Located in the heart of downtown Charleston at the bustling intersection of the Ansonborough neighborhood, The Pinch is situated in a prime location within walking distance of high-end retail stores, a bustling dining scene, the College of Charleston and close to historic attractions. With a rich history, Charleston today is a beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, home to a thriving spirit of hospitality that is felt in its welcoming and romantic neighborhoods, preserved architecture, and the resurgence of a thriving cultural and arts scene. Drawing inspiration from the architecture of the existing building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Pinch draws inspiration from the building’s rich past and the city’s preservation efforts over the years, establishing a place that elevates the hospitality through moving design and cultivates a deep respect for heritage.
Housed in two original Victorian-style structures dating back to 1843 alongside a newly constructed building, the new property has been thoughtfully transformed into a boutique hotel experience, featuring 22 luxury rooms and suites and three residences available for guests. stays of 30 days or more. Each of The Pinch’s luxury accommodations are a mix of king and loft rooms, one and two bedroom suites, and residence halls. While there are subtle variations and unique configurations in each room, including private balconies and a landscaped terrace, all feature full kitchens with marble or black walnut countertops, Italian marble farmhouse sinks and unlacquered brass faucets from flight, BlueStar rangesand custom cabinets.
The bathrooms all feature Waterworks unlacquered brass fixtures, hand painted Moroccan terracotta floor tiles, luxurious walk-in showers with Zellige Key black walnut tiles and vanities with polished Arabescato Calacatta stone. All rooms, suites and residences include washers and dryers and large closets. The Lequeux-Williams House penthouse residence features an open concept, separate king bedroom, spacious living and dining room with a working fireplace, and a private lanai overlooking Ellis Alley.
Designed to age gracefully, bespoke finishes cover the minimalist, soulfully designed rooms, including lighting by Santa & Cole, Original BTC, Allied Maker and handmade raku-style glazed ceramic lamps by Aaron Poritz. Artwork from 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 photographs and works by art from various artists.
Furniture in the hotel is an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary, and includes armchairs by Lawson-Fenning, lush velvet sofas by Interior Defined, and a collection of custom pieces by Aaron Poritz & Morris Adjmi via their studio FurnitureWorks. Wall coverings are by Lewis & Wood and Farrow & Ball, and vintage rugs were selected in collaboration with Old New House. Through The Pinch is an assortment of vintage found objects, living plants and books.
The hotel will offer two restaurants coming later this summer: a cozy oyster and cocktail bar, and a full-service restaurant with a lively outdoor cobblestone courtyard. Both restaurants will feature beverage programs featuring quality craft cocktails, as well as a curated list of local beers 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 premium design, boutique hotel experiences and the extended-stay model, while creating thoughtful and distinct dining concepts, to bring a new level of service to the Charleston hotel scene.
Main image credit: MethodCo / Matthew Williams