Stayed here for two midweek nights and splurged on a Plantation King. The room was large and very nicely decorated with a pretty four-poster bed and a comfy couch and chair with an ottoman. The bathroom is well-appointed and spacious. The location is very convenient. We walked out right into the center of downtown, just a few minutes in any direction to all of the sights. Really enjoyed the Market across the street with it's many locally-made crafts.
It is a busy, noisy area and guests should be prepared to hear street noise or talking in the courtyard. We were near a side entrance (where people would congregate and talk) but that turned out to be better because it was louder on the street and in the back near the restaurant than in this location. Our biggest complaint is that there is no refrigerator. Maybe it doesn't fit in with the decor but put it in a cabinet or something - for $319 (plus tax and parking!) a night I should get an amenity that any $120 a night hotel provides. I have medication that has to be refrigerated once opened and I had to keep it in the ice bucket. And it is hot in Charleston - I would like to be able to return to the room and have a cold beverage waiting. Second biggest complaint - shortage of hot water! One night there was NONE when I was getting ready for bed. And I don't understand why the perfectly good bar of hand soap resting in the provided soap dish was discarded and replaced with a new, wrapped one when the room was made up after our first night.
If you plan to valet park, have your belongings in order before you arrive. There is a tiny parking lane in front and your car will be quickly moved away. We received a little push-back about wanting to access the car ("the bellman will get you anything you need from your car"). While walking around the property we found that the car was parked in the back just beyond the courtyard and so we went to the desk and requested the key so we could reorganize for our trip home. The front desk staff was more professional than friendly (with a couple of exceptions).
If I was in Charleston again I'd consider other properties.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the very heart of historic Charleston, Planters Inn is a reflection of its unique location. From flickering carriage lanterns to locally woven Gullah sweetgrass baskets, the intimate 64-room Inn harmoniously blends Lowcountry inspiration and understated elegance. With its piazzas, palmetto-shaded courtyard, and distinctively residential details, Planters Inn is a polished homage to an authentic antebellum Charleston mansion and a AAA Four Diamond ranked property.Planters Inn is a member of Relais & Châteaux, the exclusive collection of hotels and restaurants located in romantic destinations around the world. The Inn’s blend of Southern hospitality and world class service extends to the acclaimed Peninsula Grill, where the award-winning cuisine, 17-year legacy of being “the” place to celebrate a milestone event, and famous Ultimate Coconut Cake® have made it a Charleston institution. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Planters Hotel Charleston