Poinsett Hotel Exterior, Greenville, SC
Photo courtesy Westin Poinsett Hotel

What if you could step back in time to the roaring 20’s without the assistance of a magic time machine?  How would it feel to wander the same chic hotel hallways as Bobby Kennedy, or to stay in the same elegantly appointed suite as John Barrymore or Cornelius Vanderbilt?

Thanks to the magnificently restored, four-plus-star, award-winning, historic Poinsett Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina, you can do just that!

Poinsett Hotel historic sign
Photo courtesy Westin Poinsett Hotel
Poinsett Hotel History

Poinsett Hotel was originally constructed for an impressive $1.5 million (which translates to over 2 billion dollars today!) and opened its doors on June 20, 1925.

Poinsett Hotel Lobby
Photo courtesy Westin Poinsett Hotel

This Southern hotel jewel was declared “Carolina’s Finest” and was a favorite among distinguished guests including Bobby Kennedy, John Barrymore, Liberace, Amelia Earhart and Cornelius Vanderbilt.

But the times, they change and Poinsett Hotel struggled to survive. By early 1990, this historic gem was one of South Carolina’s most endangered historical sites.

Owned by Greenville area native Ann Bible until 1996, this grand hotel and it’s rich history were in capable hands as Ms. Bible made it her personal mission to see this beautiful landmark preserved as a historic treasure.

Working closely with then South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond to save the hotel she cherished, Ms. Bible and the senator were rewarded in 1982 when Poinsett Hotel made history once again by securing its place on both the prestigious National Register of Historic Places and The South Carolina National Register of Historic Places.

historic Poinsettia Hotel staircase
Photo copyright Jonet G Wooten

Enter visionary hotel developers Steve Dopp and Greg Lenox, who purchased Poinsett Hotel in 1990 and revived this Greenville landmark with over $19 million dollars in renovations.

Dopp and Lenox made heroic efforts to preserve the original ambiance and charm of this 1920’s hotel, painstakingly restoring it’s original tile floors, iron staircases and elegant crown molding which can be found throughout this dazzling hotel.

Doesn’t this floor and staircase look like a scene right out of The Great Gatsby?

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The Review

Our Junior Suite was spacious, honored the hotel’s history with soft gold and blue accents and featured a stunning view of the courtyard and Main Street.

Poinsett Hotel Greenville Review suite

We’ve stayed in a few historic hotels over the years, and temperature control is often a factor. Not so in our suite, as it featured a digital thermostat that allowed us to keep our room temp to our liking.

Poinsett Hotel Greenville Review suite

When it comes to luxury hotels, I’ll admit to having some pretty high standards.  I love a bed that bridges the gap between support and comfort and the Westin got everything right with their exclusive Heavenly Pillow-Top Mattresses.

I’m crazy about soft, fluffy down comforters and at Poinsett Hotel, you get not one but TWO! Finally, I’m obsessed with high-quality down pillows that cradle your head and neck ~ check!

This is the kind of bed that you want to burrow down deep under the downy-soft covers and order room service for breakfast, lunch and dinner and with 24-hour room service, you can!

Photo courtesy Westin Poinsett Hotel

Our sparkling clean bathroom featured marble floors, shower and countertops and an over-sized shower head with great water pressure which is so important!

Poinsett Hotel Greenville Review suite window view
Photo copyright Carl J Wooten

We’ve been asked where we got these fab jammies. Soma Intimates, last season but all their pj’s are amazing! ~ SHOP SOMA NOW

When we weren’t enjoying our bird’s eye view of downtown Greenville from our luxury suite, some quiet time with a great magazine and a steaming cup of coffee were in order.


Ambiance and Southern charm can be found in abundance at Poinsett Hotel and we enjoyed the historic experience so much, we found ourselves exploring this gorgeous property.

The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Greenville and within walking distance of recreational activities, the Peace Center (plays and concerts) as well as fabulous restaurants and shopping.

Friendly and helpful hotel staff.

Heavenly beds that are every bit as described ~ absolute heaven! Seriously folks, I’m still dreaming about that bed!

Dark out curtains that are over achievers, which for me, translated to a glorious, restful slumber.

Clean, I mean CLEAN suite and bathroom!

A hotel oozing with Southern charm and hospitality.

Pet friendly


The bathroom was small and lacking in countertop space.

The Sunday Brunch at their restaurant Spoonbread, was delicious, however, the buffet selection was small and rather limited.


If you are planning a trip to the Greenville area, don’t miss the opportunity to step back in time and stay at Poinsett Hotel. You’ll likely get one of the best night’s sleep you’ve had in a long time, while enjoying everything downtown Greenville has to offer.

Have you stayed at Poinsett Hotel or are you planning a trip to the Greenville area? Let us hear from you in the Comments Section below.

Until our next luxury travel destination, darlings, live, love and enjoy the sights!

XO, Jone’t
The Westin Poinsett Hotel was kind enough to provide us with a complimentary suite during our stay. However, this in no way influenced our review. As always, we promise to tell it like we see it and provide you with our honest experiences.

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Jonet Wooten is a 56 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.

4 Comments on Luxury Poinsett Hotel Review Destination Greenville

  1. Lori
    July 26, 2016 at 10:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi – this is the first post I’ve read on your blog. Well done. You’ve caused me to want to visit the Poinsett, but I must have some lovely pajamas like yours for my visit! Can you share the source? Looking forward to reading more….

    • Jonet
      July 27, 2016 at 8:11 am (2 years ago)

      Welcome Lori! So happy you discovered FCO50. I highly recommend a stay at this historic hotel and downtown Greenville is getting major national buzz. Those fab jammies are my absolute favorites (do you think it would be too much if I wore them out with a pair of heels?). I got them on sale at the end of last season from Soma. Thanks for your comment. Xo Jonet

  2. Heather
    May 27, 2016 at 1:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh that lobby, mosaic floor and staircase, stunning! The room and bathroom seem so “standard hotel” by comparison. Love the rescue of a Southern treasure!

    • Jonet
      May 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm (3 years ago)

      The photos don’t do them justice, Heather. If you’re ever in beautiful Greenville, we highly recommend a stay at the Poinsett Hotel! Xo Jonet


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