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
- 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
My wife and I have been visiting Charleston since 1980 and lived in the area for 10 years. Very few of the hotels in Charleston have represented value for the dollar spent. The Spectator is an exception. We had a king room at $267/night which would have doubled at several other Charleston hotels. The hotel has a small feel with lots of service. From the doorman, your butler to the bartender, they all remember your name. The service is first rate but not in your face. The hotel is well located in the city. We never waited more than 10 min for our car. There is an excellent gourmet continental breakfast served to your room each morning. The Spectator has set the standard in Charleston. Well done!!!
My only regret was that we were only there for one night. This hotel takes care of your every need, from the bathroom amenities, to the complimentary beverages and snacks in the room, the Nespresso machine in the room and the complimentary breakfast delivered to your room in the morning. Every person on staff is welcoming and friendly. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the bed is very comfortable. The location is great and you can walk to most of the Charleston attractions. This was my third stay and I'll definitely be back.
This hotel is in my all-time top 3 (and I can't be certain which hotels make up the other 2). From the euphoria accompanying our welcome to the sad moment when we drove away, our experience was near-perfect.
When I was researching places to stay in Charleston, there were lots of places that fit my boutiquey-character-details kind of place. Some of the sites I looked at kept referring to the same hotel, but then I found the Spectator. Butler? Check. Small hotel with all details? Check. No children? Check. We were so impressed with all the details of this hotel... from the welcome cocktail at check in, to a butler helping us with our demands (pressing some shirts), to free minibar, to champagne welcoming us for our anniversary, to the perfect toiletries.... and my fav, the brunch basket they bring to your room. It comes at a price, but worth every penny. The only thing I would have changed... is that we arrived in the morning and they said they'd try to get us in early, but four hours later, we still weren't in and didn't let us know. We had to remind ourselves we were in the South and at a different pace... but other than that, no no complaints.
Stayed at Spectator Hotel recently. The location was great with many good eateries around and all within walking distance. The nearby market place is interesting selling local products, only issue is that the prices are before tax and do take note.
The hotel is clean with great service from all the service staff. Really enjoyed the stay as they make you at home.