World's Best Hotels
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No. 12 Wentworth Mansion, Charleston, SC
Built as a private residence in 1886, the Wentworth is a Second Empire-style mansion turned hotel with 21 rooms, each with its own marble fireplace and inlaid wood floors. Pride in the area’s history is captured in design details, such as original Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass light fixtures in social parlors and original plaster moldings in guestrooms and lobbies. A historic carriage house is now home to Circa 1886 restaurant, serving farm-fresh Lowcountry fare, and the stables were recently converted into a lovely, intimate three-treatment room spa. The Wentworth certainly knows how to dress up for the holidays: Come November, look for subdued Victorian finery with magnolia wreaths, old-world Santas, and two grand Christmas trees in the foyer.
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