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LGBTQ Charm in Charleston


Charleston, South Carolina has always been known for exuding charm and history, but it is also an LGBTQ-friendly destination. The picturesque city offers many attractions that will be of interest to the community in addition to a number of hotels that are welcoming and great choices for your stay in Charleston.

HOTEL BENNETT 404 King Street, Charleston (843) 835-2625

Overlooking Charleston’s historic Marion Square, Hotel Bennett is located in the heart of downtown Charleston. This luxurious hotel features 179 guest rooms and suites, a signature restaurant with spectacular views of Marion Square, and a sophisticated lounge and bar. Chef Michael Sichel of the iconic New Orleans fine-dining establishment Galatoire's serves as executive chef to Hotel Bennett’s signature restaurant. Nationally renowned for his culinary expertise, Sichel has appeared in Travel Channel’s Food Paradise, Bravo TV’s Top Chef: New Orleans and has been a featured guest at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Hotel Bennett boasts a rooftop pool with cabanas, a luxury spa, event and meeting space, French patisserie and Camellias, a classic bar featuring reclaimed pink marble, and a mirrored ceiling.

VENDUE INN 19 Vendue Range, Charleston (843) 577-7970 or (800) 845-7900

The Vendue, a boutique hotel in downtown Charleston, is the only historic property (dating back to the 1780s) dedicated to the arts, with 300 original pieces installed throughout the hotel. Two dining experiences are offered on site including Revival and The Rooftop.

GRAND BOHEMIAN HOTEL 55 Wentworth Street, Charleston (843) 722-5711

Located at the corner of Wentworth and Meeting Streets, the 50-room Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston houses an on-site art gallery featuring local, national, and international artists, as well as a wine blending and tasting room, fitness center, and specialty coffee shop. A rooftop terrace offers views of Charleston’s skyline.

THE DEWBERRY 344 Meeting Street, Charleston (843) 558-8000

This luxury hotel is perfectly situated in the center of Charleston’s downtown district, offering spectacular views of the harbor and city. In addition to a Rooftop Terrace, The Dewberry boasts a stunning ballroom and lush walled gardens. Sip cocktails in The Living Room, located in The Dewberry’s art deco themed lobby, and enjoy “Southern brasserie” fare at the hotel’s restaurant, Henrietta’s.

Photos Courtesy of Explore Charleston, ExploreCharleston.com

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