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Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina

The South is known for its genteel hospitality, and Belmond Charleston Place is a prime example why. Understated service is ever-present. Under a 12-foot hand-blown Venetian chandelier, a grand open-arm staircase leads to rooms decorated in refined neutrals. Next door, an Art Deco theater restored by the hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and at the Charleston Grill nightly live jazz accompanies a AAA Four-Diamond dinner menu of gourmet Southern classics.

Step out onto your Juliet balcony to watch Charleston wake up. Wander through narrow cobblestoned streets, tripping across eclectic local boutiques and history markers dating from the Civil War. Take a picturesque countryside drive to America’s only tea plantation. After a soul-warming plate of buttery grits and shrimp, snuggle up in a horse-drawn carriage as it ambles on Southern time.

Location of Belmond Charleston Place

Belmond Charleston Place
205 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina

Nearest Airport: CHS

Amenities for Belmond Charleston Place

  • General Information
  • 440 Guest Rooms
  • Dining
  • 2 Restaurants
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Spa Cuisine
  • Bar & Lounge
  • Afternoon Tea
  • On-Site Amenities
  • On-Site Car Rental
  • Concierge
  • Shoe Shine Service
  • Spa on Property
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Indoor/Outdoor Pool
  • Laundry Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Live Entertainment
  • Boutiques
  • High-Speed Internet Access
  • Valet Parking
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Direct Dial Telephones
  • DVD Players
  • Satellite Television
  • Marble Bathrooms
  • Flat-Screen Televisions
  • Luxury Linens
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Activities
  • Fitness Classes
  • Business
  • Business Center/Services
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Conference Facilities
  • Family
  • Children's Programs
  • Babysitting
  • Kids Club
  • Children's Amenities
  • Rollaway Beds
  • Nearby
  • Historic Sites
  • Shopping
  • Art Galleries
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Golf
  • Beaches
  • Antique Shopping
  • Monuments
  • Interests
  • Golf
  • Luxury Hotel Games
  • Spring Getaways

Reviews for Belmond Charleston Place

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

As a former professional hotel critic, I have some definite exacting standards when it comes to them, most of all for any property purporting itself as a five-star facility. Nonetheless, the Belmond Charleston Place not only met my expectations, it exceeded them by an unusually wide margin. I’ll go so far to say it’s the finest North American hotel I’ve had the pleasure of staying at in at least the past five years. This was my first stay at a Belmond hotel – though to be clear, I’ve stayed at a number of their properties over the years before the Belmond moniker was created. A number of its hotels were formerly part of the Orient-Express chain, which included some of the world’s most renowned and unique properties. My most memorable stay at one of them was at their Sanctuary Lodge in Peru, which has the distinction of being the one and only hotel sited immediately next to Machu Picchu (and the only one that ever will). Others I've previously stayed in include Venice's Hotel Cipriani, the Mount Nelson in Cape Town, and Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, arguably the finest hotel in the English countryside. In other words, the Charleston Place sits among some of the world’s true legends. The hotel’s décor is the epitome of restrained five-star elegance – which is all the more impressive considering its notably more humble beginnings. Prior to its acquisition by Belmond, the Charleston Place was an Omni hotel of not-particularly-distinguished character; indeed, one of the few complaints I can make about the place is its drab, ‘80s-era architecture. (I should note here that the Charleston Place may not be your cup of tea if you’re seeking a stay in a period-built inn. On the other hand, period properties nearly always have negatives, ranging from creaky floors to inadequate water pressure to unusually cramped quarters (by modern standards). Speaking of which, I noticed that some guests have commented that the Charleston Place's rooms feel cramped. That was decidedly not the case with my own room, which featured tall ceilings and more than enough room for two double beds and a seating area.) Judging from older photos of the guest rooms here, they've undergone a soup-to-nuts overhaul in recent years. The bathrooms in particular appear to have been transformed from dowdy to fabulous. Mine appeared to contain the contents of a small marble quarry, including a deep bathtub lined with gray marble (and inclusive of both a rain showerhead as well as an adjustable height standard one) and high-end frameless-glass shower door. The floor, vanity and sides of the shower area were all marble-covered. Older photos show the same bathrooms formerly featured low beige tubs and fabric shower curtains - definitely *not* what I'd classify as five-star caliber! Both the bathrooms and guest rooms have been redesigned around a classic gray color palette -- the latter has beautiful wood paneling and mouldings -- and despite my personal preference for contemporary furnishings, I couldn’t cite a single fault with them. The bed was blissfully comfortable, with perfectly starched (but wonderfully soft) sheets and a mattress among the best I’ve experienced. I was offered several room choices but opted for one with a balcony facing Meeting St. While I personally enjoyed people-watching from it – along with the ample amount of natural light afforded by its east-facing view – I’d note that the room had a fair amount of audible street noise even with the doors closed, at least until 11pm or so. Light sleepers might prefer rooms facing the hotel’s interior courtyard, which I believe comprise the majority of the ones available. Breakfast at the hotel’s Palmetto Inn was similarly flawless. They offer both a buffet and a la carte options; I briefly hesitated before opting for the former – even at five-star hotels buffets can often disappoint – but was very glad I did. Everything I chose was fantastic, even the various French pastries. (To be fair, they weren’t quite Parisian-level perfect, but I can count on one hand the number of hotels outside of France that offer patisserie on that level.) I had two, and only two, quibbles with the property, though neither comes close to keeping me from giving it a five-star review. First, the hotel offers an airport shuttle service for $20 per person. In this day and age – when one can summon a chauffeured Uber black car or SUV for considerably less, at least if you have two or more people in your party – such an expense comes off as nickel-and-diming, particularly considering the limited number of departure times. Also, the hotel requires guests to sign an affirmative agreement upon check-in to the effect of paying extra for a late checkout – even if it’s a mere half-hour late. While I understand the fact that Charleston has a bacchanal vibe, and some guests may be sleeping off hangovers come departure time, requiring such an accord at check-in seems more than a bit uncouth. But still: the Charleston Place is easily the finest hotel in (or near) the Historic District – and yes, I’m familiar with its more newly opened competition – and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to aficionados of true five-star-caliber hotels.

Jeff K - Austin, Texas

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

We stayed at the Belmond for 3 nights to celebrate our anniversary. The southern hospitality here was at its finest. The hotel/room was absolutely gorgeous. The staff members were top notch and made you feel appreciated. Our favorite parts were the pool area, the Palmetto cafe, and the room being so beautiful and peaceful. The king sized bed and the tranquility of the room made this such a good night's sleep. I am a fairly light sleeper and always travel with my noise machine to drown out noises from the hallway or neighbors. I didn't even have to use it once. Michael and Christina at the pool bar were amazing and very memorable. Michael makes THE BEST Strawberry Margaritas. Will be back for sure.

foodie4lifels - Greenville, North Carolina

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

My husband and I recently spent a few days at the Belmond Charleston Place and we can't wait to go back! The staff members were friendly and accommodating (e.g., early check-in, down-free room) and the hotel was very clean. Our room was well appointed and we loved the thoughtful details (e.g., light switches for every light near the bed's headboard). Room service was excellent and the pool was an oasis after a hot day playing tourist. A beautiful and classic property in the heart of the historic district.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

We booked a large suite with an adjoining room for a girls weekend this week and when we arrived today (at almost 6 pm) one of the two rooms was unavailable for check in because housekeeping was still working on it (at 6pm!). This isn't a huge deal but the front desk associate was very dismissive about it ("the other room isnt ready we will call you to come down and get the keys when it is" (a small apology would have been wonderful) I asked when it would be and she said "I'm not sure" (no attempt to make contact with housekeeping to find out the status)). The valet that was helping us unload asked me to walk over there and "sign something" I walked slightly pass the valet desk to set down my items out of the way of other people because the luggage cart was full and I heard him mumble "okay or not, just do what you want." Neither of our rooms have coffee makers in them and neither rooms had bathtubs. The hotel itself is beautiful and the rooms are in great shape. The location is excellent too but the service from the staff is lack-luster, especially for the price of the accommodations.

KrisMcc - Georgia, USA

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I stayed at this hotel in Oct of 2016 for my wifes 40th bday. We had a regular room with no real view, but then again, we didn't care because we were there to see Charleston on the ground, not look out a window. The check in process was pretty smooth and the room was in really good shape. My wife likes clean rooms so this was definitely a plus. The bathroom was probably my only complaint and only because the way the shower was set up, you had to open a glass door to get in the shower, and then step high up and in to get in. My wife is a bit fragile and with a slippery floor I worried she might fall. We didn't eat in the place so nothing to review there. I really liked the pool area, even though there was active construction going on while we were there. They had a nice bar area set up so I could get a few beers while looking at the city. We liked I so much then that we are booked to go back next week for my 40th bday. This place is classy, clean, and worth a little more money. You can walk to everything. Note: It says Oct of 2017 but it was actually 2016 as the choices were limited, and I put this review in a bit late.

brucebdowns - Mays Landing, New Jersey

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