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
- 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
I had a fantastic time staying at this beautiful hotel! My room was absolutely gorgeous and the view from my window was a breathtaking site of downtown Charleston. The staff was lovely and very accommodating. My trip was awesome and I’ll definitely be staying at the Dewberry when I visit again.
Everything about this place is amazing- just amazing! The rooms are beautiful and all the staff is super friendly and well groomed. I never wanted to leave even to go see the city, I could have stayed in my room or the Living Room the entire time. The bar was amazing and they have the best selection of Gin ever- best damn Gin and Tonic I have had in a long time!
Stunning! If you love mid-century modern this place is a MUST! Well curated from top to bottom. The service was impeccable. Having the Volvo shuttle service to your destination was worth its weight in gold. A hint though - watch out for the concierge ladies. Out of necessity, we found out quickly that the best concierge was the bell boy staff. All of the recommendations from the bell boys turned out to be PHENOMENAL! You must, simply must visit the bar. Everything at the bar is just beyond amazing including the staff. I will say that the water pressure seemed very low for showering so if you are one of those people who cannot stand low water pressure...? But overall, this place is top notch.
Double booked room. At check-in. Hotel staff cancelled 2nd booking no problem. Expedia will not refund the charge claiming hotel will not issue credit. Hotel states Expedia has money and should refund. Never use Expedia. Terrible customer relations. Initial contact with Expedia supervisor promised a refund. Really.
We enjoyed our stay at the Dewberry. Mostly, I appreciated their fine service. Everything that we would have taken care of, was. My wife especially enjoyed the spa services. The 60’s decor (think Madmen not Laugh-in) was cool and an interesting change of pace. We had a beautiful view of the park. The room was a tad small, but not uncomfortably so. I am glad to have stayed at the Dewberry.