Wentworth Mansion Charleston South Carolina (bookable via Hyatt SLH). Bottom line review.

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Wentworth Mansion is an SLH property in Charleston South Carolina. The inn is charming, gorgeous, offers great service, and in my opinion is well deserving of its place on Travel & Leisure’s Top 15 City Hotels in the Continental U.S.

I recently completed my second stay at Wentworth Mansion.  This post has been updated with new information and many new photos.

When Hyatt teamed up with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), I was excited for an absurd reason. One of my favorite hotel stays ever was the Brenners Park Hotel in Baden-Baden Germany. Brenners is part of the Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) not Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). Still, I reasoned/hoped that SLH hotels would be similar. Since then, my stays at Wentworth Mansion (and Nick’s amazing stay at Grand Hotel Victoria Concept & Spa on Lake Como) have shown that my high expectations for SLH weren’t absurd after all.

Wentworth Mansion Bottom Line Review

My wife and I stayed here for one night in November 2020 and returned for three nights in November 2022.  We loved it both times.  The Mansion exudes old world charm, and from the moment of arrival, the staff go out of their way to make guests feel special.  We will definitely return.

  • Price: This is a category 7 Hyatt and so it costs 30,000 Hyatt points per night standard, 25,000 points off-peak, and 35,000 points peak. On our first visit we paid with a category 1-7 free night certificate, and on our second visit we paid 80,000 points for three nights (30K for Saturday night and 25K for Sunday and Monday nights).
  • Value: Good.  In my opinion, this hotel is well worth the points-price.  After taxes and fees a room usually costs over $500 per night and so it’s easy to get at least 2 cents per point value from your Hyatt points.
  • Location: Very good.  Wentworth Mansion is in a very pretty historic residential area and a short walk to Charleston’s historic downtown or to the waterside walkway along Murray Blvd which leads to White Point Garden and The Battery.
  • Room:
    • First stay: Fantastic! We were upgraded to a huge and beautiful “Mansion Room”. Want to feel like royalty? This will do it.  The only downside was that our shower’s water pressure wasn’t quite up to snuff.
    • Second stay: We weren’t upgraded this time to a spectacular room, but we did gain an outdoor balcony and an even larger bathroom and spa tub.  The shower pressure this time was better than on our first stay (but still not that great).
  • Parking: Free self or valet parking.
  • Service: Awesome.  The staff were uniformly attentive, cheerful, and eager to help.
  • Turndown service: Good.  Each evening a “turndown bag” was left hanging from our door.  The bag contained truffles and a card showing the next day’s weather.
  • Perks for all guests:
    • Coffee and pastries: Available in the hotel’s parlor daily from 6:30 to 11am.
    • Full breakfast: A full menu-service breakfast is free for all guests.  Order from the menu or pick the special of the day. We loved it!
    • Lemonade and iced tea: Available in the hotel’s parlor daily from 2pm to 5pm.
    • Afternoon wine & hors d’oeuvres: Hors d’oeuvres and wine are available in the sun porch from 5pm to 6pm daily.  While the wine wasn’t great, we did enjoy the hors d’oeuvres and the chance to chat with other guests at the hotel.
    • Evening cordials (port, sherry, & brandy): Available 24/7.
    • Hot tea and hot-chocolate: Available 24/7.
    • In-room snacks: A mini-fridge was full of sodas and other bottled non-alcoholic drinks.  A bag of cookies was in the room as a small welcome gift.
    • Bottled water: Available at all times in the cooler by the parking lot entry.
    • Rooftop Cupola: The mansion has a dome on top which is available to all guests capable of climbing stairs.  The dome has a seating area around the outside.  It’s a fantastic way to view the sunset!  If anyone reading this is planning a wedding proposal, this would be a great choice.
  • Hyatt Benefits:  SLH hotels do not recognize Hyatt elite status, but they offer all guests who book through Hyatt the following perks:
    • Free continental breakfast: Wentworth offers all guests free full breakfast, so this perk was not relevant.
    • Room upgrade, if available: On our first stay, we were automatically upgraded to a King Mansion Room which was absolutely fantastic.  We weren’t upgraded on our second stay (probably because our stay including a busy Saturday night)
    • Early check-in (noon, based upon availability at check-in): On both stays, we arrived at about 4pm, so didn’t test this perk
    • Late check-out (2:00PM, based upon availability at check-in): On our first stay we requested late checkout, but were only given until 1pm.
    • Free wifi: All guests get free wifi, so this perk wasn’t relevant.
  • Would I stay again?  Definitely.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Beautiful old-world charm hotel
  • Fantastic service
  • Terrific free full breakfast at adjacent Circa 1886 restaurant
  • Afternoon hors d’oeuvres & wine
  • Free in-room non alcoholic drinks

Cons

  • Shower water pressure wasn’t great
  • It’s often very difficult to find nights available to book with Hyatt points

Image Gallery

Exterior

The hotel’s restaurant, Circa 1886, is in a separate building via this very short walkway.

Bedroom (first stay)

Our beautiful, elegant, and gigantic room! This was a free upgrade. I can’t promise that you’ll be as lucky.
Our bathroom with oversized jacuzzi tub.
These west-African treats are provided to every room. They were delicious!

Bedroom (second stay)

Our bedroom on our second stay was much smaller than on our first stay, but it was still comfortable and beautifully decorated.
Fantastic and huge bathroom with oversized jacuzzi tub.
This picture shows the included robes (we had to ask for slippers which were brought promptly) and in-room non-alcoholic drinks. The TV was tiny (we only noticed/cared because the University of Michigan was playing football on the day we checked in).
This time our room included a private balcony.

Turndown Service

Each evening we found a bag like this hanging from our doorknob
The turndown bag contained a small box of chocolate truffles and a weather forecast for the next day.

Hotel Amenities

Tea and hot chocolate is available at all times in the sun porch
Hors d’oeuvres and wine are available in the sun porch from 5pm to 6pm daily.
Wine and Hors d’oeuvres are served inside, but it was easy enough to carry them outside to an available balcony.
Here I am on our first stay drinking wine on the balcony.
Wentworth Mansion sun porch
Wentworth Mansion Library
Wentworth Mansion Parlor
Coffee and pastries are available in the parlor each morning. Lemonade and iced tea is available each afternoon.
Stairs Leading to Rooftop Cupola. This would be a great place to bring your wine and hors d’oeuvres if you can make it up the steps without spilling!
Rooftop Cupola, seating area.
Rooftop Cupola Sunset View
Evening Cordials

Hotel Restaurant: Circa 1886

Path between Mansion and Restaurant (Circa 1886)
Circa 1886 bar
Circa 1886 dining room
Circa 1886 dinner
Circa 1886 Dessert
Circa 1886 complementary after-dinner treat
Circa 1886 Breakfast Menu. There is also a daily special.  During our stays the specials included: quiche, steak and eggs, an omelet, and a breakfast sandwich.  I ordered the special every day of each stay and loved all of them (especially the steak and eggs & breakfast sandwich!).
Circa 1886 breakfast automatically includes a small fruit plate
Circa 1886 breakfast automatically includes a pastry basket.
Circa 1886 breakfast special: breakfast sandwich
Circa 1886 breakfast special: quiche (plus sausage and hash-browns)
Circa 1886 breakfast special: steak and eggs

Experiences

During our stay we enjoyed two experiences booked through the hotel: a 1920’s tour of Charleston in a 1928 Model A Ford Sport Coupe and Secrets of the Sommeliers wine tasting.  Details about each can be found here.  While both experiences were pricy, we learned a lot and had a great time with each.

Tour guide John Crane standing with his Model A Ford
While the photo makes it look like we’re driving, we’re actually in the far back of the car in the exterior rumble seat.
Sommelier John Riddick taught us the basics of wine tasting
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Steve S

Andaz Savannah is a good one

patrick

Was the mini fridge free or was there a charge for those items?

patrick

My son lives in Charleston. Looks like I know where we will be trying to book a room for our next trip!
Great review.

chris

Wish I knew this before, was in Charleston also in November, and would have seen about transferring UR points to hyatt. Looks like a cool place. any idea on if its an ok place with kids (they have 2 queen beds for example) 11 and 14

chris

thanks Greg, good to know for my next charleston Visit. I was thinking the included breakfast would be a nice way to start the day. My kids are very use to traveling so usually not an issue.

Pam

Was upgraded to a Mansion Suite with Explorist status. The service here is a notch or 2 above, Brian was the best. He handled reservations & transportation for us at Hall’s Chophouse, a must-do wonderful dining experience. He was always anticipating anything we might need. He even showed up on the cupola bearing extra glasses of port & cushions for sitting on the bench!

There is an interesting book in the library they put together on the home/owner’s history, well worth a read. Wentworth is the 2nd largest home in Charleston (Calhoun Mansion larger only by the size of a broom closet). In 1865, it was the 2nd largest home built in the US only behind the Biltmore Estate. $200,000 then to build.

The on-site restaurant & spa are fabulous. And reasonable – a 3-course Southern gourmet dinner for $55 & a 90-min massage for $120. Best shrimp & grits ever had!

Thanks for the great review, definitely helped me pull the trigger with cashing in 60k points. About $100/day worth of extras if you take advantage of it all.

james

Definitely not best shrimp and grits. Go to Acme Lowcountry Kitchdn

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Phillip Sims

Hotel Ranga (SLH property) in Iceland is a MUST also!

Byron

We live 90 minutes from there and Charleston is a truly wonderful city. If anyone is travelling this way I would highly recommend Charleston for 1-2 nights, Beaufort, SC for 1 night, and then on down to Savanah, GA for 2+ nights. Jekyll Island and Saint Simons island is further down the coast from Savannah. Savannah is probably the most unique city in the US. You have to visit and walk the city to understand. Charleston to Beaufort is 90 min easy drive and Beaufort to Savanah slighly less than 90 min.

K L

(dont confuse Beaufort NC and Beaufort SC. I have been to the NC one and there is nothing noteworthy there.)

K L

Greg, I love Circa 1886; we ate there for a very special meal- is this property right next to it? Is the included breakfast from Circa?

AlexL

It is good to see bottom line review again.

Kyle

Next Time you’re in Paris, consider Relais Christine. It’s a great SLH property. Good review of the Wentworth, thanks!