With a bright pink façade, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel shines amid the hustle and bustle of busy Meeting Street. Its central location makes for a quick walk to popular sights within the historic district; in fact, it’s a departure point and stop for many walking tours as records show Robert E. Lee slept at the same-named original inn centuries ago. Additional perks of the hotel—which became a Wyndham Grand property in 2014—include recently updated guest suite décor, a charming courtyard, open-air pool, and onsite restaurant.
Rooms are decorated in a calming, contemporary palette of light teal, white, and gold, with stylish Greek key patterned bedding and upholstered headboards. Natural light and ample lamps make for a well-lit stay, while blackout curtains let you sleep in. Larger suites have room for lounge furniture and desk space.
Opt for a Corner Room to soak up steeple views from a spacious suite lined with windows (you’re in the Holy City, after all). Overlooking the intersection of Queen and Meeting Streets, you can see horse-drawn carriages clop by all day, as well.
Black granite countertops and Institut Karité products add an upscale spin to basic bathrooms.
Friendly attendants usher you into the stately Southern lobby, where you’ll want to stop and stare at the elaborate crystal chandelier overhead. Plush chairs for resting are tucked throughout the comfortable space, which is paved in marble and filled with Asian-inspired décor.
Cool off from the Lowcountry’s sultry summers in the open-air pool on the second floor. Order meals and cocktails to the area, which includes cushioned iron lounge chairs and a neighboring furnished patio.
Traveling with kids who plan to splash about often? Opt for a Pool Side Room, which comes with a private patio overlooking the pool.
An onsite facility with treadmills, free weights, and other basics makes working out convenient.
The Barbados Room restaurant offers up eclectic menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which guests can take in the handsome dining room or open-air courtyard. Expect Southern staples along with more modern fare (like avo toast, veggie-stuffed acorn squash, and clam tagliatelle).
YOU SHOULD KNOW The in-house restaurant is dependable, but not top-tier. If you’re a foodie, prepare to dine elsewhere for most meals.
Between 3 and 4 p.m. on weekdays, you’ll be greeted with a glass of champagne upon check-in. After that, savor a freshly made craft cocktail in the speakeasy-style Best Friends Lounge just off the lobby, or sip for a happy hour drink alfresco in the well groomed terrace courtyard, where a gurgling fountain soothes and flora by famed landscape architect Loutrell Briggs shines.
Valet ($32 per day) or self-park your car in the Queen Street garage just behind the hotel (you’ll have direct access from the second floor). From there, you’ll set out on foot—the hotel’s actually located on a strip of Meeting Street called Museum Mile. Pedi-cab or ride-share to hotspots on upper King Street.
You’re directly across Queen Street from two of the best Southern-food stops in town: Poogan’s Porch (1-minute walk), which serves up staples like fried chicken, mac and cheese, and buttered biscuits, and Husk Restaurant (1-minute walk)—where James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock puts a farm-to-table spin on fare. Walk to East Bay Street’s Minero (7-minute walk)—another of Brock’s local eateries—for upscale Mexican food.
A handful of top-notch watering holes are within a short stroll of the hotel, including The Bar at Husk (1-minute walk), Bin 152 (3-minute walk), and the Gin Joint (8-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
As the closest full-service hotel to Charleston’s famed Battery Park, you have oh-so easy access to the most historic neighborhoods in town. Updated décor gives the centuries-old property modern appeal, while the spacious pool deck, reliable restaurant, and tucked-away bar make it easy to unwind.