The Palmetto Hotel Is Downtown Charleston’s New Hotel of Note

Experience Southern hospitality at this chic new Charleston hotel.

Photo by Jack Robert Photography.

Colourful storefronts and steepled churches line streets dotted with palmetto trees in the old district of Charleston, South Carolina, and through nearly every tucked-away alley awaits a historic site or an unexpected garden. Charleston’s new boutique lodging, the Palmetto Hotel, which opened its doors in March, pays its respects to the city’s eclectic charm.

The 45 rooms, all with king beds, are bright and spacious, with large windows overlooking the French Quarter, local artwork, and true to its name, wallpaper with a palmetto pattern. Throughout, the hotel’s interiors, designed by seasoned hospitality pros Looney & Associates, reflect the city’s balancing act between old and new: vintage furniture, like a lobby settee upholstered with fabric printed with an 1872 map of Charleston, and unique tchotchkes are paired with more contemporary elements such as a gilded cut-crystal chandelier shaped like palmetto fronds and marble-clad bathrooms.

Downstairs, in a moodier setting with forest-green walls and a wood-panelled bar, the Lobby Bar serves cocktails and southern bites such as locally made pimiento cheese. Wherever guests choose to sit, they’ll find a comfortable setting in which to put their feet up and watch the day go by.


Photo by JB McCabe.


Photos by JB McCabe.