Charleston, United States

The Dewberry

Rates from (ex tax)$250.77

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD284.62), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Southern comfort

Setting

Lolling in the Lowcountry

Don Draper would approve of The Dewberry hotel in Charleston, where the mid-century decor is straight out of Mad Men. South Carolina’s oldest city is having a moment in the foodie spotlight, with peckish travellers flocking for a taste of its oysters, comfort food and cocktails, and this hotel in downtown does a fine line in all three. The Dewberry design team are deft hands in the art of heritage-building transformation – and the rich mix of walnut wood, marble, travertine and brass at this former federal construction is yet another hit.

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Facilities

Photos The Dewberry facilities

Need to know

Rooms

155, including 48 suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, also flexible.

Rates

Double rooms from $250.77, excluding tax at 13.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $1.08 per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD284.62), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates do not usually include breakfast.

Also

Be sure to have a rummage in your minibar – the edit is handpicked by the hotel’s food-and-drink director, and changes seasonally.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, valet parking, bicycles (free to borrow from 8am to 7pm), laundry and a gym. In rooms: a flatscreen TV, iPod dock, free bottled water, a minibar and bath products by either Hunter or Voya.

Our favourite rooms

If views (and bath tubs) are your thing, book one of the Charleston Flats, which occupy the corner of every floor and have extra angles from which to watch over the harbour and the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge, as well as a freestanding cast-iron bath tub.

Spa

The Dewberry spa has cypress-lined treatment rooms offering both signature and customised treatments, including anti-ageing facials, body rituals using seaweed from the Atlantic, waxing and manicures. There’s a couple’s spa suite for joint treatments and organic refreshments available afterwards in the soothing dark-grey relaxation space.

Packing tips

Save space in your suitcase for your haul from Fieldshop, the first bricks-and-mortar store from the lifestyle brand Garden & Gun (also handy if you’ve forgotten key accessories like jewellery and sunhats).

Also

The hotel has dedicated rooms for disabled guests, which include adapted bathrooms.

Children

All ages are welcome. Extra beds and cots can be added to rooms. There’s no babysitting service.

Food and Drink

Photos The Dewberry food and drink

Top Table

By the floor-to-ceiling windows for the best views of both Charleston passing by outside and the dazzling monochrome-floored room. Solo diners can watch the mixologists at work with a seat at the counter.

Dress Code

Facial hair – the barmen’s beards will convert even clean-shaven Mr Smiths into hopeful pogonophiles (the fancy word for cultivating a chin-stroker, don’t ya know…).

Hotel restaurant

Henrietta’s is a French-style brasserie that’s deeply rooted in Southern charms, with locally sourced ingredients and the region’s classic comfort food on offer. Expect shellfish on ice, steak frites and moules, alongside more contemporary dishes such as lamb with vadouvan curry and sizzling meats straight off the wood-burning grill. Breakfast – of omelettes, grits and house-baked pastries – is also served here.

Hotel bar

There are two: the Living Room and one at Henrietta’s. Admire the mid-century modern design of the former, as you enjoy a stiff stirred cocktail from the impressive list. Small plates including oysters and charcuterie are served here.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 7am and 11am; lunch is noon until 2pm; dinner service starts at 5.30 and finishes at 10pm Sunday to Thursday (11pm on Fridays and Saturdays). Brunch at the weekend is between 10am and 2pm. The bar is open from noon until 11pm.

Room service

A selection of restaurant dishes is available around the clock.

Location

Photos The Dewberry location
Address
The Dewberry
334 Meeting St
29403
Charleston
United States

Planes

The closest airport is Charleston International, a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Transfers can be arranged (from US$40 each way). There are no direct flights from the UK, but Virgin Atlantic and Delta offer routes from London Heathrow via Atlanta or New York (www.virginatlantic.com; www.delta.com). United also has options, with a stopover in Washington (www.united.com).

Trains

The Amtrak North Charleston station is eight miles away; allow 20 minutes for the drive. Trains arrive here from most major cities on the Eastern Seaboard (www.amtrak.com). Hotel transfers can be arranged to and from this station (prices vary).

Automobiles

From the airport, follow signs for the 526 Columbia-Charleston, and take the I-26 East, exiting at 221-Meeting Street. Turn onto Charlotte Street and the entrance will be on your right. Valet parking costs $36 a night. Other For those in command of their own light aircraft, two private airports are nearby: Atlantic Aviation CHS and Charleston Executive Airport.

Other

For those in command of their own light aircraft, two private airports are nearby: Atlantic Aviation CHS and Charleston Executive Airport.

Worth getting out of bed for

Charleston’s history dates back to 1670, when it was founded and named for the contemporary king of England, Charles II. There are plenty of heritage-based activities on offer, including plantation visits, horse-drawn carriage rides over the cobblestone streets and outings to eccentric stately homes, such as the Calhoun Mansion – a Gilded Age manor, packed full of antiques and preserved interiors. For shopping, don’t miss the cool curation at the Worthwhile concept store on King Street; pick up US-made homeware and gifts at The Commons on Broad Street; and commission some replica furniture at George C Birlant & Co Antiques, one of the finest auction houses and antique stores in the south-eastern United States. The hotel can also arrange boat charters and trips to the beach.

Local restaurants

For a taste of a classic Southern seafood hall and oyster bar, take a trip to The Ordinary on King Street, where the daily catch is served amid hanging lamps, arched windows and counter stools. At its sister restaurant Fig, down the road from the hotel on Meeting Street, try creative dishes such as ricotta gnocchi and lamb bolognese, and East Coast sea urchin with mackerel and crème fraîche. And for the finest Southern produce, head to Husk, where the menu changes in tune with the local markets and meals such as cornmeal-dusted catfish with shrimp rice and roasted fennel, and chicken with whey-whipped potatoes, root-vegetable hash and mustard greens are served – just make sure you save room for a South Carolina cobbler.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in South Carolina and unpacked their peaches and pimento cheese, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Dewberry in Charleston

‘Oh Carolina’, sang, er, Shaggy in 1993. The Dewberry hotel in the southern state’s oldest and second-largest city wasn’t around then, but if it was, we’re guessing he would have been equally taken. It may have started life as a Sixties government building, but it’s now a mid-century masterpiece, with lots of leather, wood and brass. There’s an office vibe, but in the least oppressive, strip-lighting-free way possible. Snappily dressed staff wear smart Don Draper-approved suits, horn-rimmed glasses and white tuxedo jackets; there are a lot of impressive beards around. At Henrietta’s, hip locals convene for stirred-not-shaken Old Fashioneds and seafood on ice amid the glossy black-and-white floors and starchy tablecloths. There’s also a sleek cypress-lined spa, with a sumptuous slate-grey space to drift off in post-treatment. The Dewberry is a real southern belle – Shaggy would approve.

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