This stunning hotel, framed by magnolia trees and set in a gorgeous 1886 Second Empire mansion, offers some serious pampering. Inside you’ll find large, luxurious rooms with modern amenities (including iPod docks and DVD players), as well as a whirlpool tub and a fridge with free drinks. It’s not quite as central as the Belmond or the Planters (it’s a short walk), but the staff are incredibly friendly (there is 24-hr. concierge service), the complimentary late afternoon wine and aperitifs are superb, and there is a highly rated restaurant, Circa 1886, on the premises. The hotel has no gym, but offers free club membership at Eco Fitness, a 5-minute stroll away.