Four nights at the Planters Inn in Charleston was just right for a conference and plenty of time to see the city. Perfectly located, walking distance to the historic sights, the conference center at Marion Sq., shopping, restaurants, antiquing. This inn gets you in the mood with it's lovely drawing room filled with chinoiserie and chintz. A nice comfortable spot for morning coffee or afternoon sweet tea (complimentary).Staff were wonderful and helpful, as you'd expect from Relais & Chateaux. But the room choice just wasn't what we had hoped for, considering the price. The first room they showed us was 10 feet from the front desk, main elevator, and bell storage. Noisy inside. It was also directly looking out on the main street where busses go by. Noisy outside. Pretty to look at, but we declined that room. The one we took was on the second floor, not as updated, still on the street side, but comfortable. I would only stay there next time if they guaranteed a courtyard room.
The restaurant was really good, and service was outstanding, except for the girl who tried to seat us at the worst table in the corner. We asked for one of the several open tables in the center, and she said they were reserved. I said I had reservations, too; she said those were specifically requested. I responded that the hotel should have told us to do that when we booked. She reluctantly gave us a better table. Food and service were impeccable, well worth the price.
Good choice for Charleston, but others may be worthwhile looking into as well.
- 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