404 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Hotel BennettWhy We Love It
This long-anticipated hotel has been in the works since 2005, and is owned by Charleston native and local hospitality giant Michael Bennett.
-Teetotalers can still enjoy the ambiance at Camellias: afternoon tea is served daily, with a Peter Rabbit service (think chicken nugget sandwiches and hot chocolate with marshmallows) available for children.
-The hotel is perfectly sited to take advantage of Marion Square’s Saturday farmer’s market.
-Pet-friendly rooms mean Fido is more than welcome (but not in the restaurants or pool area).
The city’s newest hotel is also its most opulent, a European-style grand dame dripping with crystal chandeliers, marble floors, and wrought iron railings. Take Camellias, a ladylike champagne lounge inspired by Fabergé eggs, where the leather is pink and the bar is outfitted in mirrored panels, or the lobby rotunda, which is dominated by a life-size wall mural of Charleston Harbor. The 179 guest rooms are slightly less formal, with soothing white and gray palettes, nail head–trimmed headboards, and marble baths. The hotel is conveniently located on Marion Square, within walking distance of many of the city’s best attractions, but if you’d prefer to stay put there are plenty of options. Reserve a cabana at the rooftop heated pool deck, indulge in a restorative wrap or facial at the spa, or satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade macaroons and éclairs at La Pâtisserie. Just be sure to save room for dinner at Gabrielle (lamb tartare with potato gaufrettes, Peking duck with roasted turnips), overseen by New Orleans legend Galatoire’s mastermind chef Michael Sichel.