If Southern hospitality had a single home, it would be Hotel Emeline. The beautiful, historic hotel is in downtown Charleston, right by the market. It offers a unique blend of old-fashion Southern charm and modern luxuries.
The creators of the boutique hotel experience imagined Emeline as a person. She’s well-traveled, a collector of items from all over the globe, and the preeminent hostess, ready to hand you a cocktail and usher you into her sitting room. The hotel playfully weaves that idea into the entire stay. The result is a place that feels equally suited to the out-of-towner and to the Charleston native, looking to nestle up in Clerks coffeeshop or sip a glass of wine in the courtyard of Frannie & the Fox, the on-site restaurant and bar.
The building incorporates various local vendors, from Smithey Ironware to the Urban Electric Co. fixtures. Although it was fully renovated, it retains much of the charm of historic Charleston through thoughtful design choices.
Once inside the rooms, of which there are more than 200, the amenities include custom-embroidered linens and towels from Matouk, Signature Emeline soft-water room mist from Red Flower, and custom ceramic vanity accessories crafted by Susan Gregory, a talented Charleston artist. All rooms even come with Crosley turntables, custom vinyl records, and a highly versatile dining or workspace.
Emeline’s hospitality doesn’t stop at the individual suites, either. The hotel offers a breathtaking outdoor courtyard and greenhouse, still and sparkling water stations in every corridor, a valet parking service, a concierge service, a fitness center, and a dry cleaning service. Emeline even has some amenities for furry, four-legged travelers!
If you can bring yourself to leave the rooms and your snuggly robe, the dynamic area around Emeline brings its own history and luxuries.
Out and About
Frannie & the Fox downstairs presents a wood-burning, Italian-inspired concept of shareable dishes and craft cocktails. The restaurant extends outdoors with a twinkle-light strewn courtyard and an event space behind it, nestled out of view.
Emeline is in one of Charleston’s most prime, walkable locations, right off of Market Street. Tempest, an upscale sustainable seafood restaurant, is only a three-minute walk away from the hotel. And Carmella’s bakery and Kaminsky’s dessert cafe are both around the corner for after-dinner treats.
From there, using Emeline’s bicycles or on foot, you can also experience Charleston’s infamous Pineapple Fountain at the twelve-acre waterfront park. The site even won the 2007 Landmark Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Speaking of beautiful views, Rainbow Row is also worth a stop. This distinctive line of colorful Charleston houses is amongst the most picturesque and well-known spots in the entire city.
No matter what brings you to the Holy City, Hotel Emeline provides ample access to whatever it is you’re seeking. Here, you’llfind a reliable place to return to time and again.