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Getaway: Charleston’s Hotel Bella Grace

Getaway: Charleston’s Hotel Bella Grace
Written by Lia Grabowski | Photos by Kirk Robert

Charleston Cool

Old meets new in the heart of the Holy City

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Situated near the crossroads of Lower King Street— Charleston, South Carolina’s boutique shopping district—and the lively restaurant and bar scene on Upper King, Hotel Bella Grace is a prime home base for exploring the Holy City. The hotel overlooks Mother Emanuel AME church and is steps from Marion Square Park, a city-block sized green space.

THE VIBE: The hotel is sleek and contemporary, full of white marble, cool gray tones, and mirrored accents.

THE DIGS: Dark hardwood floors, gunmetal bed frames, and dripping black chandeliers provide stark contrast to marble countertops and a statement wall, wallpapered white and gray. The hotel’s fifty rooms include techy touches like reading lights that nest into headboards and USB outlets in bedposts, and suites include a full kitchen with a two-burner glass cooktop, full-sized refrigerator, and dishwasher.

WHERE TO EAT

From the hotel, it’s a short walk to dozens of restaurants–or just a few paces to the Delaney Oyster House. The newly renovated Charleston Single-style home built in 1830 is now a hotspot for fresh seafood. A jaunt down Meeting Street lands you at lauded FIG—book a table well in advance and when you sit down to it, order the ricotta gnocchi—while a few more blocks puts you at Southern revival restaurant Husk (four words: pig ear lettuce wraps) and the nearby 82 Queen (known for she-crab soup, a Lowcountry specialty). Another half-block and you’ll be on King Street at Bin 152, a relaxed neighborhood wine bar perfect for ending the night with a bottle and a cheese board.