What We Love
- The personalized, 24-hour concierge services
- Free sherry and port in the Harleston Parlor in the evenings
- The ideal location, walking distance from King Street and downtown Charleston
What To Know
- The hotel is completely non-smoking
- The vibe is fun and sophisticated; think cocktail hour, not clubbing
- Garden rooms are particularly peacefu
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Charleston takes preservation seriously, so when this historic home was restored in 1998, owner Richard Widman took the utmost care to maintain its original features. As a result, the brick mansion with soaring ceilings and ionic-column balconies gives a respectful nod to the past while also feeling fresh and current. In this vein, rooms have free WiFi and new flat-screen TVs but also glittering chandeliers and original marble mantles.
Bed and Bath
The Wentworth was a family house, so each of the 21 handsome rooms and suites are individually designed. Many have gas-lit fireplaces, elegant king-sized sleigh beds and wood floors with inlay designs. The oversized whirlpool tub in the bathroom is particularly inviting, especially when a bath is paired with the property’s heavenly Antica Farmacista amenities.
Unlike many historic properties, the Wentworth has a full spa housed in the ground’s former stables. Here, individuals or couples can get massages, facials and other treatments in a peaceful space with exposed beams and 14-foot ceilings. You won’t leave the Wentworth hungry: Travelers can look forward to a free Southern breakfast at chef Marc Collins’ Circa 1886 restaurant. On his current summer dinner menu, the broiled cod and antelope are standout dishes. Happy hour cocktails and evening sherry and port are served in the Harleston Parlor. There is not a gym on-site, but workout addicts can take advantage of free passes to a facility just three blocks away.
In the Area
There’s a reason why Charleston attracts about 4.5 million visitors annually. There’s a lot to do — and eat — in this charming waterfront city. For a farm-fresh take on Lowcountry cuisine, dine at The Ordinary or F.I.G. (don’t miss the tomato pie if it makes the seasonal menu), both restaurants by star chef Mike Latta. If you want to learn how to make shrimp and grits or gumbo yourself, sign up for a cooking class at kitchen shop Charleston Cooks. Bourbon drinkers shouldn’t miss a stiff one at Husk Bar, before they head to the neighboring restaurant for an array of pork-focused dishes. Charleston is also an excellent cycling city. Rent bikes at The Bicycle Shoppe to ride off those extra pounds.
How to Get There
We've visited Charleston each March for the last 3 years and stayed at the Wentworth Mansion each time. We've been fortunate to stay in wonderful inns in this country and in Europe but none are as lovely as the Wentworth. The staff is phenomenal; parking is free; the complimentary full breakfasts at Circa are fantastic; and the neighborhood is quiet and interesting. The public rooms and bedrooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. They may have more genuine Tiffany windows than any hotel/Inn in this country. None of this comes cheap, and each year we question whether to spend so much money per night, but each year the answer is yes (although next year we will opt for a less expensive room.) This year we took some Charleston friends for a tour of the Wentworth and heard nothing but raves. Go ahead and splurge!
This was one of the best hotel experiences we’ve had. The attention to detail and the anticipation of your needs was fantastic. In addition to the usual chocolates in the evening (which were high quality) there is a newspaper waiting for you in the morning,they offer tea service in the afternoon, wine and hors doevres in the late afternoon and port or brandy in the evening.
The historic setting is beautiful and the gardens beautiful. Our room featured a fireplace in the bedroom as well as one in the bathroom. The ice bucket was filled every afternoon along with Charleston’s favorite benne wafers.
Don’t miss the climb to the cupola to get a fantastic view of Charleston.
I had the pleasure of staying at the Wentworth Mansion as part of the City and Sea Package for two nights. It is an exceptional place! The decor takes you back in time to a previous era. The bed in the room was comfortable and the room also contained a nice sitting area by a working gas fireplace. A selection of books are available above the mantle.There is plenty of lighting in the room and during the day the daylight from the windows light up the room. My room was on the third floor. Turn down service is provided each night with chocolates! All of the staff were hospitable and eager to assist. They provided excellent customer service. The evening dining experience at Circa 1886 provided a nice atmosphere for dinner and the food was delicious! I look forward to my next visit.
A two night stay in the King Grand Mansion Suite was delightful. Located on the first floor, this three room sprawling display of old world decadence was grand. Ornate wood working, magnificent ceiling height windows, gigantic room splitting pocket doors, bejeweled chandeliers are just some of the resplendent details to be enjoyed. We always appreciate attentive and well educated staff and were not disappointed with any staff member. Snacks, port wine and breakfast in the adjoining carriage house are included to all guests which is a thoughtful touch. Our suite was said to be the finest of the 22 rooms and for $750 per night I believe it is a memory well worth the money.
We stayed six nights and were really sad to leave. Wonderful staff and hard to pick a favourite but Tim did such a lot for us and we were so grateful.Nothing to fault in the room and even a black facecloth for removing makeup! So thoughtful.The included breakfast, nightly drinks and so many little thoughtful things made it just like home ( with no work to do!) We would recommend this wonderful mansion to anyone and would always stay there if we are lucky enough to return.