zero george street hotel charleston south carolina guide
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Charleston South Carolina Guide

zero george street hotel charleston south carolina guide

photos by Pale Girl Photo, taken at Zero George Street Hotel

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My friend Lauren and I recently took a trip to Charleston, South Carolina for a long weekend. Neither of us had ever been there and didn’t totally know what to expect, except for good food and pretty surroundings. Well, that’s exactly what we got! It’s such a charming place, with homes so beautiful you find yourself checking Zillow to see what it would cost to have a pastel home with a wrap around porch and flowers in your windowsill. Or maybe that’s just me? Granted, I don’t see myself moving to Charleston anytime soon, but I tend to play make believe in every town I visit. And I imagine having a beautiful, historic, pastel home in a charming town might not be so bad. But in the meantime, it is a lovely place to visit.

zero george street hotel charleston south carolina guide

We stayed at Zero George Street, a boutique hotel with endless charm and history. The hotel is comprised of five residential buildings; the original carriage house and residence are circa 1804, while the other historic buildings (from the turn of the century) were picked up and moved to the property in later years. 

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The porch outside our room at Zero George Street was the perfect place to relax with a cup of coffee. The rooms are stocked with complimentary beverages and Nespresso machines, and they offer free wine and cheese in the evenings. Breakfast is included, and features an array of options like fresh fruit, quiche, yogurt, and biscuits from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. They offer a tasting menu (with veggie friendly options) for their restaurant dinner time, but make sure to make a reservation and leave ample time to enjoy. 

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Zero George Street is so beautiful and serene, you may never want to leave, but it’s also within walking (or biking) distance from many great restaurants and shops. Some places we dined at and enjoyed: The Darling Oyster Bar (sit at the oyster bar for the best ambience!), 167 Raw (tuna burgers and lobster rolls), Magnolias (decadent brunch…pimiento cheese, crab cake and fried green tomato benedict, banana pudding stuffed french toast), Hominy Grill (Low Country cooking). Other places that were recommended (we can only eat so much!): FIG  (need reservations), Husk (I’ve eaten at their Nashville location and it’s great), The Ordinary .

zero george street hotel charleston south carolina guide

Complimentary bicycles are provided for guests, and I highly recommend making use of them!  Charleston is a very bicycle friendly place, and it’s a great and relaxing way to explore. Ride your bicycle to Hominy Grill for breakfast, like we did, then take it down to Rainbow Row and ride along the water and through the gorgeous neighborhoods or to Pounce Cat Cafe and Wine Bar to play with adoptable cats! Stop by Candlefish, a cute candle shop that offers candle making classes.  Make sure to take lots of photos, because it is truly one of the most picturesque little cities.

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  1. Rach says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Charleston and your recommendation as to where to stay is so helpful! I love how they have complimentary bikes!

  2. Kristen Milford says:

    Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed it here! I saw Taylor post these photos on her Instagram and they turned out beautifully.

    Charleston really is the prettiest, especially the College of Charleston campus and anywhere South of Broad (it’s especially pretty in the Springtime when all of the flowers are in bloom). I usually end up walking to the Callie’s King Street location on my lunch break because the people who work there are so sweet.

    In the event that you visit again anytime soon, I highly recommend (on the peninsula):

    Black Tap Coffee – Best coffee in town, hands down.
    Glazed – They have this donut called the Purple Goat which is a blueberry and goat cheese. I die.
    Mac & Murphy – I always buy birthday cards here…and a bunch of other stuff I probably don’t need.
    Candlefish – This is a candle shop (obviously) and their selection is impeccable.
    Dandy Boutique – The absolute cutest retro clothing.
    Xiao Bao Biscuit – THE. CABBAGE. PANCAKE.
    Dellz – A restaurant and juice bar; they have a lot of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options.
    D’Allesandro’s – A pizza place/dive bar, super chill and a fun atmosphere.
    Artist & Craftsmen – A quirky art shop; they also have a lot of novelty items, I got a pen from there shaped like an ice cream cone!
    Blue Bicycle Books – The best independent bookstore in town.
    Edmund’s Oast – Some of the best food I’ve ever had in Charleston, and that says a lot.

    We hope you’ll come back soon! 🙂

  3. Samantha Lee says:

    These photos and the hotel grounds are GORGEOUS. Would love to hear what else you did on your trip besides eat (though I know that’s usually most important on trips, haha)! Also, crushing REAL hard on that dress. <3

  4. Helen says:

    I’ve been wanting to go to Charleston for quite some time and now I know that I’ll be staying at the Zero George Street Hotel when I do visit. You had me at complimentary bikes and free wine and cheese in the evenings! haha! Thanks for this great guide to Charleston, Keiko!


  5. Jamie says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Charleston! I think we’ll head there in the summertime so we can take advantage of the beaches nearby. They opened a Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit in Atlanta! Sooooo good.