It can be hard to stand out in a city full of hip hotels and lauded luxury stays, but after a year in business, The Pinch stands tall among Charleston’s best. Tucked in the corner of King and George streets, the 24-room boutique hotel is an eclectic respite from the bustling shopping and business district. It comprises several historic 1869 buildings, but the boho-chic interior feels fresh and new. Rooms and suites are trendy and upscale without any stuffiness, and each features a full kitchen. Natural, modern elements keep things light and bright: A variety of plants give life to the rooms, stylish lighting fixtures add warmth, and wooden accents along with shades of burnt orange and beige complement the botanical inspirations.
While the rooms may evoke tranquility, the cozy oyster and cocktail bar is a different story. The Parisian-inspired Quinte is dark and moody but quite lively, with the 20-seat bar easily filling up when happy hour rolls around. Inventive takes on raw oysters take it up a notch; on a recent visit, the “dressed” oyster of the day was topped with strawberry and foie gras.
With thoughtful touches that enhance the visitor experience, the Pinch strikes the right balance between luxury and comfort—without trying too hard. A coffee and breakfast spread features pastries from neighborhood bakery Baguette Magic every morning. A partnership with Pivotal Fitness down the block means complimentary access to a full gym. The on-site spa promises a few hours of peaceful leisure, while the hotel’s bikeshare program encourages exploration of the city. To further customize each guest’s travels, the Pinch even offers services ranging from grocery delivery to a private sailing excursion.
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Alexandra Smith, general manager at the Pinch, shares her recommendations for things to see, eat, and do in Charleston.
White Point Garden
“This waterfront garden is a favorite for locals and visitors alike—a postcard picture of Charleston’s historic homes and gardens overlooking the harbor.”
“Charleston’s newest Italian spot features handmade pasta and craft cocktails. It can be difficult to reserve, so go early and grab a seat at the chic bar where they serve the full menu. Stop by their mercato in the daytime for gorgeous pastries and delicious coffees.”
“There’s no better way to experience the Charleston peninsula than by boat. Soak in the skyline dotted with church steeples and historic landmarks.”
This article appears in the Fall 2023 issue of Southbound.