A new hotel is preparing to welcome its first guests in North Charleston.

The 84-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is is scheduled to open April 12, it was announced today.

The property is at 2540 North Forest Drive, near U.S. Interstate 26 and Ashley Phosphate Road.

The owner is Northside Hotel Associates LLC. The manager is Columbia-based Gateway Hospitality.

The hotel will operate under a franchise agreemnt with Marriott Corp.

It is the third Fairfield Inn & Suites within North Charleston city limits. The others are at 600 Elms Plantation Blvd., near Charleston Southern University, and at 4841 Tanger Outlet Blvd., near the Charleston Area Convention Center.