People often ask me what my favorite city in the world is and of course, my answer often changes depending on the day, my mood, what I am longing for, and the time of year. Answers often include but are certainly not limited to San Sebastian, Istanbul, London, Florence, Paris, Cape Town, Queenstown, Dubrovnik, Budapest, Lisbon, Barcelona, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, San Francisco, New Orleans, New York, Chicago, Lucerne, Kyoto, Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Cartagena and yes, CHARLESTON!! Each time I manage to travel back to Charleston, I ask myself “What took so long?” and each time I leave, I make a mental note to get back soon. Besides the history, the gardens, the people, the charm, I absolutely adore Charleston’s HOSPITALITY – not just the mouth-watering food and beverage, but the genuine hospitable and good-time-guaranteed approach of the industry professionals. On this visit, I had the chance to visit three of the hottest hotels in town and I am delighted to give you a recap!

Hotel Bennett

The highly anticipated Hotel Bennett has arrived in high style. Everything about this distinguished hotel on historic Marion Square exudes indulgence, from the designer pedestal tubs to the luxury bedding. Looking for more? King’s Club accommodations offer exclusive VIP treatments, including dedicated concierge service, along with food and beverages presented throughout the day by the chef de cuisine. An enticing rooftop pool, several distinctive dining experiences, and a delightful day spa captures guests’ attention when they’re not exploring charming Charleston.

Bubbles at Cammelias Champagne Lounge at Hotel Bennett
What better way to enjoy champagne but fresh oysters!
Roof Top Pool at Hotel Bennett
What’s not to love about classic good manners!

The Dewberry

Honoring the history of the landmark L. Mendel Rivers Federal Building (circa 1964), The Dewberry captures the luxury and quiet restraint that are hallmarks of historic Charleston.

Inside and out, The Dewberry is a manifestation of founder John Dewberry’s vision of “Southern Reimagined.” As much a setting as it is a state of mind, the hotel was brought to life over eight years by a team of architects and designers who shared Dewberry’s mission to present Charleston from a uniquely personal perspective. The result is a thoughtfully imagined juxtaposition of past and present that redefines what is possible when historic preservation is paramount.

The renovated and repurposed mid-century Federal Building was originally used as Charleston’s Government Service Administration office building.

Experience “Southern Reimagined” at The Dewberry. The namesake’s owner gave Charleston’s midcentury federal building a modern makeover, resulting in sophisticated accommodations that are retro and refined. Botanical wallpaper, supple leather, and plush settees complement the 154 guest rooms’ Stickley-crafted armoires and custom-made king-size, cloudlike beds. You’ll find French food with Lowcountry ingredients at Henrietta’s brasserie, a whimsical rooftop lounge – Citrus Club – and you’ll half expect Don Draper to be leaning against The Living Room’s eye-popping brass bar. Also, the hotel’s concierge knows all the Holy City’s secrets.

The Whimsical Citrus Club at the Dewberry boasts an 8th floor terrace said to be the highest rooftop in Charleston.
The Spa at the Dewberry is truly an urban oasis, the perfect place to cocoon after a boozy Charleston lunch
The Living Room at the Dewberry is the place to catch up on work for grab a cocktail.

Zero George

Zero in on Southern-chic living at Zero George Street Hotel. Three circa-1800 buildings, centered around a private courtyard, have been impeccably restored with a modern sensibility. Arrive to a glass of bubbly before settling into one of 16 luxe suites, a number of which open to wide piazzas (perfect for an in-room Izze clementine soda); each features heart-pine floors, high ceilings, and period millwork. Cruise Charleston’s cobbled streets on a complimentary bicycle before the daily wine and cheese pairing; locally sourced, hyper-seasonal cuisine makes the restaurant a foodie favorite.

Zero George’s immaculately restored circa 1804 buildings and private courtyard are the ideal ground zero for exploring Charleston’s allure.
The unusual guest check in takes place right in the kitchen. Receptionists are always in the know of the daily menu since the front desk sits right there!
No room or suite is identical, with each having something desirable, be it a shared porch, balcony, larger bathroom, fireplace, or more privacy. Important to really share what you are seeking before we select your room. Many lovely options that feel like you are a guest in someone’s home!

And this made me laugh – the attitude is so Charleston!!

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