My husband and I selected the Planters Inn for our recent trip to Charleston for a variety of reasons: the location is very convenient; the resturant has consistently high ratings; the Relais and Chateaux name conveys a certain level of expectation; and we had fond memories of an anniversary dinner (at the previous hotel restaurant) close to 20 years ago. The idea was to spend two romantic nights in the city before heading to the beaches of Kiawah Island.
Just to prove the truth of the old saying about best laid plans, what started out as a relaxing stopover turned into a mini-emergency on our first morning. To make a long, boring story short, my husband ended up spending 2 nights in the hospital, and the Planters Inn became my refuge. Having read some of the reviews critical of the hotel's service, I am here to tell you that the staff at Planters Inn could not have been more helpful or accommodating. When I needed to extend my stay, they arranged for me to stay in the same room, despite it being a holiday week and the hotel being very busy. (Did I mention that we arrived, completely oblivious, on the weekend of the Cooper River Bridge Run, an event that attracts 60,000 - yes, sixty thousand - people to the little peninsula of Charleston?) When we needed a car to the emergency room on the morning when the above-mentioned 60K people were running through downtown, they did it. When I staggered back into the hotel after 12 hours of sitting in various clinical settings, and desperately needed a little TLC of my own, the lovely staff of the Peninsula Grill found me a table and fed me one of the best meals of my life. And when I would walk through the lobby alone, the desk staff would invariably ask how things were going and if there were anything I needed. Yes, many of the staff are young, and I did hear some laughter at times, but for me that wasn't a bad thing.
So, after 2 days in MUSC (a wonderful teaching hospital and the place to go if you need medical help in Charleston, FYI) my husband rejoined me and was finally able to enjoy the lovely room that had been my refuge. We took one more day to enjoy some of our favorite Charleston sights, and then headed for home. Certainly this was not a typical hotel stay, but one I will remember with gratitude. And yes, I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
- 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