6. Oktober 2017
Overlooking Marion Square, offering 155 thoughtfully appointed rooms and suites and boasting the buzzed about Henrietta’s restaurant, The Dewberry Hotel is Charleston’s coveted destination for enjoying southern hospitality and old-word charm in a luxurious and contemporary setting unlike any other in The Holy City
The Dewberry bears the weight of the city’s old soul while embracing a modern sensibility of its rebirth. With 155 thoughtfully appointed rooms and suites, a world-class spa and heralded culinary venues, the hotel is the result of owner John Dewberry’s vision of “Southern Reimagined.” Occupying the recently renovated former L. Mendel Rivers Federal Building, a mid-century modern gem brought back to life over eight years through Dewberry’s in house design team StudioDew, in collaboration with, Workstead Studio, Reggie Gibson, Cameron Schwabenton and DesignWorks among others; The Dewberry is a stunning juxtaposition of past and present that cleverly mixes materials from the Lowcountry with design elements hinting to the hotel’s mid-century modern origin.
“The Dewberry is the hotel Charleston deserves, a place that seeks to reawaken the vintage spirit of the city while challenging it to become all the more dynamic,” said Mr. John Dewberry, Chairman and CEO of Dewberry Capital Corporation and Founder of The Dewberry Charleston. “It is in this juxtaposition – the old meeting the new – where a greatness of character, heart and energy comes to life for our guests and where they find the southern hospitality they expected entirely reimagined.”
Honoring the building’s original architecture, The Dewberry boasts a façade of lime-washed brick by vintage marble and metal works adorning the entry canopy, ballroom roof and rooftop function space. Simplistic, yet lush landscaping gives way to a romantic 2,250 sq. ft. walled-in Charleston garden, an authentic reimagining of this more traditional design element with bluestone walkways perfect for special events. Once inside, visitors are embraced by a home-grown combination of time tested materials of the South, where the space’s clean lines are flawlessly softened by elegant finishes of cherry, mahogany, oak and walnut woods as well as hand-crafted custom and curated period furnishings. An homage to the buildings heritage, a massive Water Oak tree that once stood abreast of the former Federal Building finds new life as stunning cachepots for orchids throughout the space as well as a stunning sculpture table- situated in a great space outdoor gathering space in what is lovingly referred to as The Tree House . Lush fabrics and touches of marble and brass travel into the guest rooms and suites as The Dewberry unearths a timelessness within its contemporary shell.
To complement the inherent warmth throughout the hotel, The Dewberry offers multiple occasions and options to entertain within its walls. Henrietta’s, inspired by a brasserie, French by foundation, southern by region, offers seasonal menus and serves brasserie classics such as Chilled Shellfish, Mibek Farms Steak Frites, Maine Blue Mussels “Billi Bi”, Keegan-Filion Chicken for two, as well as more contemporary dishes such as Darling Farms Lamb with Vadouvan Curry and Spotted Skate Wing a la “Polonaise.” The Living Room anchors the ground floor with a brass bar and Ryan Casey’s impressive cocktail program, complemented by small plates – the perfect place to gather friends for a pre-dinner drink or late night bite. Christened the new watering hole of the South, slide up to the bar daily and nightly and find out where Charleston’s best are slinging the finest menu of entirely stirred drinks with a focus dark spirits and old world craft cocktails.
The Dewberry Spa offers guests and visitors alike quiet luxury enveloped in cypress walls inspired by Mr. Dewberry’s own Charleston carriage house. Immerse yourself in a deeply restorative experience through signature treatments curated by renowned spa expert Lydia Mondavi. Drawing inspiration from its location, including the southern native dewberry plant and sea extracts, treatments are hand-crafted to include a luxurious blend of antioxidants and botanicals to nourish the mind, body & spirit.
The Dewberry also offers some of the city’s most sought-after venues for special events and meetings with spaces that echo Charleston’s architectural grace. The Ballroom offers 1,800 sq. ft. of space featuring luxury Viennese cast brass, crystal chandeliers and troweled plaster ceilings with access to a walled garden space. Additionally, discover the gilded Swanston Room offering 360-degrees of art via 22 hand-painted panels, expertly illustrating the actual migration of cranes. Gilded with silver, pewter and 22-carat gold, this art installation by Thomas Swanston is inspired by the half million Wooping and Sand Hill Cranes that migrate through the Rowe Sanctuary in Nebraska, the largest annual migration in North America. The awareness of Sandhill Cranes during migration is a reminder of the fragile nature of existence; for Whooping Cranes, which are indigenous to the Lowcountry and have been on the Endangered Species list since 1941, awareness centers around the precariousness of their history.
Don’t forget to stop by The Fieldshop which has its debut location at The Dewberry on the hotel’s first floor sitting across from one another aptly named Hunt & Gather. Before you go, stop in to discover an expertly curated expression of the finest and most singular lifestyle products, through the well-edited lens of Garden & Gun magazine.
Images: Courtesy of the Hotel