CHARLESTON, S.C. – The iconic 218-room Mills House, located in downtown Charleston’s French Quarter neighborhood, has officially relaunched following a complete renovation and conversion to a lifestyle hotel under the ownership of RLJ Lodging Trust.
With the relaunch, The Mills House transitions to Curio Collection by Hilton as the portfolio’s first property in South Carolina.
The transformation of the hotel includes a complete reimagination of all original guest rooms and the addition of premium suites. Guests enter through a hidden garden, one of the hotel’s many new bespoke spaces, which also includes a new rooftop bar and terrace. The Mills House now offers multiple new food and beverage concepts, including The Black Door Café. Tucked inside the hotel’s walled courtyard is Iron Rose, a new signature restaurant where guests can enjoy Southern coastal cuisine by an outdoor fireplace.
“Celebrating its 170th anniversary in 2023, The Mills House has a long and storied history in Charleston, and we look forward to introducing guests to this new and exciting next chapter,” says Michael Linder, general manager. “With the complete, top-to-bottom transformation, the hotel offers an elevated take on Southern hospitality, making it the perfect home base for visitors seeking a genuine Charleston stay. From the moment you enter the hotel, it’s as if you’ve been invited into a friend’s home, complete with an evocative sense of charm and warmth that’s carried throughout the entire guest experience
“We are thrilled to introduce Curio Collection by Hilton to South Carolina with the debut of Mills House,” says Jenna Hackett, global brand head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “Curio Collection by Hilton hotels offer guests authentic, curated experiences in some of the world’s most exciting destinations through elevated food and drink, best-in-class amenities, and design inspired by the local area. The Mills House, Curio Collection by Hilton will set the stage for Southern hospitality with its prime location in the heart of Charleston, bringing the best of the city into the guest’s stay.”
The hotel offers more than 15,000 square feet of flexible, multi-use meeting and function space across the Signers Ballroom, Hibernian Hall next door, and several smaller breakout rooms. Versatile spaces are filled with natural light for seminars, workshops, conferences, and intimate get-togethers such as social celebrations and corporate parties.
When it comes to weddings, intimate venues with indoor and outdoor spaces and photo-worthy backdrops include the courtyard, a stunning rooftop, and the Planter’s Suite balcony overlooking Meeting Street with original ironwork from 1853. The Mills House is also the caterer for the adjacent Hibernian Hall, providing food and beverage and audiovisual services to the venue.