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Hotel Check: The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Charleston, South Carolina

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Hotel Check: The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Charleston, South Carolina

HOW MANY ROOMS? 92 rooms and suites

PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS As a member of prestigious The Leading Hotels of the World grouping, this new resort is making great strides in the luxury end of the market. While it is not located in the heart of town, it is appreciated for its exceptional views of the city’s skyline and proximity to numerous tourist sites in and around Mount Pleasant.

PRICE Internet rates for a traditional room on the random dates we checked start at $206

CONTACT The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 28 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464, tel +1-843-856-0028,

VERDICT The impeccable service and creative nautical theme here create a winning combination unlike anything else in Charleston. Proximity to the largest marina in the Carolinas also means that it is popular with yachters (both transient and those that live on their boat permanently).

Charleston Habor Beachclub

BACKGROUND Low country décor, southern hospitality, and a waterfront location make this the perfect venue for vacationers or conference goers. The nautical twist of public area décor and guest rooms is the icing on the cake.

WHERE IS IT? This new-build hotel sits directly across the harbor from downtown Charleston in the heart of Mount Pleasant. It provides guests with a unique Charleston experience on the other side of the harbor and is favored by business travelers because it is more convenient and reserved for meeting groups. The airport is just 20 minutes away. Those wanting to venture into town can hop the highly favored water taxi (for an additional fee) or take the hotel’s free van shuttle.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? The blend of contemporary accents with traditional boathouse décor in the public areas is a triumph of design acumen. Much of the hotel’s carpeting is bespoke and comes from the same designers that create décor for the royal family of England. Original artwork by local artist John Carroll Doyle adds to the regional flair.

ROOM FACILITIES All rooms overlook the harbor from furnished balconies with the exception of six garden rooms that make up for the lack of water view with extra living and sleeping space making it perfect for families.

Décor is heavily focused on a nautical twist with clever fabrics showing ship-themed décor to framed sailor’s knots on the walls. Desks sit by the windows with chairs on either side, and power outlets and USB ports are plentiful bedside and deskside. Free wireless Internet access comes standard and is especially strong even by the pool. Flat-screen cable TVs face the beds, speaker phones with voice mail come in dual pairs, empty refrigerators are great for storing snacks, and full-length mirrors are appreciated. It would be nice to have coffeemakers, but the spacious closets with robes and slippers make up for it. Massive bathrooms have deep soaking tubs, glass showers, separate water closets, and Crabtree & Evelyn bath products. Electronic housekeeping and do not disturb signs show off how new the resort is.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS The Charleston Harbor Fish House has a seafood-heavy menu of fresh catches, but does not forget the land-based diner whether it be carnivorous or vegetarian. Be sure to sample the hotel’s own pimiento cheese platter, and the restaurant remains open for three meals a day.

Charleston Habor Fish House 

Over at the Tiki Bar, light lunch and all-day snacks are on offer in addition to a colorful cocktail, wine and beer menu from some of the hotel’s cheeriest staff. Reel Bar opens seasonally for lunch and dinner and is yet another option for tippling and dining, but of course the room service menu runs nonstop. Each day, vitamin water and morning coffee and tea are laid out in the lobby.

LEISURE FACILITIES This is a popular property with conference groups, but bringing the family along is one of the best draws. Supervised activities help keep kids of any age entertained including educational activities like weather watching excursions and nature classes.

Charleston Habor Beach Club

Guests love the location, which is convenient to popular sites like Boone Plantation and the USS Yorktown next door. While it lacks the city center locale that other smaller hotels offer, there is plenty to explore on this side; plus the sunsets from this angle are exquisite. Two large, heated swimming pools that front the resort have excellent views of downtown plus poolside drink and snack service (the waterfront fire pits are guest favorites) and whirlpools for muscle relaxation. Private cabanas can be booked for extra shade and convenience. Water sport activities can be arranged on nearby Sullivan’s Island.

Charleston Habor Amenities

Even more popular is the small, but growing Estuary Spa offering a variety of beauty and massage treatments. So favored is the service from therapists that the hotel is considering enlarging it or adding either poolside or in-room treatment options.

BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES A 30-seat private movie theater compliments the variety of meeting and conference space onsite. These include everything from the 20-seat Palmetto Executive Board room to the lavish ballroom space and outdoor reception areas. The largest meeting room has exquisite views of the Charleston harbor and skyline.

Charleston-Habor Yacht Club Meetings

Groups large and small (including weddings) enjoy convening here, and rooms at the adjacent sister hotel provide a lower price point, but come with access to many of the same recreational facilities. The meetings staff is known for creating clever team building or spouse activities, which makes this property one of the strongest contenders for high-end functions in town. For example, the hotel partners with Suzanne Pollak, Dean of the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits to teach entertaining classes on Southern hospitality, cooking, and etiquette. These can be held onsite or in Pollak’s beautiful home and kitchen. Many corporate groups appreciate the LEED certification that the hotel received from the U.S. Green Building Council, and recycling bins and energy-efficient practices are a hotel norm. 

Photos by The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

By Ramsey Qubein

Ramsey is a regular contributor to Business Traveler across all print, digital, web and social channels.  He travels more than 400,000 miles a year criss-crossing the globe to report on hotels, airlines, loyalty programs, and all things travel.

You can find more from Ramsey at, on Twitter - @dailytraveltips and Instagram - @dailytraveltips

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