The overall tone of Zero George Street in Charleston, South Carolina, is opulent, laid-back Old South, but the details are modern luxe. This contemporary boutique hotel opened early last year with 16 plush guest suites spread over five two- and three-story early-19th-century buildings in a quiet corner of historic Charleston.
The Federal-style buildings, complete with wide verandas perfect for sipping wine in the moonlight, are set around an intimate courtyard filled with towering palms, cast-iron statues and lush green shrubbery. The hotel’s name is derived from its address, which actually is Zero George Street.
Situated in a quiet corner of the upscale Ansonborough neighborhood, the hotel is within short walking distance of several tourist attractions including the open-air Charleston City Market and a quaint cobblestoned warren of streets with restaurants, bars, cafes and retailers from Gucci to local honey purveyors.
My veranda queen room was done in a palette of pale sage and cream, with white shutters and elegant dark wood furniture. It was comfortable and soothing. Since the hotel concierge had emailed a few days ahead to inquire about my preferences, the bed came well stocked with firm, lovely pillows. (He also gave detailed restaurant recommendations in his email.)
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to the Miami Herald
Although my room shared a veranda with the one next door, it was perfectly quiet — a sweet spot to relax on a plump sofa at the end of the day.
Free bottled water, Izze clementine sodas, coffee and tea were a nice touch, in addition to the iPhone docking station and free Wi-Fi.
The bathroom was a pleasant bright space with a large glass-doored shower equipped with a sleek Grohe rainshower and hand-held showerhead.
The hotel’s Zero Restaurant serves wine, cocktails like a Palmetto Express (ginger bourbon, hibiscus syrup, ginger beer and lemon) and dishes from tempura local vegetables to pan-roasted wreckfish. (There’s also 24-hour room service.) A continental breakfast is included in the rate.
The bright setting — complete with outdoor seating on a garden patio — was lovely, although it became less so when I overheard a staff member loudly complaining about his “long, long day.”
Amenities: In addition to a super-attentive concierge, the hotel had a spacious and beautiful model kitchen off the lobby where a chef holds cooking lessons. There were also a free wine and cheese happy hour and turndown service as well as coffee, espressos and cappuccinos 24 hours a day via a sleek Miele coffee machine in the bar area.
▪ Zero George Street, 0 George St., Charleston, South Carolina; 843-817-7900; zerogeorge.com. Rooms from $289 for a queen bedroom with a shared veranda.