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
A first-class experience in every way. High-class vibe without pretentiousness, stylish rooms and absolutely fabulous beds. A perfect foundation for a big weekend in a charming city...this is what a boutique hotel should be.
The Hotel is top notch. Alexander and Michelle the butlers are wonderful and very attentive. The offer great amenities in the room with an unlimited supply of snacks, water & soft drinks. The cocktail bar is super cool with lots of interesting cocktails put together by mixologists.
We recently celebrated our 25th anniversary with a trip to Charleston. After lots of online research we decided on The Spectator, and it was such a great choice! We felt at home as soon as we walked in and were greeted by the cheerful staff, who offered us a welcome cocktail! All of the butlers, valets, and front desk staff were warm and friendly, and so helpful. The breakfast delivery was so nice, as was the turndown with the chocolate nightcap! We really felt that everyone went out of their way to make our stay fantastic.
The location was perfect,we could walk to almost everything. When we did drove to the beach, not only did they supply us with chairs and towels but the put them in the trunk for us!
We loved The Spectator Hotel! We can’t wait to come back for another stay!
I researched the best hotels in Charleston and chose The Spectator. I went online and reserved a room for a one night visit in late February. I received a confirmation and paid upfront for the night (over $700). The week before our planned visit we decided to change the date of our stay to late March - I called The Spectator and had no issues with this request - I received a confirmation from the hotel. When my MasterCard bill arrived in early March I saw a charge for $736.66 from CCI Res. When I called to inquire about this charge, I was told that I had booked online through this company (unbeknownst to me) and this charge was for the room in late Feb. because we were “a no show” - I then spent many, many hours on the phone between The Spectator manager and misc. people at CCI Res. I e-mailed copies of the confirmations, etc. I found out that CCI Res. is actually Priceline and they did not receive notice from The Spectator that we had changed the date of our stay. The Spectator tells me they cannot refund my money because they did not receive any payment from CCI Res. for our no-show. I also was told that The Spectator no longer accepts reservations from Priceline because of the way they treat their customers. Yet, The Spectator has not offered us anything except promising us a nice experience should we chose to stay at this property in the future. We are out $736.66 - very, very disappointed! Beware when making online reservations, folks! Shame on The Spectator!
Simply said, we would visit Charleston again just to stay at this hotel; it was that fantastic.
Every detail, from the lobby and bar area, to the rooms, was so impressive. Large bathrooms with so many touches and immaculate professional decorations throughout did not make it easy to leave our room. Breakfast always brought to the room and fantastic coffee bar in the lounge area available separately. Snacks and basic drinks (water, soda, cold tea) are all included. The location was also perfect.
This hotel probably ranks as the best one we have ever stayed in which is a remarkable statement for us and our extensive travel experience.