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Relax in European Style at Hotel Bennett

Libby Wiersema Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 30 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.
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Charleston welcomed Hotel Bennett to its growing repertoire of luxury accommodations in 2019. Reminiscent of European grand hotels, the property pulls out all the stops to offer guests an experience designed to complement their time in the nation’s most gracious Southern city.

With 179 guestrooms and suites, exciting dining options and upscale amenities and appointments, Hotel Bennett is poised to become one of the area’s most lauded destinations for discerning travelers and diners as well as the cocktail crowd.

The rooms are everything you’d expect from a world-class hotel with sumptuous bedding, plush robes, mini-bars, electronically operated window shades, Nespresso machines and 24-hour room service. Bathrooms feature inviting pedestal soaking tubs to soothe yourself after a day of exploring the city’s historic streets and attractions. Charleston inspiration is evident in the artwork and sets the mood for your visit. A King’s Club option heightens the pampering with a dedicated concierge, food and beverage presentations and other distinctive services and amenities. And Hotel Bennett is a pooch-friendly property, so you can bring your best friend along for a nominal pet fee.

Even if you aren’t staying overnight, step inside where a light, airy elegance is a welcome respite from the Charleston heat. Sip a refreshing cocktail at the bar while listening to the player piano. For a snack or light lunch, you’ll find French pastries, sandwiches, desserts and made-to-order coffee drinks at La Pâtisserie.

One of the hotel’s most popular features is Camellia’s, a Champagne bar and tea room outfitted in lovely pink hues. The egg-shaped room, designed with a Fabergé jewel box in mind, is polished and refined with camellia art panels, cascading chandeliers and marble sourced from the library that once stood on the hotel’s site. A full afternoon tea service is offered with all the bells and whistles; a child’s version is available as well. At night, Champagne is flowing along with caviar for a special experience that will transport you straight to the heart of France.

For a memorable meal, dine at Hotel Bennett’s signature restaurant, Gabrielle, where you can drink in sweeping views of Charleston from the outdoor dining terrace. Executive Chef Michael Sichel has European roots that, when coupled with the amazing local abundance of food products, results in unforgettable dining.

A rooftop bar with pool, cabanas and dining, and a signature luxury spa offering a wide array of services, round out your options for an epicurean experience that will linger long after you’ve said goodbye to Charleston.

Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 30 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.