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
- 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
The Planters Inn can do no wrong in my opinion. We stayed there for 3 nights around July 4th and have absolutely no complaints. Our room was on the first floor with two queen beds. It was a large room with a sofa and armchairs, dresser, big flat screen tv, free wifi and a really big bathroom. The room and bathroom were very clean and tastefully decorated. There was ample room for two adults and two kids.
The housekeeping service was the best I've had in a long time. The room was cleaned in the morning before lunch and there was a turn down service in the evening. The first night we walked back into the room after a day out, the lighting was set, curtains drawn, soft music played and two macaroons were on the night stand. Complimentary water bottles were placed on the dresser. Each bed had a Planters Inn teddy bear placed amongst the pillows -- that was a huge hit with my kids!
The hotel has less than 70 rooms. There is a sitting room off the main lobby that has coffee and tea service in the morning with to-go cups if preferred. In the afternoon, water and lemonade are added and finally, in the evening, there are fresh baked cookies. If it's raining out, there are hotel umbrellas to borrow. The staff are friendly and not overbearing.
The hotel houses an upscale dining restaurant that boasts the best coconut layer cake.
We didn't see any other floor of the hotel as we were on the ground level. It is very well located in the historic district. The market is right across the street as are an abundance of restaurants and sites. (I'll write other reviews for those). The smaller hotels like Planters Inn are the way to go for charm, hospitality and perks that large chain hotels don't provide.
This is a true charming haven in the heart of what's happening in Charleston. The staff was great and helpful. I walked to some really great restaurants and tours. I did a very interesting walking tour and a carriage ride which was fun as well.
Had a wonderful visit to Historic Charleston while staying at the Planters Inn. Location couldn't have been any better right next to the Market Place. Within walking distance to most activities. We stayed in Room 403 which may be the best room in the hotel. Was perfect for watching 4th of July fireworks from the balcony.
Planters Inn is an absolutely amazing place. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed in any part of your stay. The location is great, the staff is amazing and the accommodations are some of the best I have every seen. You will not regret staying a night or a week.
The hotel and entire staff were exceptional...welcoming, courteous, informative, responsive, and engaging...Peninsula Grill was outstanding and the Coconut Cake divine...a a must stay for anyone desiring a Charleston Oasis - reserve the Garden Suite room!