Nestled in two original Victorian structures dating back to 1843 (and one newly constructed building) The Pinch hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, is a luxurious boutique accommodation with exquisite Southern charm. On the National Register of Historic Places, The Pinch is a testament to the city’s rich past and boasts a timeless aesthetic that fuses historical features like wooden windows and French doors with contemporary finishes such as a vegetable-dyed rug, custom sofas, and awe-inspiring colorways.
With 25 rooms, the accommodations include a mixture of king and loft rooms, one- and two-bedroom suites, and rooms that are available for stays of 30 days or more. In each room there is a full-size kitchen with cookware and utensils, a washer and dryer, rain showers, and large closets—there are also worldly touches such as Italian marble farmhouse sinks in the kitchens and Moroccan floor tiles in the bathrooms.
Extending the warm welcome to the region is The Quinte, which is in the lobby. Opened in November 2022, The Quinte is a swanky, European-inspired oyster bar that showcases fresh, local Charleston seafood. The eatery’s sophisticated interior draws inspiration from the space’s prior occupancy as a billiards hall and cigar parlor that was established in 1918 and once hosted a tournament for stationed servicemen called “The Quinte.” However, today, the name takes on new meaning. “The name ‘Quinte’ was derived from the word ‘quintessence,’ which originally referred to a magical and mysterious fifth essence that was superior to the other four classical elements: air, earth, fire, and water. This sentiment can also be found within the concept of an eight-ball, which is arguably the most crucial ball in a billiards rack, as it deems who ultimately wins and losses,” a representative of The Quinte said in a prepared statement.
The Quinte fits up to 40 diners with its elongated 12-seat marble oyster bar and cafe-style seating. Keeping things simple, the bar focuses on providing spirits and a 40-bottle wine selection that complements the food, including seafood towers, caviar, shrimp cocktails, and oysters, of course, all conceptualized by Executive Chef Nicolas Quintero.
Additional dining options and meeting space will be available in spring 2023 with the addition of a full-service restaurant and courtyard garden that features an outdoor seating area just beyond a carriage house.