As any native Southerner will inform you, the dreamy, soft-focus model of the area proven in images — all Spanish moss and stately mansions and gravity-defying biscuits at each meal — doesn’t typically match up with actuality.
Except, that’s, in Charleston, which is precisely as charming as photographs indicate. From the candy-colored homes of Rainbow Row to the jewel-box retailers of King Street, this little metropolis is stuffed with treasures to find. As a perennial traveler favourite — T+L readers voted it No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 3 in the world this yr — it’s bought a roster of high-end motels so stacked it’s exhausting to go incorrect.
Every yr for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on journey experiences across the globe — to share their opinions on the highest motels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airways, and extra. Hotels were rated on their services, location, service, meals, and general worth. Properties have been categorised as metropolis or resort based mostly on their places and facilities.
Related: The World’s Best Awards 2019
This yr sees two newcomers make the record: vacationers beloved the Restoration (No. 6) for its marriage of traditional Charleston appeal and trendy class, whereas No. 9 Belmond Charleston Place had readers raving about its heat, welcoming workers and prime location and the over-the-top service and facilities of the resort’s Club Floor.
There are additionally a slew of acquainted names. Wentworth Mansion, final yr’s No. 6 decide, climbed the ranks this yr. The 21-room property landed second place, proving that some old style particulars — crystal chandeliers, marble fireplaces, intricate molding — by no means exit of fashion. That’s to not say our readers draw back from a extra up to date look: The Dewberry (No. 8) and the Vendue (No. 4) have each landed on our record as soon as once more: regardless of their radically totally different seems to be, the 2 share a classy, arty vibe, in-demand bars, and among the most enviable rooftop setups in city.
Read on for the total record of winners.
10. French Quarter Inn
More info: fqicharleston.com
9. Belmond Charleston Place
More info: belmond.com
8. The Dewberry
More info: thedewberrycharleston.com
7. Planters Inn
More info: plantersinn.com
6. The Restoration
More info: therestorationhotel.com
5. John Rutledge House Inn
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4. The Vendue, Charleston’s Art Hotel
More info: thevendue.com
3. Zero George Street Hotel
More info: zerogeorge.com
2. Wentworth Mansion
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1. The Spectator Hotel
More info: thespectatorhotel.com
For the second yr in a row, the Spectator has been our readers’ top-choice Charleston resort. Travel + Leisure readers praised the resort’s “incredible service,” “perfect location,” and the so-comfortable-you-never-want-to-leave furnishings of the rooms, to not point out the unbelievable meals and classy library bar. Just a block away from City Market, the resort is true in the middle of the motion, but butler service (which one reader described as “outrageous — it sets a new standard”) and well-appointed rooms guarantee a keep on the Spectator seems like a real escape. In the phrases of 1 reader, it’s the “single best hotel experience you’ll ever have in your life.”
See all of our readers’ favourite motels, cities, airways, cruise traces, and extra in the World’s Best Awards for 2019.