2020 CID Award Winner Spotlight: Hotel Bennett


At Coverings Connected in April 2020, we virtually honored 12 outstanding projects that demonstrated spectacular craftsmanship and creativity in the use of tile & stone. This week we’re putting the spotlight on the Commercial Tile Installation winner.

Commercial Tile Installation Winner

Hotel Bennett
David Allen Company
Charleston, SC

With the use of ceramic, porcelain and glass tile as well as natural stone, marble, limestone and quartz solid surface material, all 100,000 square feet of this installation required dedication, planning and finesse so that the final product would be one that surpassed all expectations.

Front Desk Lobby floor pattern. Photo Cred: David Laudadio

Hotel Bennett is a 175,000 square foot luxury hotel providing guests with 179 elegant guest rooms and suites. Amenities at Hotel Bennett include a two-tiered upscale restaurant with outdoor dining, a rooftop pool and deck, relaxation spa, fitness center, retail shops, a French patisserie, multiple colorful bar and lounge areas.

Spa Retail: Tile w/ Metal Inlay and Counter Tops. 2″x9″ hand-laid tile in a herringbone pattern that continues throughout the spa treatment rooms. Photo also features matching counter tops. Photo Cred: David Laudadio

There is also 12,000 square feet of event space and two picture-perfect terraces located on the 3rd and 9th floors that overlook the most famous green space in Charleston, South Carolina: Marion Square.

Fiat Lux Bar: Floor and Countertop. 9th floor rooftop bar; bright blue to match the poolside view. We feature a 24″x24″ wood-look tile throughout and an enormous 2CM calacatta gold-veining countertop. Photo Cred: David Laudadio

The creative design teams and owner envisioned a building that would hold its historic value for many years to come. It once stood as the mid-century Charleston Library and west wing of The Citadel Academy.

La Patisserie: Quarry Tile and Counter Top. 8×8″ pattern quarry tile floor throughout and a custom 2CM white cararra service counter. Photo Cred: David Laudadio

Since the grand opening in January 2019, Hotel Bennett has taken on new life with a classic European design. One highlight of the project is Cameillia’s Champagne Bar; inspired by a Fabergé egg.

Camellia’s Champagne Bar: Floor and Counter Top. 2-toned 6MM slab templated from approved shop drawings, water jet cut and installed from the center moving outward. Photo Cred: David Laudadio

Plans deviated from a traditional square shaped room to a space designed to appeal to the more feminine side of life, complete with a gorgeous oval marble countertop that was reclaimed and restored from the library cladding. An intricate floor pattern and chandelier lighting compliment the architectural finishes in a most tasteful way.

Guestroom Bath Wide Shot: 179 guestrooms and suites were installed with typical layouts seen here. Features in the room include a 1’x1′ tiled niche and a 2CM solid surface curb/foot rest in the shower and base. Photo Cred: David Laudadio

The impressive interior style is undoubtedly eye catching and guests that visit Hotel Bennett would be impressed to know that our team worked diligently with the design teams to ensure the best quality materials were taken into consideration for the exterior as well.

Lobby Rotunda Pattern: 1st floor rotunda pattern made of thin gauged porcelain, also water jet cut. Photo Cred: David Laudadio

What the eye doesn’t see is what is underneath the finished product. Merkrete teamed up with our project team to provide the best three-layered system designed to mimic a three-ply roofing membrane called Merkrete BFP Membrane.

Do you have a recently completed project that features innovative design and installation of tile & stone? Consider entering it to the 2021 CID Awards – the submission portal will open this fall.