The Dewberry USA
334 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29403
Preferred Hotel Group
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
A seasoned international Hotelier and Restauranteur, Joe Polito brings to The Dewberry a wealth of experience that spans more than three decades, 25 years of which were spent in Asia developing, opening and managing numerous luxury Hotels, Restaurants and Spas. Recognized within the industry as an outstanding hotelier, Joe’s reputation as an innovator in both service and product have set international industry standards. His career highlights include one of the original ‘Boutique’ hotels; the Mayfair Regent in New York City; the historically famous Strand Hotel in Yangon (Rangoon) located in Myanmar (Burma), the Aman Resorts flagship Amanpuri in Phuket Thailand, The Oberoi in Lombok, Indonesia and the multiple award winning Oberoi Udai vilas located in Udaipur, India which was rated best hotel in the world for several years. His passion ensures that every hotel he is involved with, willbe of a standard appreciated by the most discerning of guests.
Preferred, 5 Star hotel
As Charleston continues to garner awards as the Best Small City in the US, and continues to add airlift, the destination continues to grow in international markets. Aim to be first in area in program and position the destination first as a place to go with its rich history, food scene, beaches and Southern Hospitality.
History & Story
The land that hotel sits upon was once the home of the Wragg family mansion in the 17th century—a prominent Charleston family who owned over 75 acres downtown. With 6 daughters, who couldn’t inherit money at that time, Joseph Wragg named the streets that border the hotel after some of them—Charlotte, Elizabeth, and Henrietta- additionally Wragg Square borders one side of the hotel. The land itself is rooted in family and tradition.
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy (and later Lyndon B. Johnson) commissioned the site and had the L. Mendel Rivers Federal Building constructed. It served as a government office building for about 35 years until it was closed in 1999 (and later abandoned) due to extensive damaged by Hurricane Floyd. In 2008, the red brick, boxy former government office building, suffering from extensive water damage, was purchased by developer and preservationist John Dewberry who chose to save, preserve and restore the seven-story structure (note- the addition of the Ballroom and eighth floor were created by local architect Reggie Gibson) because it is one of the city’s few examples of late-20th-century modern design.
Location & Key sites
Bordering Marion Square, The Dewberry is a local landmark, as well as a marquee destination for residents and visitors alike.
Marion Square is the former Citadel Green, and the largest park in the historic district which is considered the center of the city. Prominently positioned on ‘Museum Mile’ the hotel is also within walking distance to all of Charleston’s iconic landmarks and a short evening stroll to King Street and its world-renowned restaurants.
The rooms at the Dewberry are an expression of Southern Reimagined– the combination of the tried and true materials of the South, with the sensibility of the modern building thatis The Dewberry.
• Number of suites:
– CHARLESTON FLAT (No. of room types in hotel: 24
– ONE BEDROOM SUITE (No. of room types in hotel: 24)
• Number of Luxury rooms:
– GRAND QUEENS (No. of room types in hotel: 20)
– GRAND KING (No. of room type in hotel: 11)
– SUPERIOR KING (No. of room type in hotel: 10)
SIGNATURE QUEENS (No. of room type in hotel: 6)
– SIGNATURE KING (No. of room type in hotel: 52)
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 154
•147 total rooms
Restaurants & Bars
• THE LIVING ROOM
The nationally regonized, award-wining cocktail program at the brass bar in The Living Room is not to be missed. Experience the gracious hospitality and effortless style of a true Charleston living room outfitted with mid-century furnishings, a curated reading library and a showstopping brass bar. The Living Room is a warm and welcoming destination for morning coffee, afternoon cocktails or an evening aperitif.
A Brasserie Without Borders. The hotel’s main resturant presents high-quality, ingredient-driven dishes presented in the unpretentious spirit of a traditional French brasserie. Rooted in Lowcountry bounty and Southern hospitality, Henrietta’s menu draws influences from around the globe. More than just a restaurant, Henrietta’s represents a timeless way of life in the South, where the table is both an essential gathering place and an opportunity to experience new and exciting flavors.
• Indulge in a variety of signature treatments designed exclusively for The Dewberry (by renowned spa expert Lydia Mondavi) that feature elements of the Lowcountry, including the Southern native dewberry plant, luxurious blends of antioxidants, sea extracts and botanicals that nourish your mind, body and spirit. Presented in a true urban oasis, amenities include a steam area, relaxation room, nail salon, five treatment rooms and his and her changing salons as well as retail boutique.
• Fitness Center- Top-of-the-line equipment includes treadmills, elliptical cross trainers, and upright exercise bicycles. Personal Training and rooftop terrace yoga sessions available upon request.
• Complimentary bicycles- We’re delighted to offer our guests complimentary bicycles, available on a first-come first-serve basis.
Corporate & Celebration Events
• The Ballroom
The Ballroom at The Dewberry is a modern expression of a classic, grand ballroom. The central focal point, a cast brass and crystal palmetto chandelier, is evocative of old Charleston, yet sits comfortably within the new Ballroom pavilion. The chandelier is a Josef Hoffman design from 1914, produced by Woka in Vienna, Austria. It was created in this size for the first time for the hotel. The walls conces are custom glass fixtures created by Urban Electric specifically for The Ballroom. The floor is a large scale interpretation of a parquet pattern that can befound at Versailles, and is composed of a series of large White Oak planks. Floor to ceiling drapes can be adjusted per your event, creating a rich play of light and shadow between the interior ballroom and the gardens beyond. The ballroom consists of 1,750 square feet, accommodating events for 30 – 150 guest.
• Walled Garden
At 2,250 square feet and featuring Charleston live oaks, ivy-covered historic brick walls, bluestone walk ways and raised garden, the Walled Garden lends itself as the ideal space for an intimate gathering. This unique space accommodates 150 guests alone, and 300 guests in combination with The Ballroom.
• Rivers Room – Located on the hotel’s 8th floor, the Rivers Room is a one-of-kindspace not to be found anywhere else in Charleston. With indoor and outdoor capabilities, the space boasts sweepingviews of the Charleston Harbor and Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to the east and unparalleled views of Marion Square and the steepled skyline of the Holy City to the west. With 15 foot ceilings, this space provides beautiful natural lighting and comes with access of the north outdoor terrace.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
The Living Room named one of Esquire’s Best Bars in America for 2018
The Dewberry isnamed to Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards The Dewberry is named to Trip Experts’ 2017 Experts’ Choice Awards
John Dewberry is a finalist for the Historic Hotel Awards of Excellence as Hotelier of the Year
The Dewberry is named to Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best List”
The Dewberry is named to Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List”
The Dewberry is named “Best Boutique Hotel” by Jetsetter The Dewberry is named “Best Lifestyle Hotel” in the Hospitality Design HD Awards
The Dewberry is named to Food & Wine’s 2017 Hotel Awards
The Dewberry is named to Travel + Leisure’s “It List” – Best New Hotels in the World for 2017
The Dewberry is named a “Notable & New Hotel” by The New York Times
The Dewberry’s The Living Room is named “2016 Bar of the Year” by the editors of Eater Charleston