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“The Only Place to Stay in Charleston”
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Wentworth Mansion
Ranked #1 of 61 Hotels in Charleston
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“The Only Place to Stay in Charleston”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

This was a wonderful hotel! Very charming and GREAT service. The restaurant is also very good for breakfast and dinner. If we go back to Charleston this is the only place I would consider staying. It is a bit noisy when others walk by your room, however there are only a few rooms on each floor so it doesn't happen often.

Room Tip: I believe our room was 4-21. The only negative was there were 2 AC vents one dripped condensation on...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

I have been visiting Charleston for decades. Wentworth Mansion is simply the best, most friendly place to stay. Casual, yet elegant. It's like staying in a museum that feels like home. The staff cannot be more accommodating and friendly. Location is perfect, away from all the city noise, yet within easy walking distance to shopping and plenty of dining. Cannot even count the number of stays here, but never disappointed, just never! Treat yourself to this historic mansion, you will love it..

Room Tip: Suite 9 is my personal favorite...but call Noreen, the innkeeper, and she will help you select based...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Wentworth Mansion, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Thank you for noting the Wentworth Mansion as the best place to stay in Charleston. I really enjoyed reading your review and am thrilled that you had another wonderful visit. Your loyalty to the Wentworth Mansion is appreciated and we are thankful for your recommendation. Until next time, have a fantastic summer.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Eastover, South Carolina
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

No visit to Charleston would be complete with a stay at the Wentworth Mansion. It was totally bliss from the moment we drove up -service was impeccable!!! the staff is great, kind & warm. the rooms are lovely, spacious, luxurious and all the windows had shutters - felt a-little like home. We had a suite with a sun room, it too was refreshing. We were also greeted with refreshments that was most needed as the weather was a bit hot. The location was within walking distant of all the great things we wanted to experience. we especially lie the well stocked free amenities. the county breakfast was a pleasant treat, and in the afternoon their i refreshments and cocktails for all to enjoy (great appetizers). After dinner at Halls steakhouse(a must try) we caught the last Sunset on the roof via the spiral staircase in the cupola this too is a must, very romantic. The property has great gardens and landscape with special areas to stop and sit a bit. Great staff, great room great amenities. Will not stay anywhere else in Charleston except Wentworth Mansion, it's a must, try a visit for sure you will love it. Oh its dog Friendly and our shiba Inu Navy enjoyed it just as much .

Room Tip: Any of the suites are well worth the stay they are all large and bright and well furnished.
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Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Staying at the Wentworth Mansion is a must, must,must if you plan on visiting Charleston SC. From the moment we were greeted at the door by the concierge to the moment we checked out we were treated like royalty. We arrived early (10:30 AM) and our room was not yet ready, something we expected. The staff handled our early arrival with no problems. We were given refreshments and a brief tour of the property. We opted for a walk around the historic district of Charleston and returned to be taken to room 18 on the fourth floor. (The elevator is quite an experience, tiny and slow, but gets the job done). Room 18 - the old billiard room is enormous. The extreme luxury and size of the room was stunning. A bed fit for kings and queens, gas fireplace, large sitting area, and three windows looking out over Charleston. The bathroom existed of a very large jetted tub on one side and a multi-headed shower big enough to dance in on the other. Shuttered windows allowed the natural light to shine in making the entire bathroom area very warm and sunny. Hidden discreetly at bedside was a small refrigerator filled with coke, sprite and bottle water. These beverages were offered at no charge and restocked daily. Also offered at no charge was daily full breakfast at Circa 1886 restaurant, iced tea and lemonade in the afternoon, wine and yummy appetizers(real appetizers not just cheese and crackers) from 5:00 to 6:00 PM., and port, sherry and cognac left out for your enjoyment in the evenings. Housekeeping was perfect, nothing was out of order, everything was clean and tidy. We enjoyed dinner at Circa 1886, the playful chef here had great offerings on the menu. And at breakfast Miss Betty sung to me every morning. (A trip to breakfast at Circa 1886 is worth it just to meet Miss Betty, she is a true southern gem.) Sunset on the roof via the spiral staircase in the cupola is a must, very romantic. The property has well kept gardens with areas to stop and sit a bit. Great staff, great room great amenities. Could not fathom staying anywhere else in Charleston. Thanks Wentworth, you are spectacular!

Room Tip: If you want spacious and comfortable and are not afraid of small elevators, room 18 is wonderful!
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

A very lovely old home built in 1886. The rooms are large and comfortable. The property needs some T.L.C. but overall it is in good shape. Room service is not readily available, but the room comes stocked with soda and water; however the beverage refrigerator was not restocked on my second day.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Wentworth Mansion, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your Wentworth Mansion experience. I am thrilled that you had such a fantastic stay. As you noted, we work diligently to keep our historic hotel in top shape with fresh paint, refurbished furniture and other ongoing maintenance projects. I am sorry to read that your in-room refrigerator was not stocked for your second day. This is not our standard and we have addressed the issue. I also apologize that it was not communicated to you that room service is indeed available for breakfast and dinner. Your feedback is appreciated as we strive to deliver a five-start experience in every area.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I were married at the Wentworth Mansion 9 years ago and it was amazing. We went back this year for our 9th anniversary and it's only gotten better.

We did not let anyone know it was our anniversary or that we were married there, but the staff figured it out and made special note of it upon our arrival.

The Garden room has a great sun room of its own and a separate entrance. One of the best rooms in the hotel. Complimentary breakfast has been added and the 5 pm wine & hors' deouvres is a great way to start the evening.

Make sure you meet Miss Betty, who is a delight. She is a local Charlestonian and works the breakfast shift at Circa 1886, the Wentworth Restaurant. Also, if you call Kenneth in advance of your stay as we did, he can get all your dinner reservations done before you arrive.

We travel extensively, both domestically and international, and the Wentworth stacks up with some of the best places we have stayed. Southern charm with the causal elegance Charleston is known for, there isn't a better place to stay in this historic city. We have tried them all and none match the Wentworth and it's staff.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Wentworth Mansion, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Happy 9th anniversary! Thank you for celebrating another special occasion here at the Wentworth Mansion. I am thrilled that our inn holds such a special place in your hearts. I will share your compliments with our staff. We look forward to helping you create many more special memories. Thank you for the flawless review.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

THE HOUSE: This is a beautiful and gracious restored Victorian mansion that will take you back in time. Anyone who has an interest in architecture or Victorian period interior design will especially love this place. The multiple Tiffany windows (many of them original), chandeliers, paneling, hand carved marble fireplaces and staircase bannister are breathtaking. The hinges and plates on the doors are original, and beautifully detailed. The public rooms - the library and breakfast room, are gracious and inviting. The very wealthy industrialist who originally built the house apparently brought artisans in from Europe to work on it (not slaves, they claim!) You'll never find workmanship like this in the 21st century.

THE ROOM: Our room was beautiful, spacious and more than comfortable. It was on the 3rd floor corner so we had windows on two sides. I have read TripAdvisor reports that complained of dirty bathrooms -- this was not the case in our room. Everything was clean and comfortable.

THE STAFF: The staff was wonderful, and more than happy to accommodate anything we asked for. Note that this is not the type of concierge service that will buy your tickets for local sights – but will make calls and dinner reservations, etc. if you ask. They are informed about the history of the mansion and during the tea time (4-6 pm) will happily show you around and regale you with stories about the Wentworth family and the culture of the time.

AMENITIES: Complimentary full menu breakfast in the restaurant –more than you can eat- and lovely tea time in the breakfast room, offered every day – with all the wine, tea, coffee and hors d’oeuvres you can eat--all included in the price of admission. Port and brandy available for guests – though I never saw anyone pour themselves a glass. There is a $15 delivery charge for a pot of coffee brought to your room—no charge at all if you bring the brewed pot up yourself. The refrigerator in the room containing coke, diet soda and water was refilled every day – all at no charge. The car service they use is stellar –the owner, Jamal Middleton and his associate, Jamel Foster are wonderful and are apparently local celebrities. They are slightly more expensive than a taxi –but are extremely prompt and personable, and will tell you great stories about their lives and backgrounds. There is a Spa on the grounds, which I didn’t use, so I can’t comment on it – and the acclaimed restaurant, Circa 1886 is on the hotel grounds as well which has a lovely ambience – services very good food.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS: Charming, beautiful small hotel – was overall a great experience. Some reviewers have said the house feels dark and gloomy. I can sort of see how they might feel a heaviness – but this is a restored Victorian – the style of the time was heavy – huge rooms, heavy furniture, velvet drapes, dark wood paneling. Wentworth designers have lightened it up with more contemporary Arts and Crafts style wallpapers, etc. I have to say, I didn’t really feel the heaviness of the house – for me – I loved the more authentic experience – the gorgeous carved panels, etc.

I really have no complaints about our stay at Wentworth Mansion. The only negative I can think of would be the location – it is about a 15 minute walk to the center of town – East Bay Street, King Street , Broad Street – where you will find the shopping, art galleries, city tours, etc. I found we had to take taxis almost everywhere – we tried walking and got drenched from the sudden thunderstorms. Also -- there is no fitness center - but the hotel has an arrangement with a center about three blocks away where there is no charge for use of the facility.

But overall, we loved the Wentworth Mansion – it was an authentic and luxurious experience. Would definitely recommend – especially for architecture buffs.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Wentworth Mansion
Address: 149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Charleston
#1 Luxury Hotel in Charleston
#2 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#3 Family Hotel in Charleston
#26 Business Hotel in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Wentworth Mansion 5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Wentworth Mansion® is, quite simply, one of the world's finest and most unique inns. A 21-room tribute to Charleston grandeur, The Wentworth Mansion is a historic downtown Charleston inn that exemplifies splendor with Italian crystal chandeliers, hand-carved marble fireplaces, gracious hospitality, luxurious amenities - all just steps from award-winning dining, art, history, and shopping.True to its original role as a private residence, The Wentworth Mansion embraces guests with a warm, intuitive service that is comfort itself. Like the greatest family traditions, it preserves its original intrigue and ensures that each guest is not a mere witness to the magic, but integral to it. ... more   less 
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