Tatum here. The Mills House in downtown Charleston has reopened following extensive, multi-million dollar renovations, including new rooms, guest amenities, gathering spaces, and culinary concepts — and I had a chance to stay there and check it all out. Keep reading for an inside look at the refreshed hotel (and find out how you can Try This).
What we tried:
Walking into The Mills House, the first things I noticed were the bubbling fountain in the courtyard, which is classic Charleston, followed by the regional art in the lobby. The hotel is now a part of the Curio Collection by Hilton (the first in SC), with design inspired by the city.
I sat down at Iron Rose, the hotel’s new signature restaurant, and enjoyed scallops, wine, and a chocolate dessert. After dinner, I headed up to my suite which turned out to be spacious, stylish, and comfortable. I took a luxurious shower and spent the evening wrapped up in the softest robe I’ve ever worn.
I grabbed coffee in the morning at The Black Door Café before my full property tour of the lobby, courtyard, rooms + the rooftop pool and terrace.
Whether you’re visiting from out of town or a local in need of a staycation, trust us: you’ll want to book a stay at The Mills House. Pro tip: You can also make a reservation for dinner or swing by the cafe for a pick-me-up and a pastry.
What not to miss:
One of the best parts of The Mills House’s transformation is the new food and bev scene. The Black Door Café is the hotel’s all-day café, open to hotel guests and locals alike. The menu features coffee, pastries, light breakfast and lunch, grab-and-go options, and locally-sourced culinary retail items.
Iron Rose is the hotel’s new signature restaurant offering indoor and outdoor courtyard dining. Dig into seasonal Southern fare with local ingredients while you sit by the bubbling fountain and crackling fireplace. I loved the scallops and grilled flat iron steak, and I’m still daydreaming about those potatoes.
What we’re still talking about:
The renovated rooftop pool and terrace features a bar where guests can enjoy drinks and light bites from chaise lounges and poolside cabanas. The best part? Locals can rent a cabana and I can’t wait to snag a spot by the pool this summer.
How you can experience this:
Whether you’re visiting from out of town or a local in need of a staycation, book a stay at The Mills House. You can also make a reservation for dinner or swing by the cafe for a coffee and pastry.
Things to know if you go:
- Experience: Stay, dine, and sip at the newly-renovated The Mills House
- Price: $281+/night, prices vary
- Website: www.millshouse.com
- Address: The Mills House, 115 Meeting St., Charleston, SC
- Hours: Iron Rose hours | The Black Door Cafe hours
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