Tour all of Hotel Bennett, from the pink tea room to the rooftop pool 

Room by room

click to enlarge The pink, egg-shaped bar was inspired by a Fabergé jewel box - RUTA SMITH
  • Ruta Smith
  • The pink, egg-shaped bar was inspired by a Fabergé jewel box
We toured the Hotel Bennett on Thursday to grab a few snapshots of the elegant AF 179 room hotel, already teeming with 80 guests and a tech conference on the second floor.

Check the photos (no, it's not a movie set) and read up on the details for Camellias and the rooftop pool — we've already covered the Patisserie and signature restaurant Gabrielle — both of which promise prime over-the-top Instagram opps:

Fiat Luxe: The rooftop pool and bar

click to enlarge Rent out cabanas during the summer and never leave King Street - RUTA SMITH
  • Ruta Smith
  • Rent out cabanas during the summer and never leave King Street

The Fiat Luxe rooftop bar and pool draws its name from the Latin phrase for "let there be light." Facing toward the Charleston Harbor, the rooftop hangout offers perhaps the clearest view of the peninsula we've ever been privy to. That also means a front row seat to eyesore cruise ships, but that's what cabanas are for!

In the coming weeks, the cabanas and pool area will be open in the evenings to the general public by reservation, including for private parties. Until then, don't pop into the 35-foot pool without a room card, OK?

click to enlarge You can sip a bottled cocktail and people watch from here!! - RUTA SMITH
  • Ruta Smith
  • You can sip a bottled cocktail and people watch from here!!
The Fiat Lux bar will be open daily at 11 a.m. for any and everyone, though. When the weather's nice (should be soon) the bar's doors open to a wrap-around terrace. Sip on cocktails designed by hotel mixologist Steven Huddleston like The Swindler, made with Belvedere wild berry vodka, Combier triple sec, simple syrup, lemon acid replacement, and activated charcoal; and the Old Fashioned Revolution, featuring Makers Mark, Templeton Rye, Boulard Calvados, Hennessey cognac, rich simple syrup, Bitterman's mole bitters, and Angostura bitters. There will also be special bottled cocktails designed for easeful poolside sippin.'

Bites at the bar, developed by the hotels exec chef Michael Sichel, will include snapper ceviche, roasted beets and feta, and Greek style lamb kabobs.

Camellias: The "Ladies Bar"

click to enlarge Pink dreams are made of these - RUTA SMITH
  • Ruta Smith
  • Pink dreams are made of these
Back in 2016 when we first learned that Hotel Bennett would have an all-pink and flower-themed bar called Camellias, we were a bit, err, confused, about the bandying about of the term "ladies bar."

We toured the space yesterday and yes, it's still so pink even Molly Ringwald would pause, but it seems the troubling phrase has, since inception to creation, left the zeitgeist. And y'all — ladies and gents —have to see this bad boy in person. Whether you like flowers, pink, or crystals matters not. It's a sight to behold.

Inspired by a Fabergé jewel box, the oval shaped room features four art panels that depict the camellia flower, plus reflective finishes including an etched-mirror ceiling and strings of crystals cascading from a chandelier.

Camellias was set for traditional afternoon tea when we visited, which is a service they'll be offering Thurs.-Sat. from 2-4 p.m. The tea will include sandwiches, scones, and pastries, as well as "curated Champagne and tea cocktail selections."

Camellias will open as a bar at 4 p.m. daily with cocktails like the Pink Perfection (duh) made with St. George vodka, Mad Hatter tea, lemon replacement, and Champagne agitated bubbles. The food menu will feature caviar, clearly;  plus diced tuna and beet tartare with avocado and citrus; and pastry chef Remy Funfrock's Camellias cake, made with cheesecake mousse, strawberry marmalade, and lemon Madeleine sponge.

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