One of Charleston's largest hotels will officially open to guests this month.
The highly anticipated Hotel Bennett, which has been in the making since 2005, will open on Sunday, Jan. 27.
The luxurious 179-room property draws inspiration from the grand hotels of Europe and features a combination of guestrooms and suites, a signature restaurant overlooking Marion Square, a bar and lounge, a French patisserie, a spa, and a rooftop pool complete with a bar and cabanas.
Guests will also find more than 12,000 square feet of event and meeting spaces, including a 6,600-square-foot Grand Ballroom with arched windows, wrought-iron gates, and a 30-foot ceiling.
Rooms will boast floor-to-ceiling windows with views over Charleston’s buzzing streets, plus private bars and terraces.
The property will also be home to what hotel representative tout as “Charleston’s most exclusive club experience.” At the club lounge, members will be treated to terrace views over King Street, all day dining selections, and amenities that include customized itineraries, a dedicated concierge, access to the hotel car, and priority access to reservations at Charleston's top restaurants.
During their stay, guests can enjoy hotel activities including spa treatments, dips in the heated pool, and more.
The hotel is located on the corner of King Street and Marion Square, providing easy access to historic landmarks, shops, art exhibitions, theaters, beaches, farmer’s markets, gardens, and events like the Spoleto Arts Festival and the Charleston Wine + Food festival.
Owned by hotelier Michael Bennett and his company, Bennett Hospitality, the hotel is named after the Charleston-based Bennett family and will be managed via a partnership with luxury hotel company Salamander Hotels and Resorts.
Michael Bennett, who has been involved in various projects over the years to renovate aging buildings throughout Charleston, has owned the land on which the hotel will stand for nearly a quarter of a century.
Hotel Bennett itself has been in the works for more than 13 years, beginning with the initial announcement of the hotel plans in 2005. However, legal disputes delayed the project, with preservationists suing after the city rezoned the site in 2007 to allow for the 105-foot-tall building. The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled against the opponents in a 2012 decision and the Hotel Bennett plans had to go back through the approval process for a second time before finally being approved. Construction began in April of 2015.
Bennett’s family is no stranger to the area — his father shined shoes across from where the hotel now stands during the Great Depression. Today, Bennett Hospitality stands as one of the largest locally owned companies in Charleston.
The hotel has been accepting group reservations for the last two years. It opened leisure reservations last fall. Rooms start at $450 per night.