Opened in July 2020 in the Charleston Historic District, Hotel Emeline transformed a previously drab chain hotel into a stylish property befitting today’s travelers. The building itself was a mercantile and later a bank and still contains the original door.
At check-in, travelers are welcomed with a cocktail at the front desk. The upper lobby is also home to the Keep Shop, a curated gift shop with locally made goods like jewelry, books, and a custom-made Stetson hat.
In the lower lobby, there’s a comfy seating area with a record collection carefully selected by the owner of a nearby record store. The ramp to the upper level has a curio cabinet with items from the shop.
There are over 200 guest rooms and suites, all of which are pet-friendly. The rooms have luxurious sheets, flat-screen televisions, and a wardrobe. The bathroom has plush bathrobes and top-of-the-line toiletries.
Some rooms have a Crosley record player with a record created just for the hotel, made up of local artists. There’s also a Wildsam field guide for Charleston and a carafe and ice bucket. On each floor, there’s a station with ice and a water station with still and sparkling.
Hotel Emeline also has two dining options. The lobby is home to Clerks Coffee, named for the clerks that worked in the original building. They have coffee from nearby Second State Coffee, along with pastries and sandwiches.
Frannie and the Fox is the hotel’s Italian-inspired restaurant with wood-fired goodies. Patrons can nosh on pizza, fresh local shrimp, blue crab fritters, and charred corn.
The restaurant’s bar has “the Foxhole,” the four-seat speakeasy with a doorbell for drinks and views of the wood oven in the kitchen. Guests can also relax on the patio, which has comfy couches and a fireplace.
If You Go
Hotel Emeline is located at 181 Church Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29401. Rates start at $250 per night and includes WiFi. Valet parking is $35 per night but you can also find paid parking lots nearby. Book your stay by visiting their website or calling (843) 577-2644.
My stay was hosted by Hotel Emeline but all opinions are my own.