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
Enjoyed our recent stay here during Charleston Wine & Food Festival, hotel is in a great location, and has all the amenities for a comfortable stay. Staff is absolutely terrific - the best feature of The Dewberry for sure!
The masterly repurposed Dewberry is a very nice hotel in a fabulous location. Upside was staff / services, cocktail hour and speedy check-in; the down side were the smallish but well appointed rooms though generous bathrooms helped. Really enjoyed the lobby bar people watching during cocktail hour; very stylish well dressed men and women.
The Dewberry exceeded all expectations! Quite simply luxurious, excellent quality in all furnishings and extras. Everything about the room made you feel as though they had carefully thought of everything. The Garden and Gun gift shop was simply superb. We would definitely stay with them again.
Our room was too small, no desk, and poor and next to a noisy hallway to the subpar workoutroom. Could not accommodate us for a paid upgrade. The staff at the front desk are rude and incompetent. Billing was mixed up. This is billed as a 5-star hotel, and it is only in the rates it charges. We couldn't wait to get out. Avoid this place.
I just had the most amazing massage with LaShae at the Spa. She was on time, amazingly talented and attentive to my needs. The Spa itself is very clean and beautifully decorated. It has a wonderful relaxation room with snacks and spa water. Can't wait to come back for another massage!