12 Charleston Hotels with “Park and Cruise” Packages

It’s one of the best-kept secrets in cruising. It can help save you hundreds on your next trip, and make it much easier come cruise day. That said, so few people take advantage of this tip that it’s seemingly criminal.

If you are driving to the Charleston for the cruise and plan to park your car for the trip, expect to shell out plenty of cash. Parking at the port costs $17 per day. In other words, if you are sailing on a week-long trip, you’re going to pay $119 for parking before you even set foot on the ship.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Charleston is a tourist mecca, with an industry that caters to out-of-towners. That includes hotels.

And since the competition for your business is fierce, many hotels will go out of their way to offer perks to entice you to stay. The best one in our opinion? Free or discounted parking at the hotel during your cruise.

Below, we’ve rounded up a list of hotels in the Charleston area that we’ve found to offer park and cruise packages. This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list, but a good starting point. If you want to stay at a different hotel, simply give them a call to see if they will allow you to park.

Keep in mind that if you aren’t planning to stay at a hotel, then it’s not worth simply staying at one just to save on parking. But if you plan to stay anyway, definitely look into a hotel with a parking package to save some serious money.

Rates below are from a recent search for a Saturday night stay. Expect them to vary based on your specific dates. Click each hotel’s name to read reviews on TripAdvisor.com. For parking packages you may have to book through the hotel website, which is linked on TripAdvisor.

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Charleston Hotels with Cruise Parking

Best Western Charleston Inn
Stay a single night and you can book the Best Western’s “Cruise Package.” In addition to your room, you’ll get free parking for the duration of your cruise and transportation to and from the cruise port. During our search, the prices for the package were about $40 more than the regular nightly rate. Considering that parking at the port is $20 per day, that means you’ll save if your cruise is longer than two days.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 5.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant
One of the newest hotels in Mount Pleasant (just a few miles from the port), Hotel Indigo Includes breakfast for two with transportation to and from the port. As well, guests can leave their car at the hotel during the cruise. The package is for two people. More than two will need to pay $20 extra for transportation. We suggest calling the hotel at 843-884-6000 to reserve.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 4.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Wyndham Garden Charleston Mount Pleasant
For about $50 more than the regular rate, you can book the “Cruise and Stay” deal. This package includes accommodations, round-trip transportation to the cruise ship terminal, and breakfast for two. There is also a package for four people, but it’s a little pricier. Still, you can save a lot while also staying at one of the highest-reviewed hotels in the area.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 8 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Courtyard North Charleston Airport/Coliseum
While the Courtyard North Charleston Airport doesn’t offer a parking package on its website, it has partnered with the website SpotHero to offer up parking at the hotel while you cruise. It’s near the airport and about 10 miles from the cruise port. Right now rates are just $7 per day for parking, which is just 35% of what’s charged at the cruise port.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 10.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Hampton Inn & Suites Charleston/West Ashley
If you want to book the Hampton Inn’s parking package, you’ll need to call the hotel directly (843-573-1200). The package includes overnight accommodations, parking, breakfast, and round trip transfer to and from the port for two adults. During our search, rates for the package were about $50 higher than the regular rates, meaning if your cruise is three days or longer, you’ll save parking here instead of the cruise port.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 7.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Holiday Inn Express Charleston US Hwy 17 & I-526
With the “Don’t Miss the Boat” package, you’ll get parking at the hotel for your cruise and transportation for two guests to and from the cruise terminal. (Additional guests are $20 more). Best of all, the average nightly rate is only about $20 higher than the typical room rate. Meanwhile, the hotel gets 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor and is only about 10-15 minutes from the port.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 6.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront/Downtown
If staying close to the port is important for you, it doesn’t get much closer than this hotel. It’s a mere two miles to the Charleston cruise port. While it doesn’t offer free parking, the Hilton Garden Inn does offer parking for $10 per night with their parking package. That’s half off what’s charged by the port.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 2 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Sleep Inn Mt. Pleasant
Affordable and near the port, the Sleep Inn can also save you in one more area — parking. A call to the hotel told us that they let guests park during their cruise for free, however there is no transportation to/from the cruise port. The good news is that the port is less than five miles away, so the price to get there wouldn’t be much.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 4.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 3.5 out of 5

La Quinta Inn & Suites Charleston Riverview
Frankly, it’s hard to beat the parking offered by La Quinta. Not only is the hotel close — just across the Ashley River from downtown Charleston, but they also offer free parking while you cruise. Even better, a phone call to the hotel told us that they also offer a free shuttle to the port. In other words, on a weeklong cruise you’d be saving $140 on parking at the port without even having to pay for a ride to the ship.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 3.5 out of 5

TownePlace Suites Charleston Mt. Pleasant
A new hotel that’s getting strong reviews (4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor), TownePlace Suites didn’t show a parking package on their website when we searched. However, a call to the hotel told us that you can park your car there while you cruise, free of charge. No transportation is provided, however. If you want to stay here, we do suggest calling to confirm that parking is allowed.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 8 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Cambria Mt. Pleasant
Trendy and stylish, the Cambria Hotel in Mt. Pleasant offers passengers a “Snooze Park Cruise” package. With that, you’ll get your night’s stay, parking during your cruise and a $25 Uber gift card for your transportation back and forth from the cruise port. Meanwhile, the hotel gets rave reviews, coming in at 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 8 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Hampton Inn & Suites Charleston/Mt. Pleasant/Isle of Palms
Hampton Inn offers a ton of different packages, but curiously we didn’t see a parking package on their site — despite nearby hotels offering one. However, a quick phone call told us that parking is free during your cruise if you stay at the hotel the night before. You’ll want to find an Uber/Lyft to and from the port, but you don’t have to worry about those pesky parking fees.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 10 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

More on Cruising From Charleston

Getting to the Port of Charleston — Transportation options from airports and the Charleston area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.

Charleston Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

Dropping Off at the Port — Dropping off passengers? Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn directions to find your cruise terminal.

Charleston Cruise Hotels Near the Port — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.


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8 COMMENTS

      • The link above for the Holiday Inn Express Charleston US-17 & I 526 takes you to the Holiday Inn Express Mt Pleasant (different hotel). Mt Pleasant does not provide park and cruise. However, you can individually search for the US-17 & I 526 which does provide the package.

  1. I just got off the phone with them – their response when asked was, “We’re not honoring that anymore”. In addition, the Andrew Pickney Inn is also listed incorrectly as providing this service – the woman I spoke with sounded confused when I asked about it, and it sounded as if she wasn’t aware that they had ever done that. It’s looking like this isn’t a possibility in Charleston anymore.

  2. Guys I’m VERY PICKY AND cautious . When it comes to staying at Hotels! My sister and I went on a cruise this past September we stayed at a beautiful Holiday Inn One night then we stayed at the sleep Inn in Mount Pleasant the sleep Inn in Mount Pleasant was as nice as the holiday inn resort the sleep Inn is not extravagant but it is clean nice employees treat you with dignity . Free continental breakfast . You get Park and go ,leave your vehicle there for $96 can’t beat that! I said you’re my next cruise out of Charleston I would stay there and I am !

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