Each year when my family takes a trip to visit my parents in the U.S., my husband and I take a couple of days to go on a romantic getaway. This year we visited Charleston in South Carolina and stayed in a hotel on the outside of the city. The Hilton Garden Inn, Mount Pleasant has a convenient location that we enjoyed. I’m glad that we didn’t pick a hotel in central Charleston.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

My husband and I have developed a tradition. Whenever we visit my parents in the U.S.  we leave the kids with them for a couple of days and take a short romantic getaway.

This year the featured destination was Charleston, South Carolina.

My family and I have been to the eastern coast of the country many times, but we had never been to South Carolina. This time I decided that we had to go and fill the gap.

For me the obvious spot to stay in was Charleston. Not so much because it’s a city, but because of its location: it is surrounded by tons of islands and beaches. I was truly surprised when I got there and learned that, in this city, I would get a lot more than I expected.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Finding Hotels in Charleston – How to Center Yourself Just Right

After some research and a lot of thinking, I came to the conclusion that staying in central Charleston was not the best option for us. It would have been great to be in the heart of it all, but the attractions that we were interested in were mainly located in the surroundings and not so much in the actual city.

Looking for hotels that weren’t in the center city, I found Hilton Garden Inn, Mount Pleasant. The hotel is separated by a gorgeous bridge, located on the other side of Charleston closer to a lot of the beautiful islands that have great bike routes.

One of our favorite things to do whenever we travel is renting bikes. This gives us full days of exploring at our own pace. We normally do this when we are with our sons, but traveling alone opens up even more options and allows us to go further.

I noticed that there are a lot of perks that aren’t marked properly. The hotel was near all sorts of international restaurants within walking distance.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

The bike shop that we rented from was less than a block away. It was extremely convenient for us.

The location was so convenient that, even though we were technically outside of Charleston in a suburban style neighborhood, we barely had the need to use our car.

I also enjoyed the room that they gave us. It had the right size and was super comfy. The room service, as well as the one from the rest of the hotel staff were the epitome of Southern Hospitality.

The price was another point that worked out for the best. The rooms were half of the price than the ones from hotels in the center of the city. If you ask for a room with a view, you get the bridge and the water canal as your backdrop (not bad at all for the price).

Also parking is free.

Before we got there, I questioned my decision many times but staying in the outskirts of Charleston ended up being a great choice and would definitely recommend it.