The very first sentence of this blog post is going to be dedicated to my new love – Wentworth Mansion. I didn’t really believe in love at first sight until I set my eyes on this absolutely stunning building in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina. From the moment I looked up at this wonderful hotel, I was hooked.
Built in 1886 Wentworth Mansion looks and feels like a building from a bygone era. It is beautifully preserved and has most of the original features installed by the Rogers family who built and lived in the house. Stepping into the reception area, you feel instantly at home. The staff are warm and their service impeccable. I was given a tour of the ground floor and told that complimentary refreshments were serviced throughout the day (coffee and pastries in the morning, lemonade and ice tea in the afternoon). In the evening the Mansion indulges their guests with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. There is also the opportunity, throughout the day, to sip a complimentary sherry and take in your surroundings.
I was a little early for my check-in time – 4pm but with so much going on in Charleston I was able to leave my suitcase at the Mansion and explore. Charleston is a wonderful place and the Mansion is just around the corner from all of the action. I visited quite a few landmarks, museums and strolled along the waterfront before making my way back to the hotel for some relaxation time.
My room was ready and I was escorted there by the very helpful porter, who had thoughtfully placed my suitcase in the room before my return. As he showed me the amenities I’m glad he didn’t turn to look at me because I did have quite an astonished expression on my face. The room was beautiful and I wondered if I had gone to some sort of colonial heaven… expect with all mod-cons! Only after the porter left did I realised jazz had been playing in the background during my tour. Nice touch!
As is my wont I quickly changed into the comfy bathrobe and spent the next few hours enjoying every moment of my time in the room. The elegant king size bed was a joy, particularly as guests have a choice of pillows – I’m not a big fan of feather down myself. It was especially nice having the fireplace roaring which created such a wonderful atmosphere. After a few hours lounging around I thought it was time to get up and check my emails – the wifi is perfect. I then spent an ungodly amount of time in the bathroom or more specifically the whirlpool tub.
Although Wentworth Mansion is grand in every respect it is the little touches that truly make it a spectacular property. I loved the dark towel nestled in amongst the pure white towels for makeup removal. The minibar is stocked with complimentary beverages and the turndown service is actually a service with the staff closing the curtains, changing the pillows and leaving chocolates.
The Mansion does have a restaurant on site called Circa 1886. The menu was great but I wanted to try some real southern food (i.e. fried chicken) so decided to reserve a table at Jestine’s Kitchen instead. Prior to leaving for my dinner reservation, I did sample a glass of red wine and a few of the hors d’oeuvres. It was nice to see that the other guests were enjoying their experience as much as I was. I chatted with a lady who had just returned from the hotel spa, she certainly looked relaxed although that might have been the wine! The staff were able to give me some great recommendations for local bars and with my new found knowledge I journeyed into the night.
After a thoroughly decent night sleep I made my way to breakfast which was served in the restaurant, located in the mansion’s garden. Having the place to myself I had the full attention of the waiter – Nolan. He did a splendid job topping up my coffee and bringing me the most amazing pancakes, pastries and fresh fruit. The breakfast was included in the room charge which makes a nice change from other luxury hotels.
My time at Wentworth Mansion was drawing to a close. Like many great love affairs my stay ended too soon but I made a promise to come back – if only for the cozy bathrobes and roaring fireplaces.
Why should you book Wentworth Mansion for your boss? The level of service is extraordinary, the staff optimise southern hospitality. The little touches and attention to detail with the Mansion itself and the hotel amenities are second to none. This is a perfect retreat from hectic business meetings and client entertainment.
149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401
Practically Perfect PA received complimentary accommodation at Wentworth Mansion. Opinions are entirely our own. Advertised minimum rate per night $319 (January 2014).