February 26, 2024

The Pinch Hotel in Charleston opens Lowland Tavern with award-winning bearded chef

Charleston, SC has an embarrassment of riches: it’s almost hard to believe how many stylish hotels, top restaurants, lively bars, and historic sites this charming city packs into every square mile. Together with the city’s mild climate and events like the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, this has made The Holy City one of the busiest travel destinations of the past decade.

But thanks to its unique combination of style, charm, apartment-style rooms and suites and an ideal location just steps from Marion Square, boutique hotel The Pinch has stood out from the crowd since opening in 2022.

And now the hotel has opened two highly anticipated on-site restaurants for guests and destination guests to enjoy. This month, The Pinch celebrated the festive opening of Lowland Tavern and the reopening of oyster bar The Quinte. Both are led by James Beard Award-winning Chef Jason Stanhope, formerly of Charleston’s beloved FIG restaurant.

Here’s what you need to know about The Pinch boutique hotel and its two new restaurants before planning your next trip to The Holy City.

Place

In prime downtown Charleston, on the corner of King and George Streets, steps from Marion Square.

Number of rooms and suites

24

The atmosphere

It looks more like a stylish friend’s apartment than a hotel, with carefully curated books, artwork, bar carts, plants and fitted kitchens.

Architecture and decor

The hotel and its two restaurants consist of four buildings: a detached neoclassical house from 1834, the Lequeux-Williams House from 1843, another Victorian-era building and a newly constructed building.

The interior design of the lobby and guest rooms is luxurious and energetic, with a deft mix of modern art, contemporary patterned wallpaper, luxurious furnishings such as velvet sofas, mid-century coffee tables and striking chandeliers.

Thanks to the lots of natural light coming in through the large windows, and the lovingly cared for plants such as fiddle-leaf figs and philodendrons, it all feels extra bright and fresh.

Highlights

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Fully equipped kitchens and washer/dryer units in every room
  • Chic living spaces with luxurious furnishings
  • King beds in every room
  • Luxury bathrooms with rain showers
  • Free bicycle loans
  • Free coffee in the room

Accommodations

Each of the 22 rooms, plus three residences (including a penthouse), bookable for extended stays of more than 30 days, feature luxurious amenities and finishes, including large kitchens with marble countertops, oversized rain showers and washer/dryer units . (Prior to my stay, I spent a week staying in hotels with basic amenities, so it was a nice change to relax in a larger space with my own kitchen and living room, and have the chance to do laundry.)

The bathrooms are luxurious and spacious, with beautiful tile work and rain showers.

For whom it is best

  • Digital nomads
  • Couples
  • Solo travelers
  • Those who want to book an extended stay of more than 30 days

Other services and amenities

  • Free WIFI
  • Sonos speakers
  • Smart TVs
  • Daily cleaning
  • 24-hour reception
  • Extended stays of more than 30 days
  • Valet parking with unlimited in and out ($49/day)

What else you need to know

Although The Pinch does not have a fitness studio, they do offer guests free passes to a nearby gym.

What’s nearby

  • Marion Square is just a block away
  • Shopping in Koningsstraat
  • College of Charleston
  • Gourmet market for caviar and bananas
  • Gibbes Art Museum

To dine

While The Pinch hotel opened in 2022, its two notable restaurants, both led by James Beard Award-winning chef Jason Stanhope, opened this month.

Housed in a turn-of-the-century space just off the hotel lobby, the Quinte oyster bar is decorated with a Wes Anderson-inspired color palette and pays tribute to the early 20th-century billiards hall’s history.

Start with a cocktail, glass of champagne, or beer from Charleston’s robust brewery scene. Then choose from a raw bar menu featuring oysters and other local shellfish, and upscale comfort food favorites like clam and fish chowder, buttered lobster rolls on poppy seed rolls, and a mortadella hoagie layered with mozzarella, Castelvetrano olives, and pistachios. For dessert there will be a rotating sundae, refined enough to tempt any adult fior di latte soft ice cream with luxurious toppings.

Lowland Tavern, the hotel’s upscale southern tavern, is located across a cobblestone alley in the historic Lequeux-Williams House, a three-story Greek Revival-style building built in 1834 that was previously a private residence.

There, chef Stanhope has put together a menu inspired by timeless classics. The tavern burger with yo-yo potatoes pays tribute 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, such as a fish from France and South Carolina en papillote with green curry clams, peanuts and lime, and Lowland Tavern’s take on the British favorite banoffee pie.

Lowland has several dining areas and experiences for guests to choose from: on the first floor, the tavern and the salon. Secondly, a champagne room with a private bar and tasting. In addition, there is a courtyard where you can take advantage of the many months outside dining in Charleston.

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