Hotel Review: The Mills House Hotel, Charleston, SC

The Mills House Hotel is a beautiful building located on one of the main streets of Downtown Charleston. So centrally located, it is in walking distance to practically everything historic in Downtown Charlotte and the College of Charleston campus.

When I first saw the building, the thing that struck me was how pink it was. Then I looked at the lovely wrought iron railings, graceful arches, and intricate details and I thought, this doesn't look like a Holiday Inn. Yes, the Mill House Hotel is part of the Holiday Inn chain but the corporation took care to maintain the individual style of this historic hotel.

Inside the place is full of antiques and decorated in the Victorian style but does not have a stuffy feel to it. That could be because of the high ceilings and the many windows that allow the sunlight to brighten the interior.

Guest Rooms

I have been in two different rooms. The 2nd floor is convenient during the summer because the pool is located on the second floor. The sixth floor is for people who have Priority Rewards membership and have access to certain amenities. There was no difference in d├ęcor between the two rooms.

The room had a king-size bed and was spacious and decorated in gold and red tones.

Check In / Check Out

  • Check-In Time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-Out Time: 11:00 AM


  • Pets not allowed


  • Daily Self Parking Fee: $20.00 (USD)
  • Valet Parking Available: $22.00 (USD)
  • County operated garage adjacent to the hotel self parking $20.00 per night
  • There is a 6 feet 7 inch vehicle height limitation in all garages.


  • Hotel is located Downtown
  • Closest City: CHARLESTON
  • Distance from Hotel: 0.0 MI


  • Service Animals Allowed
  • Parking
  • 3 Rooms with Accessibility Standards

Facility 7 Floor(s)

  • 214 Guest Room(s)
  • 19 Suite(s)
  • 100 Single-Bedded Room(s)
  • 94 Double-Bedded Room(s)
  • 214 Non-Smoking Room(s)
  • Interior Corridor

Housekeeping & Laundry Services

  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry
  • Same Day Dry Cleaning

Credit Cards Accepted

  • Diners Club
  • Carte Blanche
  • Discover
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • JCB
  • Master Card

Travel Services Tour Desk(s):

  • Concierge Desk to help w/tour plans
  • Entertainment & Recreation Outdoor Pool
  • Hotel Shop & Newsstand
  • Gift Shop

Business Services Center

  • Copying
  • E-mail & Internet
  • Facsimile
  • PC available
  • Printer
  • High Speed Internet Access
  • Public Space Data Services Wireless Data Connection


  • Kids Eat Free
  • Concierge Services
  • Ice Machine
  • Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk
  • A/C Public Areas
  • Dedicated Lounge (or 24 Hour Lounge)
  • Porter/Bellman
  • Fitness Center
  • Outdoor Pool

Sunny Sitting Area
Sunny Sitting Area

Lounge and Restaurant

The hotel has the Barbadoes Room, a beautiful dining spot that is known in Charleston for its elegance and arched entrance.

The cuisine concentrates on American low-country cooking. The comfortable First Shot Lounge is adjacent to the Barbadoes Room and boasts a convivial atmosphere in the evening where hotel guests felt free to talk with their fellow travellers. It also boasts an inexpensive menu for dinner that you can enjoy at the bar.

On the ground floor is where the business services area is located and you can use the computer, send a fax, print out boarding passes and the like. If you are tired after a long day of walking, there are many areas to sit inside and if you don't want to sit inside, there is a gorgeous courtyard with a central fountain surrounded by many tables and chairs.

The staff at the hotel were very nice and helpful when it came to checking in, checking out, answering any questions you might have, opening doors, taking your drink order or your food order. There is also a concierge service in the hotel to help you plan your sightseeing trips in Charleston.

As I mentioned before, the Mills House Hotel is centrally located on Meeting Street. You are within walking distance to many beautiful historic homes on Meeting Street, The Battery, The Market Place, museums, King Street shopping and antiques, East Bay Street historic homes, and restaurants and bars in and around Market Street.

Built originally in 1853 by wealthy entrepreneur Otis Mills and designed by John Earle, the hotel has has hosted famous historical figures such as General Robert E Lee and President Theodore Roosevelt.

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