Why Design Lovers Should Stay at This Coastal-Meets-Modern Charleston Hotel

Based on its coveted waterfront location in Charleston, HarbourView Inn’s recent $1 million design revamp enhances its coastal-meets-modern aesthetic, complete with sunlit rooms, plenty of breezy blues, and an inviting rooftop terrace overlooking the harbor and its spires. dotted skyline of the Holy City.

Now fresh off the redesign, HarbourView is offering a package that includes a private conversation with Jenny Kennan, the notable Charleston designer who oversaw the luxury hotel’s makeover. The immersive package has a strong appeal to design enthusiasts, especially those who are often inspired by boutique hotel design and wonder how to create the feeling of home.

In addition to a two-night stay in the Grand HarbourView Suite, the $3,000 “Southern Design Experience Package” also includes a walking tour of downtown Charleston’s historic neighborhoods guided by Keenan. Worth noting, the hotel is a short distance from the pretty pastel colored Georgian houses that make up the famous Rainbow Row. The design aficionado pack also comes with a $750 credit toward a purchase at Fritz Porter on East Bay Street (one of Keenan’s favorite stores; see more stores she loves below).

As icing on the cake, guests booking this package are treated to a round of drinks at The Bar at The Spectator Hotel, HarbourView’s beautiful sister property that features a 1920s-style clandestine bar. Keenan led the design of the property, which opened in the summer of 2015, and impressed with its hand-painted murals and white Carrara bathrooms.

As part of the June 2021 makeover, HarbourView has commissioned pieces by local artisans such as hand charcoal drawings by artist David Boatwright that are unique to each room and depict iconic landmarks in the greater Charleston area, as well as custom curtains and restored Tiffany blue cabinets.

The 52-room luxury hotel originally opened in 1998 and was the first waterfront hotel in the historic district. In its previous life, the building was an indigo cotton warehouse from the 1930s. Historic touches are still present throughout the hotel, including 14-foot ceilings and exposed brick in the historic wing of the hotel. The interior redesign includes subtle nautical-inspired touches in the common areas, guest rooms and the private roof terrace, which has been given new furnishings.

Nautical blues, creams and grays provide a soothing color palette and the hotel’s custom carpeting is by Fine Rugs of Charleston.

Wondering where to shop while in Charleston? Here are a few places Keenan has identified as her favorites:

  • Located in a converted cigar factory, Fritz Porter manages products by contemporary designers and fine antiques. Find a goldmine of artisan wallpaper and textile designs here that will inspire your own home makeover.
  • Surrounded by a lavish nursery, Elizabeth Stuart’s flagship boutique and garden shop has a wonderful stock of antiques, jewelry, art and decor inspired by travel.
  • More than 30 vendors from the Southeast sell one-of-a-kind pieces at Wynsum Antiques & Interiors, a treasury on King Street.
  • Find an eclectic collection of furniture, rugs, lighting, antiques and textiles in 17 South. The collective includes more than 30 suppliers.


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