Hotel Highlights: The Dewberry in Charleston

Catherine Davin, ASID
Jun 29, 2020

We're back with the next installment of favorite hotel highlights! I'm daydreaming of a midcentury mecca – The Dewberry in Charleston, SC. Previously a federal government building commissioned by JFK in the 60s, this swanky hotel is nestled right in the middle of Marion Square, a central spot in charming Charleston.

Last year, my husband and I planned a last-minute winter escape to Charleston. My daughter booked The Dewberry for us, and we couldn’t have been happier with our Southern home-away-from-home.  Over the course of eight years, the boutique hotel was renovated by Atlanta developer John Dewberry, who envisioned a “Southern Reimagined™” space. The design honors the history and style of Charleston, but expertly mixes modern elements. It’s a totally unique approach to combine the past and present, and it’s so tastefully done.

In between leisurely wandering the beautiful streets of Charleston, we recharged in the hotel’s lounge space, nicknamed the Living Room. Guests can grab a drink from the gorgeous brass bar, enjoy a little live jazz, and soak up the midcentury design that’s weaved into every detail. We also loved Henrietta’s, the hotel’s delicious restaurant, that serves French-inspired Southern comfort food. We didn’t get a chance to check out the Tree House, but heard it’s lovely – it’s Henrietta’s quiet, private outdoor seating area with a table constructed from an old oak tree that used to stand on the property. Definitely on the list for our next visit.

Grand entry featuring beautiful cherry panel walls.

Relax with a coffee or a drink in the hotel’s Living Room.

Gorgeous brass bar featured in the Living Room.

Concierge desk and entrance to the Living Room, with brass map of Charleston featured on the right wall.

The hotel’s common areas are adorned with original artwork.

Enjoy a delicious Southern feast at Henrietta’s restaurant.

The guest rooms showcase beautiful details, like the chandelier and floor-to-ceiling draperies.

Cozy seating area in a guest room.

The marble bathrooms feature a soaking tub and luxury shower for ultimate relaxation.

The building’s exterior mirrors the midcentury interior design.

Hotel guests can enjoy complimentary bikes to explore Charleston on two-wheels.

The hotel was previously a vacant federal government building.

All images courtesy of The Dewberry Charleston.