Now under new ownership, The Charleston Place hotel in downtown Charleston will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation that will “reimagine nearly all aspects” of the 434-room hotel, according to a press release from owner Charleston-based 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 set 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 pool.
Charleston Place was built in 1986 as an Omni Hotel in order to spur tourism and revitalize the city. It takes up a block of Market Street between King and Meeting Streets with retail shops on the ground floor and sits across from the historic city market.
“We are grateful to inherit this legacy,” said Casey Lavin, president of Beemok Hospitality Group.
Starting in March, the name will officially transition from Charleston Place, a Belmond Hotel, to The Charleston Place to reflect its new position as a locally-owned and managed independent luxury hotel.
Renovations will be done by Pierre-Yves Rochon, 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-headquartered architecture firm whose projects include The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island; the Charleston office of LS3P, a multi-disciplinary firm with expertise in historic preservation with projects that include The Spectator Hotel and The Vendue; and Rees Roberts & Partners, an interior and landscape design firm based in New York.
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 guests, including a new partnership with MOKE, where guests can borrow electric open-air vehicles to cruise around the city.
“Guests and locals can expect to see additional new programming and installations including high teas, Sunday brunch, daily live music, historical tours, wellness offerings and alliances with local organizations and businesses,” the press release states.
Beemok Hospitality Group’s other current assets include The Cooper Hotel, a 225-room luxury hotel being constructed along downtown Charleston’s waterfront in partnership with Lowe and the Credit One Bank Stadium and LTP Tennis Center in Charleston, formerly the Volvo Car Open.s