Located in the heart of downtown Charleston on the bustling intersection 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 historical attractions. With a rich history, Charleston today is a beautifully preserved architectural and historical treasure, home to a thriving hospitality spirit that can be felt throughout its welcoming, romantic neighborhoods, preserved architecture, and the resurgence of a thriving cultural and art scene. 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 that elevates hospitality through soulful design, and cultivates a deep respect for heritage.
Housed in two original Victorian-style structures dating back as early as 1843, alongside one newly constructed building, the new property has been thoughtfully transformed into a boutique hotel experience, featuring 22 luxury guestrooms and suites, and three residences that are available for stays of 30 days or longer. Each of The Pinch’s luxury accommodations are a mix of king and loft rooms, one- and two-bedroom suites, and residences. While there are subtle variations and unique configurations in each room, including private balconies and a landscaped terrace, all feature a full kitchen with marble or black walnut countertops, Italian marble farmhouse sinks and unlacquered brass taps by deVOL, BlueStar ranges, and custom cabinetry.
The bathrooms all feature unlacquered brass Waterworks fixtures, hand-painted terracotta Moroccan floor tiles, luxurious walk-in showers with Clé Zellige tiles, and black walnut vanities with honed Arabescato Calacatta stone. All rooms, suites, and residences include washers and dryers and ample closets. The Lequeux-Williams House penthouse residence features an open concept, separate king bedroom, spacious living and dining area with a working fireplace, as well as a private veranda overlooking Ellis Alley.
Built to age gracefully, bespoke finishes layer the minimal, soulfully designed rooms, including lighting from Santa & Cole, Original BTC, Allied Maker, and handmade open-fired raku style ceramic glazed lamps by Aaron Poritz. Artwork throughout The Pinch includes etchings, graphite, and paintings by Lucas Reiner, lithographs by David Salle and Kelsey Brookes, paintings by Fausto Rossi, in addition to a collection of photography and artwork by various artists.
Furnishings in the hotel are an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary, and include armchairs from Lawson-Fenning, lush velvet sofas by Interior Defined, and a collection of custom pieces by Aaron Poritz & Morris Adjmi through their FurnitureWorks studio. Wallcoverings throughout are by Lewis & Wood and Farrow & Ball, and vintage rugs were curated in collaboration with Old New House. Throughout The Pinch is an assortment of vintage found objects, living plants and books.
The hotel will feature two restaurants coming later this summer: a cozy oyster & cocktail den, and a full-service destination restaurant with a vibrant outdoor cobblestone courtyard. Both restaurants will showcase beverage programs that feature quality-driven craft cocktails along with a curated list of local beer and an extensive wine selection with a focus on French and European producers.
The Pinch is the second hotel to open outside of Philadelphia for Method Co., the visionaries behind the hospitality concepts of Wm. Mulherin’s Sons, HIROKI, ROOST Apartment Hotels and Whyle. The Pinch will continue the brand’s mission of blending high design, boutique hotel experiences and the extended stay model, along with creating thoughtful and distinct culinary concepts, to bring a new level of service to Charleston’s hospitality scene.
Main image credit: MethodCo / Matthew Williams