High Street Real Estate Partners, WHI Real Estate Partners, and Pivot announced the Spring 2021 opening of The Ryder Hotel. Situated in the heart of Charleston’s famed Historic District, the boutique hotel imagined by Cortney Bishop Design brings new, upscale hospitality to the Lowcountry with 91 guestrooms and suites. The Ryder features food and beverage experiences exclusively by Gin & Luck, the hospitality company behind Death & Co, along with an intimate indoor lounge adjacent to the vibrant pool deck and courtyard terrace. The lobby offers a grab-and-go café and retail area with towels, totes, and other sundries.
“The Ryder is poised to be the city’s newest social hub for visitors and locals alike,” said Ryan Rauscher, general manager of The Ryder. “Charleston is one of the most beloved travel destinations with such a rich history, incredible dining, and charming inns. At The Ryder, we wanted to create something different and new that genuinely adds to the city’s appeal. With the collaborative vision of our acclaimed design and culinary partners, we’ve done just that.”
In collaboration with award-winning Charleston-based firms Cortney Bishop Design and Goff D’Antonio Associates, The Ryder draws inspiration from the destination’s relaxed, but vibrant energy and proximity to the coast. With an eased yet sophisticated style, the hotel’s design incorporates artisanal details, including earthy red tones and environmental hues with light stained wood throughout, accented by hand-crafted furniture mixed with modern décor and vintage finds. The warm color palette is brought to life by a flooding of natural light, creating an open, airy lofted lobby with a laid-back bohemian aesthetic.
Accommodations at The Ryder carry on the hotel’s fresh, playful energy and nod to bohemian flare. New Breed Furniture, longtime furniture craftsman and collaborator to Cortney Bishop, assisted with the ideation of custom furnishings for the guestrooms and suites—from the headboard and armoire to the nightstands and desks. Artwork from coastal artists Ron Royals and Katie Gong accent the walls, two makers who draw inspiration from the east and west coast, while guestrooms feature ceramic tumblers commissioned from a Charleston-born, west coast artisan. Select guestrooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the city’s historic quarters, while others offer French doors that lead to covered balconies overlooking the pool deck and courtyard below. Signature Malin & Goetz bath amenities are complemented by plush robes and slippers. Accommodations also feature a curated selection of snacks and refreshments.
The Ryder’s premier Hospitality Suite spans 1,045 square feet with an expansive living area, powder room, kitchenette, and private balcony—perfect for entertaining and creating memorable moments with friends and family. Providing the utmost comfort and relaxation after a day spent exploring Charleston, the suite is outfitted with a luxurious king bed connected to a spacious and modern bathroom complete with a glass shower and oversized soaking tub.
True to Charleston’s reputation as a leading culinary destination, The Ryder offers distinct dining experiences helmed by Gin & Luck, the award-winning hospitality group behind the renowned cocktail institution, Death & Co. Guests are greeted in the lobby with a lively coffee bar and café, serving up barista-crafted beverages, signature daytime fare, and grab-and-go offerings. Following a wide staircase up to the mezzanine-level overlooking the vibrant space below, a cozy, vintage-inspired lounge awaits. Warm and inviting seating surrounding a large fireplace welcomes visitors for a leisurely breakfast, afternoon latte or kombucha, or pre-dinner cocktail.
The hotel’s main focal point and social hub is the second-floor courtyard and pool deck—an inviting space for guests and locals to relax with poolside loungers surrounded by lush landscaping. A large, tropical palm art piece by Headspace Murals is the centerpiece of the cozy courtyard, infusing warm and natural tones that are complemented by the surrounding greenery. Headspace Murals, a local Charleston company that specializes in placemaking, has selectively stamped the city with its modern, minimalist, large-scale murals. The calm and welcoming pool deck further extends into the indoor-outdoor bar and restaurant, Little Palm.
Drawing inspiration from the coastal leisure culture of St. Tropez, Little Palm is at once elegant and comfortable, an environment of escape, relaxation, and liveliness. The cocktail program is breezy and joyful, focusing on a blend of low-ABV, sessionable cocktails, and simple variations on classics with thoughtful tropical touches. The inventive offerings are designed to take guests from day to night seamlessly, and dishes center on fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared simply and honestly.
The hotel—alongside Charleston as a leading green travel destination—places a strong emphasis on eco-friendly elements throughout the guest experience, as well as a commitment to environmental conservation. With no single-use plastic water bottles on-site, the hotel offers various water refill stations for guests, as well as reusable stainless steel water bottles available for purchase.
An ideal home base for discovering Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry, The Ryder invites guests to explore the history and charm of the region. Footsteps away from the storied streets of The Holy City, the hotel is conveniently located to renowned restaurants, museums, and markets, and offers guests unique experiences to embrace the destination’s soulful lifestyle in an unscripted, authentic way.