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The Luxury Hotel Insider:Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Charleston

Ranked by Conde Nast Traveler as the #1 Small U.S. City for eight years running, Charleston, South Carolina is a city steeped in history and culture. The walkable city offers well-preserved architecture with ironwork balconies, antebellum styling, and colorful stucco, amidst streets lined with sidewalk cafes and boutiques ideal for meandering and exploring. 

Founded by English colonists in 1670, Charleston is one of the best-preserved cities in the "Old South" where visitors can hear church bells ringing, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and see more than 600 buildings erected prior to the 1840s, including 73 Colonial buildings. The city has withstood a number of hardships including Yankee bombardments during the Civil War, earthquakes, and fires, yet many historic sites remain including St. Michael's Episcopal Church and the Calhoun Mansion. Plus, there are plantations like Boone Hall where guests can gain a greater understanding of the city's history. 

Foodies will find plenty of flavors to discover within the city, including low country favorites like She-Crab Soup and the area's classic morning dish of shrimp and grits. Charleston's vibrant food scene includes chic cafes, fine dining, food festivals, and locally-infused Southern cuisine. 

For outdoor enthusiasts, the region provides an array of top-ranked golf courses, as well as beaches, parks, and nature tours of the area's beaches, marshes, and rivers.

Here are 5 Top Charleston Luxury Hotels:

5. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

For travelers seeking a resort-style getaway within a short drive of the city, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island is an ideal destination. Situated 21 miles from downtown Charleston, the property is an oceanfront hotel providing Southern hospitality, The Sanctuary Spa, luxury shopping, tennis packages, golf, and multiple dining options. There's also an array of recreational activities such as bicycle rentals, Kamp Kiawah for young vacationers at Night Heron Park, fitness classes, and nature programs. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive a daily full buffet breakfast for two in Jasmine Porch or a la Carte through room service, VIP status, a one time $100 resort credit per room (not valid towards the room rate), complimentary WiFi, and one bottle of Simonet Sparkling Wine from the mini-bar per room/per stay.

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4. The Dewberry

The Dewberry

Tucked within a historic Mid-Century Modern building (formerly the Mendel Rivers Federal Building), The Dewberry is a luxury boutique hotel featuring "Southern Reimagined" by a group of architects, designers, and preservation specialists. Guest rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Charleston Harbor and the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, as well as Irish mattresses and linens, artwork by local artists, and minibars curated seasonally by the hotel's executive chef. The Spa provides low country-inspired signature treatments infused with local ingredients, and Henrietta's French Brasserie overlooks Meeting Street with Southern-influenced cuisine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive breakfast for two daily ($30 per person and $60 max per day), a guaranteed room category upgrade at booking based on availability, complimentary WiFi, and a $100 spa credit per room/per stay.

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3. Hotel Bennett

Hotel Bennett

Opening in late 2018, Hotel Bennett is situated at the intersection of Marion Square and King Street. Transformed by native Charlestonians, the authentic retreat is located within the former Charleston County Library and The Citadel. Offering a two-tiered signature restaurant and Camelias Bar, the hotel also has a patisserie, signature spa, and rooftop pool, steps from King Street shops, restaurants, and museums. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the  the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Gabrielle (max $30 per person, max $60 per day), and a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay.

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2. Belmond Charleston Place 

Belmond Charleston Place

Evoking the feel of a 17th century European residence, Belmond Charleston Place is an iconic luxury hotel in the heart of Charleston's historic downtown. Offering high-end shopping, full-service spa, and a rooftop indoor/outdoor pool, the property is an ideal place for exploring the city, or a relaxing retreat. Popular with celebrities, princes, and politicians, the hotel has award-winning dining at the Palmetto Cafe and the Charleston Grill.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast for each guest daily (maximum of $30 per person/per day), a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay, and a welcome amenity.

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1. The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

Set on Patriots Point in the upscale community of Mount Pleasant, The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor is an upscale waterfront resort with panoramic views of Charleston Harbor and the downtown skyline. There are three on-site dining options including the waterfront Charleston Harbor Fish House, and The Bridge Bar with an open-air setting. For relaxation The Estruary Spa and Salon offers a range of treatments, and there are three outdoor pools including one with a Tiki Bar. There's also a custom theater, full-service marina, seaside bocce court, and the College of Charleston Sail School is located on-site. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for each guest daily at The Fish House, a $100 resort credit per room/per stay (not valid on room rate and no cash value), and a welcome cookie amenity.

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Located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, Belmond Charleston Place is located steps away from the city’s famous landmarks, historic homes, award-winning restaurants, and exceptional boutique shops. Continue reading below the photo.

Belmond Charleston Place

For a true taste of Southern charm, Belmond Charleston Place leaves nothing to chance. Luxurious fixtures and fittings dance between modern elegance and old-world style. Featuring 434 spacious and stylishly furnished guest rooms, including 48 suites and two presidential suites, guests will feel the comforts of home. Designed to capture the essence of this world-class destination, the rooms can be described as classic, timeless, and sophisticated. 

For an indulgent and private retreat, we invite visitors to stay on our legendary Club Level. Occupying the top two floors and available by private elevator access, you’ll find our most exclusive accommodations featuring the city’s best views of the historic skyline and harbor. With 72 guest rooms, The Club hosts numerous extras including an array of culinary delights, complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, after-dinner cordials, and desserts. Read more below the Club Room photo.

Club Room at Belmond Charleston Place

Step outside the luxurious accommodations and take time to discover and delight in the endless on-property amenities. From Four Diamond dining, live jazz music, and hand-crafted cocktails to the full-service spa, salon, and rooftop pool, there is much to explore. Make the most of your summer getaway with a stay at the city’s landmark destination. Learn about a special offer below the photo.

Dining at Belmond Charleston Place

Third Night's a Charm Offer: Enjoy 25% off a three night stay in a Suite or Club Level room. Unwind in the hotel's spacious accommodations or indulge in all day food and beverage service from the private Club Level lounge. Valid for travel May 6, 2018 – August 31, 2018.

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*The content of this sponsored article was provided by Belmond Charleston Place. Offers and packages are subject to change.

Posted in: Charleston, SC

| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the heart of the historic district, Belmond Charleston Place evokes the feel of a 17th century villa with an enchanting Georgian staircase that welcomes guests to the lobby, Italian marble floors, and a glistening chandelier. Providing an urban setting with a chic and serene environment inside its walls, the luxury hotel recently unveiled the Elysian Salon and completed renovations at The Spa at Belmond Place. Learn more about what's new at the hotel below the photo of the Elysian Salon. 

Elysium Salon at Belmond Charleston Place

Focused on creating a unique style for every client, the Elysium Salon is located in the East Gallery of The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place. Featuring a luxurious setting for haircuts, coloring, specialty treatments, wedding and special occasion hair, as well as makeup applications and lessons, the salon adds to Belmond Charleston Place's exclusive amenities. Since launching her career in the hair and makeup industry in 2001, Salon Director of Elysium at Charleston Place, Charlotte Belk--a South Carolina native, has been focusing on traditional cuts, natural & dimensional hair color, as well as specialty services. Read more below the Elysium Salon photo. 

Elysium Salon at Belmond Charleston Place

In addition to the Elysium Salon, The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place recently completed renovations. The newly transformed environment offers a tranquil setting with a clean and crisp color palette, and a more seamless connection to the mineral swimming pool. The men's and women's locker rooms were refreshed to provide a more relaxing mood, and there's a variety of new products and treatments available for guests including TaTa Harper's 100% natural line of beauty products from Vermont, anti-aging hand and feet products by Margaret Dabbs, Lafco Reed diffusers and candles, and FarmHouseFresh goods. Read more below The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place photo. 

The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place

Belmond Charleston Place mixes Southern charm with timeless elegance, steps from the city's historic sites, shopping, and restaurants. There's award-winning cuisine at the Charleston Grill, modern gastronomy at Palmetto Cafe, and gourmet pub fare in Meeting at Market. Plus, there's upscale shopping boutiques within the hotel and a rooftop pool. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the heart of the city's historic downtown, Belmond Charleston Place is a luxury hotel offering a spa, rooftop pool, and award-winning dining at the Charleston Grill. There's also upscale boutiques for shopping within the hotel, and the guestrooms and suites combine Southern charm with modern elegance and old-world style. While Club Floor rooms on the top floor of the property provide private access to the Club Lounge. For a limited time, the property is offering four special packages*. Read more below the photo for details. 

Belmond Charleston Place Exterior

Be Well, Be Luxe Offer*

-- 10% off luxury accommodations

--  Choice of one spa treatment per stay including Morroccanoil manicure and pedicure, or a 50-minute facial, body scrub, or massage ($140 credit)

--  One shampoo and blowout at Elysium ($65 credit)

*Maximum spa credit of $140 per room.

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Poolside spa treatment at Belmond Charleston Place

Retreat to Romance*

--  Luxury accommodations

--  Champagne welcome amenity

--  Room service breakfast for two (maximum value of $75 per room, per stay)

--  Sweetgrass rose

*Valid for travel throughout 2018, subject to availability.

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Romance at Belmond Charleston Place

The Suite Life Offer*

--  10% off luxury accommodations

--  Access to Club Level amenities

*Valid for travel Sunday-Thursday through February 27, 2018. Package applies to Corner One Bedroom and One Bedroom Suites. 

See one more package offer below the photo.

Suite at the Belmond Charleston Place

Winter in Charleston*

--  10% off luxury accommodations

--  $50 food and beverage credit

* Valid for travel through February 28, 2018. Two night minimum stay required, offer subject to availability. 

In addition to the inclusions listed above, offers include internet, access to online newspapers, $30 breakfast credit, per person, per day, $100 food and beverage credit, and upgrade options based on availability at check-in.

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*Please note, the offers listed above were provided by the Belmond Charleston Place. Offers are subject to availability and could change at any time. 


| By: Rachael Weir

Across from downtown, The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina offers a family-friendly setting with a full-service marina, three outdoor pools, and multiple restaurants. Guest rooms and suites feature custom beds, private balconies, and bathrooms with soaking tubs. Read more below the guest room photo.

Guest room at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

The Family Parlor Rooms have 750 square feet of space with a king bed, sitting area with a fireplace, and a separate room with two twin beds, while Garden Studio Suites have a spacious design with a living space and furnished balconies. Offering a range of services and amenities, discover 5 Top Amenities at the property below the photo. 

The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

5 Top Amenities at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

1. Charleston Harbor Marina

Located on site, the full-service marina provides complimentary water trolley access to downtown Charleston, as well as 24-hour security dock space that can accommodate more than 450 boats, high speed fuel, laundry, and shower facilities. 

2. Beach Club Tiki Bar

Charleston's only Tiki Bar provides panoramic harbor views, and a menu of sandwiches, salads, and light fare.

3. Estuary Spa 

Featuring coastal-inspired ambiance, the Estruary Spa offers an array of pampering services with individual and couples treatment options. 

4. Charleston Harbor Fish House

Serving fresh seafood with a seasonally changing menu, the award-winning restaurant offers waterfront dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

5. Games & Activities

Providing a variety of activties for guests of all ages, the hotel has season kid's camps, photo scavenger hunts, beachside fire pits with kits for roasting s'mores, and a 30-person movie theater. There's also volleyball, bocce, aqua golf, cornhole, and life-size chess.

Learn more about The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

Patio view at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor


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Featuring a family-friendly atmosphere steps away from the historic sites of downtown, the Belmond Charleston Place is ideal for family vacations. For a limited time, the hotel is offering the Rooftop Relaxation Package, which includes luxurious accommodations, complimentary breakfast for children 12 and under in The Palmetto Cafe when accompanied by a paid adult meal, and a 25% discount at the Clock Tower Terrace, which is located next to the hotel's rooftop pool. Continue reading below the photo. 

The Rooftop Clocktower Bar at the Belmond Charleston Place

From the Belmond Charleston Place, families can explore the city on foot or bicycle, or enjoy strolling the streets in a horse-drawn carriage. The South Carolina Aquarium and Waterfront Park are nearby, and historic attractions such as Middleton Plantation with a petting zoo are a short drive away. Continue reading below the photo.

Charleston Carriage Ride at Belmond Charleston Place

The recently remodeled Belmond Charleston Place provides a luxurious setting in the historic district close to the Charleston City Market. Overlooking King Street and downtown, the heated rooftop saltwater pool has a retractable roof as well as the Clock Tower Terrace for outdoor dining. There's also the Shops at Belmond Charleston Place with upscale boutiques, the award-winning Charleston Grill, Palmetto Cafe for casual dining, and a health club. 

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*The content of this sponsored article was provided by Belmond Charleston Place. Offers and packages are subject to change.


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Located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Belmond Charleston Place blends Southern charm with elegance and luxury. Continue reading below the photo.

Courtyard of Belmond Charleston Place

Now having recently completed a $40 million, four-year renovation project, this landmark hotel is at its finest. Tailored to embrace the iconic allure of the Holy City, 434 guest rooms and suites radiate a historic essence while embracing the innovative lifestyle of today. The rooms feature sophisticated, modern designs and slick, in-room technology like one touch lighting and high-speed wireless internet. The redesigned Club Level is available by private access only and is located on the top two floors of the hotel. With a picturesque view of the Charleston skyline, the Club Lounge offers a cosmopolitan space including a marble bar, cozy banquette that spans an entire wall and complimentary all day food and beverage service. Read more below the photo.

Newly Renovated Guest Room at Belmond Charleston Place

Enjoy the heated, rooftop mineral water pool and the adjacent Clock Tower Terrace, a new rooftop bar overlooking historic King Street. And now offering even more space to unwind, Meeting at Market, a sophisticated yet relaxing pub, caters to all sport enthusiasts, while the Thoroughbred Club’s new patio allows guests to bask in the fresh outdoors with a cocktail during their stay. Read more below the photo.

Meeting at Market Pub at Belmond Charleston Place

Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for you to experience the undisputed charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other. The hotel offers newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Diamond restaurants, a full-service spa and rooftop pool, refined shopping and unbeatable Sothern hospitality. 

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Rooftop Pool at the Belmond Charleston Place

*The content of this sponsored article was provided by Belmond Charleston Place. Offers and details are subject to change.


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 A King Bed Club Room at the Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, SCLocated in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Belmond Charleston Place has long been revered as the city's landmark luxury hotel.

Now, having recently completed a $30 million, three-year renovation project, that distinction has never been more fitting. The hotel's 434 guest rooms and suites now embrace the historic beauty of Charleston as well as the innovative lifestyle of today. The rooms feature sophisticated, modern designs and slick, in-room technology like one touch lighting and high-speed wireless.

The redesigned Club Level is available by private access only and is located on the top two floors of the hotel. The Club Lounge offers a cosmopolitan space including an expanded marble bar, cozy banquette that spans an entire wall and complimentary all day food and beverage service while overlooking the historic Charleston skyline.

Belmond Charleston PlaceThe new Belmond Boardroom is a sophisticated space for your next corporate retreat while the newly renovated Fitness Center has doubled in size and includes all new cardio and weight machines, making it easier to stick to your workout while traveling.

Don't worry, the hotel still has the heated, saltwater pool on the roof top of the fourth floor. In addition to the stunning retractable glass roof,  there are striking 'porthole' windows which overlook downtown Charleston. Lush plants surround the pool and jacuzzi providing a private paradise. 

Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for you to experience the unrivaled charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other. They offer newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Diamond restaurants, a full-service spa and rooftop pool, sophisticated shopping and unbeatable Southern hospitality.

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P.S. Check out the "Five Star Alliance Rate" which includes continental breakfast, sparkling wine, luxury accommodations, wireless internet access, and daily newspaper.


| By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Charleston PlaceLocated in the heart of historic downtown, Belmond Charleston Place has long been revered as the city’s landmark luxury hotel.

Now having recently completed a $30 million dollar, three-year renovation project, that distinction has never been more fitting. The hotel’s 434 guest rooms and suites now embrace the historic beauty of Charleston as well as the innovative lifestyle of today. The rooms feature sophisticated, modern designs and slick, in-room technology like one touch lighting and high-speed wireless. The redesigned private Club Level is available by private access only and is located on the top two floors of the hotel. The Club Lounge offers a cosmopolitan space including an expanded marble bar, cozy banquette that spans an entire wall and complimentary all day food and beverage service while overlooking the historic Charleston skyline. The fitness center has been doubled in size and features state of the art cardio and wellness equipment while the new Belmond Boardroom provides a refined yet contemporary space overlooking King Street for your next meeting or corporate event.Belmond Charleston Place

Charleston has been named the #1 Small City in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler 2015 Readers' Choice Awards. More than 128,000 travelers submitted millions of ratings to help Charleston garner a ranking of 88.13. The readers said, "With its beautiful gardens, vibrantly painted Georgian houses along Rainbow Row, and carriages clacking across cobblestone streets, Charleston remains one of the countries' most picturesque cities. Underneath its sleepy charm, the city is known for its dynamic food scene, thriving theater scene, bustling King Street, and historic City Market."

Belmond Charleston PlaceBelmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for guests to experience the unrivaled charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other. History abounds on every street corner with beautifully maintained architecture from houses, to churches, to historic sites like Fort Sumter, the famous open-air market and the gardens and plantations, which are some of the country's oldest.

Belmond Charleston Place offers newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Diamond dining, a full-service spa and unbeatable Southern hospitality. Discover More with 20% off the Best Available Rate from January 1- March 31, 2016 with rooms starting at $236 per room, per night. 

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Belmond Charleston Place
Contemplating booking a luxury hotel stay through Five Star Alliance? You could be enjoying a stay at Belmond Charleston Place on us just for booking.

Belmond Charleston Place evokes the feeling of a grand 17th century residence from the Italian marble lobby with its signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier to lush personal suites. The staff of Belmond Charleston Place is dedicated to entertaining its guests with the finest in Southern hospitality, and has become the choice of celebrities, princes and politicians.

Located in the heart of the historic district on renowned King Street, Belmond Charleston Place is accessible to all that the city has to offer including shopping, dining, historic homes, and tours.

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