When you enter The Loutrel, the upscale hotel in Charleston, S.C.’s fashionable French Quarter, you might feel as if you’re on the front porch of someone’s grand old Southern home, instead of a hotel lobby. And that warm and relaxed welcome is exactly how the hotel wants guests to feel when they walk through its doors.
From the potted citrus trees to the wicker furniture, fresh flowers to an expansive landscape painting by local artist Linda Fantuzzo, ceiling fans to a stylish wooden porch swing suspended from the ceiling, the light and bright space was inspired by Charleston’s famous front porches and lush gardens. You can’t wait to order a cocktail and settle into a cushy armchair or relax on the swing.
But that’s not the only calming space that will beckon to you at The Loutrel. Head up to the hotel’s rooftop terrace — one of the city’s best — to survey the Charleston skyline. There’s a nightly happy hour with signature cocktails and delicious canapes, which you can enjoy while getting a bird’s eye view of dozens of historic church steeples and listening to the bells of St. Michael’s church. Since the rooftop is open exclusively to hotel guests and their visitors, it means you don’t have to worry about fighting the crowds at other rooftop bars to enjoy sweeping views of the city alongside top-notch classic cocktails.
And while the serene lobby and rooftop spaces make guests feel world’s away, The Loutrel’s prime central location means guests are within a few blocks from some of Charleston’s