I’m not one to seek out things that go bump in the night. Usually, that is, except for maybe that time I took my two teenage nieces on a late night ghost and graveyard tour. I think I’ll save that story for another time though.
When I made my reservation to stay at The Mills House, I hadn’t set out to stay at a haunted hotel. Although, the odds of staying at a haunted hotel in downtown Charleston are pretty good considering the city dates all the way back to 1680. Other haunted Charleston hotels include The Battery Carriage House Inn, the 1837 Bed and Breakfast, and the Francis Marion Hotel to name a few.
The Mills House Hotel has a haunted history which employees and former guests can attest to. Many guests have reported seeing Confederate soldiers running up and down the halls and one apparition was said to resemble the ghost of Robert E. Lee. The hotel was used as a Confederate base during the Civil War but was damaged in the fire of 1861. Now those soldiers are said to scan the halls looking for water in order to put out the fire — which was put out for good more than 150 years ago.
I can’t say that I experienced anything ghostly or supernatural during my stay at The Mills House, but just knowing this ghostly history did add a bit of excitement to my stay. What my visit lacked in hauntings, was certainly made up for by the luxurious accommodations.
Located in the center of downtown Charleston at 115 Meeting St, The Mills House, oozes old-school charm and luxury. The Whyndham boutique hotel is sandwiched between some of Charleston’s most intriguing museums and galleries, and steps away from some of the finest Charleston restaurants. You don’t have to go any further than the hotel restaurant, The Barbados Room, for some fine low country cuisine. I enjoyed some of my best meals there, and have to rank their sweet tea as the best I had in Charleston.
The hotel features a memorable grand entryway (picture at top). There is a cozy parlor with a fireplace, as well as comfortable seating throughout the hotel. You’re sure to find the perfect spot to relax and read a book. I was impressed by the beautiful rooftop pool, as well as a lovely courtyard where you can relax and order from The Barbados Room restaurant if you choose.
Our room was spacious enough and tastefully decorated. It had that southern charm I was hoping for. Our large window overlooked, Poogan’s Porch – one of my favorite places to dine in Charleston.
Downtown Charleston is an expensive city to stay in. I spent every last one of my reward points on our 2 night stay, but it was definitely worth it. The parking cost $29 a day, but I am no longer surprised by hefty parking fees in downtown hotels. If you are looking for a charming, comfortable place to stay in the heart of the historic district, I definitely recommend The Mills House.
If you enjoyed this post, you might also like this stroll through historic downtown Charleston.