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The Spectator Hotel Will Open its Contemporary Doors in Historic Charleston in 2015

May 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | ()

For a healthy dose of historic charm, pleasant peninsular climate, and small scale Southern hospitality, Charleston, South Carolina is a tough act to follow. For three consecutive years Charleston has been named the No. 1 U.S. City by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards, and the demand for rooms is just as hot.

Next Spring, there will be 41 more rooms to choose from with the opening of The Spectator Hotel in historic downtown Charleston.

The hotel, located at the corner of State Street and Linguard Street, is being developed by Jay Keenan and Batson Hewitt of Palmetto Commercial Properties, both longtime residents of Charleston. The hotel’s location is ideal for visitors—or anyone that likes to shop— being within earshot of the historic City Market, one of the oldest public markets in the country.

The architectural design of the hotel is by local firm LS3P Associates LTD, who also designed the nearby French Quarter Inn. The Spectator’s interiors are being designed by Jenny Keenan Interior Design, LLC, also based in Charleston. The new four-story building clearly has a modern look, incorporating materials that are consistent with the character of Charleston. Walls of brick and stone are mixed and matched with ornamental metal detailing and large window openings with prominent mullion patterns.

We spoke with Richard J. Gowe of LS3P about the project, who told us that the hotel’s contemporary design was well received by the public and the City of Charleston.

And at the recent groundbreaking ceremony, Mayor Joe Riley gave his blessing on the project. "Cities are rejuvenated one piece at a time,” said Riley in a statement “Everyone works to add beauty to the city and that's what The Spectator Hotel will do."

According to the official press release, the Spectator will be marketed as a “vintage luxury” accommodation, and a place to see and be seen, hence the fitting name. Featured amenities that we know of so far include a central social hub and bar with Prohibition style cocktails, complementary continental breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. So far so good.

[Rendering: LS3P Associates LTD]

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