The Spectator Hotel
What We Love
- A knock-your-socks-off lobby that features a stunning chandelier, handmade silk tapestries and a gold elevator
- All 41 rooms are spacious, well appointed (corner ones have balconies) and stocked with free drinks and snacks
- Swanky bathrooms have floor-to-ceiling tile and white Carrara marble, his-and-hers sinks, heated towel racks and C.O. Bigelow toiletries
- Exceptional hospitality and service, including personalized butlers available for all guests
What To Know
- Valet parking costs $25 per day
- There’s no on-site restaurant, but you’re just a quick walk from many dining options
- No gym, but guests have free access to one about a 10-minute walk away
- In-room massages can be arranged
- Free cruiser bicycles are available at the hotel for a two-wheel tour of Charleston’s fascinating historic district
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Smack in the middle of Charleston’s bustling historic district, this 41-room Southern charmer brims with the spirit of the Jazz Age, anchored by a Great Gatsby theme — right down to the stuffed albino peacock named Daisy Buchanan in the lobby. Style and service take center stage, from the welcome cocktail (and monogrammed leather coasters, natch) to personalized butlers to the Southern Lady mattresses and custom Harris pillows in every room. The hotel is within easy walking distance of many of Charleston’s cultural landmarks, and guests can hop on a charming (and free) cruiser bike to explore farther afield. After a day of sightseeing, snag a green leather stool at the snazzy Spectator Bar — it’s worth a visit in itself. With stellar handcrafted cocktails that blend classic flavors and modern touches (try the Fizz-Gerald, made with local Hat Trick gin), and a glamorous vibe, it’s one of Charleston’s buzziest spots.
In the Area
Hop on one of those free cruiser bikes for a two-wheel tour of Charleston’s fascinating historic district, starting with the open-air City Market and a ride down the famous waterfront Battery. After working up an appetite, take your pick of restaurants in Charleston’s world class culinary scene. New ones are opening all the time, but local foodies are salivating over the locavore-centric menu at the Westendorff (which is fresh off a spectacular renovation), Mediterranean-inspired plates and a gorgeous courtyard at Cannon Green, and the seasonally inspired creations of executive chef Jason Stanhope, a 2015 James Beard Award winner, at FIG.
How to Get There
This was our second visit to The Spectator. Since our last visit a year ago there have been several new hotels in the Charleston market. After researching all of these, we decided to return to the Spectator. It's a special property that has a warm and cozy feel. The rooms are spacious and well stocked. The bonus of having your own Butler for each room brings out the Southern hospitality. This hotel is a real value and should be your primary hotel in Charleston.
Located in the heart of Charleston, we walked everywhere. The hotel staff is professional and kind. The rooms are beautiful and stocked with drinks and snacks for guests to enjoy. The thoughtful extras from delicious breakfasts delivered and set up bedside each morning (including a carafe of steaming coffee) to liquor served in mini chocolate cups at the end of the day made us feel like royalty. The lounge is a sophisticated speakeasy and the drinks were divine. 6 couples all loved our stay!
The hotel was so nice to begin with but Chuck our personal butler really made the difference. He made excellent recommendations according to our preferences. (Even called and made us dinner reservations!) He truly went above and beyond!