The Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Although it is officially known as “The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina,” most people simply say “The Citadel.” Located just northwest of picturesque Downtown Charleston, on the banks of the Ashley River, The Citadel occupies 300 acres with 27 buildings. At the center is the 10-acre parade ground where visitors can watch the weekly dress parade, an impressive display of military precision. After the parade, visit the Museum to soak in some of the school’s long history.
Whether you’re visiting The Citadel for a graduation, campus tour, or simply want to see the cadets in action, you’ll want to stay in The Citadel Inn hotels in Charleston.
About The Citadel
The Citadel was originally founded in 1842 and has a rich military history, beginning as early as the Mexican-American War and continuing to the present. During this lengthy span,it has graduated many famous military leaders.
In a U.S. News & World Report 2012 ranking, The Citadel ranks number one among the top public universities in the South that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degree programs. Although all full-time undergraduates must be enrolled as cadets, evening undergraduate and graduate level programs are offered to civilian students. The core values of these cadets are Honor, Duty, and Respect. Over one-third of its graduates end up accepting military commissions. One other thing to note is that student life at The Citadel is meaningful, intense, and immensely rewarding.
If you are planning a trip and would like to stay close in The Citadel Inn hotels in Charleston, you’ll find you have several choices. The Harbor View Inn is a luxury hotel with lots of historic southern ambiance. Located right across from Waterfront Park, it is about three miles from The Citadel and within walking distance to the many attractions of Downtown Charleston.
Stay in a renovated railroad warehouse built in 1860 at the Hampton Inn Charleston Historic District. Its 171 rooms have free Wi-Fi and are all smoke-free. The large grassy courtyard is perfect for playful kids, and there is an outdoor pool for cooling off. Enjoy the free breakfast before spending the day at museums and shops that are just steps from the hotel.
Located right at the end of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, just across from Downtown Charleston, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt. Pleasant is about four miles from The Citadel. Its location across the bridge makes it a budget-friendly choice. Featuring a free hot breakfast, the hotel also has an outdoor pool, business center, and spacious rooms.
Finally, just over two miles from The Citadel in Historic Downtown is the Embassy Suites Charleston. An all-suite hotel, the Embassy features rooms with separate sleeping and living areas. All rooms have sofa beds, microwaves, and mini refrigerators, making the Embassy Suites an excellent hotel for families. The building is on the National Register of Historic Buildings and retains many historical architectural details, including exposed brick walls in some guest rooms. Its one of the few hotels near The Citadel in Charleston that offers modern conveniences in a very historic setting.