For more than three decades, Belmond Charleston Place has been a crown jewel of the local hospitality scene. Situated in the heart of historic Charleston, the grandeur begins in the front courtyard with a babbling fountain comprised of four bronze horses. Locals and travelers staying elsewhere frequent the shiny first floor, where brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton have storefronts, and the award-winning Charleston Grill restaurant resides. Guest rooms marry classic luxury with modern-day amenities, and an onsite day spa, mineral-water pool, and rooftop lounge add to the opulence.
Grounded in a calming palette of grays, blues, and white, rooms hold velvet couches, custom molding, French doors, rich wooden bedframes, floor-to-ceiling drapes, and original art. Suites range from standard 400-square-foot Deluxe Rooms to the sprawling 1,000-square-foot Signature Suites, complete with a dining nook, kitchen, and dressing room. Handy bedside lighting controls make turning in a breeze.
Awash in Carrera marble, the bathrooms glisten. Most star a walk-in shower while others have a shower-tub combination. All have a waterfall showerhead and handheld sprayer.
A 12-foot-wide hand-blown glass chandelier shines above and Italian marble floors shimmer below. Friendly receptionists are stationed along one wall, while the Thoroughbred Club bar and the Shops at Belmond Charleston Place beckon you to explore the entirely of the ground floor, which also holds an art gallery, three restaurants, a shoe shine station, grab-and-go café, and posh salon. Curved Georgian staircases lead you to the second floor and beyond.
Take advantage of the lobby’s concierge station. The hotel’s chief concierge has been inducted into Les Clefs d'Or and they can arrange singular outings for your trip like behind-the-scenes tours of house museums or horseback riding on the beach.
Take a dip in the fourth floor’s salt- and mineral-water pool. Above, a ceiling of skylights will stay closed in the chilly months and retract when it’s warm. Next, stop by the Jacuzzi neatly tucked in the hotel’s clock tower.
Chill out with a trip to one of the spa’s 10 treatment rooms (include two couple suites), relaxation room, and his-and-hers saunas. The spa shop carries top-shelf products like Tata Harper.
The fitness center’s clean hardwood floors and windows galore might just inspire you to work out while on vacay.
Breakfast, lunch, and brunch are served in the airy Palmetto Café and its lush courtyard, while the Meeting at Market sports club offers refined bar bites in an equally sophisticated space. The hotel’s shining star, though, is the Charleston Grill, where you’ll enjoy live jazz as you savor adventurous cuisine cooked up by chef Michelle Weaver.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Only folks shelling out for a room on the club level (floors seven and eight) get perks like a complimentary breakfast and evening spirits and sweets.
For a wide selection of draft beer, head to Meeting at Market. Prefer an expertly crafted cocktail? Snuggle up by the fire in the equestrian-themed Thoroughbred Club. And if you’re craving fresh air and a view, visit the fourth floor’s Clock Tower Terrace rooftop bar.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The Clock Tower Terrace can be hard to find. To access the space, walk through the pool deck and past the Jacuzzi.
Valet your car ($30 per day) or park it yourself in the garage out front ($17 per day). Once you’ve arrived, you’ll spend most of your time on foot as the hotel is ideally situated between the French Quarter’s historic sites and Upper King’s lively food-and-bev scene. Hail a pedicab or ride-share, as needed.
You really should splurge on a meal at Charleston Grill, but if you want another fine-dining experience, hop across Meeting Street to Mike Lata’s FIG (4-minute walk). For a lobster roll worth writing home about, try 167 Raw (10-minute walk).
Beloved for its strong spirits served in a charming historic kitchen house, The Bar at HUSK (7-minute walk) is definitely worth a visit. Bin 152 (5-minute walk)—a European-style wine bar—is, too.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Taking up an entire city block, you could spend a satisfying weekend within the confines of the hotel—though you won’t want to as you’re sleeping in the heart of Charleston’s historic district. Belmond Charleston Place excels at delivering above-and-beyond service, and its recently renovated rooms feel equal parts fresh and traditional, and so splendidly luxurious.