What could be finer than to feel the warmth of the south mixed with the elegance and luxury of the Orient Express hotels. The hotel is a few steps off of the main road in Charleston, so if you blink you could miss the entrance...which was actually terrific, giving it a very private and exclusive entry with fountain. The bellmen were extremely helpful, check in was smooth, etc.
The lobby was gorgeous with the bright day time restaurant in sight along with the rich, dark bar...very inviting but I didn't have time for a cocktail.
Many corporate types wandering around the lobby, as well as obvious tourists...all going in various directions, as it turns out, there are several entrances to the lobby.
Four stars instead of five? The restaurant. I'm a foodie and used to the best. We had breakfast and lunch at the hotel and were underwhelmed each time. Chef attempts to make every dish creative...but the flavors didn't come together nor did the way the dishes were enhanced. The presentation was beautiful, service perfect, but each dish raised eyebrows and we were left wondering "why"?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Charleston’s premier hotel just steps from famous homes, museums and churches. World-class luxurious accommodations including European spa; rooftop pool; “The Club,” a private concierge level located on the top two floors; multiple award-winning restaurants; 20 exclusive boutiques and the legendary Belmond service, all in the heart of downtown. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Charleston Place By Orient-Express Hotel Charleston
- Place Hotel Charleston
- Charleston Place Hotel