The Dewberry Charleston
334 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
| +1 843-558-8000
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The DewberryWhy We Love It It’s a peaceful retreat just steps from the shops on Kings Street. Highlights -Don’t miss brunch at Henrietta’s, a French brasserie where indecision is guaranteed thanks to a menu of standouts (lobster omelette, banana bread French toast). -Turndown service comes with a sweet treat: chocolate cicadas in a rainbow of hues, which are also available for purchase downstairs in the Garden & Gun–curated boutique Fieldshop. -The hotel’s fleet of South Carolina–crafted Volvos and loaner Papillionaire bicycles are on hand to take you wherever you need to go. Much has been written about Charleston’s antebellum charms, but modernists seeking respite need look no further than The Dewberry, a 1960s federal building on Marion Square that has been transformed into the city’s coolest five-star accommodations. A wood-paneled lobby gives way to a cozy living room straight out of Mad Men—complete with midcentury furnishings, antiqued mirrors, and a brass bar serving up deviled eggs and classic cocktails—and a second-floor spa featuring tufted-velvet recliners and treatments incorporating Low-country flora. The 155 light-filled guest rooms are just as stylish, with marble baths and armoires clad in custom-printed linen by local illustrator Becca Barnet. Her work is also on display in the by-reservation-only Citrus Club, a rooftop lounge overlooking the Holy City’s famed steeples.
AFAR Local Expert
over 2 years ago
The Dewberry Charleston
The Dewberry is a sophisticated pastiche of time-honored Southern style and streamlined mid-century modern design inspired by the hotel’s original building. The L. Mendel Rivers Federal building, built in 1965, was long considered a city eyesore until John Dewberry rescued it, giving the facade a lime-washed makeover and restoring the hurricane-ravaged interiors. The crisp and elegant guest rooms overlook Marion Square, and Charleston’s trendy crowd are often found Instagramming the black-and-white floors at brasserie Henrietta’s or drinking a handcrafted cocktail at the Living Room’s brass bar. Local tradition is also reflected in the spa’s Lowcountry botanical treatments, in the Black Tap coffee roasted on nearby James Island, and in the hotel’s Fieldshop, with gifts and objets d'art curated by Garden & Gun magazine. It’s the South reimagined, but without forgetting its old-fashioned manners.