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Inn at Middleton Place
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4290 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414   |  
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“A treasure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

The Inn is located on the grounds of the Middleton Plantation. The setting leaves you speechless and tranquil. Our lodge-style room with working fireplace set the tone perfectly for our romantic holiday getaway. The tub in the Ashley Suite is the size of a twin bed both in length and width and can be enjoyed by two!
It's a luxury find in the middle of the woods. I can't wait to return in the spring!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We really enjoyed being in this wooded plantation setting on the beautiful Ashley River, but the lodging was very disappointing. First, the grounds are very poorly lit at night. We had pre-requested a river view, and were assigned to a second-floor walk-up via an exterior very steep stairs. As depicted on the website, one wall had louver-covered nearly floor-to-ceiling windows, but three of the four large lower double-paned windows (eye level while seated) had broken seals and were very foggy. The room overall had NOT been maintained (built 25 yrs ago) and gave me the creeps.

The bed had a terrible mattress; there was no mattress cover (i.e. the sheet directly covered it). The sheets were old and discolored, and the housemaid needs a lesson on bedmaking, because far too much of bedding was tucked in at the bottom....inadequate to cover shoulders. I discovered on the second night that the blanket had a sheet cover (i.e. it was triple-sheeted), so I removed the top fabric spread that may not have been washed between customers.

The worst problem was the extremely squeaky large sliding door to the bathroom. It sounded like someone was screaming. Once closed there was still a 2" gap, so there was virtually no noise privacy. The bathroom counter tile was moldy; as was the 70's style bathtub, which looked like a wading pool - didn't dare use it. The tap water tasted terrible and the hotel did not supply bottled water.

Breakfast in another building was ample and delicious with 6 kinds of sweet breads -- a special treat. We enjoyed the plantation house tour and historic gardens, and especially liked the grounds and long, long walk at nearby Magnolia Gardens Plantation.

We very nearly left this place as soon as we arrived, but decided not to forfeit the fairly high cost. I do not recommend this place.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Innkeeper/MI, General Manager at Inn at Middleton Place, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
I have reached out to this guest personally for more information concerning their stay. If indeed items such as the windows and gap and squeak in door can be confirmed I will certainly speak to them further, as we consider this unacceptable also.

To clarify some comments made; the bathrooms and tub were designed with black grout used to seal in the tiles. This grout is not mold. It is in all the rooms and because of this misconception I can assure you, we take extra precautions. We do have well water as we are not within city limits. Bottle water (2) are offered complimentary in the in room fridge as well as another located by the coffee pot for those who would like to use it.

Room rates include your admission to Middleton Place, breakfast and an evening reception which makes rates offered one of the best value packed packages in Charleston. If any potential guest has any questions on this review, or any others, feel free to contact me directly to discuss. Abigail M. Martin, General Manager
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Aberdeen, North Carolina
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I planned a secret romantic weekend getaway for my lover, blind folded him the entire way (3.5 hours). We arrived late night Friday, so it was dark and ground lanterns dimly lit our path to our room. The mighty oaks and aroma of pure nature created a beautiful passageway. Upon entering our room, I had him start a fire...we were provided only a couple of logs, but the following morning realized there was a log pile just outside our room. I wouldn't have known otherwise in the dark. I had requested wine and chocolate covered strawberries. It was really hot in our room from the electric heat, so the wine was warmer than I had hoped. And I ordered a dozen stawberries but there were only 6 provided. It was still a romantic evening. We woke up to a chemical odor which had given us both bad dreams and headaches. The office immediately switched our rooms and gave us another bottle of wine, more chocloate covered strawberreis and a block of chocolate in the shape of the Inn. I had ordered our breakfast be delivered to our room but we ended up having to call them to deliver it and it was an hour late, but it was delicious! I had requested a couples massage in our room at 11. The therapist never showed. So the front desk scheduled another massage therapist for us at 1:30. While we waited for our massages, I had ordered a picnic basket lunch which included champagne. We picked that up at the community center near our room, very convenient! The food they prepared was delicious too. We found a nice little spot by the river to enjoy our basket lunch. Then we came back to room for our massages. When she arrived, she stated that I would have to pay her directly in cash or check (despite having already paid for the massages with my room charge) AND she had only planned to do one massage, as opposed to the couples massage. So that was disappointing, BUT the front desk removed the massage charges completely from my room charge AND credited me $100 for the inconvenience. After massages, we went into the city for dinner. The drive is nice, about 20 miles south. Then we came back, fixed a fire, had our additional strawberries and drank wine. We woke up the following morning, our breakfast was 2 hours late and when it arrived, it was cold :( So, when we checked out I complained about all of our mishaps, they basically CUT OUR ROOM CHARGE in half, and credited the breakfasts, the massages, the strawberries, and everything! That speaks volumes to me and that's why I'm giving this place such an awesome review! Mistakes happen, but communicaton and customer service make up for it! Despite all the little issues, the property, the stay, the people...all wonderful! Don't pass this place up! Great history, great hiking/biking trails. Secluded, off the beaten path. Glorious vacation spot!

Room Tip: River view with corner facing woods on 2nd floor = perfection!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milledgeville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

This was one of our favorite vacations. The grounds are beautiful and one can spend hours roaming about for several days. Then gardens a amazing, and the animals and birds are great fun to watch. We even walked by a small aligator who was sunning himself! The tour of the plantation home is very interesting as is the Middleton family history and free to guests of the inn.

The Inn is charming, our room had floor to ceiling windows, a fireplace and hardwood floors. The breakfasts are plentiful, dinner and a movie is fun and the restaurant is excellent. Staff at all venues is wonderful, friendly and helpful.

My only complaint (not enough to keep us from returning) is the rooms could do with a bit of soundproofing as it is easy to hear neighbors. Also, our bathroom door was very squeaky and I know it woke up not only my husband and me, but also the people above us. That being said, if you want a restful, lovely spot with Charleston close by ... this is the place. We can not wait to return.

Room Tip: The Ashley River rooms have lovely views however, when we return we are asking for a 3rd floor room...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Do not let the few negative reviews stop you from experiencing this place. Our son and his wife gave us a two night stay, with carriage ride, over New Year's Eve. We stayed in room 136, Queen Riverview, and it was just as the pictures show it. It was clean and DID NOT smell musky and there was plenty of room for us. The fireplace was ready to go and there was plenty of wood stocked to keep the fire going!
We had dinner, on New Years' Eve at the restaurant there on the grounds of MIddleton Place. We had called earlier that day and there was no openings at an earlier time, and asked if someone cancelled to call us and surprisingly they did. When we arrived we had a problem getting waited on after we were seated, but when I told someone they immediately took our order. It was a very pleasent experience after that, and the food was excellent.
We then returned to the room, and rekindled the fire, in the fireplace, then took our blanket and our precious Westie, and went and sat on the bench, on the bank of the Ashley River and watched fireworks!!! Ahhh, it was so relaxing and wonderful trip.
There is only one thing I need to tell everyone - please know that the walls are thin and if you are VERY LOUD, the party in the next room will be able to hear you. LOL :)
We will be returning, probably in the spring or fall when the rice planting or reaping is taking place.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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, January 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay guest, and thank you for sharing your insight with potential guests. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Abigail M. Martin, General Manager
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Orlando, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We stayed at the Inn at Middleton Place in mid-December 2012. The Inn is located at 4290 Ashley River Road and is approximately 15 miles North-West of Charleston, South Carolina.

The Ashley River Road is a busy commuter access road. The Inn is accessed by a long dirt driveway off the main road and winds through some private horse farms. There are lots of trees between the Inn and the road which meant we heard no traffic noise while on property. The driveway is wide enough for two cars and is maintained (i.e. no ‘washboard’ effect when driving). We arrived at the check-in building/gift shop and were warmly welcomed by the staff. We were provided with a property map and they clearly outlined the different buildings, where we were staying, when and where breakfast was served and also how to exit the property after hours (there is an electronic barrier that has a passcode that you can type in for all-hours access).

There were four adults in our group and we had one room per couple. Our accommodation was a mix of River View twin and Woods View twin rooms. There are ample parking spaces on a gravel lot (each building has its own parking lot) and a short graveled pathway led us to the accommodation. The path to the accommodation was lit by low-voltage lighting and the building was softly lit at night.

The building was an interesting blend of architecture. We were told that the owners didn’t want to try to recreate something ‘Charleston’ so went for a unique style of building that blended into the landscape; I think they did very well. Each complex has a brick paved walking area outside and an area for firewood (which was covered and easily accessible). We had to look on the doors to find our rooms but found them easily enough. We did notice the building had three floors, an upper, ground and lower level (with the lower level being below footpath level). Each room has a metal stand outside the door that holds umbrellas. There were similar stands holding umbrellas outside the breakfast area and the Lodge. Between the buildings were some Adirondack chairs and a table so you can sit and relax in some privacy and listen to the forest sounds while watching the river.

The rooms are accessed from the central brick walkway. The ground-level room entryways are underneath the concrete staircase that leads to the upper rooms and are softly lit. Lower level rooms are accessed from a separate staircase. We were at the Inn in December and didn’t see any insects/spiders in the room alcoves but this may change in summer given that you’re staying on a river. The staircase to the upper rooms have approximately 20 steps and appear wide enough to allow you to take your luggage. There was no elevator in any of the buildings. There is access to a pathway along the river that leads to the adjoining Middleton Plantation

Both of the rooms looked out through the trees onto the Ashley River and grasslands beyond. There isn’t much of a distance between the rooms, Lodge and breakfast building – it’s enough to give you some peace and quiet but you can get to the Lodge from anywhere on the grounds with a short two-minute walk. We were at the Inn in December and it seemed that most rooms would have some form of river view, however in summer the view may be restricted when the leaves were on the trees.

The rooms are quaint. Both were a pleasant mix of warm woods and concrete and very clean. Both rooms had a fireplace, bathroom, coffee maker and refrigerator and that wonderful smell that only years of wood fires can bring. The fireplace was clean and came with a ‘starter’ log, matches and newspaper as a firelighter. Unfortunately, the wood outside was damp and I couldn’t get it to catch fire. Some kindling and smaller ‘starter’ sticks would have been useful but I’m sure the staff would have assisted, had I cared to ask. In place of curtains are wooden shutters which weren’t the best quality but did the job. The beds are comfortable and there is an alarm clock that allows an MP3 player connection. There is a small (19”?) wall-mounted TV with basic cable. There was a small desk area with reading lamp and telephone. Both rooms have a Wi-Fi connection. There was also a small seating area near one of the beds. We noted online that the River View guest rooms are meant to have a marble bath with European style tub. Ours didn’t, so you may want to check on this when booking.

The bathroom was spacious. It was a mix of painted concrete wall and tile. The walls could have done with a touch-up and the mirror and some of the fixtures need to be replaced but were functionally fine. The tub and shower tile is white tile with a black grout. Prior to our stay we’d read reviews about people saying the bathroom grout was moldy. I scratched at the grout in numerous areas in both bathrooms and found absolutely no mold – I think people have likely confused the black grout with mold. The tub is absolutely huge! One of our group is over 6’4” and couldn’t touch the end! The shower head is a bit low, but not ridiculously so. Although a bit dated, the bathroom was clean and met our needs.

There is a manager’s reception at the Lodge in the evening. The staff was welcoming and provided free drinks (soft drinks, wine or beer) and provided some hors d’oeuvres (taquitos, fruit, crackers, cheese, etc). The lounge had a fireplace and comfortable seating. Downstairs there was an area that provided some paperback books and board games, plus a chess set.

A continental breakfast was included and provided a wide variety that should meet most people’s needs. It included muffins, bagels, toast, oatmeal, yogurt, cereals, fruit, various beverages (cranberry, orange and apple juice) and coffee/tea. While we were there, they had a variety of seasonal items including egg nog and warm apple cider. They also had apple butter and a variety of jams available. The restaurant was a short walk from our accommodation and was spacious, clean and bright with large windows overlooking a pond and a forested area. The restaurant staff was very pleasant and attentive. There was the option of paying for a cooked breakfast, but we didn’t choose to do this.

There are a few things to rent, such as bicycles and kayaks, but we didn’t do this. There is also an outdoor swimming pool that looked clean.

The few issues we did have during our stay were quickly and professionally resolved by the staff. For example, one of the window shutters in our room broke and as they were unable to fix it that evening (it broke around 6pm) they offered to put us in another room – we were happy to wait until the next day but they were very apologetic for any inconvenience this caused.

We felt that staying at the Inn was like staying in a national park rather than a luxury hotel. The surrounds were beautiful and relaxing, the staff was professional and happy to talk to us. Sure, the accommodation isn’t perfect but the location and value more than makes up for it. Included in the reservation price is admission to Middleton Place, gardens, house museum and plantation stable yards, which is a $74 value and a great day out.

I’ve seen several poor reviews of Middleton Place online and can’t quite figure out why. The rooms are comfortable, if a little plain but who wants to sit in a room all day when you’re next to a beautiful river? If you want a 40” flat screen TV with 200 channels, modern furniture and blazingly fast Wi-Fi, go to a vanilla national chain hotel or face disappointment. If you prefer to get outside into nature and can handle unique rooms, wooden floors that have been walked on and a dated, slightly tired bathroom with dark grout you’ll enjoy your time here.

We’ll visit the Inn again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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, January 10, 2013
What a comprehensive and well written review of your stay, thank you! I enjoyed myself reading your descriptions and felt that you certainly took the time to connect with The Inn, the location and the offerings. Rooms are undergoing some renovations to refresh the wood, update the fixtures, including the plumbing and yes, we are even going to take that jump to a flat-screen higher definition TV this year but we agree that the small encounters you mentioned would never hinder a guest who is not looking or expecting a luxury hotel. The simplicity of the Inn is intentional, and the value outstanding within the rate and you mirror that sentiment well. I sincerely thank you and your party for your visit, time and shared experience. Cheers to a happy and healthy 2013. Abigail M. Martin, General Manager
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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We stayed here December 29th and I had originally booked two nights with Middleton Inn. I, like other reviewers, was nervous about the mixed reviews but decided to try something different and unique. I'll be joining the mixed reviewers with my mixed review. First, the directions took us to the restaurant so we got semi-lost when we arrived. I just called the front desk and the lady kindly directed me where we should go. We stayed in a woodsview room.

Pros: The inn grounds are beautiful and there is lots to explore. The level of the customer service was great and we felt like our best interests were at the top of their priority list. The complementary grounds access is a nice feature that comes with each visit along with the free beer and wine reception held at night.

Cons:
The room was very cold all night due to the door being poorly weather-proofed and the large amount of windows (which obviously is a feature, just not at night in December). I wished there was some sort of door on the fireplace to block out the smell of the smoke when we were finished using it. I had a hard time breathing at night since the smell of smoke literally doesn't go away. Since there was no door on the shower, it was a cold one! The decor was minimal and makes the room feel cold, although that's how they intended it to be. The breakfast wasn't fantastic, but it was a nice amenity and was what was expected.

We decided to check into a tried-and-true hotel after staying one night at Middleton Inn. It wasn't because we weren't satisfied. The GM didn't charge us for extra day or checking out early as well as our bike rental which went unused. She made sure we weren't leaving on "bad terms", which we weren't. We felt like we were prepared for what we walked into from reading other reviews, we just learned that it wasn't our style and were glad we gave it a try.
If you are an outdoorsy person, this really is a unique and fun find. I personally just couldn't handle it. No complaints really about the overall inn or the management just didn't fit our taste.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 Business Hotel in Charleston
#34 Family Hotel in Charleston
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Hotel Class:3 star — Inn at Middleton Place 3*
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