Charleston, United States

Zero George Street

Rates from (inc tax)$359.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Sweet tea and piazzas


Charming Charleston

Surrounded by Charleston’s iconic colonial homes and cobbled streets, Zero George hotel is a breath of fresh air into an historic town that walks the fine line between traditional and modern. Located in three restored buildings around a landscaped courtyard, it has interiors worthy of an Architectural Digest spread, a creative restaurant with its own take on Southern cuisine and more than enough of the city’s legendary piazzas (or, verandas) to make you feel like a local.

Smith Extra

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Glass of champagne upon arrival. SilverSmiths also get free parking; GoldSmiths also get a room upgrade upon check-in, if available.


Photos Zero George – Charleston – USA

Need to know


16, including 3 suites.


12noon. Check-in, 4pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.


Double rooms from $359.00, excluding tax at 13.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $1.00 per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD407.47), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include Continental breakfast and evening wine and cheese pairing.


In the 1804 carriage house, the original kitchen has been fully restored and updated for cooking classes with the chef, held weekly on Wednesday evenings and Saturday lunches. Contact the concierge in advance to book or to plan a private event.

At the hotel

Furnished courtyards and piazzas, 24-hour coffee centre, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Nespresso coffee machine, iPod dock, minibar, radio and Malin and Goetz bath products.

Our favourite rooms

While the spacious Garden Suites have room for entertaining and open onto a semi-private courtyard, we’re rather partial to the charming and elegant top-floor Anson Suite, with its second-storey piazza and views of Charleston Harbour.

Packing tips

A lace fan for fanning yourself as you lounge about on one of the piazzas with sweet tea in the afternoon.


While the hotel does not have a gym, guests get free access to one three blocks from the hotel.


Not unwelcome, but not catered to.


Not only is all food in the café sustainably produced and locally sourced (some even from the on-site garden!), but the hotel also composts food waste, uses only LED lights and has natural gas tankless water heaters.

Food and Drink

Photos Zero George – Charleston – USA

Top Table

If the weather permits, get a table on the covered piazza or in the courtyard. Otherwise, a window-side table indoors will overlook the garden courtyard.

Dress Code

Simple elegance, like the hotel itself; pearls and khakis won’t go amiss, but leave the sweaters at home, as the weather is usually quite warm.

Hotel restaurant

Relaxed and understatedly sophisticated, Zero Restaurant and Bar is a guests-only breakfast spot by morning (fresh fruit, pastries, cappuccinos and the like), a sultry wine bar by 5pm (when it opens for free, guests-only wine and cheese daily) and a locally supplied haute cuisine restaurant by 6pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Dinner sees the likes of braised swordfish with fingerling potatoes and pickled shallots or house-cured duck confit with butternut squash risotto. If you book a cooking class (held Saturdays from 11am to 1 pm and Mondays from 7pm to 9 pm), it also includes a three-course meal with wine pairings.

Hotel bar

Part of the restaurant, the bar has a well-curated international wine list (which hotel guests sample for free each evening), as well as a seasonal cocktail menu with fresh takes on classics like the Pickled Vesper and Bespoke Manhattan.

Last orders

The restaurant opens for dinner at 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Drinks and food stop being served at 11pm.


Photos Zero George – Charleston – USA
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Charleston International Airport (CHS), the city’s main airport, is 18km or a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Direct and connecting flights are available from major US cities, and connecting flights are available through New York from the UK.


While you don’t need a car to get around Charleston, you might want to hire one at the airport if you plan to leave the city at all. The hotel has valet parking for $20 per day.

Worth getting out of bed for

In Charleston, stately mansions with wide, inviting verandahs line up in tidy rows, horse-drawn carriages clack up and down cobblestone streets and the scents of honeysuckle and magnolia drift on the breeze. The best way to experience a city this picturesque is to walk its streets, stand on its porches and peek your head into its many churches. Start with a walking tour from The Original Charleston Walks (+1 843 408 0010). They offer a variety of themed tours from Slavery & Freedom to the Civil War to Historic Homes on mellow, two-hour guided ambles. Delve further into southern history with a visit to a former plantation. Middleton Place (+1 800 782 3608) is a National Historic Landmark that’s home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens, plantation stableyards and a house-turned-museum. You can also embark on horseback trail rides and guided kayak paddles right from the sprawling grounds. The second-largest city in South Carolina, Charleston is the cultural seat, and you could spend several days wandering Museum Mile with its collection of 15 museums and historic sites addressing subjects from slavery to contemporary art.  

Local restaurants

Charleston has no shortage of James Beard-tapped chefs and emerging culinary stars, so loosen those belts and prepare to eat well. Chef Sean Brock – heirloom gardener, seed preservationist, James Beard winner – is committed serving food that is indigenous to the south at, Husk, (+1 843 577 2500) on Queen Street. The menu changes daily, but expect twists on Southern classics such as cornmeal dusted catfish and buffalo style fried pig’s tails. Yet another award-winning chef, Craig Deihl, helms the kitchen at Cypress (+1 843 727 0111), housed in a historic building on East Bay Street. House-made charcuterie, elegant dishes – smoked salmon wellington and duck two ways – along with a three-storey wine wall make for a decadent night out. Housed in a former bank, The Ordinary on King Street (+1 843 414 7060) from one more James Beard Award–winning chef, Mike Lata, who also runs local favourite FIG. His newest venture is a sleek brasserie that’s the place for delicate oysters and fresh seafood creatively prepared (schnitzel triggerfish, anyone?), and, despite the name, it's anything but average.


Photos Zero George – Charleston – USA

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Charleston and unpacked their bow ties and sweetgrass baskets, a full account of their Southern luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a postcard from Zero George Street in Charleston…

Arriving Charleston, South Carolina, is like getting off a boat in the late-1800s. Here, neighbours still drop in on one another unexpectedly and leave calling cards, and verandas – or, piazzas, as Charlestonians call them – are the centres of social life. At Zero George, you have to bring your own calling cards, but the piazzas and furnished courtyards are in abundance, offering plenty of cosy chairs where you can curl up with a book or sip some sweet tea and watch the tropical rainstorms come in.

Despite consisting of three impeccably restored historic buildings – one of which was once a brothel, before being moved to its current location – Zero George feels far from stuffy and old-world. Airy interiors of whites, greys and beiges look lifted from an Architectural Digest vision of the new South, with a healthy dose of European sophistication. Its restaurant and bar offer an edgier version of Southern classics, sourcing from the hotel’s garden in the process. The best part? This is the direction the entire genteel port town is going.

You just might want to get those calling cards printed.


The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Zero George Street’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Beautiful authentic building and rooms.

Don’t expect

We have no complaints - it was wonderful!


Stayed on 6 Jul 2015