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Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, SC

Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, SC

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A 21-room tribute to Charleston grandeur, The Wentworth Mansion is a downtown Charleston inn that exemplifies splendor with Italian crystal chandeliers, hand-carved marble fireplaces, gracious hospitality, luxurious amenities - all just steps from award-winning dining, art, history, and shopping.

True to its original role as a private residence, The Wentworth Mansion embraces guests with warm, intuitive service. Like the greatest family traditions, it preserves its original intrigue and ensures that each guest is not a mere witness to the magic, but integral to it.

Nestled within a charming neighborhood in the Holy City's historic district, The Wentworth Mansion offers the best of one of the country's most beloved cities - gracious hospitality, a luxury spa, a seasonally inspired on-site restaurant Circa 1886, and proximity to the antique district, King Street shops and boutiques, and nightlife.

History

Established in 1997.

The Wentworth Mansion was originally a private residence built by Francis Silas Rodgers for his wife and 13 children. In 1920, Members of the Rodgers' family sold the home to the Scottish Rite Cathedral Association for $100,000. The Scottish Rite Masons kept the home until 1940 when they sold it to The Atlantic Coast Insurance Company who used it as their office headquarters until 1996.

Proprietor Richard Widman purchased The Wentworth Mansion and began an extensive $7 million renovation that preserved historic features including the inlaid floors, original staircase, and Tiffany glass and added modern conveniences and luxurious bathrooms transforming the home into a one-of-a-kind historic hotel experience. The Wentworth Mansion is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels in the World. In 2012, Travel + Leisure Magazine honored the Mansion as the Top Small Hotel in America and the 12th Best Hotel in the World.

 

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Rating: 4.63

Address: 149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC, 29401
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Comments (16):

1. Scott C.
Wentworth every penny.

The 'Mansion will set you back a week's pay if you even look at it funny, but damn, it's awesome.  Stay here if you want to have a very, very sexy time and your ladyfriend knows the meaning of class and can appreciate intricate inlays of extinct tropical hardwoods that only grow an inch in a thousand generations.  

It's so rad you may just stay in your room and gaze upon it, despite the historical splendor surrounding you in Charleston.

They pay attention too.  I requested a good bottle of champagne on the web form when making the reso, and there it was when I showed up -- an ice-cold veuve ready for action.  I don't think they even charged me.

If you're into history, architecture, and want to Score, stay here.

17/01/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Walter M.
Phenomenal hotel. Deserves its tremendous ratings in various travel magazines. Fantastic rooms... all antique, yet the bathrooms are uber-modern. Service is terrific, as well. In a residential neighborhood just off King Street, you're guaranteed a quiet sleep.

04/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Amme P.
Absolutely GORGEOUS!  Our very well appointed room was large and cozy at the same time.  You factually felt like you were sleeping in the master bedroom of an old southern mansion.  Our room was my favorite hotel room that I have ever stayed in.  On the roof there is a turret where you get 360 degree views of the city.  Not only was the hotel beautiful, the staff was incredibly curteous and knowledgable.

But, it's not a typical hotel.  For instance, if you are fond of sleeping in, expect to see the housekeeping staff lurking outside of your door.  Most guests are up and at 'em well before noon.  

TIP: skip the hotel's restaurant, Circa, it is waaaaay over hyped.

02/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Jep C.
The Wentworth Mansion was the 2nd largest private residence in Charleston, until it was converted into a fabulous 5-star hotel. It's small with only 20 rooms, and feels like a home-away-from-home. We stayed in a Mansion room, with 25-feet ceilings, original hardwood carvings, a fireplace, and a huuuge bathroom: I've stayed in my share of luxury hotels, but I've never seen a room as elegant and authentic as this one.

The service is perfect. When we drove onto the parking lot, a bellboy immediately came to help with the luggage. We received complimentary champagne in the room on arrival, and with the turn-down service they placed a whole bunch of votive candles in the room. At 5pm there is free wine and hors d'oeuvres. They also made a reservation for a carriage ride, and they can make all kinds of other arrangements.

One suggestion: if you - as the other reviewer 'Scott C.' mentions - want to have a "very, very sexy time", you probably want to avoid room 5, which is right next to the parlor and the lobby (otherwise it's a great room).

The next time we go to Charleston we'll go to the Wentworth Mansion again, if we have the budget. It's pricey, but totally worth the money.

08/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Shan D.
Thinking of the line by Maggie Smith ala Downton Abbey "Nothing says success like excess"...When you are at the Wentworth, you feel you have arrived. The rooms are absolutely gorgeous and as spacious as a small apartment. Take a walk up the spiral staircase to the widows peak and look out over the city at sunset. Breathtaking! We stayed in one of the mansion rooms with a daybed so that we could share the space as a family. There were three of us and we were quite comfortable. There was even ample sitting area space to entertain visitors. This is a must stay place. Springtime is lovely. Yes, it is a bit pricey but considering we did not have to rent two rooms, it wasn't that bad. Go on the near off season to save a bit. Anyways, rooms here in California are about the same price and not nearly as nice.

16/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Gloria K.
Love the downstirs master suite! Circa 88 could use a better menu and tht's why 4 stars instead of 5. Enjoyed it though! Worth going to!

24/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Joseph H.
The epitome of what a B&B should be.  

I picked Wentworth Mansion on a whim because it's one of the few places in Charleston that allows pets.  They had one of the few rooms they allot for guests with pets open and it was $349.  That may seem high but there's free parking, wi-fi, cooked to order breakfast in the restaurant Circa 1886, an in-room fridge with complimentary soda and water, coffee and pastries in the morning and hors d'oeuvres in the evening.  As you can tell the list of perks is quite lengthy.  This is easiliy the best hotel/inn/B&B I've ever stayed in.

27/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Brenda S.
Well I don't usually give 5 stars, but after some thinking I thought the mansion deserved it  The Mansion  has nice antique furnishings, etc. The elevator needs some work and some of the floors are slightly worn but does not take away from the charm.  We stayed in room #20 on the 4th floor.  Lovely large room with a fireplace, jacuzzi tub and large bedroom.  The spiral staircase to the rooftop is just outside the door and you can sometimes hear guests going up there. They gave us a bottle of champagne for my husbands birthday which was lovely.
The staff is knowledgable and friendly.  The innkeeper is a lovely woman.
The breakfast at 1886 restaurant is the best breakfast I have ever had at a hotel. The shrimp and grits, the fritatta, the pancakes, the pastries are little bites of heaven.
The wine and h'ordeuvres are wonderful, cheese and small plates. The wine is ok for free.  Had a lovely time and will be back

16/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Big B.
Wandered into this hotel en route to Circa 1886.  Front desk was very snobby and whisked us out the back door without a proper welcome.  Could've been guests.  Didn't get to see much of the hotel but it felt stuffy.

19/01/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
10. Catharine L.
If you are coming to Charleston, this is a fantastic place.  Yes, it's a little pricier, but you get free parking, Internet (it's fast Internet too), and breakfast.  Oh - and snacks and wine!  Like, really yummy appetizers - candied bacon and tomato aioli on toast points, creamed collard greens on corn muffins, AND a cheese plate!!!  

I am ruined for hotels because of my experience here.  Obviously the mansion is beautiful, but the staff elevates the experience, giving personal service, friendly suggestions, and even some local history if you ask.  They might also order you a late-night pizza if you were overserved on Old Fashions at the Gin Joint.

14/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Dale S.
I stayed here with my wife on our wedding night and we just spent out first anniversary here to celebrate.  I think we even liked the second stay even more as we were able to spend a little more time here and truly enjoy everything the place has to offer.  The staff were very accommodating, I let them know ahead of time that we had stayed in room #10 and they gave it to us again.  We arrived to complimentary champagne and a congratulations card which was a nice surprise.  Our room had a fireplace, jacuzzi, large bathroom and was awesome.  The view from the top of the mansion is amazing. There were complimentary cheese, wine, and hors d'oeuvres in the late afternoon.  Nice quite get away in the heart of d'town Charleston to spoil yourself.

02/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Jay N.
After two nights at the Holiday Inn near the airport, the BF and I stayed at Wentworth for 4 night. The house is gorgeous and it really felt like you were at home the entire time. We had the room on  the second floor in the East Wing and I LOVED it. It was nice to be off the main house and have windows all around the room. There is a fireplace in the bedroom and one in the bathroom.  The evening wine and hors d'oeuvres were nice, but they were gone in like 20 mins on Friday and Saturday.

A perk is the complimentary breakfast and prix fixe deal at Circa 1886 for hotel guest. We didn't know about the prix fixe for dinner until the waiter told us, and i was pleasantly surprised that we could just pick whatever is on the menu, since most prix fixe has a separate menu.

The only bummer for me was that the hotel was further than I thought from a lot of the restaurants. It only became an issue at night because the streets are really dark at night and there were a few blocks that we walked down the first night that we avoided afterwards.

After my boyfriend booked the rooms, the concierge was in contact with him immediately checking to see what they could do to help us. They were able to get dinner reservations for us, which was extremely helpful.

The BF also got passes from the hotel to use a gym down the street (i think it's about 6 blocks away) and he said it's not bad.

Overall I'll definitely want to come back again.

12/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Andrew G.
My partner and I stayed here for two night and were overwhelmingly very happy with our stay. The mansion itself is pretty stunning, with really beautiful details and finishes, great service, very friendly staff, and lots of complementary offerings (breakfast, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and mini bar contents), all of which made this stay very special. They are also, very importantly, very pet (dog) friendly and our garden room was perfect for our additional family member. There is a great deal of history in the Mansion and the staff take great care to honor and preserve the beauty of the property. The quality of the food is exceptional and everything we ate was beautifully prepared and cooked.

The only criticism of our stay was the noise which, from a garden room, was very audible. The noise typically came from activity directly above us and so we were very cognizant of being on the lower level. Also, the A.C unit in the room was quite noisy and disturbed our sleep at times.

Other than that, we were thrilled with our stay. The location, despite what some have said, is absolutely perfect and just a few blocks from King Street where all the shops are. We happily walked around the area, looking at all the different homes, without any concern. Again, we're not sure why anyone would be worried by the area. We walked for several hours, in multiple areas of Charleston, without any issue. The surrounding areas are simply wonderful to explore, absorbing the beauty of the architecture and local neighborhoods.

19/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Kellie K.
The fella booked us in Suite 9 here for New Year's, which also happens to be our anniversary, and we were pretty darn excited to stay.  Parking and wireless are free, which can be rare for fancy hotels, and the bellman greeted us in the parking lot to bring in our bags.

Our room was GLORIOUS - fireplace in the huge bedroom with TV, separate office, separate sun room with TV, and a huge bathroom with jet tub, glass shower with two shower heads and separate room for the toilet.  It even had a heat vent so you wouldn't get cold when you got out of the shower!  I also appreciated the complimentary water and sodas in the room fridge and the treats left at our door each night.

Just a few negatives...

- As Jay stated, the hotel IS off the beaten path from downtown (all the places we went downtown were at least a half-mile away but usually more than that), and there are some dark, sketchy roads just one block away from the hotel, like Beaufain.  We took the long route some nights just to avoid it, so be careful.  

- The pillows were like tiny, smushy cotton balls, so you might want to bring your own.
 
- Lastly, we left one morning around 10:00 to go on a sightseeing tour and eat lunch, and when we came back three hours later, our room still hadn't been serviced.  I was looking forward to hanging out in it before dinner, but we had to call down and ask if it could be cleaned; the front desk said they would ask the housekeeper where she was and if she could get to it soon.  If?  I told her I'd just sit downstairs and read while it was cleaned; after an hour, I finally went upstairs and it was done, but no one had told me and there didn't seem to be much urgency around it.  Just thought that was odd for a five-star hotel.

01/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. J K.
I loved my stay at the Wentworth Mansion! I stayed here with my family for a weekend in Charleston and it was the best hotel choice. The rooms are Huge with super high ceilings and a luxurious bathroom. The mansion itself is beautiful with many original details. The service was unbeatable- true Southern hospitality all around.  The 5 pm wine and appetizer hour was perfect for starting the evening and the food comes from the onsite restaurant Circa 1886. Circa 1886 is a must try! I didn't think Charleston would blow me away when it came to dining since I thought I was a spoiled New Yorker but I was wrong.

If amenities, service, details, comfort, and elegance are important to you then this hotel is worth every cent.

15/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Dorian C.
My wife and I just spent our honey moon in this hotel and we couldn't be happier with our choice. Wentworth mansion is truly a unique experience. The southern hospitality the staff showed us was charming and like nothing we have experienced at any other hotel. The room itself was gorgeous, king size bed, plenty of windows, fireplace, balcony and a large luxurious bathroom just to name a few.

A bonus for us was the fact the room was wired with speakers so we could plug in our iPod and listen to our own selection of music, whilst taking a bath or sitting on the balcony enjoying a cigar. Every time we left to go downtown (it seemed) we returned to an immaculately cleaned room, and once champagne on ice with a card from the staff congratulating us on our wedding.

They have lots of reading rooms by the lobby with books, and hors d'oeurve at about five daily. Also if you need a night cap, they have a selection of port and some other spirits for you. Exploring the hotel you can see the beautiful architecture and also make your way to the roof. Going up a winding stair case you have access to a great 360 degree view of the city. Siting and watching the sunset with my wife was one memory we wont forget.

The connected spa was incredible. We had a 90 minute couple massage, and it was worth every penny. The lady I had got all the knots out of my back, and went to town on my muscles. By the end I felt like I had just experienced a transcendent moment and was so very relaxed. My wife had a similar experience. The restaurant Circa 1886 was delicious. Complimentary breakfast came with our stay, so we ate it practically every morning for a week. We fell in love with grits and sausage. The freshness of the food (including the coffee) was stellar. Even now writing this back in New York we are thinking about how we want grits in the morning......

So if I could give this place six stars I would. You just have to stay and see it for yourself. You will not be disappointed!

12/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0