7 Hotels in Charleston That Art Lovers Will Adore

Molly Ramsey | February 01, 2018

Thanks to a handful of artistic boutique hotels, you don’t have to leave your hotel—or sometimes even your room—to immerse yourself in Charleston’s vibrant art scene.

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#7

Planters Inn

Why it made the list

Art enthusiasts will love the St. Philip Suite, where a mural painted by lauded local artist David Boatwright colors a wall of exposed brick. Sweetgrass baskets hand-woven by Lowcountry artisans pepper guest rooms, as well.

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#6

The Spectator

Why it made the list

Don’t expect bland hotel art and décor here. Bathrooms in guest suites star abstract nudes by Charleston artist Lynne Hammontree, the lobby features hand-painted wallpaper, and in the ground-floor bar you’ll find Daisy Buchanan: an albino peacock stuffed by local taxidermist Becca Barnet.

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#5

The Restoration

Why it made the list

Thanks to this boutique hotel’s artist-in-residence program, you’ll enjoy original work from a local talent—like photographer Gately Williams—throughout common spaces, hallways, and guest rooms. Visit the Cultural Library to flip through beautiful Assouline coffee table books, and pick up a copy of the hotel’s quarterly lifestyle publication for lively Q&As with Lowcountry creatives and regional history.

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#4

Belmond Charleston Place

Why it made the list

Within the ground floor’s Shops at Belmond Charleston Place resides the locally esteemed Mary Martin Gallery. Guests can browse work from the gallery’s collection there and throughout hotel common spaces, too.

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#3

Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston

Why it made the list

On the ground floor of this Kessler Collection hotel is the Grand Bohemian Gallery, where guests can browse and buy original paintings, sculptures, and jewelry from makers around the world. To wake up to the site of floor-to-ceiling art, book a room that overlooks the atrium, where rotating galleries are on display.

Built in 2015, this 50-room boutique hotel houses artfully d Read More

#2

The Dewberry Charleston

Why it made the list

Local art pops up where you least expect it at The Dewberry, like in guest room water closets, which each feature a drawing by Douglas Balentine, and on armoires, which don textiles designed by Becca Barnet. Be sure to visit the seriously stunning Swanson room on the main floor, where 22 wood panels bearing gold leaf, silver, and pewter cranes cover walls.

What was once a vacant Federal office building is now The De Read More

#1

The Vendue

Why it made the list

This boutique hotel has dubbed itself “Charleston’s art hotel” and boy do they deliver. Rotating exhibits fill common spaces and each evening guests can join the art director for a guided tour of it all (with wine in hand, of course). Suites hold original pieces and an artist-in-residence often paints in the lobby of 26 Vendue—one of the hotel’s two buildings.

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