The Dewberry Charleston
What We Love
- The chic, glass encased lobby
- One of the city’s most buzzed about eateries, Henrietta’s
- Books from the Charleston Library Society in all rooms
- Abstract artwork by prominent local talent such as 1950s painter William Halsey
What To Know
- The in-room bar is seasonal and curated by the hotel’s executive chef
- Complimentary bicycles are available to explore the Upper King District surroundings
- Upon request, the hotel can arrange for yoga at the onsite gym
- The hotel gift shop, The Fieldshop, carries a souvenir selection edited by Garden & Gun magazine
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
It’s unlikely that President John F. Kennedy would have guessed this austere structure (named for celebrated Charlestonian, Congressman L. Mendel Rivers) he commissioned would be treated to such a polished second act. When Hurricane Floyd ravaged the building in 1999, developer John Dewberry swooped in, retaining the commanding brick-and-marble façade. The interiors, however, underwent to thoughtful Southern Modernist remodel: the lobby is decked with palm-shaped chandeliers and funky Poul Kjærholm sofas while the sultry cherry paneling is a hat-tip to the original walls. The refined vibe extends to all 155 rooms, which ensure an extra-comfortable snooze courtesy of imported Irish mattresses and four-poster beds. Equally timeless is the hotel’s star attraction, Henrietta’s, a photogenic black-and-white tiled brasserie with views of Marion Square. Plates are Southern versions of contemporary French classics, perfectly complimented by a selection of signature cocktails including the intoxicating One Before Dinner, a turmeric-infused gin and tonic with a hint of grapefruit. (Be sure to reserve a table here when you book your room.)
In the Area
The hotel’s posh Marion Square location means you’re within walking distance of Charleston’s most sought-after bars and restaurants. Husk, a city institution serving locally sourced Southern fare in a dainty Victorian setting, is 15 minutes away, as is Minero, a dynamic brick-walled taqueria with an exhaustive tequila menu and The Victor Social Club, an Ernest Hemingway-themed bar stirring up Havana-inspired libations. You’re practically neighbors with the Charleston Museum, one of the oldest art collections in the United States, and also a snappy distance from the South Carolina Aquarium, sprawled along the historic city harbor.
How to Get There
Staff is excellent, kind, and helpful. Hotel is a beautiful with mid-century modern feel in old federal building. Living room is great daily hang out and rooftop bar is of course great. Location is great also close to many wonderful eateries and coffee. I would definitely stay here again.
Excellent hotel and staffs. Beautiful rooms, very quiet. Close to King Street, several very nice restaurants and close to the free bus line to help you travel to sites around town. The hotel is exceptionally clean and new looking. We did think that $36 per night for valet parking was excessive.
Other than that, the people working at the hotel were some of the friendliest and most helpful we have met while traveling. They made the stay enjoyable.
What an amazing stay. If there was ever a place where I would choose to spend a ton of time, or move into for an extended period of time it would be here. Every single encounter with the staff was friendly and helpful.
Our stay started with working with Sarah and Hayley on getting our large group taken care of. Beyond helpful isn't even the best way to describe the two of them. They were phenomenal and a treat to work with. Unfortunately for the city, Hurricane Dorian took a turn abruptly and Charleston was hit with rain, wind and flooding. That did not stop the two of them of continuing to communicate with us on what was going on. We were also determined as a group to not cancel our trip and bring the business to the city.
When we arrived it was like nothing had happened. We also had several boxes shipped there, which ended up in my room along with an upgrade of the most magnificent kind. I thoroughly enjoyed soaking in the claw foot tub every night, despite the heat.
From there I had a spa date with Lashea who was out of this world amazing. I wish I could take her back with me to NYC and visit her weekly. She was so in tune with everything that I completely trusted the process.
Our team loved the Dewberry so much that we had a hard time expanding beyond it. But we did!
Overall I cannot say enough fantastic things about this hotel. I've read other reviews that "it tries to be cooler than it is" and "off the beaten path." None of those are true. King Street is just a few minutes away and has so many cute shops to offer. They have complimentary car service to anywhere you want to go within the city, or you can an Uber for less than $10 in the city. Otherwise you might have to walk 15 minutes to downtown but that's pittance. For the cool factor, the Dewberry is cool. Whether you want to sit in the Living Room and snack on their caramelized and chile popcorn with a nice glass of wine, Henrietta's for a great meal, or visit the rooftop deck there are so many options. I even loved the gift shop!
My only wish was that they had a pool and hot tub area and expanded spa to include more features to relax in. But hopefully in the future they'll consider that. Otherwise it was a wonderful trip and I will be back to stay!