the best dog friendly hotels in Charleston

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston

With an old-world charm and oodles of character, the port side in South Carolina is filled with cobblestone streets and antebellum houses and other strong nods to its eventful past. The city founded in 1670 will also embrace both you and your pooch with Southern Warmth and hospitality. Go for a stroll around the elegant French Quarter and the historic seawall and promenade in or head to the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Riverfront Park or even Folly Beach (Charleston’s most pet-friendly beach). There are also plenty of pooch-welcoming eateries too including Lost Dog Cafe and the Park Cafe, and if you need an equally welcoming place to stay then here are 15 of the best pet-friendly hotels in Charleston…

Belmond Charleston Place – an elegant dog-friendly located in historic downtown Charleston

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Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Housed in a stunning Georgian building, this upscale hotel exudes 17th-century charm with marble floors and massive chandeliers. The bedrooms at the Belmond Charleston Place are elegant and indulgent, while the on-site restaurant, the Charleston Grill, offers first-class cuisine and creative interpretations of traditional Southern cooking. Charleston prides itself on being a very dog-friendly city, and your own well-mannered pet is welcome to stay with you in one of the pet-friendly bedrooms at the Belmond. Your four-legged friend can also join you on the patio and common areas, and the hotel is situated close to James Island and Hampton Park, as well as numerous dog-friendly beaches.

To stay at this hotel with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page).

Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston – an upscale pooch welcoming hotel with a funky vibe near the marketplace

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

This elegant upscale boutique hotel (part of the Autograph Collection) is located in the celebrated Historic District and offers individually designed bedrooms, deluxe amenities and an exquisite rooftop restaurant and lounge. There is also a separate cafe and bar, and the hotel provides all the amenities you need to enjoy the most exceptional hospitality South Carolina has to offer. Your furry friend can stay with you too in any of the dog-friendly bedrooms, and the hotel staff will provide plenty of welcome rubs and tasty treats on arrival. For outdoor adventures, the Grand Bohemian is ideally situated to enjoy the wealth of local dog-friendly waterfront parks, beaches and restaurants the city has to offer.

To stay at this hotel with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page).

Hotel Bella Grace – a sophisticated Fido-friendly hotel housed a mansion dating from 1830

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

The Hotel Bella Grace is a beautiful mid-range hotel located in the Historic District of Charleston. The custom-designed bedrooms offer uniquely styled interiors, while the communal areas and bar are warm and inviting. As one of the unique boutique hotels in the city, Hotel Bella Grace prides itself on offering the perfect blend of old-world charm and cutting-edge technology. Your dog can enjoy the experience with you in one of the pet-friendly bedrooms, and the friendly staff will be delighted to tell you about the dog-friendly amenities the city has to offer, including Hampton Park, Cannon Park and White Point Gardens.

To stay at this hotel with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page).

Hotel Bennett Charleston – a refined and elegant hotel overlooking leafy Marion Square (which also welcome dogs)

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Come live the Luxe Life in the South’s grandest new luxury hotel, located right here in downtown Charleston. The 5-star Hotel Bennett Charleston is the best in the city and offers opulence and elegant design at every turn. Beautiful bedrooms, fine dining establishments, an exclusive members club lounge, a pool, a spa and a fitness centre are all available on-site, to offer you some of the most high-end amenities available in the South. Your dog can enjoy the trappings of the good life here with you too and can stay with you in your dog-friendly bedroom, before heading out to explore the myriad of dog-friendly places to visit in the city.

To stay at this hotel with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page).

27 State Street Bed & Breakfast – a charming pet-friendly guest house in downtown Charleston housed in an early 18th-century home

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Tucked away in the beautiful French Quarter of the city, 27th State Street Bed and Breakfast is a stunning historic hotel packed full of the old world architecture and charming decor. With a nod to the more gentle days of this South Carolina city, you can enjoy taking a break from the busy city in this elegant urban retreat. Bedrooms are beautifully appointed, and the veranda is just right for catching the breeze from the nearby Harbor Bridge. Clean and well-behaved pets are always welcome to stay with you during your stay, and you can explore the city together, including dog-friendly locations such as the Riley waterfront Park and the East Bay Dog Park.

To stay at this hotel with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page).

Hotel on Market – classic pet-friendly accommodation in Historic Downtown

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

As one of the most famous hotels in the city, the Hotel on Market offers luxurious accommodation in the heart of the Historic District. With beautifully appointed suites and bedrooms, this hotel also enjoys a special relationship with the acclaimed Hank’s Seafood Restaurant close by, for you to savour its award-winning seafood during your stay. Your pampered pooch can enjoy living a life of luxury with you here and will be welcome to stay in one of the dog-friendly bedrooms with you. When you leave the hotel to enjoy a good long run and some open-air, head on out to explore the nearby pet parks at Hampton, Cannon and Brittlebank.

To stay at this hotel with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page).

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Hyatt Place North Charleston – a modern mid-range which also welcomes pooches

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

This modern mid-range hotel is situated just a few short miles away for many of the city’s best parks and attractions. With easy access from the main highway, the Hyatt Place North Charleston offers elegant, contemporary bedrooms and first-class amenities including a swimming pool, a bar area, a sociable lobby area and on-site breakfast facilities. This Hyatt hotel welcomes up to two well-behaved, medium-sized dogs that must be housebroken to stay with you in one of the pet-friendly bedrooms. With long walks on the famous sands of Folly Beach and pet-perfect parks like Magnolia Gardens all within a short driving distance, this is a really great base from which to start your next Charleston adventure.

To stay at this hotel with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page).

Hotel Indigo Charleston – a relaxed pet-friendly boutique in Mount Pleasant

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

The Hotel Indigo offers modern and affordable accommodation located within easy driving distance of downtown Charleston. Bedrooms are cosy and well-appointed, while the hotel offers other first-class amenities including an on-site health and fitness centre, a business centre and a popular cafe and bar area. After a busy day exploring the city, relax with cocktails at the bar, created using locally sourced ingredients in the full-service bar and restaurant. Your four-legged friends are welcome to join you in any of the dog-friendly bedrooms, and this hotel is well situated for exploring the city together including in Mount Pleasant Memorial waterfront park, Laurel Hill Country Park and the Palmetto Islands Country Park.

To stay at this hotel with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page).

Barksdale House Inn – a classic pooch-welcoming bed-and-breakfast in Charleston’s Historic District dating from 1778

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Built-in 1778, this historic hotel is situated within the Historic District of the city and is just minutes away from the famous Market Street with its first-class shops, restaurants and tourist attractions. With charming bedrooms, complimentary breakfasts and a ton of old-world charm, this individual hotel offers laid back luxury all year round. All of the bedrooms at the Barksdale House Inn here are pet-friendly, meaning your well-behaved and house trained pooch can join you during your stay, and the hotel staff can supply you with the details of a local dog-sitting service should you wish to enjoy some time without them.

To stay at this hotel with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page).

The Inn at Middleton Place – a unique dog-friendly award-winning architecture adjacent to a historic plantation

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

This plantation hotel, with award-winning architecture, is a beautiful blend of old charm and contemporary luxury throughout. Situated in a unique riverside location, visitors at the Inn at Middleton Place can enjoy the peace and quiet of the South Carolina Countryside, while still being within easy reach of the attractions and amenities located downtown. Your dog can join you here in the secluded woodlands of Middleton Place and will be able to stay with you in the designated pet-friendly bedrooms. Explore the stunning surroundings together, or you could both laze in the shade while you take in the stunning views that are all around you.

To stay at this hotel with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page).

La Quinta by Wyndham Charleston Riverview – comfortable and modern dog friendly riverside hotel

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

This modern mid-range hotel is just a 20-minute drive from the airport and overlooks the Ashley River. Conveniently located just off of the James Island Expressway, the La Quinta by Wyndham offers clean and comfortable bedrooms, free buffet-style breakfast and plenty of on-site parking. There is also a swimming pool and a regular shuttle service to local attractions. Your dog is welcome to stay with you in any of the dog-friendly bedrooms and can join you in communal areas when kept on a leash. For outdoor adventures and long walks, you and your four-legged friend can explore Hampton Park or East Bay Dog Park or head downtown to visit Marion Square or Battery Park.

To stay at this hotel with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page).

Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham North Charleston – a casual Fido-welcoming all-suite hotel

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

This casual, mid-range hotel offers a selection of one and two-bedroom suites with their own kitchenettes, free Wi-Fi and livings rooms with pull out sofas. Flexible, affordable and incredibly inviting, the Hawthorne Suites are well located for easy access to the Whirlin Waters Adventure Waterpark and other attractions that the city has to offer. Your dog can stay here with you, in any of the designated pet-friendly suites, and you and your pooch will love exploring the many beaches and parks that welcome well-behaved dogs and their owners.

To stay at this hotel with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page).

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Charleston Mt. Pleasant – a relaxed pooch-friendy hotel not far from the 17th-century Boone Hall plantation

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

This is a comfortable and casual hotel is situated just 5 miles away from the 17th century Boone Hall Plantation and offers neighbourhood-style living in warm and spacious suites and studios. Guests at the TownePlace Suites by Marriott can enjoy a complimentary breakfast at the buffet, or cook up a storm using the on-site barbecue and picnic area. Pet-friendly suites and studios are available, and you and your pooch can have hours of fun playing and exploring at the Hampton Dog Park, the Laurel Hill Country Park and the Palmetto Park to name just a few.

To stay at this hotel with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page).

Holiday Inn Express Charleston Downtown – a budget (and pet!) friendly hotel near Ashley River

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Offering everything you would expect from a modern budget hotel, the mid-range Holiday Inn Express Ashley River is close the downtown area of the city, and within easy reach of the airport, university and other main attractions. With an outdoor swimming pool, complimentary breakfasts and cosy bedrooms, this hotel offers everything you need for a comfortable stay. Your dogs are very welcome to stay here with you in your bedroom, and the hotel even offers its very own pet walking trail right outside the door. If you want to explore further afield, Brittlebank Park and Colonial Park are both close by.

To stay at this hotel with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page).

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Charleston – a dog-friendly hotel located overlooking the Charleston City Market

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham North Charleston is located in the heart of the city and overlooks the historic Charleston city market. Guest rooms and suites are well furnished and inviting, while the on-site fitness centre will keep you in shape during your stay. With the award-winning Hawks Seafood Restaurant and the Peninsula Grill close by, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating. Let your pooch come and enjoy the Doubletree with you, as pet-friendly rooms are available on request. Head on out and explore the delights of downtown with your furry friend, including the dog-friendly Magnolia Plantation Gardens, Folly Beach and the historic streets of the old quarter.

To stay at this hotel with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page).

Top 15 dog-friendly hotels in Charleston Global Grasshopper

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