Charleston's charm is in large part a result of its historic architecture, and there are a number of small, charming hotels and B&Bs that reflect the city's unique heritage. But that's not Charleston Place. Charleston Place is a relatively modern hotel. It's architecture, while thematically evocative of the city's historic style, seeks to deliver a luxurious contemporary hospitality experience, and it succeeds on almost all fronts.
The staff is attentive and welcoming, and makes a genuine effort to make guests feel comfortable. The hotel's rooms are certainly pleasant, although having stayed in several over the past two years, they're ready for a refresh, which we were told is underway. Not that the rooms are an issue. Ours was spotless, attractively accessorized and furnished, and an opening balcony door allowed us to enjoy the pleasant fall air. (I confess an extreme aversion to hotels with windows that don't open...)
We were upgraded to the "club" floor normally an amenity that's hardly worth the price. You know... lots of free soda, melted ice bowls and salty snacks... crap you can definitely live without. But Charleston Place takes this feature to a new level with high quality pastries, fresh fruit, food items and beverage options changed several times a day to complement the day part. Definitely, a cut above the usual offerings.
Then there's the location. Right on the best block of King Street, an easy walk to most of the city's charms and best shopping, and great restaurants like 82 Queen and Husk. And speaking of restaurants, don't miss The Charleston Grill. Yes, it's stunningly pricey, even by this New Yorker's standards, but absolutely worth it. Maybe the best rack of lamb ever...
Speaking of price, in high season, Charleston Place is certainly premium priced, but again, it's a matter of getting what you pay for and in my view, the the hotel delivers. Of course, the savvy traveler will negotiate and explore the hotels' various web packages, of which there are many. So if it's old world charm you're looking for, Charleston Place might not be the most historically authentic option. But if you just want a very nice room, in a hotel with lots of amenities in a central location, and you're not on a budget, you'll be very pleased with Charleston Place.
- 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