Belmond Charleston Place – The Epitome of Southern Charm!
Located in the heart of historical downtown Charleston, Belmond Charleston Place Hotel offers an unparalleled guest experience and is consistently ranked among the best hotels in the world. This extraordinary hotel recently completed a $30 million dollar, three-year renovation. Although constructed in 1985, it evokes 18th century splendor and sophistication. The lobby features a sparkling hand-blown Venetian chandelier, twelve feet in diameter and in height, set between the arms of a grand double-sided Georgian staircase. The hotel appears eight floors tall but the top four floors are recessed, giving the illusion of a four-story building.
Quadriga… At the entranceway to the hotel is a magnificent water fountain with four bronze horses, each nine feet tall, representing the importance of horses in Charleston’s past and present history and culture. Quadriga was created by sculptor John Mills, a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and the Royal Society of Arts.
Accommodations… The hotel’s 434 luxurious guest rooms, including forty-three suites and two presidential suites bear traditional decor; wainscoting, moldings, inlayed mahogany furnishings and comfortable upholstery pieces. All rooms feature a large flat screen television, executive writing desk, complimentary wireless internet, Ipod docks and USB outlets.
On the top two floors are seventy-two rooms dedicated to their exclusive Club Level. The lounge has sweeping views of Charleston’s skyline and offers a private lounge and concierge, complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and after-dinner cordials and desserts. It is a favorite among visiting celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Jude Law and Natalie Portman.
Notables… The full-service European-style Spa at Belmond has ten treatment rooms for indulgent services such as the full body rejuvenation that utilizes Magnolia oils; a state-of-the-art fitness facility, and a spectacular rooftop infinity pool with a retractable ceiling. Shops located off the lobby include coveted fashion houses such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton and a signature boutique reflecting unique gifts that celebrate its sister property, the renowned Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train.
Dining… Acclaimed gourmet dining options abound. Award-winning Charleston Grill specializes in classic Southern cooking with a contemporary twist. It offers live jazz nightly. Palmetto Café for a casual al fresco garden setting and the Thoroughbred Lounge for creative cocktails and savory small plates.
It is no surprise that Belmond Charleston Place has won awards and accolades for its five-star resort amenities, discriminating cuisine, and white glove service. It is philanthropically involved in its community and spearheaded an educational social media campaign aimed at increasing awareness and prevention of cancer. Make Belmond Charleston Place your jewel in Charleston.
Located at 205 Meeting Street, Charleston; 843-722-4900; www.belmond.com/charleston-place
About Belmond Belmond Ltd. is a global collection of exceptional hotel and luxury travel adventures in some of the world’s most inspiring and enriching destinations. Established almost forty years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the Company owns and operates forty-five unique and distinctive hotel, rail and river cruise experiences in many of the world’s most celebrated destinations. From city landmarks to intimate resorts, the collection includes Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg; Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro; Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya; and Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara. Belmond also encompasses safaris, six luxury tourist trains including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, three river cruises and ‘21’, one of New York’s most storied restaurants. ·
Visit: 205 Meeting Street, Charleston, S. Carolina; 1-888-635-2350; belmond.com
By Nancy Radlauer, Editor.Inboundmagazine@gmail.com