A traditional Charleston hot spot

Market Pavilion Hotel looks like a historic property. You’ll see 18th-century colonial details throughout the downtown Charleston hotel — from the club-level parlor with toile wallpaper and dark wood furniture to the guest rooms with mahogany two- and four-poster beds and matching armoires. You wouldn’t guess that Market Pavilion only opened in 2002. That was the intent of its owners, the Palassis family. Overseeing the interior design, matriarch Cookie Palassis tried to make everything look traditional, handpicking the boutique hotel’s more than 300 pieces of original art, including the George Washington portrait in the lobby bar and other oil paintings of former U.S. leaders, such as Abraham Lincoln, that line the walls in the Presidential Suite.

Cousin Demetre Castanas is at the helm of Grill 225, the sole steakhouse in the city to serve all high-quality USDA Prime beef. That translates to juicy cuts of New York strip, rib-eye and more in the dark-wood-walled formal dining room. The fine-dining restaurant also prepares Maine lobster in every way you could want it, from steamed to Asian style (with ginger, miso, soy and chile-cream sauce).

For a drink, head up to the fifth-floor rooftop Pavilion Bar. In the daytime, hotel guests go there to swim in the pool or have a lunch with a view of the water and the city. But in the evening, a DJ spins and a dance floor opens up, though most people opt to enjoy the pulsating music from the high-top metal tables over mojitos. On the weekends, the line to get into the exclusive rooftop trails around the block. It’s the hottest, most modern spot in the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel.

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