Dining at Charleston’s Best Hotels
July 16, 2013
Don’t miss the food at the city’s nationally recognized hotels
The Restoration on King
Located in the heart of downtown Charleston on the bustling corner streets of King and Wentworth, The Restoration on King is surrounded by a ton of nearby dining options: Jim 'N Nick's BBQ, Sermet’s, Charleston Grill, and FIG are all within walking distance. The boutique property features apartments that each have chef-grade kitchens and spacious dining areas.
Be sure to consder the "A True Charleston Culinary Experience Package" that includes a two-night stay, an in-suite five course tasting menu dinner with wine pairing, cooking classes at the Charleston Cooks Center, an afternoon wine and cheese reception, milk and freshly baked cookies for a late-night treat, and gourmet breakfast when you wake up.
21 East Battery Bed & Breakfast
Some of the best places to stay in the city are tucked-away B&Bs, and one of the city’s most private is 21 East Battery Bed & Breakfast. This privately owned luxury property is nestled within the compound of Charleston’s historic 1825 Edmondston -Alston House, in a building that was once the carriage house for the wealthy rice planter’s horses. Their culinary package offers two nights at the inn with cooked-to-order breakfast by the innkeeper and a tour of the connected Edmonston-Alston House. Then, guests spend two nights at sister property at The Inn at Middleton Place, next to Middleton Place plantation. While there, guests enjoy a manager’s reception and dinner for two at their farm-to-table, Lowcountry-inspired restaurant Middleton Place Restaurant.
Newly opened Zero George is already capturing significant attention, including being named on Travel + Leisure’s 2013 "It List" of the best new hotels. Touted as both urban and welcoming, Zero George is a boutique property that offers sophisticated rooms and suites with open-air piazzas overlooking a private courtyard. The property is a collection of five restored historic residential properties located in the Ansonborough district. Food is a focus at the property, as they offer hands-on cooking classes with resident chef Randy Williams, who shares with guests how to use local ingredients in popular Lowcountry dishes.
This 21-room luxurious mansion offers one of the city’s most premier accommodations. Opulence and elegance are understatements when describing the mansion, as it boasts Italian crystal chandeliers, hand-carved marble fireplaces, antiques, and more. Best of all, connected to the property is a four-diamond, four-star restaurant, Circa 1886. Wentworth’s culinary packages feature the best of the best, including breakfast at Circa 1886, afternoon hors d’oeuvres and wine in the Harleston Parlor, housemade chocolates during nightly turndown, and dinner at Circa 1886 by the talented chef Marc Collins.
Nothing says Charleston like Planter’s Inn. The only Relais & Chateaux property in South Carolina, the intimate 64-room inn welcomes guests with flickering carriage lanterns and sweeping piazzas. The design pays homage to an authentic antebellum Charleston mansion and the property is rich in history. As the hotel is situated next to the recently restored City Market, one of the oldest public markets in America, guests can pick up a number of unique custom treats and souvenirs like sweetgrass baskets while walking around the area. Peninsula Grill, the property’s award-winning restaurant, is a must, and chef Graham Dailey’s fresh, divine menu will satisfy any appetite. A few culinary packages are offered, including the "As seen on the TODAY Show," which brings back things that were featured on the show while it was live in Charleston this spring, including gourmet breakfast in the garden courtyard.
Charleston Place Hotel
It’s hard to miss a spot like the Charleston Place Hotel. Located in the main hub of downtown Charleston, the hotel serves as host to almost every major event and convention that comes into town. As it is an Orient-Express property, the amenities are spectacular, including high-end shopping (Gucci and Louis Vuitton to name a few), a spa, a pool located on the rooftop of the hotel, and best of all, spectacular dining. The Charleston Grill, featuring the cuisine of chef Michelle Weaver, is one of the city’s finest, and the newly renovated Palmetto Café is a perfect lunch option. Their Grill Gourmet package offers a food and wine connoisseur’s dream — luxurious accommodations, breakfast for two at The Palmetto Café, dinner at the Charleston Grill, and sparkling wine upon arrival.