As Charleston becomes more crowded with new hotels to handle the influx of visitors, a place to relax by the water should become even more appealing.
That’s the sales pitch from The Beach Club, the recently opened 92-room hotel at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina at Patriots Point.
“You don’t feel like you’re in the middle of the hustle and bustle,” general manager Nick Saltmarsh said as he motioned toward the boat slips. “We're all about the outdoors. That’s what really separates us from our competition.”
A water taxi and a shuttle connect guests with downtown Charleston.
Saltmarsh previously worked on the peninsula at Planters Inn, HarbourView Inn and Grand Bohemian Charleston.
The Beach Club opened Sept. 30. It had to close just a week after opening because of Hurricane Matthew. The storm shut down the property for five days, but all the available rooms were sold out the following weekend, according to Saltmarsh. Weekend rates start at $289 a night.
Nearly all the rooms have a balcony overlooking the harbor. Guests can sit out there in a seersucker bathrobe that hangs in the closet.
There’s a full-size swimming pool with 200 chaise lounge chairs, a smaller “quiet pool,” a hot tub, fire pits and an outdoor bar.
Guests get free bike rentals.The Patriots Point Links golf course is nearby. Fishing trips and boat rides and sailing can be lined up at the marina.
The Fish House restaurant is next door. Inside is a full-service spa.
The Beach Club also bills itself as the only hotel with a theater, with 30 oversized red leather seats on tiered levels facing a big screen. It's no so much for commercial releases as for business presentations. Also for those there on business, the executive board room can seat 20.
The Beach Club is next to the 125-room Harborside Hotel. Both are owned by Brothers Properties on land leased from the Patriots Development Authority. The Beach Club is a member of Leading Hotels of the World, an honor shared locally only by the Market Pavilion Hotel.
The architect for The Beach Club was GBA Glick Boehm Architects.
Bing Pan, head of research for the College of Charleston’s Office of Tourism Analysis for the better part of the past decade, has left to take a position at Penn State.
The college is seeking a replacement, according to John Crotts, professor of tourism management and hospitality. Meanwhile, the staff will continue to produce the quarterly reports on local hotel occupancy, he said.
Pan's new position at Penn State in Happy Valley shows he an associate professor for tourism management in the College of Health and Human Development.
A television special on the Vietnam War airs live from the Yorktown at Patriots Point on Thursday. The program starts at 7 p.m. on local ABC affiliate WCIV-TV. It’s called “Heroes Among Us: The Ongoing 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.”
Retired U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Clebe McClary and Lance Cpl. Alex Colvin will share memories of Pfc. Ralph H. Johnson, the Medal of Honor recipient for whom the Charleston VA Medical Center is named. Retired Army 1st Lt. Frank Walker, Air Force Maj. Jackie Hall and Maj. Gen. James Livingston, also a Medal of Honor recipient, will provide a synopsis of the war.
Free admission and seating will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 p.m. inside the Yorktown’s Smokey Stover Theater. Panelists will go on the radio before the TV show from 6 to 7 p.m. on iHeartMedia station 94.3 FM.
Vietnam veterans who attend will be presented with a Department of Defense Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Pin for their service.
The VA Medical Center will have representatives from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. outside the theater representing Veteran Benefits Administration, Beaufort National Cemetery, Charleston Vet Center, VA Health Care Eligibility/Enrollment, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, and the Medical Foster Home Program.
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum includes a Vietnam War exhibit, and a fund-raising effort is underway to relocate its existing Medal of Honor Museum from the Yorktown to a new standalone building.
The Residence Inn Marriott Charleston North posted greater gains in revenue per room than 25 other hotels in the South and Northeast, according to Hotel Equities. The hotel management company recently announced the award at a regional conference. The North Charleston hotel is at 7457 Northside Drive, near Ashley Phosphate Road and I-26. Dawn Wells is general manager, and Melissa Hornyak is director of sales.