9 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
Normal Rate: $160
Parking Package: $180
Distance to Port: 5.5 miles

Offers a parking package that includes one night’s stay and free parking for your cruise. Also includes a shuttle to and from the port.

Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant
Normal Rate: $153
Distance to Port: 4.5 miles

Includes breakfast for two with transportation to and from the port. As well, guests can leave their car at the hotel during the cruise.

Wyndham Garden Charleston Mount Pleasant
Normal Rate: $209
Parking Package: $249
Distance to Port: 7.9 miles

This package includes accommodations, round-trip transportation to the cruise ship terminal, and breakfast for two.

Courtyard North Charleston Airport/Coliseum
Normal Rate: $154
Parking Package: $154
Distance to Port: 10.5 miles

Package includes accommodations, free parking while you cruise. Note that guests are responsible for transportation to the cruise port and back.

Holiday Inn Express Mt. Pleasant
Normal Rate: $154
Parking Package: $154
Distance to Port: 4.9 miles

Offers an open lot and allows guests to park during their cruise. No shuttle is provided. (For details on port transportation, visit this page.)

Hampton Inn & Suites Charleston/West Ashley
Normal Rate: $199
Parking Package: $161
Distance to Port: 7.3 miles

The package includes overnight accommodations and round trip transfer to and from the port for two adults. (No word for cost if you are traveling with a larger group.)

Holiday Inn Express Charleston US Hwy 17 & I-526
Normal Rate: $165
Parking Package: $189
Distance to Port: 6.5 miles

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).

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront/Downtown
Normal Rate: $250
Parking Package: $279
Distance to Port: 2 miles

While it doesn’t offer free parking, the Hilton Garden Inn does offer parking for $10 per night with their parking package. It’s also located only a couple of miles from the cruise port.

Sleep Inn Mt. Pleasant
Normal Rate: $96
Parking Package: $96
Distance to Port: 4.5 miles

Only a few minutes from the port, the Sleep Inn allows you to park for free when you stay before your cruise. You will need to arrange transportation to the cruise port.

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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      • 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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