The Art Hubs

Revel in the energy and beauty of art

Charleston has always embraced the notion that art and culture have the power to transform a community. Many of the city’s cutting-edge hotels are bringing rotating art exhibits—and often the artists themselves— to the guest-room door. Collections range from antique to contemporary, portraits to sculpture.

Photograph of a gallery at The Grand Bohemian
Photograph of the pool at The Renaissance
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Hotels

Photograph of a bathroom at the Renaissance Charleston Hotel
Photograph of a common area at the Renaissance Charleston Hotel

RENAISSANCE CHARLESTON HOTEL

The Renaissance Charleston Hotel melds past and present with an impressive array of contemporary art. During its recent renovation, the property enlisted King Street’s Mitchell Hill gallery to source work by artists who exhibit in Charleston. The resulting lobby gallery wall is now the conversation piece of its collection, which also includes salon-style groupings and custom corridor murals that pay homage to the work of local blacksmith Philip Simmons.

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VENDUE INN

At the newly renovated Vendue Inn, a series of historic warehouses from the late 1700s, 45 guest rooms and elegant public spaces feature more than 300 pieces of modern art and sculpture. To catch the latest additions (and perhaps purchase a piece of your own), check out the artist-in-residence studio. Or, grab a table in the Drawing Room, where the visiting artist practices his or her craft once a week during dinner. Just be sure not to miss the stunning views of the French Quarter and Charleston Harbor from the rooftop restaurant and bar.

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Photograph of a gallery at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston
Photograph of a bedroom at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston

GRAND BOHEMIAN HOTEL CHARLESTON

The Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston’s gallery director curates a vast display of paintings, jewelry, sculpture, glassworks, and more from local, national, and international artists in a museum-style setting. A separate interior atrium space lends an interactive dynamism to the hotel’s cutting-edge approach to exhibition. Everything is available for purchase—and, like all Grand Bohemian Galleries, the Charleston location hosts monthly shows and meet-and-greet receptions with visiting artists.

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Photograph of the rooftop patio at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston