Charleston, South Carolina, is consistently ranked as one of the most charming cities in the United States. Especially if it’s your first time to this historical place, you’ll definitely want to stay downtown! This way, you can be within walking distance of all of the most popular attractions and restaurants. In this article, we’ll list the 20 best Airbnbs in Charleston. These vacation rentals all have prime locations near King Street, the French Quarter, and the Historic Charleston City Market.
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Enchanting Apartment in the Soul of the Historic District
“The Ruby Bell” is an eclectic three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in the center of historic Charleston. Due to its unbeatable location within walking distance to the city’s best shops and restaurants, this Airbnb is a perfect spot for families and even bachelorette parties (it can sleep up to eight people!). While the Ruby Bell has maintained a lot of its old-world charm, the apartment is also fully modern and functional where it needs to be. For example, the bathrooms are completely updated. Plus, the decor looks like something out of a magazine! Guests also love the second-floor porch off the master bedroom and the vaulted ceilings.
Charming Two Bedroom Carriage House by Marion Square
This charming carriage house offers the best of both worlds: it’s in the heart of historic Charleston while also being tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. Additionally, with two bedrooms, three and a half baths, and a comfy sofa bed in the living room, Lisa’s place can accommodate up to six guests. Although this home was originally built in 1802, it includes all of the modern amenities you’d expect. This Airbnb also features an adorable sunroom–an ideal spot to relax with a cup of coffee and a book–and a private courtyard patio.
Ground Floor Apartment with Exclusive Courtyard
This one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment is located in a quiet building near King Street, the College of Charleston, and all sorts of local shops, restaurants, and cafés. You’ll love this Airbnb if you’re traveling with a partner for a romantic getaway! In fact, guests rave that Ashley’s place is classy, comfortable, well-appointed, and even preferable to staying in a hotel. Although it’s located in a busy neighborhood, this apartment is tranquil and relaxing–especially in the private courtyard. The host also provides a binder with recommendations on the best places to eat, museums to visit, and even beaches in the area.
Old World Meets New Lux in a Historic Apartment
This first-floor apartment is nestled within a home built in the 1800s, featuring two bedrooms and one bathroom. It also includes a full kitchen (with a Keurig!), a cozy living area with a Roku TV to stream your favorite shows, stunning 12-foot ceilings, and all of the original fireplaces. As far as location, this Airbnb is within 10-15 minutes walking to all of Charleston’s highlights. With this in mind, you may not even have to drive at all during your visit! Furthermore, this listing offers complimentary guest parking right in front of the door (off-street).
Updated Historical Apartment with Terrace
This historical studio space is ideal for a couple’s getaway and is close to all of Charleston’s best shopping and restaurants! Plus, it creates an entertaining balance between old and new Charleston, featuring modern amenities, like eclectic furnishings and decor, alongside some original architectural details. Guest reviews state that the bed is super comfortable and that the hot water pressure is great! This Airbnb is definitely on the more affordable side as far as price per night; however, it’s important to note that the closest parking is at St. Phillip’s parking deck, which costs $18.00 per day.
Coastal Edition Charleston: Next to King Street
Coastal Edition is a beautiful home that was originally built in 1835 and has a prime location within two blocks of King Street. One big highlight of staying at this Airbnb is that breakfast and premium off-street parking are both included! Moreover, this house features four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, accommodating up to 16 guests. Therefore, it’s a perfect place to rent for a large family getaway or a vacation with a group of friends. If you book Coastal Edition, you can also expect high-quality bedding, towels, mattresses, and plenty of space for everyone.
The Historic St. Philip House – One Block Off King Street
This Charleston Airbnb dates back to 1840 and is just one block from King Street, in the Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood. In this area, you can find all sorts of dining options, unique cafés, and local shops. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, guests highly recommend the St. Philip House for a girls’ trip. This home also features a fully-stocked kitchen, a cozy living room, and a formal dining room. Plus, the adorable outdoor patio area is a great spot to sip coffee in the morning or to enjoy cocktails in the evening!
The Indigo House – Only 1 Block from King Street!
The Indigo House is located steps away from King Street in the Cannonborough/Elliotborough district. This neighborhood is filled with historic homes and tree-lined streets and is an ideal spot to experience Charleston’s southern charm. Indigo House features four well-appointed bedrooms–each with its own bathrooms! It also includes a fully equipped kitchen, large dining and living areas, an upstairs wet bar, two large 60″ HDTVs, and WiFi. Large groups will also enjoy the two outdoor lounge spaces and the complimentary off-street parking spaces included in your stay. Furthermore, it’s easy to walk to King Street, Rainbow Row, or take a quick drive to Folly Beach from this Airbnb!
Charleston Carriage House–One Block to King w/ Parking!
This historic carriage house features one bedroom and one bathroom in a loft-style layout. All in all, it’s a super clean and affordable option for one or two couples looking to visit Charleston. For example, it features an open master bedroom with a king bed on the second floor and a queen-sized memory foam sleeper sofa on the main floor. This Airbnb also has smart TVs in the living room and bedroom with streaming services, a kitchen with all of the cooking essentials, a washer and dryer, and complimentary off-street parking. Another big advantage of this home is that it’s dog-friendly!
Award-Winning Renovation w/ Charleston Porches!
Boho Rosa is a newly renovated, award-winning historic home within walking distance to all of Charleston’s biggest attractions. Between its five bedrooms, four bathrooms, seven beds, and professional decorating, this home is a perfect place for a girls’ weekend or a bachelorette party. It also includes two private balconies and an outdoor courtyard space with a BBQ grill, as well as a large communal area attached to the kitchen. Additionally, Boho Rosa features a washer and dryer and a private driveway with off-street parking. Take a look at all of this listing’s photos to see why it’s Instagram heaven!
Southern Shangri-La in Cannonborough-Elliotborough
The Southern Shangri-La is a two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment located in the Cannonborough/Elliotborough district of downtown Charleston. In particular, this Airbnb is popular for its chic designs, bright colors, and all of the Bali-related decor that the host has picked up on her travels. It also features a fully-stocked kitchen, a living room, a backyard, and a patio area. Guests love the gourmet coffee that Sydney (the owner) provides as well as her local recommendations. For example, Charleston foodie favorites like Leon’s, Lewis BBQ, and Brown’s Court Bakery are all within walking distance from this home.
Southern Shangri-La – Historic Downtown – Only 2 blocks from King Street!
Sydney, the owner of the last Airbnb mentioned, also owns an entire Shangri-La building with four adorable units. The photo above is of Unit D; however, if this Airbnb is unavailable, Sydney also offers three other apartments for rent in the same building: Southern Shangri-La Unit A, Unit B, and Unit C. Each apartment is inspired by Bali, Indonesia, and incorporates fun elements from this destination into its decor. Additionally, each unit features two bedrooms and one bathroom, located just two blocks from the hustle and bustle of King Street. The building itself features a tropical mural by Carly Thomas and off-street parking!
The Little Pink House on the Peninsula
The Little Pink House on the Peninsula is undoubtedly one of the cutest Airbnbs in Charleston. This dreamy home features one bedroom and one and a half bathrooms, making it the perfect escape for a romantic weekend in the city. The first floor includes a kitchenette, a half bath, and a living area, while the second floor has a lofted master suite with an adjoining bathroom and porch. Plus, this accommodation offers an off-street parking space directly in front of the house. At the Little Pink House, you’ll be four blocks away from the beginning of Upper King Street and within walking distance to local eateries like Chubby Fish, Trattoria Luca, and D’Alesandro’s Pizza.
Serene Cottage with Beautiful Garden and Heated Pool
This serene cottage is located in Charleston’s Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood and is within walking distance to local restaurants, flower shops, bakeries, and small boutiques. It features one bedroom, one and a half bathrooms, a small but well-appointed kitchen, a living room area, and a lush courtyard. Plus, guests love that this property has a heated saltwater pool! This Airbnb is recommended for a couple or 1-2 people and even includes an off-street parking spot.
Relax with a Game of Darts at an Airy, Bohemian Loft
This loft is located in the central Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood of downtown Charleston and just a five-minute walk to North King Street. One big advantage of this area is that everything is just a short walk away, but the streets are quiet regarding traffic or noise. This Airbnb includes two bedrooms: one with a queen-sized bed and another with a double bed. Both feature comfy memory foam mattresses! The home also includes a living room area, full kitchen, dining room, full bathroom, and free parking.
Gorgeous, Bright & Spacious Apt – Walk to King!
This first-floor apartment is part of a recent remodel in an 1800s home in Charleston’s Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood. It features one bedroom, two full bathrooms, and a day bed to sleep an extra person. The beauty is definitely in the details at this property, including hardwood floors, a custom kitchen, a refurbished clawfoot tub, and even two separate porches (on the front and side of the home). In fact, this Airbnb will probably remind you of a boutique hotel, with comfortable beds, quality linens, and parking included in your stay. Moreover, you’ll be just five minutes from Upper King Street and 15 minutes away from the beach by car.
Boutique Home & Courtyard w/ Bikes!
This renovated carriage house is two stories and includes a private and tranquil garden patio. On the first floor of the home, you can find a living room area with a trundle bed, two twin beds, a half bathroom, a fully-stocked kitchen, and the courtyard. Additionally, the second floor features a master bedroom and bathroom, a large piazza, a washer and dryer, and even a designated work area for business travelers. As far as location, this Airbnb is only a three-minute drive from Market Street and the rest of Charleston’s Historic District. Plus, this listing includes two complimentary bikes and parking for two vehicles in your stay!
Charming Downtown Apartment near Design District Restaurants
This apartment is located in the heart of Charleston’s Design District and is an easy walk away from King Street. It has three bedrooms (one with a king bed, two with queen beds), two bathrooms, and can sleep up to eight people. Additionally, it features a living room, a full kitchen, and a cute porch area where you can sit and relax with friends and family. Off-street parking for one vehicle is also included with this rental; however, you may want to drive a compact car to make parking a little more simple!
Sparkling, Light-Filled Downtown Condo in an 1880s House
This condo in a historic 1880s home features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, accommodating up to six guests comfortably. I recommend this Airbnb for a girls’ trip or for a smaller family visiting Charleston! Just keep in mind that there is only one bathroom, so make sure you plan accordingly. This space also includes a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, and easy off-street parking. Additionally, it’s located on Bee Street, just five blocks away from Upper King Street and its popular restaurants and nightlife establishments.
Stroll Downtown From a Modern Gem with Backyard
This three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment is steps away from some of Charleston’s best restaurants (a five-minute walk to King Street!). Between three queen beds, a comfy couch, and a twin air mattress with linens, it can sleep up to eight people. Plus, the backyard makes for a great place to hang out with your group. You’ll notice that this home has been remodeled but still maintains some of its historical charm, with exposed ceiling beams and original woodwork. Guests recommend this spot to anyone looking to stay in Downtown Charleston but a little further away from the hustle and bustle of its main tourist streets.