First Look: Hotel Bennett in Charleston, SC

 

Last month, I checked out the Hotel Bennett in downtown Charleston for Travel + Leisure’s June 2019 issue. Perched directly on Marion Square, a park that straddles Upper and Lower King street, the brand new hotel puts guests at the city’s most convenient of crosshairs. Turn left out of the hotel to explore the College of Charleston, the parade of mansions that stretch down to the Battery, and galleries and shops galore; turn right on King Street and you’ll find where Charleston goes to drink and dine.

As the only hotel in the city that shares space with the park (outdoor seating for its signature restaurant and bar Gabrielle spills out onto Marion Square), Hotel Bennett has set itself apart by purposefully blending into the city instead of cutting it off. It’s already gained a following among locals, who can access its restaurants, bars, and spa. Most if not all of the art is by regional artists.

Photo credit: Paul Cheney

Photo credit: Paul Cheney

Photo credit: Modus Photography

Photo credit: Modus Photography

In the guest rooms, the furniture and window treatments take cues from what one might find in a historic home south of Broad Street circa 1800. But there are also modern touches — drapes that close with a push of a button deep soaking tubs in ornate bathrooms that overlook downtown, and beds made with the softest of linens.

And did I mention that it’s dog friendly?

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They even brought Nora a basket of gifts and sweets.

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On the rooftop, guests can laze by a sleek rectangular pool surrounded by cabanas — the only in downtown Charleston. But the bright (pink) star of Hotel Bennett is Camellias. On both of my visits, I saw guests stopping to peek inside its jewel box-like interior. The rose-hued champagne lounge serves tea in the afternoons (opt for the Crown Tea, which includes a flute of premium rosé champagne and scones, pastries, and sweets made by the hotel's French pastry chef). In the evenings, the lounge turns into a full bar.

Photo credit: Modus Photography

Photo credit: Modus Photography

Photo credit: Modus Photography

Photo credit: Modus Photography

 
SpacesJennifer Dienst