Take a visit to one of the South’s best boutique hotels, The Ryder Hotel Charleston
words by Emerson Hardy
The history, romance and Southern charm associated with Charleston, South Carolina cannot be understated. The Ryder offers guests a proper Charleston experience. It’s situated on Meeting Street, just a stone’s throw from the ocean. Take a carriage ride through town with nearby Palmetto Carriage Works, and learn about this storied city’s past while getting great opportunities for photos.
Visit The Ryder – A Charleston Boutique Hotel
The surrounding area is home to an array of historical sites, such as the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. It’s a Revolution-era prison museum run by costumed reenactors. Some of Charleston’s oldest churches of many denominations are also in the vicinity, such as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the Unitarian Church of Charleston
Retire for the evening at the Ryder, and enjoy a relaxing drink at the hotel bar, Little Palm. Little Palm specializes in summer-themed cocktails with all of the class and none of the kitsch of a resort vacation. The decor of the hotel utilizes wood, bamboo and palm tree accents to provide the feel of a summer hideaway without going overboard.
An array of in-room dining options are available for those wishing to enjoy their day in privacy. Little Palm, in addition to its wonderful cocktails, has everything from local seafood to a good old-fashioned cheeseburger.
Enjoy Surrounding Charleston
Looking for fun things to do? Spend an afternoon at the Charleston City Market to immerse yourself in the culture of local food and crafts. The iconic King Street is also nearby, the center of the city’s nightlife and art scene.
Nearby, the renowned Hank’s Seafood is a highly-recommended option. Considered by many to be the best restaurant in Charleston, Hank’s is a must for the seafood connoisseur, and like Little Palm, also features locally caught fish. If you enjoy live music, catch local musicians and DJs in the evening at Little Palm in the evenings on Monday, Friday and Saturday. Experience the sounds of Charleston along with your cocktail.
The Ryder’s Design
As previously mentioned, rooms at The Ryder are tasteful and minimalist. A wide range of sizes are offered, from queen rooms to hospitality suites, all catered to guest comfort. Guests can even rent a Peloton bike to stay active during their visit, and naturally, the Wi-Fi is complementary.
All things considered, The Ryder Hotel is our pick for an ideal trip to Charleston. Be close to the city while still feeling like you got away from it all.