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Upper-middle-range hotel located a block from Charleston's Historic District
The historic Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel is an upper-middle-range property that appeals to families, couples looking for a romantic getaway, and business travelers.
Built in 1853, the seven-story building with its pink facade is one block from Charleston's Historic District, and it’s not uncommon to see horse-drawn carriages pass by its front entrance. With grand chandeliers, museum-quality artwork, and antique-style furnishings, the lobby is elegant but shows contemporary southern flair, with pops of orange, blue, and turquoise splashed throughout its public areas. A lavender wall with a dark marble fireplace adds to an inviting sitting area.
The Barbadoes Room Restaurant has grand, high-ceilings with exposed wood beams and a dozen archways that lead from one elegant dining room to the next. Pink outdoor archways connect to a quaint garden courtyard with a three-tiered fountain in the center -- a perfect place to relax with a drink.
The hotel is near Charleston's Historic District, with museums, shops, restaurants, and the waterfront within walking distance.
The Mills House Wyndham is within a block of the Gibbes Museum of Art and Museum Mile. The lovely boutique shopping district that runs along King Street starts a block from the hotel, as does the Historic District, while City Market, the oldest open-air city market in the United States, is two blocks away. The waterfront is about a five-minute walk from the hotel.
Small rooms and bathrooms, some with charming city views
Rooms are small but elegantly decorated in pastel blue and white. While the bathrooms have granite countertops, dated shower/tub combos hide behind flimsy shower curtains. Rooms that face the pool have French doors that open directly onto the sundeck, while those with street views showcase church steeples and stately oaks. Six rooms have balconies, and three have private porches. Corner Rooms offer the best views, with north and east vistas overlooking Meeting and Queen Streets. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, desks with ergonomic chairs, and coffeemakers. A limited number of Junior Suites offer double the space of most of the rooms, and have wetbars.
Elegant and historic property with on-site restaurant, gym, and outdoor pool
The Barbados Room Restaurant serves southern-style cuisine, and its dozen archways lead from one elegant dining room to the next. There’s also a bar, and a lush garden courtyard with a three-tiered fountain in the center is the perfect setting in which to relax with a drink. The rectangular outdoor pool, though, appears dated, with an old-school rope separating the shallow from the deep end. Some guests say the pool can get noisy and crowded in the summer. The gym has at least half a dozen cardio machines and a set of free weights. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.
Located one block from Charleston's Historic District, The Mills House Wyndham is within walking distance of Museum Mile, the King Street shopping area, and many historic tourist attractions. Built in 1853, the upper-middle-range hotel is packed with history and southern charm. Rooms have stylish blue-and-white decor, but some are on the small side. Still, the hotel is one of the best values for the area, and unlike some competitors, it has a pool.