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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 stayed in room 304, a nice corner room that offered a view of the harbor. I was really impressed by the service we received: everyone was friendly, complimentary wine (decent not great choices) and cheese reception, cookies (really good) and milk in the evening. The room was spacious. Lastly, they had running maps and complimentary bikes to rent That was a nice surprise.
Very nice hotel within walking distant of nice restaurants and the market place. The rooms were great and the beds very comfortable. Rooftop bar is a great place to end your night with a drink and talking to other guests. Breakfast delivered to your room and the wine and cheese happy hour is a very nice touch. The gentleman who ran the wine and cheese was the best!! Always made sure your glass was full.
On the downside, the gentleman at the front desk was unfriendly and not helpful at all while we tried to ask some questions about the town and restaurants. No one else was there at the time so it wasn't like he was busy. When we checked in we went to put water and some soda in the mini fridge. There was pizza and other food left over from the night before we had to clean up ourselves. They don't have a bar but set up a portable one at night time so you can have a drink. Both nights we came back and had a drink and charged it to the room. We tipped the bartender in cash. On our final statement found out we were charged a gratuity from the bar both nights. No one ever informed us of that. $11 total besides tipping the bartender $15 in cash. We now ended up paying $26 in tips for 4 drinks. It's not about the money but just annoying to have that happen.
We stayed at the Harbourview on our first trip to Charleston. The location is perfect-we could walk to all the great restaurants and shopping in the downtown area. The hotel staff are warm and genuine, and the amenities like daily breakfast delivery, wine and cheese hour and warm cookies at bedtime were wonderful additions. We would walk down the pier across the street and enjoy the saxophone player before our return. The rooftop bar is another plus-great place to stay!