Our anniversary was fast approaching, and I didn’t hesitate when my husband asked where I wanted to stay for the ultimate romantic getaway. Belmond Charleston Place has held a special place in the hearts of our family over the years and it was the only place I wanted to celebrate almost thirty years of happiness with the love of my life.

I was honored to receive a behind the scenes tour of Belmond Charleston Place from Public Relations Executive extraordinaire, Audra Poole.  Audra was the ultimate tour guide as she shared inside details about this stunning property, while managing to make me feel as welcome as a dear friend.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

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Audra explained that Belmond Charleston Place had recently invested over thirty million dollars in renovating this hotel gem, transforming and updating everything from guest rooms, to the fitness center, pool area and bar. Renovations will be completed November 2015.

UNPARALELLED CUSTOMER SERVICE

Every staff member we encountered from the moment we pulled up to the hotel, went above and beyond to provide us with warm and friendly service and we were greeted by name throughout our stay. It was as if each person we encountered made it their personal mission to see that our every request was met to the highest standard.

This commitment to providing world-class service, Audra explained, begins at the top.  Hotel General Manager Paul Stracey, has been with Belmond Charleston Place since 1997, and is committed to creating a memorable experience for each and every guest (mission accomplished, Mr. Stracey!).

THE ROOM

I don’t know about you, but I love the exciting anticipation as you are handed a hotel room key.  I wonder… Will we like our room?Will it have that upscale luxury feel perfectly blended with comfort?  Will our room have a view?

The answer for us was a resounding yes, YES, YESSSSS!

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Our luxurious suite overlooked the historic premier shopping district that dates back more than 200 years. It was bathed in filtered sunlight by day, the curtains drawn for us at night during the wonderful turndown service.

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Our suite was spacious and elegantly appointed, featuring historic detailing with a tranquil palette of blues and grays and period fabrics with wool carpeting. I’m not sure how they pulled off the juxtaposition of such sophisticated style married with a cozy and inviting feel, but they made it happen.

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We slept like royalty (did I mention Charleston Place has become the choice of princes and celebrities alike) in the comfy bed with crisp white linens.

Audra shared that they had taken guest surveys before completing the room renovations and had incorporate many of the recommendations into the redesign.
The result is the perfect blending of luxury, comfort and state-of-the-art technology.  With lighting controls at your bedside finger tips, large flat screen televisions and iPod docking stations, no detail was forgotten.

I spent a lovely morning sipping hot coffee in bed, while catching up on my favorite magazines.

THE BATHROOM

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Our fabulous bathroom featured marble floors and shower plus an over-sized bathtub (I mean jumbo sized) perfect for a relaxing bubble bath (which I thoroughly enjoyed). The towels were fluffy and abundant and the high-end amenities from the English themed line of Gilchrist & Soames were absolutely divine (consider me officially obsessed).

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Plush bathrobes and slippers awaited us in our suite and we wasted no time slipping them on.  Our suite was spotlessly clean, something I am extremely picky about while traveling.

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Belmond Charleston Place Charleston SC, hotel room marbel shower

The marble shower was roomy and had not one but two shower heads.

ROOM SERVICE

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We loved our suite so much, we wrapped ourselves in the plush, comfy bathrobes and ordered a scrumptious room service breakfast (room service is offered 24 hours a day).

My better half is rather partial to waffles and the blueberry waffles that arrived were light and fluffy, yet crispy on the outside and bursting with fresh blueberries. The REAL maple syrup and steaming hot coffee were the perfect accompaniments to his delectable breakfast.

THE ANNIVERSARY WELCOME

Belmond Charleston Place Charleston SC, hotel room with chocolate dipped strawberries and champagne

While checking into the hotel, we were asked if it was for a special occasion.  Later, we received a thoughtful delivery.  Decadent chocolate dipped strawberries and a bottle of bubbly, along with a cheese and fruit plate and a bottle of wine paired with not one but two cards welcoming us to Belmond Charleston Place. This was southern hospitality at its finest.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

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After our yummy breakfast, it was time to stretch our legs and experience the sights and sounds of historic Charleston.  We did a little shopping then wandered the historic cobble-stoned streets.  Charleston is a city where romance and history live in perfect harmony and Belmond Charleston Place just so happens to be located smack dab in the heart of the city.

FOOD & DRINK

We have much to say about the exceptional meals we experienced during our stay. You can read our restaurant reviews of Palmetto Cafe and Charleston Grill ~ coming soon.

THE VERDICT

If you are creating your own bucket list, I highly recommend you reserve space for the multiple award-winning Belmond Charleston Place. With a AAA Four-Diamond and Forbes Four-Star designations, as well as recognition in travel publications such as Conde’ Nast Traveler, Southern Living and Wine Spectator, this hotel is truly unforgettable.

We L♥ved:

The traditional southern hospitality

Luxurious, stylish hotel with a comfy feel

State-of-the-art technology and free Wifi

Scrumptious, award-winning food

Location

Not So Much:

The pillows could have been more comfortable

Room service was pricey

Did you find our post Luxury Hotel Belmond Charleston Place | Review helpful?  If you’ve stayed there, what was your experience?  We’d love to hear from you!

Live, love and travel, darlings,

XO, Jone’t
We were not compensated for writing this hotel review. The views and opinions expressed are our own and reflect our honest experience.

Jonet
Blogger, Editor at Fabulously Chic Over 50
Jonet Wooten is a 55 year old former investigative newspaper reporter/photographer. She's always in search of the latest and greatest in Fashion, Beauty and Travel, which she writes about on her AWARD WINNING blog. Creator of the popular global fashion series She's Got Style.
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14 Comments on Luxury Hotel Belmond Charleston Place | Review

  1. Kristine
    April 20, 2016 at 7:19 pm (1 year ago)

    May I just add that my favorite thing about Charleston Place is that it’s dog friendly? We can enjoy all this luxury without having to leave Kismet home with a sitter. So many dog friendly restaurants in town, but in winter we love the in-room dining, too!

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    • Jonet
      April 21, 2016 at 4:53 pm (1 year ago)

      The dog-friendly aspect of Charleston Place is definitely a selling point for us dog lovers and I thank you for pointing it out, Kristine, because I neglected to mention it in my hotel review. Thanks for your insightful comment and I completely agree ~ we’ll be bringing Bubba and Daisy with us on our next fabulous stay at Charleston Place. Xo Jonet

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  2. Beth Yoran
    April 19, 2016 at 1:19 pm (1 year ago)

    My husband and I just got back from a wonderful stay at Charleston Place. We were celebrating both of our birthdays. This hotel has become our favorite and it’s because of all the things you wrote about. We feel at home here, yet it is very special, with luxury treatment all the way! Our next time hopefully will be at the Christmas holidays to see all exceptional decorations. ( Love your blog! )

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    • Jonet
      April 19, 2016 at 1:24 pm (1 year ago)

      Dearest Beth, well your lovely comment has made my day! I am so happy my post introduced you to the gorgeous Charleston Place and I’m thrilled that you celebrated your birthdays at such a special place. You absolutely must go during the Christmas season, it’s truly a memory my kids still talk about from when they were kids. Pure magic. Thanks again, Beth. I hope we’ll see and hear from you again. Xoxo, Jonet

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  3. Stacy
    October 16, 2015 at 5:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I have never been to Charleston, but now want to go. What a beautiful hotel. I will take my husband to get pampered!!

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    • Jonet
      October 17, 2015 at 7:29 am (2 years ago)

      Greetings Stacy and welcome to FCO50! I hope you and your hubby make the trip to historic Charleston and Charleston Place is just the place to get pampered. Thanks for your comment and for stopping by our blog. Xo Jonet

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  4. Heather R
    October 5, 2015 at 1:08 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m looking for a wonderful southern get-away when the big 50 rolls around and this fits the bill perfectly. Loved the review and pictures. Great job beautiful girl!

    Heather

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    • Jonet
      October 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Heather! Thanks for stopping by FCO50 and for your lovely comments. I hope you do choose Charleston Place to celebrate the big 50. That is an important birthday and I have every confidence the friendly folks there will make it a trip to cherish. Thanks again! Xo Jonet

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  5. Pam
    October 4, 2015 at 11:05 am (2 years ago)

    I enjoyed this review. Do you know if there’s a good time to stay at Charleston place?

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    • Jonet
      October 4, 2015 at 11:18 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Pam, thanks for your great question. The holidays at Belmond Charleston Place are nothing short of spectacular! They utterly transform the lobby with Christmas trees dripping in lights and ornaments and a fully operational replica of the Orient Express train. Look for it each year on Thanksgiving Day. We stayed there years ago in December and it’s a memory our kids still talk about today. Xo Jonet

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  6. D
    October 4, 2015 at 8:26 am (2 years ago)

    Jonet,
    What a remarkable post! I am so glad that you shared your photos and experience at the Belmond. My husband and I actually live in Charleston and like most people we tend to overlook the wonderful things our exquisite city has to offer. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if everyone took the time to be a tourist in thier own town. We also have an anniversary coming up soon, I think you have just given me an extraordinary idea!
    Thanks again for sharing.

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    • Jonet
      October 4, 2015 at 10:06 am (2 years ago)

      Greetings D; thank you for your wonderful comments. It would indeed be “fantastic if everyone took the time to be a tourist in their own town” ~ I couldn’t agree more. Please let us know how YOUR anniversary stay at Charleston Place goes. We’d love to hear back from you. Happy anniversary to you, Xo Jonet

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  7. The Traveler
    October 3, 2015 at 9:53 pm (2 years ago)

    It has been a while since I have stayed at the Charleston Place, but I will definitely go back based on your review. When I was last there, the rooms were starting to show some wear and tear, so am thrilled about the renovations and it looks as though no expense was spared to ensure that their guests feel like royalty! Thank you for sharing your experience.

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    • Jonet
      October 4, 2015 at 9:57 am (2 years ago)

      I’m happy you found our Charleston Place review helpful and your observations are spot on. My husband and I were very pleasantly surprised by the renovations made to the hotel, and we too, look forwarding to staying there again. Thanks for stopping by FCO50 and for sharing your thoughts! Xo Jonet

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