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“Beautiful setting” 4 of 5 stars
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Inn at Middleton Place
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4290 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414   |  
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Ranked #21 of 57 Hotels in Charleston
Litchfield, Connecticut
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We could not get enough of the views from our room and the tranquil grounds. Our room, the Ashley River suite, was spacious, albeit a bit tired. The bed was very comfortable. Linens and towels were of very good quality. And the price was right for all of this! The complimentary breakfast had a nice variety of offerings, but if you wanted something more substantial, the cost was minimal. One note: you had to climb steep stairs, two long levels to reach this particular room. No elevator! One minor inconvenience for an otherwise wonderful stay.
Also, the room could have been cleaner: some dead bugs on floor and a dead winter greens arrangement.

Room Tip: The Ashley River Suite is worth every penny. You'll love the wrap around balcony and overall roo...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

I have very mixed feelings after staying here with my family right before Christmas. We rented three rooms, each of different price levels. First, the good - hotel is on the gorgeous grounds of Middleton Place, an amazing 18th century plantation that was incredible. Stroll through the wooded paths and discover one beautiful site after the other, from the house museum, to the tranquil peaceful gardens, to the working farm with beautiful animals, to the craftsman and historians who show you everything from candle making to carpentry, to milking the cows (you can even have a try). It was wonderful. So location is by far the highlight here. Decently priced on the off-season. And each room has a wood burning fireplace. Continental breakfast was very good and not the typical crap, and served in a nice setting overlooking the woods.

The 20th century contemporary design of this hotel is intruiging and promising. However when you get there and look closer, the place is a bit run down and in need of serious renovations. Probably amazing when it was built, it shows it's age with worn floors/walls/doors, CRT TV in the cheaper rooms, mold issues in all the bathrooms, and a general feel of excessive wear and tear. High design in the bathroom, but poor...we all had to bend over to take a shower under the way too low shower head. My 6'4" brother showered on his knees....however the opposite side of the shower is vaulted...what a crappy design. Fan above the shower head, which was an inch from the top of my head while showering, was disgusting and full of dust and dirt like it hadn't been cleaned in years. I found hairs on both of my bed pillows. Hairs in the bottom of the shower.

My Queen Grand room, the most expensive of the three, was large and much nicer than the standard twin room, which feeled damp and smelly.

Hopefully this place has a renovation on the horizon. Soooo much potential to this worn out relic of a once grand hotel.

Room Tip: Splurge on the more expensive rooms and upper floor...big difference!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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19 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We enjoyed a very relaxing 2 nights at The Inn at Middleton Place in October.
The rooms were very large and had a wooden decor to give the feeling of staying in a cabin. But you feel like you're in an upscale cabin, especially after you check out the spa-like bathroom.
The lounge area offers drinks and appies each late afternoon.
Nature lovers will love the river and forest that surround the Inn. And strolling through the nearby plantation is a beautiful way to spend the day. The gardens are luxurious and beautifully manicured and the alligators seem friendly enough.
The restaurant offers a delicious menu of creative southern themed plates, including the tastiest pecan pie I've ever had.
We really enjoyed our visit to Charleston and especially loved staying at the Inn at Middleton Place. We would definitely like to stay here again and would recommend that, instead of staying at a regular hotel, you treat yourself to a night or 2 here.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Greenville, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

My children brought me here for my birthday for the weekend. We stayed in the inn and toured the grounds. The service was excellent! Scenery was spectacular. We thoroughly enjoyed the staff and complimentary breakfast, snacks, drinks and much more! Staff were helpful, professional and attentive. I highly recommend a stay here to anyone interested in a peaceful and educational getaway!

Room Tip: We chose the grand river view room, however the views from the entire grounds would be enough.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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34 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

My husband and I recently spent one night at the Inn at Middleton Place. We were not sure what to expect since there had been some poor reviews on tripadvisor in the recent past. We, however, were very happy with our stay at the Inn at Middleton. We enjoyed the fact that our room was a little different than the average, cookie-cutter room. I loved all the shutters that enabled us to completely open up the room to sunlight, as well as close off the entire room at night. Okay, certain aspects (shower) may have seen better days, but we didn't mind. The entire outdoor area by the Inn is very woodsy and unique. Some great extras were the complimentary healthy breakfast in the Lake House...a very beautiful space with great food. My husband LOVED the hot oatmeal! Also, the complimentary evening reception with beer, wine, and appetizers was lovely. We also enjoyed the lit walk at night from the Inn to the restaurant at Middleton Place. We made good use of the flashlight that was in our room for this journey, which was only about 10 minutes away. All in all, I'd love to stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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South Carolina
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Check-in was adequate but provided no information about biking and walking trails. We found a couple of one-mile loops through forest and around a brackish, flooded former rice field. It was full of wading birds, shore birds and alligators. An otter poked its head out of the water to check us out. WE spent hours in the secluded areas. The room was an architect's dash at being creative. It was mostly windows with shutters for privacy. They provided firewood and a match and fire-starter kit. The huge tub didn't work well because the stopper leaked. We had free wi-fi in our room and free tickets to the plantation next door. We spent all afternoon in the gardens, house and recreated shops and stables. We enjoyed a great Continental breakfast overlooking a gorgeous woods. They have free snacks and a bar in the Lodge after 5 pm. The lodge also has a limited menu of sandwiches which enabled us to stay in the grounds without having to venture out in the car to eat. We did not eat at the restaurant at the Plantation but it looked very inviting. The docents at the house were wonderfully enthusiastic and the carpenter and pottery guy told us wonderful stories of life on the plantation.

Room Tip: I paid an extra $10 a night for a river view which wasn't necessary. I'd recommend a top flo...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Columbia, South Carolina
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

There is apparently a wide variety to the quality of the rooms here. The pictures on the website show a well-decorated, well-lit, luxurious room with a large flat screen TV. We paid the upgrade for a "riverview" room and so I was sure our room would be nice. When we opened our door, though, it looked like we were entering a cement-walled panic room. The walls have no decorations - not one. The walls are cream, the ceiling is cream, the bed is plain cream and everything else is old, dark wood. There is hardly any lighting and the TV is smaller than one you'd find in a hospital room (and with fewer channels). That's okay, though, the lodge offers free movie rentals...only one problem: There's no DVD player in the room!

"Well, it has a fireplace", we thought - maybe we can light one and it will be a little more romantic. The wood they provide is too green to light well, so you end up with smoke, basically, and lots of it. Both my husband and I are very experienced in dealing with a wood-burning fireplace, but I'm not sure anyone could get a successful fire going in that place. The flue was wide open, but every time we tried to start a fire, the room just filled up with smoke. It got so bad we had to open the two small windows, leave the room and come back once the fire died. The whole place smells like smoke, and our room filled up with smoke even when the fire wasn't going. We think maybe it was coming down the chimney from the upstairs room? Anyway, I opened our luggage at home and it smells like smoke!

The bathroom is large, but plain as well. The shower head is so low you have to bend over backwards to rinse your hair. (I'm 5'7") There was plenty of hot water, though and there were some nice touches (they leave some bath salts for you).

Some positives: They do host a little evening reception with free wine, beer and appetizers. That was enjoyable. The water in the room is complimentary and they leave a complimentary snack as well. The breakfast in the morning is free and it isn't huge by any means, but it is something. (You do have to walk quite a ways to go get it.)

I loved being able to tour the gardens for free (that is included for guests of the Inn). They were very pretty and it was a nice experience. We did dine at the restaurant there and it was good. It wasn't great, but it was a nice meal.

If you like nature and a minimalist room, you'd be just fine. If you expect a luxurious, romantic experience, look elsewhere. There are so many good inns in Charleston.

Room Tip: Don't pay the extra for the riverview rooms; we didn't think it was worth it.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Innkeeper/MI, General Manager at Inn at Middleton Place, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Thank you guest for taking the time to share your opinions on your stay! I’d like to help clarify some of your comments and wholeheartedly agree with you that if a potential guest is interested in nature and a minimalistic room, they will not be disappointed.

First, we have three different types of rooms. The Ashley River Suite, Grand Rooms and Riverview/Woodview Rooms. The Ashley River room, which sounds like what you reference in your review, is a one of kind with a wrap around balcony, separate shower and bathtub with a skylight in the bathroom, and very large flat-screened television. Grand Rooms have a sofa included in their seating area and have upgraded amenities, including a DVD/VCR player. The Riverview/Woodview rooms are rooms with either view, with your choice of one King, one Queen or rooms with two twin sized beds. We offer DVD/VCR’s to rent, along with a movie selection, in the Lodge.

The architect wanted no items to be placed on the walls, as that distracted from the view out your windows. I suppose that is personal taste. We have, over the years, added Spoleto pictures to some rooms as the Spoleto Finale is held at Middleton Place.

We are in the process of dealing with the architecially issue of the low shower heads by adding in extension pipes, and we are choosing to upgrade to high definition TV’s but will continue forward with limited stations.

Thank you for sharing your comments and enjoying time in Charleston! Yours truly, Abigail M. Martin, General Manager
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Address: 4290 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#33 Family Hotel in Charleston
#34 Business Hotel in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Inn at Middleton Place 3*
Number of rooms: 55
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