The 179-room Hotel Bennett in Charleston, S.C., opened for business last week. Named for the Charleston-based Bennett family and owned by local hotelier and businessman Michael Bennett, the property is being managed in partnership with Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel company founded by Sheila Johnson, one of M&C's Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry for 2017. Two decades in development, the hotel is on the corner of King Street and Marion Square, former site of the west wing of the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.
The décor combines European architectural inspiration with traditional Southern furnishings and details. "The hotel was constructed with the same classical character and quality as buildings from over a century ago," said Bennett. "To complement Charleston's architectural heritage, we used the finest materials, including beautiful limestone, marble, bronze and copper."
F&B offerings include a two-story signature restaurant, Gabrielle Charleston, with an outdoor terrace overlooking Marion Square and a menu developed by executive chef Michael Sichel using coastal Carolina ingredients. The French-style La Pâtisserie on King Street serves pastries, desserts, sandwiches and coffee. Fiat Lux, the rooftop bar and pool, entices exclusive cabanas and sweeping views of Charleston's cityscape; champagne is the specialty at Camellias at Hotel Bennett.
The property has a curated concierge club, a spa with five treatment rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Planners will note the 12,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes the 6,600-square-foot Crown Ballroom and the rooftop Observatory room.