Charleston’s newest hotel The Ryder is a playful bohemian offering for visitors seeking a convivial atmosphere in this historic South Carolina city.  It sits in the heart of downtown Charleston, just blocks from Waterfront Park, King Street shopping and the fabled Charleston Historic Market.

The hotel teamed up with locals at every level, bringing in Cortney Bishop, a local design studio, to design the entire hotel. Local woodworker New Breed Furniture designed all guestroom furnishings—from headboards and armoires to nightstands and desks. Look for works by local photographer Ron Royals on the walls, and glass tumblers commissioned from a Charleston-based artisan in each guestroom.

Blonde wood tones and coastal Carolina hues accented by abundant natural light lend the property a sophisticated but unfussy bohemian aesthetic. That same playful energy infuses the food and drink experiences, all managed by hospitality firm Gin & Luck (the geniuses behind the legendary Death & Co. cocktail bar).

Barista-quality caffeine offerings, breakfast, and grab and go meals are on at the Ryder Café, located in the lobby. For a more relaxed setting, wander upstairs to the mezzanine level–which overlooks the vibrant space below. Here, guests can tuck into a seat in their cozy lounge accented by a large fireplace and enjoy a leisurely breakfast, afternoon tea, or pre-dinner cocktail.

General Manager Ryan Rauscher is quick to note that the hotel’s main focal point and social hub is the second-floor courtyard, pool deck, and anchor restaurant, Little Palm. Says Rauscher, “we wanted it to be a social hub for visitors and to offer something unique to the Charleston scene—a place to see and be seen.” Little Palm will offer a full lunch and dinner menu as well as craft cocktails, beer, and wine. The restaurant experience delivers everything from a table for two meal (with dishes such as salads, wagyu beef and succotash) to large group options such as the bucket of Miller Light accompanied by spicy tequila shooters and freshly shucked oysters—perfect served poolside.

Rauscher is most excited about the partnerships and planned experiences at The Ryder. “We are looking to offer unique ways to enjoy best of Charleston’s nature, art and activities.” They currently have a plan to offer guests a chance to design their own surfboard, customizing the shape and graphic, and are partnering with local water conservationists to give guests a chance to work on beach erosion projects.

Best Room in the House?

Surely the Premier One-Bedroom Suite which boasts 1,045 square feet with floor-to-ceiling windows, living area, powder room, kitchenette, and balcony with French doors that overlook Meeting Street and the pool deck. The neighboring studio suite connects by an interior hallway and both can be sold as a unit—perfect for a wedding party or socially-distant private family getaway.



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