Southern Exposure with Black Southern Belle: Hotel Bennett

For those craving the luxury and exclusivity of the early 19th century, Hotel Bennett located in historic Charleston may be for you. The hotel is a haven with one-of-a-kind accommodations, champagne bar, French-inspired Pâtisserie, rooftop pool, signature spa, two majestic ballrooms, and an observatory available for events.

The views are equally astonishing, whether you’re looking at the hotel from the sky, street level or the interior looking out – it’s a hotel with a view. The grandiose hotel is located on the famous “King Street” in downtown Charleston. Located at the site of the original west wing of The Citadel, South Carolina’s former Military Academy, and more recently, the Charleston Library.

The new build hotel pays homage to Charlestonians and European classic design. 179 stylish guest rooms and suites fill the 9 story hotel and transcend traditional upscale accommodations with custom furnishings and design that authentically reflect Charleston’s famed elegance and grace. But before you retreat to your room, your first step into luxury is its Foyer featuring exquisite Galala limestone, French-inspired mirrored glass, and decorative staircase detailing.

Gabrielle Charleston is Hotel Bennett’s refined and lively restaurant offering a palate-pleasing dining experience by chef Michael Sichel. It is hosted in the serene courtyard terrace, appropriately named The Plaza. If you are not ready for a “grand” meal, then head over to the namesake Camellias, Charleston’s premier Champagne Bar. The Champagne Bar evokes a rosé vibe and offers an extensive champagne list with tantalizing food pairings. In pursuit of a more low-key experience? Enjoy an English tradition with a touch of the South during tea time from 2:00 – 4:00 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with a specialty selection of delectable bites.

For a fashionable experience with modern amenities and Southern flair, head to the grandeur of Hotel Bennett in a city known for its unmatched hospitality and cuisine.


Michiel Perry | Michiel Perry is the founder of Black Southern Belle and the curated network of diverse brands Black Southern Belle Collective. Prior to her blog, Michiel worked as a brand strategist and event planner for Google, Inc in Washington, D.C. and a collegiate marketing ambassador at Lillybee. In 2014, she was inspired to develop this lifestyle brand highlighting diverse Southern tastemakers and all things “Southern Bred and Soul Infused”, while planning her Charleston wedding and decorating her first home. She desired to build a community to inspire, experience, share a love for the South.

Michiel resides in a historic home outside of Charleston with her husband and son. When she is not exploring the South, creating inspired entertaining experiences, or working with brands, you can find her adding to her antique collections and sharing her love for the low country.

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