Marriott International’s new program as a potential solution to hotel growth in Charleston


Isle of Palms short-term rental property | Photo via Homes & Villas by Marriott International

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Marriott International recently launched their own short-term rental initiative (similar to Airbnb) offering 2,000 luxury homes in over 100 destinations worldwide – including Europe, the Caribbean, Croatia, and you guessed it, Charleston.

Homes & Villas by Marriott International is partnering with carefully selected local property management companies to bring new travel experiences to their guests. The biggest perk? You can use your Marriott Bonvoy points to pay for stays.

While their website lists Charleston as an available locale, it doesn’t appear that there are currently any homes for rent on the peninsula. This may have something to do with the city’s strict Short Term Rental Ordinance.

However, approximately 20 homes can be found on the site around the Charleston area – including Mount Pleasant, James Island, Summerville, Isle of Palms, + more. The prices for the rentals range from under $150 to $1,200+ with a variety of amenities, sizes, + home types.

At the same time of the new short-term rental program’s launch, Charleston’s hotel task force hosted its second meeting to review the city’s process for approving hotels on the peninsula. Mayor John Tecklenburg plans to bring a proposal to resolve the issue of hotel growth to City Council by May 28.

While the discussion on mitigating hotel growth continues, do you think Marriott International’s new program could be a solution to cut down on the new hotels on the peninsula? We’d love to hear what you think.