What We Love
- Rooms decorated with replica furnishings and four-poster beds define Southern romance
- The lush interior garden courtyard is a popular venue for outdoor wedding ceremonies
- Charleston’s famous tourist sights, nightlife and dining are all within walking distance
- Choice of three restaurants: Peninsula Grill, Hank's Seafood and Brasserie Gigi
What To Know
- Couples abound, as the hotel is a big honeymoon and wedding night destination
- Valet parking costs a $25 per night, and there’s no self-parking
- The decor is very Old World — not right for design aficionados
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Antebellum elegance. Yawning fireplaces, four-poster beds, oil paintings and Audubon prints on the walls amount to a rich and formal look that’s at the same time cozy and welcoming. The brick building used to be a dry goods store, and its understated awning-covered entryway among the stately buildings of Market Street only hints at the layered elegance inside.
Bed and Bath
Housed in a circa 1844 brick building, the inn has 64 guestrooms that envelop you in Old World elegance. The 18th century–inspired decor extends from the heavy floral drapes and gilt-edged picture frames to the handcrafted four-poster beds and marble bathrooms. All have carpeting and cozy armchairs that invite you to curl up and read. Bathrooms are sleek, with white Italian marble and either tub/showers or deep soaking baths. The aromatherapy bath products are by Dorothy Prentice.
The hotel’s Peninsula Grill, known for seafood and steaks, is always on the lists of the city’s best restaurants and has a loyal following among local foodies. Book your table well in advance. The restaurant’s bar, rich with dark woods and managed by mixologists who are among the best in the business, is an exquisitely classy place for a cocktail or after-dinner drink. There is no spa or gym, but the concierge can direct you to a sister property for a workout or recommended a nearby spa for services.
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
While standing in Planters Inn’s charming lobby, I casually mentioned that I was in the mood for a cheeseburger. Little did I know that FRED, the genial gentleman manning the hotel’s front desk, is a cheeseburger aficionado. WOW! Fred sprang into action and flashed a broad smile while doing so. I think he may have even had a twinkle in his eye! Less than 10 minutes later, I was happily enjoying a delicious cheeseburger thanks to FRED. Heaven! The post-lunch nap I took in my four poster king size bed was also heavenly! I stayed in a Garden Courtyard Suite, which was enormous. If you want spacious hotel accommodations with spectacular customer service, stay at Planters Inn!
Very nice hotel and centrally located within the city. Walking distance to many nice restaurants and sightseeing attractions. The hotel staff provided great customer service, and the hotel restaurant is excellent. A restaurant you must try if in Charleston.
Highly recommended. Excellent location, immediately across from the City Market entrance and walking distance to everything. Clean rooms, very helpful staff. A little pricey but overall value is good.