We stayed here while in town for our wedding and were certainly glad that we did. The wedding reception was at the Francis Marion, and many of our friends who stayed there complained about the very small bathrooms and outdated rooms. At the Planters Inn, everything was wonderful, and we were very happy with our room and the service we received.
We stayed in a Grand King (the standard room) which was clean and well-appointed. The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom was spacious, and we enjoyed small touches like a flower in the bathroom. Each night, we received a couple treats with our turn-down service. The housekeeping staff was very attentive, replacing towels in the morning and evening when needed. We found the Grand King to be plenty big for the two of us and appreciated that there was a writing desk and two chairs in the room.
The bellmen and doorman were all very helpful. Alan, the doorman, was extremely helpful in calling cabs for us. He even had a cab waiting for us when we came back from the wedding and wanted a ride to the reception. He was friendly and pleasant every time we saw him. We valet parked our car and were able to get it any time we needed it with no extra charge.
This is a small hotel with only a few common areas for gathering (save the restaurant and the outdoor patio which was too hot to enjoy during our visit). But the main areas are lovely and inviting. Throughout the day, drinks and snacks are put out for guests to enjoy, which was a nice treat. We did not eat at the Peninsula Grill at all, but hope to next time we return.
All in all, we loved the Planters Inn and hope to stay here again when 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