Emeline’s exterior is a tastefully restored historic building, blending seamlessly into the architectural fabric of Charleston. Upon entering, guests are greeted by a spacious lobby adorned with an eclectic mix of vintage and custom furniture, creating an atmosphere of relaxed elegance inspired by the natural beauty of the Lowcountry.
Hotel Emeline is the current occupant of 181 Church Street, a building with a rich history that dates back to 1852 when George W. Williams established a prosperous wholesale grocery business at the location. Despite the grocery business’s closure, the building continued to be a hub of activity, housing various ventures over the years.
Today, Emeline pays tribute to Charleston’s history and culture, with its Archive showcasing art, books, and imagery from the Charleston Renaissance period, providing travelers with a unique glimpse into the city’s past.
The Little Things
- Hotel Emeline stands out for its pet-friendly policy, allowing guests to bring their furry friends along.
- Reserve the Suite Dreams package to receive a welcome bottle of bubbles and an artisan cheese plate.
- The hotel’s unique luxury retail Keep Shop offers a carefully curated selection of local goods by artisan makers.
- Sip complimentary wine or beer during the daily Captains Hour while taking in the hotel’s art collection.
- Unwind to a vinyl selection from the library to play on the in-room Crosley turntable (suites only).
About the Rooms
- Custom embroidered linens with satin trim and plush 100% cotton towels ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.
- Guests can wrap themselves in custom embroidered spa robes, adding a touch of indulgence to their relaxation time.
- The signature Emeline Amber Wood Red Flower bath amenity program provides a unique and invigorating bathing experience.
- Notably comfortable beds.
- Local Charleston artist Susan Gregory‘s custom ceramic vanity accessories add a touch of local artistry to the room decor.
- Wild Sam Field Guides to Charleston are provided, offering insider tips and recommendations for exploring the city.
Food & Drink
- Frannie & The Fox serves wood-fired regional dishes with Italian influences and has both indoor and outdoor dining.
- The Den is a hidden bar within Frannie & The Fox known for great drinks and a lively atmosphere.
- Clerk’s Coffee Company: A chic and inviting coffee shop located in the hotel (with a name inspired by the hotel’s history), serving a variety of specialty coffees, teas, and pastries.
- Nearby Hank’s Seafood Restaurant is a classic Charleston fish house with a saloon-style bar and raw bar.
Hotel Emeline is strategically located in downtown Charleston, offering guests easy access to a variety of attractions and experiences. The hotel is within walking distance of notable landmarks such as the Charleston RiverDogs stadium, the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston’s Waterfront Park, and the bustling Charleston City Market. Additionally, the hotel is surrounded by a plethora of dining options and is just steps away from the vibrant shopping and nightlife of King Street.
Standout Hotel Services
- The fitness center is well-equipped with a variety of cardio and strength training equipment (including Peloton), yoga mats, and medicine balls, and also provides towel service.
- Take advantage of the Wellness Passport access to premier fitness studios in the city.
- Complimentary bicycles are available exclusively to hotel guests to explore Charleston.
The hotel has taken significant steps to reduce single-use plastics by providing reusable glass water bottles in all rooms, serving cold-to-go drinks in recycled plastic cups, and using paper and agave straws throughout the property. In addition, the hotel’s on-property restaurants serve locally sourced seafood, reducing carbon emissions from transportation. Furthermore, Hotel Emeline contributes to marine conservation by recycling used oyster shells to promote healthy oyster reefs.