Charleston Place Hotel Announces Multimillion-Dollar Renovation > Charleston Business Journal

Now under new ownership, the Charleston Place Hotel in downtown Charleston will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation that will “reimagine nearly every aspect” of the 434-room hotel, according to a statement from press from Charleston-based owner Beemok Hospitality Group.

Beemok Capital, led by Charleston businessman and philanthropist Benjamin Navarro, announced in October 2021 that the company had acquired the property. Beemok’s portfolio includes hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues throughout the Southeast and beyond.

Renovations are expected to begin in mid-2023 and will be completed in phases, according to the press release. The hotel will remain open during the multi-year transformation of the lobby, courtyards, guest rooms, suites, spa/wellness center, restaurants, bars, retail, meeting and event spaces and of the swimming pool.

Charleston Place was built in 1986 as the Omni Hotel to boost tourism and revitalize the city. It occupies one block of Market Street between King and Meeting Streets with retail stores on the ground floor and is across from the historic City Market.

“We are grateful to inherit this legacy,” said Casey Lavin, President of Beemok Hospitality Group.

From March, the name will officially change from Charleston Place, a Belmond Hotel, to The Charleston Place to reflect its new position as a locally owned and managed independent luxury hotel.

The renovations will be carried out by Pierre-Yves Rochon, a luxury interior design firm with offices in Paris and Chicago, whose portfolio includes the Four Seasons George V in Paris and the Waldorf Astoria in New York and Beverly Hills; Cooper Carry, an Atlanta-based architecture firm whose projects include The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island; the Charleston office of LS3P, a multidisciplinary firm specializing in historic preservation with projects such as The Spectator Hotel and The Vendée; and Rees Roberts & Partners, a New York-based interior and landscape design firm.

The lobby and other public spaces will be redone by local interior designer Cortney Bishop Design. Bishop will also update the Thoroughbred Club Lounge and Meeting at Market, the hotel’s upscale pub.

Beekmok plans to include adding unique experiences for customers, including a new partnership with MOKE, where customers can borrow electric open-top vehicles to ride around the city.

“Guests and locals alike can expect to see additional new programming and facilities including high teas, a Sunday brunch, daily live music, historical tours, wellness offerings and alliances with organizations and local businesses,” the press release read.

Other current Beemok Hospitality Group assets include The Cooper Hotel, a 225-room luxury hotel being built along Charleston’s downtown waterfront in partnership with Lowe’s and Credit One Bank Stadium and LTP Tennis. Center in Charleston, formerly the Volvo Car Open.

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