For a city recently given the #1 US destination I simply cannot understand why there is no top class hotel here. Orient Express have Charleston Place that goes there until you enter the rooms. Across the road is the quant Planters Inn and that's about the best you can say for this southern belle... A rickety elevator takes you to your floor and while the rooms are adequately furnished when you're paying near on $1000.00 per night, admittedly for a suite, to not have a mini bar or room service is something out of the dark ages...staff try very hard to please and are willing and courteous but when a place doesn't click it just doesn't click !!
The dichotomy of this place is the presence of an extremely top class restaurant in The Grill.
An abundance of locally sourced ingredients treated with invention in the kitchen go to make up a sterling menu.
Clearly, they have hired an interior designer who would do very well to be let loose upstairs and make this place somewhere you'd like to go back to !!
- 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