The Wentworth Mansion, Charleston’s premiere 5-star hotel, sets the standard for elegance and exceptional service. Its reputation is well-deserved, with a host of historical features and highlights that contribute to its standing.
From its prime location in a quiet neighborhood (yet close to the city’s vibrant heart) to its commitment to personalized service delivered with grace and class, the Mansion offers an unparalleled guest experience. Despite its grandeur, the Mansion maintains a comfortable and homey atmosphere, ensuring guests can enjoy the luxury without sacrificing the warmth and familiarity of a home.
History & Design
Meticulously crafted by the renowned architect Daniel G. Waynes in 1865, Wentworth Mansion was originally the home of cotton merchant Francis Silas Rodgers and his family. The Mansion is a remarkable example of the Second Empire architectural style, a popular movement in the latter half of the 19th century. In 1920, the Mansion was purchased by the Scottish Rite Cathedral Association of Charleston and later became a contributing property in the Charleston Historic District.
After various ownerships and renovations, the most significant of which occurred in 1997, the Mansion has been transformed into the 21-room boutique five-star hotel renowned for its grandeur and luxurious amenities. Since 2003, it has been listed as a member of Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for its historical significance and commitment to preserving the cultural heritage of Charleston.
The Little Things
- Circa 1886 serves a full Southern breakfast exclusively for guests of the Wentworth Mansion.
- Take a ride in a 1928 Model A Ford Sport Coupe as one of the hotel’s featured add-on experiences.
- The extravagant details, from Italian crystal chandeliers to hand-carved marble fireplaces.
- Evening turndown service with handmade chocolates.
About the Rooms
- The Wentworth Mansion boasts 21 unique guest rooms and suites, each distinct in size, shape, and striking original architectural details.
- Select rooms feature oversized whirlpool tubs, original gas fireplaces, private porches, day beds, views of Charleston, sunrooms with plantation shutters, and spacious sitting rooms.
- The Grand Mansion Suite houses two floor-to-ceiling marble gas fireplaces, original Italian chandeliers, and original Tiffany stained glass.
Food & Drink
- Circa 1886, one of the best culinary experiences in Charleston, is helmed by Executive Chef Marc Collins and Executive Pastry Chef, Ashley Cardona, who create an innovative and captivating menu.
- Southern hospitality is served at all hours, from a full breakfast at Circa 1886, afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres on the porch, and evening port, sherry, and brandy (available 24 hours a day).
The Wentworth Mansion is situated in the middle of one of the peninsula’s most beautiful historic districts, the Harleston Village neighborhood, which is known for its picturesque streets and historic charm. Despite its tranquil setting, the Mansion is just four blocks west of the bustling downtown area, putting guests within minutes of the city’s most significant attractions. Its proximity to the city center, which is a mere 0.4 miles away, ensures easy access to a host of local amenities and points of interest.
- The Spa at Wentworth Mansion is located in the mansion’s former stables and offers a tranquil and comfortable setting for various spa services.
- Complimentary services and amenities include Wi-Fi, concierge services, turndown service with chocolates, in-room drinks, valet parking, plush robes, and access to the cupola and rooftop.
- Guests can enhance their stay with luxurious add-ons such as romantic bouquets, Champagne toasts, and curated excursions.
- The Wentworth Spa Experience package includes a one-night stay in a Mansion guest room, a couple’s massage in the spa, and a bottle of Champagne.