill Suites Riverview and Residence Inn Riverview are right next to each other and are good value for points or rates if you don’t mind driving into the city center. The Fairfield Inn and Suites is a newer hotel centered in the Tanger Outlet Mall with restaurants nearby.
The Courtyard Charleston Mt. Pleasant is another option that is better than your typical courtyard with a lovely lobby and rooms. It’s about 5 miles from downtown Charleston and 3-4 miles to the beaches at Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. Plenty of shopping and food, and Boone Hall Plantation and Charles Pinckney site are 3 miles away. Ask for a room facing Highway 17 if noise is an issue. The Cat 1-4s properties are near the airport & North/Ashley Phosphate, neither of which is a good location.
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