Sitting at the crossroads of King & George Street of historic Charleston, The Pinch is a new luxury boutique hotel housed in two original Victorian-style structures dating back as early as 1843, alongside one newly constructed building. The property has been thoughtfully transformed today into a boutique hotel experience, featuring twenty-two luxury rooms and suites, plus three residences that are fully furnished and available for stays of 30 days or longer. The Pinch also includes two restaurant spaces, one is a cozy oyster & cocktail den, and the other is a full-service destination restaurant with a vibrant outdoor cobblestone courtyard.
Located in the heart of downtown Charleston on the bustling intersection of King & George Street in the Ansonborough neighborhood, The Pinch is situated in a prime location just steps away from high-end retail shops, a vibrant dining scene, the College of Charleston and close to many historical attractions.
With a rich history, Charleston today is America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historical treasure, home to a thriving hospitality spirit that can be felt throughout its welcoming, romantic neighborhoods, preserved architecture, award-winning restaurants and the resurgence of a thriving cultural and art scene.
ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY
Taking cues from the existing building’s architecture, which are part of the National Register of Historic Places, The Pinch draws inspiration from the building’s rich past and city’s preservation efforts over the years, establishing a place today that elevates hospitality through soulful design, and cultivates a deep respect for heritage. The hotel and restaurants are an assemblage of three buildings, with luxurious rooms, suites and residences, a hotel lobby, spa, and oyster & cocktail bar, all housed in the former Bob Ellis buildings that were built in 1869, which still features the original facade retained along King Street, while the Lequeux-Williams House, previously a private residence dating back to 1843, has been repurposed into a full-service destination restaurant and bar that boasts an expansive third-floor penthouse residence with original detailing, a bespoke kitchen, and a working fireplace.
The Pinch was developed and designed by Philadelphia-based hospitality company, Method Co., in partnership with renowned New York-based architect, Morris Adjmi Architects.
The Pinch is aesthetically motivated by the heritage of its location, drawing inspiration from the city’s preservation efforts over the years. The interiors draw inspiration extensively on ensuring a timeless appeal, traversing a crisp, streamlined aesthetic to create a contemporary look, where each of the guestrooms, public spaces, and residences fuse the heritage of its built environment with warm tones from traditional materials such as clay, stone, and original wood, melded with modern design elements to create a multi-layered look -- one that reflects Charleston’s constantly evolving future with its nostalgic appeal.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
The ground floor is also home to the hotel’s two full-service restaurants: The Quinte, a turn-of-the-century oyster house & bar with a direct connection to the lobby in the main building; along with a destination restaurant located across Ellis Alley in the Lequeux-Williams House, a freestanding, nineteenth-century neoclassical house. Both were designed by the Philadelphia-based company, Method Studios in collaboration with Stokes Architecture.
Named for the native terrain and cultural region along South Carolina’s winding waterways and maritime forests, Lowland Tavern on George Street employs Chef Stanhope’s signature style, utilizing local ingredients and purveyors that make up the fabric of the hotel’s community to create simple yet flavorful dishes rooted in nostalgia and timeless classic.
The Dining Room on the second floor, will offer an approachable fine dining experience in an elegant and relaxed backdrop for intimate private dining with a chef tasting menu to compliment Lowland Tavern. The space features a hand-painted atmospheric mural of shadowy psychedelic Spanish Moss on Bald Cypress Trees by renowned artist Dean Barger Studios enwraps the room, setting the tone of the layered and romantic space that carries the aesthetic of Japanese painter Hasegawa Tohaku.