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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Planters Hotel Charleston