The Plantation Oaks Inn property is located in the close outskirts of Charleston. It is quite an interesting drive as you enter this rather historic area. During the area’s rush hour, it is roughly a 40-minute drive to the Inn and a conservative 15 minutes during other hours of the day. 300 yards away from the place is the historic Boone Hall Plantation.
Upon arrival, you are greeted with a great and comforting ambiance, with the décor seemingly aging back a few centuries. I loved it! The yard in itself is scenic, a dramatic and thrilling outdoor space…yes, it is indeed marvelous. The property has ample parking space and it is free for all visitors, that’s a plus. The backyard is spacious and quiet. It faces the tidal creek and in the evenings, you can walk to the end of the dock and catch the breath-taking sunset.
The innkeepers’ hospitality and customer service are great. They are gracious, informative and to add to it, engaging. They will tell you all about the place and how it came to be (I will spare the details, it is a tale worth listening to). Steve and Phyllis are hosts with amazing personalities. They are very welcoming and pleasant to talk to. Steve smiles a lot and has a good sense of humor which helps with keeping the guests at ease and feeling at home.
Plantation Oaks Inn Rooms
The rooms have a very traditional feel (as is the whole place) with hardwood floors. The room is generally tidy and clean. They are also air-conditioned for extra comfort. The rooms come in 5 different themes which all have different interiors that give the rooms added character:
- Plantation room: with a king size bed, large closets for your clothes or private items, a private bath, and sitting area.
- Magnolia room: with a queen size bed, private bath with a view of the large magnolia tree right outside the room.
- Indigo room: with a queen size bed, a unique claw-foot tub in the private bath, adjustable air conditioning unit. This room is slightly different from the rest as it has a cabin feel to it. It faces the road so there is noticeable activity close by.
- Palmetto room: which gets its theme from the region. SC is known as the Palmetto state. This has the closet proximity to the Fort Moultrie which was constructed with Palmetto. The room has a queen bed, private bath and a scenic view of the tidal creek.
- Cotton room: this is the blue and white room, with a queen size bed, and white interior and bed designs which complement the blue walls. It has a private bath right across the hall (it is not a shared bathroom and is a few steps from your room).
Plantation Oaks Inn Dining
The hotel has a pre-set menu that varies on a day to day basis. The menu is a 3 course which includes a main course, fresh fruits, sweet treats and for the healthier guests, there are gluten-free options available. On Sundays, there is a special breakfast comprising of scrambled eggs, ribeye steak tips, cream cheese, chive, and pastry (the freshly made cinnamon purple muffins and biscuits are a must try!) that are served with a choice of coffee or tea. You can enjoy your morning breakfast with a stroll down the dock which leads to the marsh. The view of the creek is a morning bliss.
If you are relaxing indoors, the hotel has comfortable sitting rooms which include a quiet room for reading and reflecting as you unwind during your stay. There is a game room where your family and friends can have an engaging and fun time and the enclosed balcony with a view of the outdoors if you wish to have a feel of both the outdoors and indoors.
Other honorable mentions of the Plantation Oaks Inn are; it is a non-smoking hotel which makes it cleaner and a comfortable stay for families with children. There is free Wi-Fi which is rather stable and reliable. If you are planning on getting some work done while staying here, you will be able to have a moment in the quiet room. It is a gem in Charleston that you, your family and friends should visit to enjoy and experience the Avenue of Oaks. Be sure to catch the sunset on the tidal creek!