Belmond Charleston Place
What We Love
- Fantastic Downtown location near all the sights of Charleston
- Historic charm that matches up with the destination
- The fourth-floor pool is heated year-round
- Lively weekend jazz music
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Club Level Room have access to a lounge with all day free food and beverage service
- Valet and self-parking are available for a fee with in-and-out privileges
- For a fee, you can bring your pooch
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The eight-story landmark Belmond Charleston Place is all Southern charm. At the heart of the historic district, sprawling antebellum mansions and palmetto trees surround the hotel, while an enormous chandelier and a sweeping staircase welcome guests into the lobby. All 435 rooms are surprisingly spacious and replete with Southern charm and traditional accents. The feminine gray-and-green-on-blue palette matches the patterned carpets and floral curtains, and there are modern comforts including controlled lighting and free WiFi. Guests on the top two floors have exclusive access to Club Level Room, a sort of hotel-within-a-hotel where rich cream and gold tapestries are paired with sweeping views of the city and all day free food and beverage service. Like the hotel itself, the Charleston Grill is a successful mix of old and new, serving a menu that balances modern cravings for light, fresh fare with the gusto of traditional Southern cooking. Don’t miss the heirloom tomatoes with pork belly pecan streusel, brown butter and sage, nor the lively weekend jazz. The fourth-floor pool is heated year-round and the spot to take an afternoon dip while admiring the impressive cityscape.
In the Area
Visitors can walk the cobblestone streets from the Battery to the French Quarter, immersing themselves in the city’s old world charms. Hail one of Old South Carriage Tours elaborate chariots, where you can do some virtual time travel clopping down narrow cobblestone streets lined with colonial and antebellum buildings. You’ll cover 30 blocks of the historic district in an hour. Or visit the plantations of yore, including Boone Hall Plantation, with an avenue of moss-draped oaks, or Middleton Place, for America’s oldest landscaped gardens. And with some of the country’s most beautiful golf courses designed by the who’s who of the fairways — Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones — there’s no better place to experience outdoor beauty while challenging your game. Don’t miss the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, a barrier island spanned by five stunning designer courses.
How to Get There
We flew to Charleston for our Babymoon and booked this hotel based on these TA reviews through Amex’s Fine Hotels and Resorts program. I had requested a king size bed, but none were available upon check in so I spent this precious vacation sleeping alone (and poorly) in an uncomfortable double bed. As mentioned in other reviews, both of the double beds in our room were old and squeaked with any slight movement throughout the night. As a pregnant person, I just wanted a comfy, quiet sleep with my partner. I was very disappointed and wish I had read (and trusted) more reviews about the beds. One of our beds had a friendly spider in it upon arrival. It’s that time in the south, so I get bugs seeking refuge, but just another unfortunate issue. Check in was a madhouse (too many guests for number of registration desk staff, no line organization, very little greeting) and it reminded me of giant conference hotels absent any character, warm southern greeting and complete with an unapologetic trainee checking us in. I wouldn’t say this is the worst hotel experience I’ve ever had, but based on the TripAdvisor stars and reviews (and the cost of the room), I really was expecting at least a level of decent customer service. Nothing about this hotel experience felt special. From the wait every morning to get a table for breakfast, to the missed room cleaning and turndown services, to the $95 pedicure that left one of my toes bleeding, I cannot imagine recommending this hotel to any friends, family, or work colleagues. I’m not a fan of complaining online, but I’m hoping others don’t make the same mistake we did on a once-in-a-lifetime babymoon. That being said, if you are coming in for a night by yourself and need a room in a conveniently downtown location, this could be a fit.
We ended up coming down a day early and spent one evening at the Spectator. Highly recommend that property for their service, friendliness and accommodations. I had contacted the Belmond sales team via email to try and extend our stay, also asking for some recommendations for spa and food but only heard back about room availability at a rate much higher than expected with no additional follow up or up sell.
As an aside, I’d also recommend Delaney Oyster House, Chubby Fish, and Malagon for dinner — we had outstanding meals at the bars of each of these establishments and would recommend to foodie friends (or just hungry ones!) who like small, local places that are a bit off the main drag!
We’ve stayed in hotels globally and this hotel was not my favorite. They forgot our welcome gift, they told us they were too busy to bring our room service, and overall made us feel in the way. I will say we had very friendly staff at the spa as well as the rooftop bar which redeemed the stay a bit. Overall save your vacation and stay somewhere else. I’ve been to Holiday Inns that were nicer.
First time in Charleston. We booked the Belmond due to it's location in Downtown. We were also told to stay there by our friends that frequent Charleston. It's close to everything and makes life easy if you want to explore Downtown Charleston. Everything was within a short uber or within walking distance. The main row of shopping was right outside their doors and most of the restaurants, marketplace and harbor were a short walk away. The room was clean and comfortable, and the staff was great. Definitely recommend. We did find a better rate through our airline than we did online so make sure you check that out if you're flying in.