My husband and I needed to get away, just the two of us, badly. He had eaten lunch in the restaurant downstairs (Grill 225) about ten years ago and had always wanted to come back. When we were looking for a place to go, he suggested it and I'm ridiculously glad he did.
We spent three nights on the concierge level (the top/fourth floor). The bedroom was huge and very well appointed (down mattress topper, comfy robes and slippers, marble everything in the bathroom, Hermes toiletries, crystal ice bucket, fresh flowers, etc.). Breakfast in the parlor got a little tiresome after a few days due to the consistency of the specific offerings, but everything was good: there was a variety of offerings such that something should appeal to most, the coffee was delicious, being surprised by good grits I did not make myself will never get old, and Melissa Lockwood, the concierge, was truly wonderful. She took great care of us, able to provide exact information about how to go where, when, as well as tasting notes for the evening wine and bits of news from the day.
My husband was a bit disappointed by the lack of alcohol offerings during high tea (thanks to experience with the Ritz Carlton club levels), but that was the only thing either of us found lacking from this establishment in comparison to the Ritz (in fact, I think the turn down service at the Market Pavilion is better), which is saying something for an independently run place. It also manages to feel historic without being the slightest bit musty. Management and their (unfaltering polite and helpful) staff have clearly hit the sweet spot in providing a fantastic experience away from home. The food, particularly the steak and the tuna tartar, from Grill 225 was outstanding, the nitrogen martinis refreshing in the summer heat, and the proximity to a slew of other wonderful restaurants and tourist attractions was fantastic. The roof top plunge pool was still elegant (which is something that is difficult to pull off for many people for some reason) and the rooftop bar a pleasant place to float above the crowd. My only two complaints are that the shower temperature in our room was a little hard to control initially and the wireless access in our room was abysmal. Yes, there was great access in the lounge and the bar downstairs, but that met including our floormates in nightly skypes with our daughter, which we would have preferred to avoid.
All in all, if we return to Charleston, we will definitely return to the Market Pavilion. Fantastic trip and exactly what we needed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Market Pavilion Hotel, Charleston's most luxurious hotel. A proud member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Located in the epicenter of Downtown, we're just minutes from the waterfront, tour guides, shopping and grand old homes. Set among some of Charleston's most historical landmarks, the Market Pavilion Hotel offers the most decadent guest rooms in the city and countless amenities such as Grill 225, a member of the Great Steakhouses of North America, and Charleston's most popular night spot, the Pavilion Bar, which boasts the best view in the city. Most importantly, we're redefining the Art of Southern Hospitality. So whether you join us for a leisurely getaway or company meeting, to pop the question or seal the deal, you'll indulge in The Market Pavilion Hotel's premium value and service. Welcome to the Art of Southern Hospitality. ... more less
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