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
Best hotel in Charleston! My husband and I chose to Dewberry for our wedding room block in September. I can't tell you how many of our guests raved to us about what a fabulous hotel it was. We were so pleased with how everything worked out from the rehearsal dinner which we hosted in their beautiful rooftop Rivers Room to the late nights spent with our friends and family in the Living Room bar to the post-wedding brunch at Henrietta's. The quality and service provided was beyond our expectations! Thank you to the Dewberry team for everything!
On our first trip to the south, we chose the Dewberry and it did not disappoint! It’s a modern hotel with all the amenities in a great location to really absorb all that Charleston has to offer—great restaurants, historical sites and real southern charm!
Our room was spacious and so comfortable. Lots of room in the well appointed bathroom and a comfy bed! Henrietta’s was a great spot to start our day with coffee and a light snack, a blueberry nectarine coffee cake and a pimento cheese and bacon croissant—both warm and so fresh. Each afternoon we enjoyed the “Living Room” for a cocktail and rest after a long day of walking and oh, the humidity! They even offered “house cars” to take to our dinner restaurant each evening. The entire staff was so friendly and always helpful!
Charleston was on the outer edge of Hurricane Michael and the Dewberry was able to accommodate us for an extra day as we delayed our drive to Savannah, which was looking to be more on the path of what was a tropical storm. The wind was crazy during the night, but because the Dewberry is in a former federal building, we felt safe, secure and welcomed to stay!
We’ll definitely return to this lovely southern charmer—the Dewberry has everything!
The staff is amazing. They help as they are the nicest to deal with. The inside is beautiful. It looks like a federal building , but it is a jewel inside. If you can , do the roof top yoga, enjoy the Dewberry Tea, and a look always check out the Spa
We are leaving The Dewberry tomorrow and I’m so sad!! We’ve had a fantastic experience so far. The hotel is classy, beautiful and smells amazing (like dewberries!). Everyone is friendly and helpful. We definitely got our use out of the courtesy car service and complimentary bikes. One of the drivers, Molly, was incredibly sweet and knowledgeable about the area. She drove us around several times and made recommendations for us and even went out of her way to drive us around in our favorite car. Ask for her!!
We would definitely stay here again!
We booked through priceline and were not disappointed. The hotel is rather ugly from the outside as it is an old Lyndon Johnson era federal building that has been converted. The conversion was done very well and the rooms are quite comfortable and well kept. The HVAC works great (Charleston was in the 90's with high humidity during our stay). The staff was attentive and everything met our expectations for a five star hotel.