The anchor hotel of the Gulch, the Thompson mixes luxury and local flare, starting with food and drink. The restaurant in the lobby, Marsh House, is a destination in its own right for high-class low-country fare. Killebrew Coffee shop serves robust Revelator Coffee alongside dense, decadent quiches and light-as-air pastries made in-house by award-winning Marsh House pastry chef Lisa White. The rooftop bar, L.A. Jackson, offers spectacular views of downtown and is routinely named one of the city’s best perches for sparkling skyline views. As a guest, you get a skip-the-line pass, which comes in handy on busy weekend nights when a DJ draws crowds. (And if a DJ isn’t your speed, don’t worry: The rooftop is a great place for sunset cocktails; just be sure to get there before 5pm to grab a seat as locals also flock here.) Rooms are spacious with fluffy beds and crisp Sferra linens, Bluetooth-enabled Marshall amps so you can play your own tunes, and blackout curtains (though you may still hear the intermittent Shania Twain anthem being blasted from a pedal tavern). The decor is polished and warm throughout, with brushed brass fixtures and rustic wood accents. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding barn doors, and custom toiletries by Brooklyn parfumerie D.S. & Durga. Little touches like dog treats at the valet and ultra-friendly concierges make the Thompson feel warm and inviting. If you want to dive deep into the local fashion, there’s even a denim service by Imogene and Willie, who’ll outfit you in custom jeans right in your room.