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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
Newburgh, Indiana
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“Excellent Weekend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We had a great weekend get away to Charleston. We booked the Inn due to room increases in Charleston for wine and food event. It was the best decision we made. The grounds are beautiful, the inn rooms are great, the view breathtaking. The mansion we toured on the grounds was wonderful. The entire experience was top notch. Also, ate lunch at the restaurant on the grounds. Food was wonderful!!

Room Tip: 2nd floor rooms facing the river were wonderful for view
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 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, March 21, 2014
Thank you for sharing your feedback guest! We hope to welcome you back to The Inn again soon! All my best, Abigail M. Martin, General Manager
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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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Jacksonville
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This place is a rare gem! While it is not the Ritz Carlton, it is one of our favorite places in the world to stay. It is serene and beautiful. The accommodations are appropriate. The in room fireplaces are romantic and they are gracious enough to provide wood and firestarter. Nightly wine and cheese and breakfast included. I am praying heaven is as nice as this place is!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 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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Richmond, Virginia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

All I have to say is.. wow. Stop looking and book here, NOW! This place exceeded our expectations by a thousand times! If you're looking for a ritzy hotel, this may not be the place for you. However, what it lacks in "luxury" is made up by the stunning surrounding area. A five minute walk from the room transports you onto the Middleton Place Plantation grounds, a 60-acre property with beautiful gardens and views of the Ashley River. Additionally, the house tour and admission into the plantation is free with your stay. My boyfriend and I ate lunch and dinner at the Middleton Place Restaurant. I recommend the filet mignon with the mustard cream sauce…it was cooked to perfection, absolutely delicious and well worth the price. The rooms were clean, parking was always available, and wi-fi is provided. The staff was pleasant and attentive and check-in was a breeze. A free complimentary breakfast is provided for you in the lake house, just a short walk from the rooms. If you enjoy the serenity of the outdoors, and good old southern hospitality, the Inn at Middleton Place is the spot for you. This has been an absolutely wonderful stay for us and we would recommend this beautiful place to our family and friends. It is truly a slice of heaven.

We stayed in Room 333.

Room Tip: Ask for Building 3: Technically not a "river view" room but provides beautiful views of th...
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Bend, Oregon
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Great accommodations, excellent complimentary breakfast, attentive staff, and plenty of activities to take advantage of on the estate. The Managers Reception was a great place to meet other travelers and share a craft beer. We stayed during the week and off season- excellent value.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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, March 11, 2014
Thank you guest for sharing your comments on your stay at The Inn! We certainly hope to welcome you back again soon for a value-packed adventure! All my best, Abigail M. Martin, General Manager
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The suite was among the most beautiful we have experienced - a lovely combo of modern architecture and comfort. Warning: this may not be suited to everyone.
We were so taken by the estate displays that we spent a whole day touring them!
Service was great - lovely complimentary breakfast and afternoon drinks, responsive staff.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

My husband and I shared our 2nd wedding anniversary there... It was the best 3 days we had in a long time. The Middleton Place gardens and home tours were amazing. The bike rides around on the grounds were great and the scenery was beautiful. The unit was very comfortable and clean, even had rose petals and candles upon arrival!!! Highly recommend to anyone wanting to get away for a few days for some quiet time between two people. AND we weren't even there when the flowers were in full bloom and still enjoyed it all!! The restaurant was outstanding as well.

NOTHING BAD to say about this place.

Room Tip: when making the reservation for the inn - make sure you make your reservations for the kayaking or h...
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Connecticut
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The Gardens at Middleton Place are spectacular and just for them alone a trip to Charleston should be on your bucket list. It is the oldest landscaped garden in the US—and still the best azaleas, camellias, reflecting pools, garden sculpture. We visited the gardens four years ago. Don’t miss also the best dining in Charleston, the Restaurant at the Inn at Middleton Place—we’ve eaten there on two trips and its outstanding she-crab soup, local fish, garden vegetables, dessert, wonderful service are priceless, but not costly. The surroundings of the inn-- woods, birds and alligators are enhanced by kayaks, horses to rent, and an outdoor pool. Breakfast at the Inn is grand—such a variety of berries, juices, homemade yogurt and homemade granola, all complimentary, and a full hot breakfast for only $6 extra. A free NY Times and local newspaper. There’s also an outdoor deck and you can breakfast with your dog and watch the natural beauty of a pond below. We enjoyed too the sumptuous complimentary reception every evening, which is held in the most beautiful of their award-winning buildings at the Inn. The 20-min commute--traffic flies along the road, so it may be less-- from the inn to the edge of Charleston would be worth it if the overnight experience had been pleasant.
But it is not a comfortable place to stay, despite the great visual appeal described by everyone below. We traveled there with our dog and a lot of bags needed on a long trip. No luggage trolley. We dragged our bags across about 50 feet of rough woods—forget the wheels on your bag. The manager’s comment in these reviews below that the “staff would gladly help” is absurd, as no one volunteered at the Reservation house, a drive away from where you discover that rugged entrance. At least we didn’t have to lug our stuff up the steep steps to the 2nd floor, and mercifully in February no one was above us, making noise as others mentioned. (We were in #411). Every room has an outside door, like an old motel, and our approach was dirt right up to the doorway. The room was beautiful—cypress paneled and wooden floors—but you track in the dirt coming and going. Beginning at the front door is a beautiful slate floor, stretching 15 feet ahead to the toilet and sink and closed off by a heavy barn door. It is gritty on the feet all the time and cold. The cleaning staff left it immaculate but the floors were dirty the minute someone entered the room. There were just two pillows on the bed, no extras in the close. Elegant but wooden Windsor chairs—nothing soft to sit on in front of an inviting fireplace. We didn’t bother with a fire, as the wood pile was 50 feet away and we also didn’t want to get splinters. Nor did we use the double hot-tub, which was not a ceramic tub molded to the contours of your back; instead the tub was a huge floor of small tiles, like the floor of a locker room, with a square back--ouch. The black around the white subway tiles was indeed black grout, not dirt, though the cleaning people did have to walk all over the room-sized tub to clean it. A glass brick picture window looks right into the shower of first floor bathing guests. See photo.

Worst of all was the bed. On our state trip, every other hotel or inn had a pillow-top mattress, and they all allow you to choose what size bed you want. That is now standard. At the Inn at Middleton Place, a king is $50 a night extra and no pillow-top mattresses for any price. After our first sleepless night, I looked at the king room, but other than the 8 inches more of bed apiece, there was not another upgrade. We stayed in the painful queen, which didn’t seem even to have a mattress pad. My husband said if we return to Charleston, let’s not stay there again, despite the setting. But if cushions and comfy beds and contoured bathtubs and gritty floors don’t matter, do visit this lovely setting. The Inn does spend money on delightful treats--trail mix snacks, oh-so-convenient multiple recharger devices, Seattle Best coffee, its own label bottled water in your frig—so many small thoughtful touches that loudly proclaim that they care. But comfortable beds and reasonable access to the room with luggage are requirements.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 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, March 11, 2014
Guest, thank you for such a thoughtful review and for your time is sharing it! You made many good points and myself and potential guests will benefit from this. To address a few of your key issues: the dirt pathways may be a bit cumbersome but we so prefer to be surrounded by nature and natural beauty then concrete and pavement. We recognize however that the sand and dirt is an issue and have placed a small broom and dustpan into each room to help our guests combat this in-between servicing. Your comment on no “luggage trolleys” initiated an immediate response from me and we are moving forward on finding some sort of wagon or luggage cart able to handle the terrain for our guests. Thank you for the great idea. While I wouldn’t call my claim of staff available to help absurd as we are available to do so at all times, my desk should have made that option known better than they did. I am sorry for our oversight here. While mattresses certainly do tend to be a matter of personal comfort I will defiantly look into your claims and see if there is room for improvement there. Please do consider giving us another try on your next visit to Charleston; to see what changes we have implemented if nothing else. All my best, 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
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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