Charleston, S.C. has an embarrassment of riches: it’s almost hard to believe how many stylish hotels, top-tier restaurants, lively bars, and historic landmarks this charming city packs into every square mile. Along with the city’s mild climate and events like Charleston Wine + Food festival, it’s what’s made The Holy City one of the buzziest travel destinations of the last decade.
But thanks to its singular combination of style, charm, apartment-style guest rooms and suites, and an ideal location just a block from Marion Square, The Pinch boutique hotel has set itself apart from the crowd since it opened in 2022.
And now, the hotel has opened two much-anticipated on-site restaurants for guests and destination diners to enjoy. This month, The Pinch celebrated the grand opening of Lowland Tavern, and the re-opening of The Quinte oyster bar. Both are helmed by James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Jason Stanhope, formerly of Charleston’s beloved FIG restaurant.
Here’s what to know about The Pinch boutique hotel and its two new restaurants for planning your next trip to The Holy City.
In prime downtown Charleston, on the corner of King and George Streets, a block from Marion Square.
Number of Rooms & Suites
More like the apartment of a stylish friend than a hotel—with carefully curated books, artwork, bar carts, plants, and kitted-out kitchens.
Architecture and Decór
The hotel and its two restaurants are made up of four buildings: a free-standing neoclassical home from 1834, the 1843 Lequeux-Williams House, another Victorian-era structure, and one newly-constructed building.
The interiors of the lobby and guest rooms are plush and energetic, with a deft mix of modern art, contemporary patterned wallpapers, high-end furnishings like velvet sofas, mid-century coffee tables, and statement-making chandeliers.
Thanks to tons of natural light streaming through ample windows, and lovingly-tended plants like potted fiddle-leaf figs and philodendrons, it all feels extra bright and fresh.
- Welcome cocktail
- Fully-equipped kitchens and washer/dryer units in every room
- Chic living areas with high-end furniture
- King-sized beds in every room
- Luxe bathrooms with rain showers
- Complimentary bike loans
- Free in-room coffee
Each of the 22 rooms—plus three residences (including a penthouse), which are bookable for 30+ day extended stays—boast luxe amenities and finishes, including full-size kitchens with marble countertops, oversized rain showers, and washer/dryer units. (Previous to my stay, I’d been staying in hotels with standard amenities for a week, so it was a nice change of pace to relax into a larger space with my own kitchen and living room, and to have the chance to do laundry.)
Bathrooms are luxe and generously sized, with gorgeous tile work and rain showers.
Who It’s Best For
- Digital nomads
- Solo travelers
- Those looking to book an extended 30+ day stay
Other Services & Amenities
- Complimentary WiFi
- Sonos speakers
- Smart TVs
- Daily housekeeping
- 24-hour front desk
- 30+ day extended stays
- Valet parking with unlimited in-and-out privileges ($49/day)
What Else to Know
While The Pinch does not have a fitness studio, they do offer guests complimentary passes to a nearby gym for workouts.
- Marion Square is just a block away
- King Street shopping
- College of Charleston
- Caviar & Bananas gourmet market
- Gibbes Museum of Art
While The Pinch hotel opened in 2022, its two notable restaurants—both helmed by James Beard Award-winning Chef Jason Stanhope—opened this month.
The Quinte oyster bar, housed in turn-of-the-century space just off the hotel lobby, is decorated with a Wes Anderson-inspired color palette, and plays homage to its history as an early 20th-century billiards hall.
Start with a cocktail, glass of Champagne, or beer from Charleston’s robust brewery scene. Then choose from a raw bar menu of oysters and other local shellfish, and luxe-leaning comfort food favorites like like clam and fish chowders, buttered lobster rolls on poppyseed buns, and a mortadella hoagie layered with mozzarella, Castelvetrano olives, and pistachios. For dessert, there will be a rotating sundae sophisticated enough to temp any grownup, like fior di latte soft serve with luxe toppings options.
Lowland Tavern, the hotel’s upscale Southern tavern, sits just across a cobblestone alleyway in the historic Lequeux-Williams House, a three story Greek Revival-style building from 1834 that was previously a private residence.
There, chef Stanhope has created a menu inspired by timeless classics. The tavern burger with jojo potatoes pays homage to one of his favorite burgers—two of New York City’s most famous—from Peter Luger Steak House and Minetta Tavern. The menu also borrows from global cuisines, like a France-meets-South Carolina fish en papillote with green curry clams, peanut and lime, and Lowland Tavern’s take on the British favorite, banoffee pie.
Lowland has several dining spaces and experiences for diners to choose from: on the first floor, the tavern and the parlor. On the second, a Champagne room with a private bar and tasting experience . Plus, there’s an outdoor courtyard for taking advantage of the many months of al fresco dining Charleston offers.
For more information or to book a stay, visit The Pinch.