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Old Oct 24th, 2003, 07:57 AM
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We stayed at the Hampton Historic District - very nice mid-priced hotel.
I would recommend Charleston Chops for dinner - that was the best meal we've ever had in a restaurant and the service was outstanding. Can't wait to go back sometime!
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Old Oct 24th, 2003, 10:11 AM
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Another local with a BIG two thumbs up for the Peninsula Grill. Great portions and exciting food (standard lowcountry fare with a twist). Pricey, but worth it if you're up for a nice dinner.
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Old Oct 24th, 2003, 11:36 AM
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We just returned from our wonderful trip to Charleston and Savannah.
Planter's Inn looks very nice, it is on the intersection of two very busy streets however. I don't remember seeing Hayne House and don't recall much about Elliot. We stayed at the Governor's House Inn on Broad St and just LOVED it! It included homemade muffins and fruit & a lovely afternoon tea. They were so warm and hospitable. Room 1 is the best in the house and worth it! Room 2 was also very nice. The others we peeked into were nice too. Check out their website! We also had to find two other nights accomdations as they were full on the last two nights. We stayed at the French Quarter Inn and it was new, nice, friendly and clean. It is on Market St at Church and Tristan is their restaurant located inside.I heard it was good, although the atmosphere and menu didn't appeal to me personally.
We had good food at SNOB, Hank's Seafood and especially at Peninsula. I cannot personally recomend Cypress which is owned by Magnolia and located next door. We thought the food was too creative and not enough taste.
Hank's is owned by the Peninsula Grill and very good. Reservations are necessary! Red rice was fabulous and so was the crab cake appetizer! We had a great lunch at 82 Queen and would probably try it for dinner some other time. We had two quick good lunches at a french place on Broad St near King.It is called something like Malle...and Gaullet-fast and french. Very cheap and good! Good lunch at the Middleton Plantation(I had the tomato cheese pie-YUM!) We also had an very good meal at Circa 1886 in the Wentworth Mansion. Fabulous service and quite good. The Mansion itself is worth seeing! (High Cotton is owned by SNOB and was supposed to be good too)
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Old Oct 24th, 2003, 12:01 PM
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Planters Inn is on the corner of Meeting and N. Market two tiny little one way streets you can hardly call busy.
Old Oct 24th, 2003, 12:28 PM
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Hmmm....not sure it matters all that much (or maybe GoTravel was just being sarcastic) but when I was last in Charleston this summer we stopped in to look around at Planter's Inn as we walked past It appears to have a lot of charm and character (but we didn't look at a room).
I do recall how busy the corner was on Saturday afternoon. Lots of pedestrian and car traffic. Which wouldn't deter me from staying there if I were inclined that direction, but it's certainly not a quiet area either.
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Old Oct 25th, 2003, 08:28 AM
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Actually, I wasn't being sarcastic. N. Market dead ends right in front of the Planters Inn at Charleston Place.
Old Oct 26th, 2003, 10:22 AM
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Yes, Market dead ends there but the Planters Inn has "sound machines" in their rooms to help mask out side noise. I realize many streets in Charleston are congested, as in many cities, traffic overwhelms at times. I thought the Planters Inn was well located with a charming lobby, and when I called them about reservations they could not have been more helpful in suggesting other alternatives which might have been a bit cheaper but equally well located. I found Market street to be super touristy-kind of like the straw market in Nassau. We did do 2 nights at the French Qtr Inn, but preferred the location at Governor's house which is slightly off from the hubub!
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Old Oct 28th, 2003, 09:04 PM
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We split our stay between Two Meeting St.(my favorite) in the Battery and Gov. House Inn as compumom mentioned. They owner's of each are family. Gov. House was a nice and convenient location, and the inn was tastefully decorated and classy yet warm. Guest feel very much at home. Food was delicious, staff pleasant and gracious. We were on the 3rd floor in a sunny,spotless, and spacious room. Much more simple than the more expensive rooms below, but we were perfectly happy. We conserve in some places to splurge in others and are always happy with our choices.

If I remember right,Peninsula Grill is adjacent to Planter's Inn. It is on a busy side street in the middle of things. You could easily slip pass the PG entrance as it is marked by only a tiny entrance where you fall in off the street into an inviting courtyard. That may be the entrance for the Inn too - sorry don't remember. We didn't tour the hotel, but new it was nice and had good reviews. We dined in the courtyard, and don't remember any street noise. There may have been some but if so, it certainly was no distraction. Your wife will never forget Two Meeting Street if you are able to stay there. Beautiful pics on their website. One morning I was going to skip breakfast as I wasn't going to be ready in time. My husband returned with a beautiful tray brimming with breakfast. They were so sweet and insistent he bring it up to me. I wish I lived surrounded by the grace of the South every day. I found that spirit everywhere we went in Chas/Sav and environs.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2003, 10:44 AM
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You may want to contact the Planters Inn & see if they have any specials. We have stayed there several times & received a discounted rate as well as $50 towards dinner (@ the Peninsula Grill) flowers in the room, etc. It is my preference. Also, Carolina's has always been good but I have not eaten there in 2 or 3 years.
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Old Nov 18th, 2003, 05:54 AM
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Thank you everyone for the information!

I am planning to make reservations at the "Hayne House" @ 30 King St. in Charleston. The intimacy of the bed & breakfast (6 rooms) vs the "Planter's Inn (62 rooms) and the reviews that it received on Fodors Hotel forum and others swayed me to stay at the Hayne House. Any further information is appreciated.

David Brandt
Belvidere, NJ
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