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
We loved this hotel. The staff was amazing, so very accommodating! The location was great; we were able to walk everywhere. The rooms were nice and clean and the bed was so comfortable! We loved sitting out on our balcony at night and watching the boats go by in the harbor while listening to the live music in the park across from us. We highly recommend this hotel!
The location was convenient to dining and shopping, and right on the harbor. The front desk and housekeeping staff were very friendly and helpful. The room was spacious and well appointed. Loved the constant availability of snacks in reception and the dining area.
We had the pleasure of spending a couple nights at the HarbourView Inn. It was clean and comfortable and the staff was very nice. I liked the pillows so much I ordered some for myself. They offered wine and evening cookies as well as the continental breakfast. There was a comfortable rooftop area that served wine in the evening. My only criticism would be that there wasn’t enough room for people to have their coffee and breakfast, which is I guess why they offer to deliver it to your room or wherever. Unfortunately we didn’t catch onto this the first morning. We just assumed we would go down and get our coffee and breakfast and find a place to sit down. I talked to others that had the same issue. The kitchen staff was great and happy to help us out. The front desk could have done a better job explaining this when we arrived. The second morning we had breakfast delivered to our room. I would recommend that when people check in the front desk do a better job explaining the situation, maybe even suggest guests take a peek at the room where the continental breakfast is served.
Great location and beautiful hotel. A unique experience was being able to choose both where and when we would have breakfast. It could be brought to the room, you can eat in their atrium, you pick the time, what you want, and you get what you want when you say you want it. We were able to walk to all the attractions in Charleston and never had to move the car. There is long term parking nearby if you do not want to use the valet service. The rooms are large, beautiful and well appointed. The wi-fi works great. I would absolutely stay here again.
Very nice property in great location, close to everything. Staff was very courteous and accommodating. Rooms were very quiet. Bedding was among the best and most comfortable I have encountered. Room was large, well furnished and spotless. Very nice appetizer bar with the complimentary 5 p.m. wine. I did have two small issues. Only one elevator and while breakfast room service was very nice, menu was limited.