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TravelAnne Hotel Profile The Dewberry, Charleston, SC

The Dewberry is an interesting mix of Palm Springs meets Low-country chic.

Looking for a Charleston getaway? This property offers the views, hospitality and history indigenous to the bustling downtown area.

By: Samantha Sobich

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If we had to pick one word to describe The Dewberry in Charleston, SC, that word would be unique.

Like many hotels in this great small city, The Dewberry offers a contemporary version of southern hospitality. This version, however, comes with a distinctive midcentury flair. What were once government offices made of brick and marble have been transformed into a stylish retreat with a residential feel.

The Dewberry was built in 1964. It is rich with history and charm. The owner and founder, John Dewberry, describes the property as “Southern reimagined” where its modern edge meets its mid-century origins. Renovated just recently in 2016, The Dewberry boasts all the bells and whistles of other luxury hotels but is set apart by the property’s retention of its original architecture. Overlooking Marion Square, guests are ensured to enjoy the proximity of the hotel to the heart of downtown Charleston and the pristine views.

The Dewberry’s expansive spread of 154 rooms offers a multitude of different accommodations. Entirely ADA accessible lodging features spacious bathrooms complete with oversized showers as well as a shoeshine and laundry service. Guestrooms range from a Signature King to the most luxurious guestroom, a Charleston Flat.

Strategically placed on the corners of every floor to offer the most sweeping views from floor to ceiling windows, the flat is outfitted with traditional hardwood flooring and select Vermont marble. Featuring a king-size canopy bed and breakfast nook, guests can settle into the loft and enjoy a seasonal in-room bar curated by the hotel’s Executive Chef, Wes Morton.

Executive Chef Wes Morton grew up in south Louisiana with a family of seasoned Southern cooks. Morton’s Grandmothers on both sides inspired his passion for cooking which would manifest itself into Henrietta’s, The Dewberry’s “pièce de résistance”, says Town and Country. Morton’s upbringing was centered around the respect of classic foods and the development of his palate at a very young age. Henrietta’s is a “restaurant for the people”, a place to have a unique and memorable dining experience. Seasonal menus and a custom wood burning grill infuse the brasserie experience with luxury for guests who have the opportunity to dine here. Guests can enjoy an aperitif on The Dewberry’s 8th floor terrace at the Citrus Club. The highest rooftop in Charleston, guests can take in the view with a signature cocktail in hand.

The Dewberry Spa is modeled after John Dewberry’s own carriage house. Minimalistic luxury meets cypress walls that cleanse the space and offer a place for complete revival. Signature treatments curated by spa expert, Lydia Mondavi, combine elements from the low country with blends of antioxidants and botanicals to create the ultimate healing experience. Guests can revitalize mind, body and spirit with morning yoga on a unique rooftop space overlooking the holy city. The fitness studio offers challenging cardio workouts and personal training sessions, as well as top-of-the-line equipment for guests to use at their own leisure.

“I would send clients to The Dewberry in a heartbeat, says DC Travel Advisor Anne Heintz. “The renovation gives it a relatively ‘new’ but still classic feel. Its central location makes it perfect for couples and girls getaway weekends!.”

While the property remains at 50% capacity in the midst of the pandemic, every precaution is being taken for the safety of guests and employees. After re-opening June 24th of this year, the hotel thought it best to offer reservations Wednesday through Sunday of every week so a proper deep clean can be carried out before a new round of guests beginning every Monday.

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** Samantha Sobich is a Journalism student at the University of South Carolina. She is also a virtual intern with Heintz Media Group and a contributor to When not on campus, she resides in Charleston, SC.