In South Carolina’s oldest city, church steeples are the skyline’s tallest structures, and development takes a backseat to preservation. So it makes sense that Charleston’s new and newly updated hotels fit in with, rather than stand apart from, the Holy City’s landmarks.
In November, the 30-year-old Belmond Charleston Place (belmond.com)—something of a landmark in its own right, with its stately brick facade in historic downtown—completed renovations of its 434 guest rooms, replacing staid yellow interiors with fresh white walls and Carrara-marble floors. Nearby, the new Spectator Hotel (thespectatorhotel.com) and the recently revamped Restoration on King (restorationonking.com) mirror the period architecture of their neighbors while offering a host of modern amenities inside. The 155-room Dewberry (thedewberrycharleston.com), debuting this spring, will occupy a restored midcentury structure overlooking Marion Square.
Visitors will also find new entertainment in old Charleston. The $143.5 million Charleston Gaillard Center (gaillardcenter.com) opened in October as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s new 1,800-seat home. This May, the Gibbes Museum of Art (gibbesmuseum.org)—which is set within Meeting Street’s beloved Beaux Arts building—will reopen with restored galleries for its collection of more than 10,000 works of art.