5.0
Excellent 723 Reviews
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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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

Boutique beauty in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, with Jazz Age glamour, Southern style, and a buzzy bar

The Lowdown

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

The Spectator Hotel
67 State Street
Charleston, SC 29401 United States

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 723 Reviews
Service and amenities were spectacular!
Reviewed 2 days ago

We all loved this hotel..was traveling with 25 people on a culinary immersion in Charleston...our group was comprised of world class chefs and food and beverage leaders, and everyone was blown away by the hotel, and repeatedly commented nohow lovely the service staff were....

Spectacular Spectator
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Spectator serves Callie's biscuits for breakfast in bed and provides you with a butler. What more could anyone want? The hotel is elegant but not stuffy, provides great service, has a warm and cozy ambience, is within walking distance of great restaurants and major attractions. Southern hospitality at it's best. My all-time favorite.

Great hotel with in-room breakfast
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed here in August 2018 for a long weekend in Charleston. The staff was friendly and accommodating. We loved having breakfast served in our room each morning. My only complaint would be that since I was pregnant at the time, I would order a mocktail from the bar during happy hour and was always charged full price even though it was alcohol-free. $14 a piece for a soda water with lime and mint is too expensive. Everything else was fantastic though. I would highly recommend.

The most relaxing weekend ever
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The most relaxing weekend ever. Every single employee remembered our name they were the most professional in every department. We loved having breakfast in the bedroom in our pajamas it was wonderful. The beds are very comfortable the room is so clean in a really beautiful room . It takes you back in time I started playing Frank Sinatra singing fly me to the moon LOL . So if you want a nice relaxing getaway this is the place to go .And we can’t wait to go back this will be our home away from home

Would NOT stay again...
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Upon checking-in all the way thru checking-out we felt like we were getting the run around!!
When we checked-in we were put in a room that was not the room we booked, it was a lesser quality room! We went downstairs to reception and we’re told that it was the correct room. This was NOT the case, in fact the website states a Deluxe King room is located on the top floor of the hotel and we were only on the 2nd floor. (With a top floor room you get much bigger windows, higher ceilings giving the room much better natural light and a view of the Ravenel Bridge).
We repeated our concern as we knew it was a lesser quality room and not correct to what we had booked. We told the staff they should check their website. It was then we were moved to the correct room and made to feel like the staff was actually doing us a favor by finally giving us the room we originally booked!
Not a very happy feeling when checking in to one of the “nicest” hotels in Charleston. Who wants to start their getaway on a sour note?!
Upon check-out one of the managers came out and spoke with my husband in detail about the issue, apologized for the staff and the mix up with the room. We were also told the room was to be “deeply discounted.” We were emailed the guest-folio after checking out and surprise nothing was discounted! We figured it would take a few days for any credit to appear on the card we used to book the room. Surprise again, it has now been well over a week and nothing, no discount or credit!!
We are not the type of people to call and ask what happened to the “deep discount” we were told we would be receiving at check out?! If we couldn’t afford upscale luxury hotel locations we wouldn’t regularly stay in them!
Again, we feel like from beginning to end we got the run-around and were blatantly lied to.
Disappointed in such a high quality hotel!
THUMBS DOWN!!!!