Where to stay
I am going to give you a little tour of Charleston, SC and how to get the most out of your stay in the city that has endless eats, endless fun, and all the options starting with booking your stay at the historic hotel, also known for being the first pink hotel in Charleston, SC, The Mill’s House Hotel. My friend and I stayed at The Mills Hotel for 3 days and 2 nights, so here is how it went! First, make sure to book ahead or this high end, newly renovated hotel night will be limited capacity, and you definitely want to reserve a poolside cabana in time for your stay! We stayed in the roomy 1 King Bed 1 Bedroom Suite, and it sleeps 4 + baby! They even had a pack and play set up for families traveling with babies and infants! The staff is so accommodating, and I always feel more than comfortable and welcome here!
The Mills House Charleston, Curio Collection by Hilton is a historic hotel in Charleston, South Carolina located on the downtown peninsula, within walking distance to The Battery, SC Aquarium, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, and a plethora of restaurants and dining experiences! The Mills House Hotel opened in 1970, but its façade is based on the original historic hotel that sat on the site from 1853 to 1968. Full of history and lots of charm, it comes packed with an onsite café known for its beautiful décor and modern style as well as their on-site dining, The Iron Rose at The Mills House! Both are favorites of locals and travelers alike!
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For the remaining month of August, The Mills House Hotel is celebrating their 170th birthday by collaborating with local businesses and hosting giveaways as well as multiple things to do to celebrate! My friend and I enjoyed things like having a taste of the 1860’s by dining at The Iron Rose’s to have the throwback menu that their hotel served in the 1860’s! What a treat it was! It is a 3-course prix fixe menu, and it did not disappoint! My favorites were the Amuse-Bouche which was a relish tray with local Easter egg radishes, crudité, pickled okra watermelon radishes, and golden beet remoulade. For the entrée, I had roasted duck breast and it was cooked to perfection with turnip gratin and plum-wine orange sauce glaze! This dish was mouthwatering. Lastly my friend and I shared two desserts, because why not when on a girl’s night out?
After dining at the on-side restaurant we stopped by their local exhibit Gibbes Museum Pop Up Gallery that typically is a shop for guests! Right now, in collaboration with The Gibbes Museum of Charleston, there is currently a historical exhibit that really dives into the history of The Mill’s House, its original owners, and the construction as well as the original hotel! It is a place with loads of history to learn!
The following day we enjoyed breakfast and coffee at The Black Door Café where we sat in silence doing work and slowed down our busy schedules to enjoy a breakfast sandwich and a latte over a slow morning, easy conversations then prepared for day 2 with the kids at the terrace pool.
The Mills House Hotel really has everything you could ever ask for in a hotel, I love the inclusion of all the staff, how well the guests are treated, and the employees love their job! When visiting, as we frequently dine at The Iron Rose as well as The Black Door Café, we are always welcome with familiar faces. The hotel room was beautifully decorated, I really loved the artwork that is on every wall, the halls, lounge area, and rooms were super clean. I really appreciated that they came up to make the pull-out bed on the sofa pullout that was in our room, and they also set up the pack and play for my infant. Every detail was meticulously carried out, and we even got to enjoy a rented cabana for our girl’s day and enjoyed the terrace pool with and without our family! There were other families there with their kids as well on the second day we stayed when our kids were there with us!
If you are looking for a place to stay during your visit in Charleston, SC or want a little staycation, book with The Mills House hotel and you will not be disappointed!
*Side note – For one day only on Saturday, August 26, The Mills House will host a pop-up barber shop in partnership with Broad Street Barber offering free tapered haircuts and hot towel shaves. A nod to Joseph Rainey – one of the most influential freedmen in Charleston and the first African American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives – the pop-up barber shop will pay homage to Rainey’s original barber shop, which operated on the ground floor of The Mills House in the 1800s. Call the front desk to ask about it and book an appointment.
*During the last week of August (from the 25-31), keep an eye out for daily celebratory social media giveaways, including free frosé at the poolside Terrace Bar, multiple dinners for two at Iron Rose, a two-night stay in a Studio Suite, a swag bag of their top branded retail items, and more.
*The Mills House also has an extensive pool and wellness program (pools downtown are rare, so this was a plus for our family who loves to be in or near water at all times). For their pool and wellness programs and events click here.
*For more information and offers on planning your stay at The Mills House click here!
Where to stay I am going to give you a little tour of Charleston, SC and how to get the most out of