My husband and I just returned from Charleston where we celebrated our 25th anniversary. I spent a bit of time researching the inns/hotels in the area and kept going back to Planters Inn. I'm happy to say that it exceeded our expectations on every level. Some other reviewers mentioned problems with noise from the street and market area, but we didn't experience that at all. We stayed in a Plantation King room overlooking the outside dining area of Peninsula Grill. The room was spacious with a seating area, absolutely spotless and quite comfortable.
This inn is just lovely; perfect location, very well-maintained, and truly felt like home to us. The entire staff was very friendly and helpful. It's obvious they've been trained to provide excellent service and that providing a positive experience for their guests is top priority. Sarah at the front desk was always cheerful and helpful. She helped us secure a last minute dinner reservation at Peninsula Grill. Thanks, Sarah!
We had breakfast and dinner at Peninsula Grill. Breakfast was very good. Dinner also was very good, but I found the jus too salty for my taste. Everything else was very fresh and delicious. I'm not a fan of anything containing coconut, but I sampled my husband's coconut cake and it was as delicious as they claim.
We had one minor glitch on the morning that we were preparing to check-out. We decided to order the continental breakfast from room service before heading out to visit Drayton Hall. I don't know what caused the delay, but after waiting for over an hour, my husband had to call the front desk to inquire about our breakfast. In any event, breakfast was brought to our room shortly thereafter and with apologies. Although we were slightly annoyed by the long delay, we decided not to dwell on it and let it tarnish our wonderful stay.
Overall, we had a wonderful stay at Planters Inn and can't wait to visit again. We recommend it to others looking for upscale accommodations in the historic district. The location alone can't be beat. We left our vehicle with valet when we arrived and didn't need it again until the morning that we departed. We loved our visit to Charleston and staying at Planters Inn definitely made it extra special.
- 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