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Planters Inn
Ranked #11 of 61 Hotels in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 4, 2007

Background: When we visited Charleston in 2006, we stayed in a well-appointed Club-level room at Charleston Place. During that visit, we admired the Planters Inn as we walked past it on our way through City Market. Charleston Place is a wonderful, luxurious, full-service hotel, but my wife and I prefer staying at more intimate, smaller inns (50 to 100 guestrooms), so we decided to try the Planter's Inn this year... we're very glad we did!

Hotel: The Planters Inn is a refined, historic Relais & Chateaux property located adjacent to City Market in Charleston's historic district. The inn has about 60 guestrooms, just the right size to ensure exceptional personal service without being so small as to reveal your every coming and going. The inn's lobby and parlor areas, though small, are comfortable, inviting and meticulously kept. The inn also has a beautifully manicured courtyard adjacent to its renowned restaurant, the Peninsula Grill.

As a previous reviewer mentioned, there was construction/maintenance going on at the inn during our visit in late August 2007. However, we booked the room directly with the inn and they offered us 30% off the rack rate for the minor inconvenience this caused us. We would certainly have preferred pristine surroundings during our visit, but we understand that a magnificent 160 year-old historic building needs to be regularly and properly maintained.

Room: We booked a "Plantation King Room", overlooking North Market Street, in the original circa 1844 section of the inn. The room was very spacious and stylishly decorated with Persian rugs, elegant furniture and a very comfortable king-sized bed. The marble bathroom was nice but nothing special; it was long and narrow with a standard household combination tub/shower (not unexpected at a historic inn). Both the room and bathroom were spotless! Among the many appreciated in-room amenities we received on arrival were a bottle of Champagne and fruit basket (included with the "Relais Gourmet" package). The first rate hotel staff was gracious, courteous and efficient.

Dining: Charleston is famous for its southern cuisine and we had the pleasure of dining at 2 fine restaurants during our most recent stay. Slightly North of Broad (SNOB) for lunch and the inn's Peninsula Grill for breakfast and dinner (we also dined at Charleston Place's Charleston Grill during a previous visit). These renowned restaurants have all been extensively reviewed elsewhere, so I'll limit my comments to saying that we found each restaurant worthy of their lofty reputations. They're each so good that it's hard to choose a favorite, but if we were going to be in Charleston for just one night, our first choice for dinner reservations would be the Peninsula Grill.

We thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Planters Inn, and we'll definitely return the next time we visit Charleston!

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Reviewed October 3, 2007

First, let me preface this by saying that I love the Relais & Chateaux group, and have stayed at many all over Europe. However, the Planters Inn was not only a HUGE disappointment, I was told by the residents of Charleston that they NEVER recommend this to out of town visitors because it is known to be very motel-like. THe room could have been in a Holiday Inn just about anywhere, no character or charm. Plus there was major construction going on both inside and out (scaffolding, plastic sheets, DUST) which no one bothered to mention when I booked...nor was any rebate offered for the inconvenience. DEFINITELY not worth the price.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled solo
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3  Thank Olivia27
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pimanagment, Hotel Manager at Planters Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2007

All great hotels must be updated and renovated regularly and we are truly sorry that our recent improvements conincided with your visit. The good news is that as of Novemeber 2007 we will have completed both exterior and interior renovations and our 165 year old historic hotel sparkles once again. Our sincere apologies for your inconvinience and we hope you have an opportunitiy to join us again in the future and experience the Planters Inn in a calmer atmosphere.

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Reviewed August 23, 2007

Our stay at the Planters Inn was wonderful. A true oasis in a hot steamy city. The front desk was truly helpful. They couldn't do enough for you. The restuarant was delicious and their help displayed true southen hospitality. A must to stay in when in Charleston

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Reviewed August 22, 2007

We had the absolute pleasure of staying at the Planters Inn for 3 days/2 nights. While Charleston was hot (it is summer afterall), that did not diminish our stay. The staff made you feel like you were company in their home, not staying at a hotel. One night we were in the sitting room reading the paper and we struck up a conversation with one of the employees about homes in Charleston. He then went and found a magazine that had just arrived, and handed it to me. That shows caring and interest that goes above and beyond. Berthea was always smiling and pleasant. I wish I could recall all the names of everyone, but I cannot. Please know that all went above and beyond to provide excellent service.
Thank you.

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Reviewed August 13, 2007

Our room was huge and beautifully appointed. The bath was very nice with plenty of room. Most importantly, we were treated like queens by the staff. Bertha at the concierge desk went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. We will definitely choose the Planters Inn again on our next visit. In addition to the wonderful staff - we had a fabulous meal at the Peninsula Grill; I just don't think it can be topped.

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Reviewed August 1, 2007

After much research, we decided to stay at the Planter's Inn and were absolutely thrilled with our choice. The staff was incredible and attended to any possible need. The hotel and courtyard were beautiful and well-maintained. Our room was spacious with an inviting piazza right outside its door. The marble bathroom was also spacious and included a whirlpool. Our stay was so relaxing and we felt very pampered. Breakfast in the beautiful couryard was a perfect way to start the day! We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank MMSMN
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Reviewed July 26, 2007

From the moment we exited our vehicle, we felt like royalty. The staff was extremely accomodating and the rooms were spectacular! The photos on the web site are exactly what you get...four poster bed, marble bathrooms, quiet rooms. This is by far the best hotel experience we have ever had. Be sure to eat breakfast at the hotel...the blackberries were enormous and delicious and the pastries light and fluffy. Kudos to everyone associated with this hotel.

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Additional Information about Planters Inn

Address: 112 North Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401-3157
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Charleston
#6 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#7 Family Hotel in Charleston
#10 Luxury Hotel in Charleston
Price Range: $290 - $618 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Planters Inn 4.5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Holding court in the very heart of Charleston's famed Historic District, the 64-room Planters Inn Relais & Châteaux is the city's iconic grande dame hotel. Uniformed doormen welcome every arrival, ushering guests inside the gloriously restored circa 1844 building to a sanctuary of elegant style and genteel service. Voted #1 Best U.S. Boutique Hotel by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, Planters Inn is a world of civility, sumptuous cuisine, and cultural pursuits. Soaring ten-foot ceilings, dozens of working fireplaces, and a stunning collection of antiques and Baker Historic Charleston décor, including a sumptuous four poster bed in every guest room, create a luxurious ambiance described by Travel + Leisure as "akin to an overnight with well-to-do friends in their old Charleston mansion." Hushed tones of buttercream, Lowcountry greens, and pale powder blue paint the walls, while raw silk fabrics frame the windows. There's also more to Planters Inn than meets the eye: A hidden courtyard illuminated by flickering carriage lanterns provides a beguiling entry to Peninsula Grill, the city's foremost dining experience. Planters Inn and Peninsula Grill are longstanding members of Relais & Châteaux, the exclusive collection of luxury boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants located in the world's most romantic, most cultured, and most memorable destinations. Are you excited for your getaway to Charleston? We are excited to welcome you to Planters Inn. ... more   less 
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