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Charleston Place, Charleston 

205 Meeting Street
Charleston , South Carolina
Tel: 843 722 4900
Tel: 800 611 5545 (toll free)
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A favorite of power brokers, politicians, and movie stars, this stylish 440-room hotel is best enjoyed on an expense account. Orient Express hotels does it up right here, from the Italian marble lobby with its spiral staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier to the attentive staff. Big, inviting rooms are appointed with period furnishings, balconies, and marble bathrooms. For first-class treatment and stunning views, request a "club level" room. An infinity pool with retractable roof, spa, and swank restaurant round out the deluxe possibilities. What's more, the hotel is just a credit card swipe from the city's hottest restaurants, attractions, and shops; in fact Gucci's on the ground floor.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Southern "history and charm are rolled into one" at this "grand dame of Charleston" near the Gibbes Museum of Art. Rooms with "classic Southern gentility" include lace, chintz, damask, and Botticino marble bathrooms "you'll never want to leave." At the Charleston Grill, anticipate "classic Southern cuisine at its finest." "Extraordinarily observant staff hang up clothes" during turndown. The infinity-edge pool sits under a retractable glass roof.

(435 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 92.2
  • Design: 91.6
  • Food: 91.2
  • Location: 97.2
  • Rooms: 88.6
  • Service: 92.2

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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