A Grand Tradition
The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel is a Charleston institution
By Ellie Baldini
“History meets luxury at this elegant downtown establishment. First opened in 1853, the full-service hotel offers classic Southern hospitality in the heart of Charleston.”
The Mills House is ideally located in the charming Historic District, providing easy access to Charleston’s best-loved attractions. King Street’s famous boutiques and the arts, crafts, and fi ne dining at the Charleston City Market are all within walking distance, not to mention nearby cultural attractions like the Old Slave Mart Museum, Gibbes Museum of Art, and the Charleston Museum. Feel like venturing further? The friendly and knowledgeable concierge can set you off on a self-guided walking tour beginning at The Mills House, or arrange a day trip to Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, and Middleton Place. Don’t forget to ask about some of Charleston’s can’t-miss themed tours, like the Ghost and Graveyards Tour, African American tours, and Eco Water tours — all readily accessible from The Mills House.
When you’re done exploring, get cozy up in one of the hotel’s completely renovated rooms, each thoughtfully designed with a coastal palette. Lounge in an oversized suite with relaxing views of the sparkling outdoor pool, or a stylish guestroom overlooking the Historic District. And though the accommodations might be classic, the amenities are ultra-modern: Think free Wi-Fi, work spaces with ergonomic chairs, and 36-inch LCD TVs.
The hotel’s public spaces are just as elegant. A spacious lobby welcomes visitors with warm Southern decor, complete with museum-quality antiques and art. And hungry guests won’t need to go far — The Barbados Room, the hotel’s full-service on-site restaurant, serves up fresh South Carolina classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (Save room for the famous Pecan Pie!) And for a festive drink in a pretty setting, there’s the First Shot Lounge. The extensive cocktail menu and breezy courtyard area prove an unbeatable combination on a balmy Charleston evening.
The Mills House is also the perfect venue for meetings, special events, and celebrations of every sort, with 5,000-square-feet of ballrooms and meeting space, top-notch audio-visual equipment, full catering services, registration gallery, and business center. The professional staff provides experience-based event planning to ensure any gathering runs smoothly, from seminars, workshops, small conferences, and socials to reunions and corporate parties.
The hotel is also one of Charleston’s best-regarded wedding venues, thanks to its picturesque setting, all-in-one-place amenities, and signature sophistication. And as the preferred caterer for the nearby Hibernian Hall, the Mills House offers coveted event hosting at this Charleston treasure. The 6,000-square-feet ballroom space, outfitted with intricate architectural details, an iconic rotunda, and hand-carved Irish Harp, has hosted banquets, balls, and high-society weddings since 1840 — it’s even on the National Historic Landmarks list.
Whether you’re in town to soak up the city’s rich history, reconnect with friends and family in a beautiful setting, or simply relax and renew, the Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel is a Charleston institution with something for everyone.