$428 per night

Room2 guests
Charleston, South Carolina
Book This

The Dewberry is an antique building, to be sure, but in its current incarnation as a boutique hotel it’s brand new. The downtown Charleston landmark formerly known as the L. Mendel Rivers Federal Building now bears the name of John Dewberry, the Atlanta developer who spent the better part of a decade transforming the structure. He didn’t just reimagine the building’s plain red brick facade, he commissioned local artisans to apply a custom-made gray limewash to the exterior. He didn’t just perk up the flowerbeds, he built a romantic walled garden evocative of old-world Charleston, then modeled the design of the hotel’s spa on his personal carriage house — and, along the way, assembled a dream team of architects, lighting specialists, and landscape designers, collaborating closely with a Brooklyn-based design firm and tapping a Charleston Preservation Designer to consult on the lavish marble and brass-fitted bathrooms.

Southern charm and grandeur with a clean, contemporary finish: that’s The Dewberry in a nutshell. Practically every surface throughout the lobby, living areas, and guest rooms is made of smooth stone or hard wood — cherry, oak, walnut, mahogany, travertine, Danby marble — while the furnishings are either vintage or bespoke and hand-crafted. Guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, many with views over the Charleston Harbor, as well as original artwork and seasonal minibars curated by the hotel’s executive chef. At this hotel, it’s all about the finer things: many of the details, from the high-end linens and towels to the mattresses, were imported from Ireland.

Downstairs, a lovely living room awaits guests from noon till midnight. Go for tea in the afternoon, or a cocktail at the brass bar before dinner. Henrietta’s, the onsite brasserie that looks positioned to become a new staple on the Charleston dining scene, serves classic seafood in a refined setting. It’s the sort of place where the white tablecloths match the waiters’ white tuxedo jackets. The Dewberry is a reflection of the city’s romantic past and a hint at its future — a smart, stylish addition to the city’s hotel scene, a new landmark in an old building.

Text Courtesy of Tablet Hotels

Modern home with Living Room, Rug Floor, Dark Hardwood Floor, Chair, Bookcase, Sofa, Console Tables, Coffee Tables, Table, and Ceiling Lighting. Photo  of The Dewberry
Modern home with Dining Room, Wall Lighting, Chair, Table, and Pendant Lighting. Photo 2 of The Dewberry
Modern home with Exterior. Photo 3 of The Dewberry
Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Coffee Tables, Wall Lighting, Sofa, Pendant Lighting, Rug Floor, Medium Hardwood Floor, Storage, and Table Lighting. Photo 4 of The Dewberry
Modern home with Hallway. Photo 5 of The Dewberry
Modern home with Living Room, Rug Floor, Chair, Medium Hardwood Floor, Coffee Tables, Floor Lighting, Bench, Sofa, and Table Lighting. Photo 6 of The Dewberry
Modern home with Living Room, Medium Hardwood Floor, Floor Lighting, Rug Floor, Chair, Sofa, End Tables, Coffee Tables, Pendant Lighting, Table, and Table Lighting. Photo 7 of The Dewberry
Modern home with Outdoor. Photo 8 of The Dewberry
Modern home with Bath Room, Corner Shower, Wall Lighting, Marble Wall, Marble Floor, Undermount Sink, and Marble Counter. Photo 9 of The Dewberry
Modern home with Dining Room, Stools, Table, Chair, Bar, and Pendant Lighting. Photo 10 of The Dewberry
Modern home with Bedroom, Pendant Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, Wall Lighting, Night Stands, and Bed. Photo 11 of The Dewberry
Modern home with Hallway. Photo 12 of The Dewberry
Modern home with Bedroom, Night Stands, Wall Lighting, Bed, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 13 of The Dewberry
Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Night Stands, Wall Lighting, Chair, and Table Lighting. Photo 14 of The Dewberry

Credits

Posted By
Photographer
  • The Dewberry
Structure
  • Hotel