Southern charm meets modern style at this storied hotel—an authentic way to travel deeper in the Holy City.
From the pastel-hued architecture that makes much of Charleston a National Historic Landmark to a world-famous restaurant scene, there’s so much to explore in this city—including Emeline, a hotel in the heart of the historic downtown. A stay at this special property becomes a journey within your journey. With warm hospitality inspired by the building’s past, authentic eateries, lovely outdoor spaces, and more, you’ll also have cobblestone streets and many more of the city’s charms just outside your doorstep.
Dating to 1852, the building that houses Emeline today has a fascinating backstory. It was erected by a Charleston entrepreneur, George W. Williams, who made five of his first store clerks into partners in his growing business, fostering a culture of inclusivity and togetherness. These values, threaded throughout Emeline, guide the way it cares for guests today. The name of the hotel’s café, Clerks, even nods to this history. (It also pours some stellar coffee paired with comforting confections.)
The Emeline experience serves up genuine Southern charm with thoughtful amenities and delightful surprises from the moment guests walk through the historic front door at 181 Church Street. The lobby’s inviting sitting area, with its fantastic collection of coffee table books, feels more like your most stylish friend’s home than a hotel lobby. There’s eye candy throughout: a cabinet of Lowcountry curios features taxidermy shorebirds, guinea feathers, and other distinctive curios of the area. And you can pick out your own something special to take home, like genuine Stetson hats, among the curated goods at Keep Shop.
Attention to detail extends to the spacious guest rooms, where inviting beds beckon with plush, tufted headboards, light fixtures (courtesy of local designers Urban Electric), and a wide selection of vinyl awaits the in-room Crosley turntables. Slip a record on and drift off in a soaking tub or enjoy an invigorating walk-in rain shower. Mustard-colored blackout curtains ensure privacy and deep sleep at night.
A foodie town, Charleston offers much to savor within walking distance of downtown, and Emeline is a culinary destination unto itself. Its onsite restaurant Frannie & The Fox, helmed by chef Tim Morton, is a top draw for visitors and locals alike. Indulge in decadent brunches, wood-fired pizzas, and dishes made with local seafood (the blue crab fritters win raves) in the restaurant or have it delivered straight to your room. Or enjoy drinks like a strong rum punch and craft cocktails on the outdoor patio—you have many options for satisfying all sorts of appetites in a range of pleasant settings here.
No matter what wellness means to you, Emeline also provides plenty of excellent self-care options. For some, that may mean a long soak after a day of travel or a walking tour of Charleston. For anyone wanting to raise their heart rates, a full gym, equipped with treadmills, cardio machines, dumbbell weights, kettlebells, and medicine balls, can help offset some of the indulgences you’ll surely want to enjoy while here.
You might be tempted to simply while away the time at Emeline, if the city’s incredible cultural and historical gems weren’t calling. The hotel offers multiple ways to get around town comfortably. Nearby so many sights and delights, you can take off on foot to marvel at this beautiful town or borrow a complimentary bicycle. If driving is more your speed, get behind the wheel of the house Countryman Mini Cooper or Mini Cooper convertible, all the better to take in the fresh scent of blooming jasmine in the springtime air.
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