Dual-branded Starwood hotel sets Charleston opening

A rendering filed with the city shows the mixed-use hotel and commercial project planned for 600 Meeting St.

An opening date has been set for a dual-flag, nine-story hotel planned next to a Ravenel Bridge on-ramp in downtown Charleston.

The 88-room Element Charleston Historic Downtown and 86-room Aloft Charleston Historic Downtown are expected to welcome guests at 600 Meeting St. in May 2018, according to Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, which owns the two lodging brands.

The proposed boutique properties will share a pool, meeting space, parking and a workout facility. The properties will have separate entrances and front desks.

Eddie Buck Jr. of Charleston-based developer Jupiter Holdings said the city Board of Architectural Review gave conceptual approval for the mixed-use project in late 2015. He hopes to seek final approval from BAR in the next two to three months.

The development plan for the nearly 1.3-acre property at Meeting and Huger streets also includes offices, restaurant space and retail shops. Ideally, the commercial tenants would move in around the same time the hotels open, Buck said.

Locally, Starwood’s eight-year-old Aloft brand has a hotel near the Tanger Outlets shopping center in North Charleston.

The Element property would be the first of its kind in the market. It is among 22 that Starwood plans to open under that brand in the U.S. and Canada over the next three years.

The long-planned 600 Meeting project would be the site of the city’s second dual-branded hotel. The other opened last year at the Midtown development near King and Spring streets. It is made up of a 191-room Hyatt Place and a 113-unit Hyatt House.

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