The Planters Inn Upon entry to The Planters Inn, senses immediately awaken with so much to take in. Tasteful oil paintings feast the eyes, plush oriental carpets underfoot, delicate, hand painted porcelain china displays grace the walls, lovely background music, and live orchids adorn the lobby and parlor areas in quiet elegance. The mantled fireplaces in the lobby and parlor areas are accompanied by thoughtfully arranged seating, that extends the invitation: Come in and be contented. If one is in the Planters Inn for breakfast or dinner at the Peninsula Grill, the sensual delights continue beyond the richly appointed lobby and into the dining room where the Chef, Robert Carter will treat your gustatory senses with his award winning menu.
The Peninsula Grill has won acclaim by being awarded best restaurant 9 years running and is Charleston's "most reserved" restaurant. An informal yet sophisticated eatery, one can expect the highest quality cut of steak and chops, and freshest of seafood, oysters, lobster and fish prepared to perfection and served by the most attentive staff. The Peninsula Grill is designed in a single dining room format so that the dining staff is ever present and consistently available to attend to your dining needs. A full cocktail bar is available as well as and admirable wine and champagne menu. For private functions, seating may be arranged in an interior dining room or staff will serve, al fresco, in the beautifully maintained courtyard, if preferred.
The intimately private courtyard is as appropriately appointed as the guestrooms at the Planters Inn. A walkway of brick flooring lined with boxwoods leads guests to the open brick courtyard designed in a herringbone pattern, enclosed by wrought iron and accompanied by the tinkling sound of the trough style water fountain. The dooryard itself is enfolded with various greenery, crepe myrtle trees, tropical palms and trellises draped with creeping ivy all softly lit in the evening by the old style gas lanterns that so quintessentially signify Charleston charm and hospitality.
The inn has been in constant operation since 1844 and has benefited from consistent and meticulous maintenance and updating so that the refined southern elegance of the Planters Inn has been continuously refreshed, precluding any necessity for major renovation at any one time. Furniture and bedding is routinely updated and all interior modernization is discretely completed incrementally to bring the latest in technology and amenities to guests with never, an inconvenience. The Planters Inn is of a size that it offers a sense of intimacy and personal service to its guests yet it is a large enough concern to comfortably meet the needs for business and social functions for larger groups as well.
Rooms are sumptuously appointed with refined a palette, well-crafted four-poster beds and armoires, southern botanical art, jetted tubs, the very finest in linens and bedding, remarkable high ceilings with crown moldings. All rooms and suites come with either a courtyard view from the piazza or Market Street balcony view. There are Deluxe and King Suites as well as the Proprietor's Suite, which is suitable for corporate hospitality, a C.E.O. or anyone requiring a separate entrance and adjoining room for security purposes.
The Planters Inn is the first choice in Charleston for its prime location on Market Street at the very center of everything in town from carriage rides, tours and the open market to antiques, restaurants and art galleries. First choice, as well, in consistent award winning service and dining. A stay at the Planters Inn will ensure that one will know and enjoy all that downtown Charleston has to offer and within steps to the very welcoming entrance of this fine hotel. For location, convenience, ambiance, service and the Charleston experience, The Planters Inn earns an enthusiastic Charleston's Finest 5-diamond ***** rating.