When you walk around Planters Inn, you’ll find subdued old Southern elegance, including a leafy interior courtyard and a parlor with patterned armchairs, gold chandeliers and an orange-mango tea station. What you may not notice — at least right away — is the eager staff. But you’ll start to see it throughout the 64-room charmer. Whenever you pass the front desk, a receptionist greets you by name. If you should request additional towels, housekeeping will leave you enough for a football team. And at dinnertime, not only will an employee at the Charleston hotel handle making reservations for you, but the observant staffer who saw you check in with a toddler will make sure you have a high chair waiting at the table. At Planters Inn, it’s all about Southern hospitality with a helping of personalization.
But beyond a cordial and attentive staff, the property offers other attributes as well. A fantastic location on Market Street is one of the draws to Planters Inn (it’s across the street from the popular City Market), but you won’t have to worry about the crowds at night. When it’s time to retire to your fluffy, Baker Historic Charleston Collection king-sized bed, the soundproof windows keep out the pedestrian noise mere feet away. Bathrooms don’t dazzle, but the marble flooring and polished steel fixtures still catch the eye. When it’s time to eat, the luxury hotel comes through in that arena, too, in the form of the onsite Peninsula Grill (don’t miss its legendary 12-layer coconut cake), as well as Mercato and Hank’s Seafood Restaurant, two fine-dining spots also under the Planters Inn’s ownership umbrella that are located within walking distance of the hotel.