In Charleston, historic preservation is a way of life, and Planters Inn lives up to that reputation. The 1844 building, originally built as a cotton warehouse and converted to a hotel in the 1980s, was restored in 2008 and furnished with exacting attention to detail: the high ceilings, plush carpeting, handmade reproduction furniture, and gas-lit outdoor lanterns all work in concert to make each guest's stay as relaxing and authentic as possible.
The courtyard's herringbone brick alleyway lined with palmetto trees and boxwoods feels a world apart from the busy Charleston City Market just outside the hotel's door. In the lobby, details like the antique chandelier, elaborate crown molding, and fireplace keep the vibe cozy and intimate. In the morning, relax in the parlor with your cup of coffee and take in the view over the market below.
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Planters Inn is located in Charleston's French Quarter, the oldest section of the city. The hotel looks out on the City Market, a Greek Revival–style building constructed in the 1840s as a food market. The market's buildings, renovated in 2011, host hundreds of local vendors offering goods like handwoven sweetgrass baskets and Lowcountry-style spice blends. Nearby Waterfront Park runs alongside the Cooper River and affords visitors views of Patriot's Point and Fort Sumter. Check out some of the historic churches that earned Charleston its “Holy City” moniker, including the Wren-Gibbs–style stucco St. Phillips, and the Circular Congregational Church with its sanctuary in the round.
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Rooms: 64 rooms; from $349. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:Peninsula Grill's dining room, with its antique oil paintings and sea-grass carpeting, is an elegant blend of old and new Charleston. The same is true of the menu. Dishes like low-country oyster stew have been re-envisioned by the restaurant's Cordon Bleu–trained chef, Graham Dailey. And save room for dessert. Peninsula Grill is famous for its coconut cake. Spa and gym details:The hotel doesn't have a spa or fitness center on-site, but the concierge can direct guests to local facilities.
Who's it for: Leisure travelers who want the intimacy of a B&B but the amenities of a larger hotel. Our favorite rooms: For quiet nights, book a Deluxe King Room that gives you access to a shared piazza overlooking the courtyard. Book ahead:Reserve your table at Peninsula Grill in advance, especially in the warmer months if you want to dine alfresco. Tables in the courtyard are regularly sold out.