$30M world class boutique hotel coming to Charleston

Published: Jan. 22, 2014 at 11:14 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2014 at 12:37 AM EST
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Source: The Zimmerman Agency
Source: The Zimmerman Agency
Source: The Zimmerman Agency
Source: The Zimmerman Agency

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - More than 4 million visitors a year and the number one ranking as the top city to visit in America, the Holy City has become a magnet for hotels.

The popularity is attracting world class places for visitors to stay as the city tries to manage the growth.

City Councilman Dean Riegel said, "We certainly don't want to become an Orlando, Florida where you just have hotel after hotel."

Riegel says it's a delicate balance when building hotels downtown Charleston.

"We want to be sure that we don't oversupply the number of beds that are appropriate and we don't impact the livability of the residents of downtown," said Riegel.

Riegal was one of many at the groundbreaking ceremony of the nearly 30 million dollar Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston.

"Art and music is the theme of the grand bohemian idea," said Richard Kessler, CEO of The Kessler Collection.

On the corner of Wentworth and Meeting Streets, the building will pull inspiration from its historic surroundings and is part of the Kessler Collection of luxury boutique hotels.

Kessler said, "Beautiful marble used in all the bathrooms. In the rooms themselves you'll find original art and all just very luxury all the way through."

It's the company's first venture into the Palmetto State.

"Conde Nast say it is the number one city to visit in America and therefore we should be a part of it," said Kessler.

Along with offering 50 guest rooms, designers got creative, adding more features like an art gallery to showcase the work of local artists.

"We'll have a wine experience, a beautiful little cafe; we'll have a rooftop restaurant, lounge and bar," said Kessler.

A 5 story hotel is also planned to go up down the street at the corner of Meeting and Reid Streets.

The design will be reviewed Wednesday at the meeting of the Board of Architectural Review.

If it gets approved, the hotel will sit next to the new Holiday Inn and will come with a parking deck.

The Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston should be done around January or February of next year.

Rooms will go for about 250 to 500 dollars.

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