Four nights at the Planters Inn in Charleston was just right for a conference and plenty of time to see the city. Perfectly located, walking distance to the historic sights, the conference center at Marion Sq., shopping, restaurants, antiquing. This inn gets you in the mood with it's lovely drawing room filled with chinoiserie and chintz. A nice comfortable spot for morning coffee or afternoon sweet tea (complimentary).Staff were wonderful and helpful, as you'd expect from Relais & Chateaux. But the room choice just wasn't what we had hoped for, considering the price. The first room they showed us was 10 feet from the front desk, main elevator, and bell storage. Noisy inside. It was also directly looking out on the main street where busses go by. Noisy outside. Pretty to look at, but we declined that room. The one we took was on the second floor, not as updated, still on the street side, but comfortable. I would only stay there next time if they guaranteed a courtyard room.
The restaurant was really good, and service was outstanding, except for the girl who tried to seat us at the worst table in the corner. We asked for one of the several open tables in the center, and she said they were reserved. I said I had reservations, too; she said those were specifically requested. I responded that the hotel should have told us to do that when we booked. She reluctantly gave us a better table. Food and service were impeccable, well worth the price.
Good choice for Charleston, but others may be worthwhile looking into as well.