What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes free continental breakfast
- Watching the sunset from the rooftop terrace, which offers dazzling views of the harbor and Fort Sumter
- Charleston’s restaurant row, East Bay Street, is just a block away
- It’s quiet here — far enough from the bustle of downtown to provide a little serenity, but a short walk from the sights
- Light-filled rooms are warmly furnished, with 14-foot ceilings in the Historic Wing Rooms
What To Know
- There’s no on-site restaurant, but there are dozens of options within a short walk
- Lots of free perks: WiFi, afternoon wine and cheese reception, 24-hour coffee service
- There’s no gym, but Bluefish Fitness Club is a short walk from the inn
- The vibe here is aimed at adults
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The four-story, 52-room Harbourview Inn sits along quaint Vendue Range Street, a stone’s throw from Waterfront Park and its long pier, which juts into Charleston Harbor. The property is housed in an airy red brick building from the 1830s that used to be a cotton warehouse, as well as an adjoining contemporary building, and is all about classic Charleston style, with arched windows, elegant architectural details and a gracious staff. The 52 guestrooms are spacious, with 14-foot ceilings and tall windows; each is furnished with one or two four-poster beds with soft triple sheeting and a sturdy, custom-made armoire. The fabrics and general vibe reflect the colonial West Indies spirit that infuses so much of Charleston. Although the Harbourview lacks a gym, spa or restaurant, it’s right in Charleston’s historic district, within walking distance of anything you might want. Or just ask the attentive staff, and they’ll find a way to get you what you need, from a made-to-order breakfast to fresh-baked cookies and milk — all delivered in easygoing but proper Southern style.
In the Area
Book a boat tour of historic Fort Sumter National Monument; boats depart nearby and afford a fascinating glimpse into Charleston’s Civil War history. For some grub, head to Blossom, just around the corner from the Harbourview, for sophisticated interpretations of downhome Southern fare, from pulled pork hash with fried eggs to buttermilk fried chicken and biscuits. Afterward, stroll the one-mile path south along the Battery, past many of Charleston’s grandest old homes, to reach White Point Gardens, or visit historic plantation museums Middleton Place and Magnolia Plantation. If you’re looking to play the links, it’s a 30-mile drive to one of the Eastern Seaboard’s most esteemed golf resorts, Kiawah Island, which has five championship courses open to the public.
How to Get There
Very nice hotel. Right across from park with large fountain and the pier. Comfortable, homey, very friendly staff, great location in historic district. Walking distance to great restaurants. Great breakfast. Would stay there again!
I am so glad I chose to stay here during my first time to Charleston! What a lovely hotel. Service is impeccable. All those special extras they do for you really are such a treat! The breakfast, wine and cheese, cookies, cold brew and coffee out all day, a drink upon check-in. So nice! After spending 4 day sin Charleston, I also realized we chose the perfect location. I loved being right near the harbor with the beautiful fountain. I could go on and on about this hotel. Don't hesitate staying here! We also loved our room and the beds were so comfy!
Beautiful Inn! Beautiful room! Excellent location! Staff that makes you feel like they are so happy you are there and go above and beyond to make you feel special. They are also very knowledgeable about the area; recommended great restaurants, shopping and tours. Would definitely stay there again!
HarbourView is our absolute favorite place to stay in Charleston!!Accommodations are always perfect, clean and comfortable. Staff is exceptional and more than willing to help with any of our needs. We love the hospitality, the special treatment and the extra amenities!!Thank you so much!
We’ve been going to Charleston for 11 years with a business group and every year we evaluate places to stay, and almost every year we return to Harbourview. This is a terrific hotel, close to almost everything, with a wonderful staff, beds and amenities. The best thing I can say is all the positive reviews below reflect my experience of 9 stays over the years and I’m sure I’ll be back there next year.
Just for fun, I read the negative reviews and I really can’t figure them out. I was also “blessed” to live in NYC and travel extensively and I would put Harbourview on my list of great places to stay. I’ve also stayed in several of the upscale hotels in Charleston and again, I keep coming back to this quaint place. And if you’re wondering about “harbor views”, my room on the top floor came with a pair of binoculars that I used every day to look out on the bay—it was great to watch the ships, see Patriot’s Point and Fort Sumter, just to name a few of the sights.
I highly recommend this hotel if you’re visiting one of America’s great cities!