2nd dual-flagged hotel project to open in Charleston

A rendering shows the southwest view of the mixed-use hotel development proposed for 600 Meeting St.

Two hotels on one piece of property are scheduled to make their debut in two years.

An opening date has been set for a dual-flag, nine-story development 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 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’s 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 Tanger Outlets 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.

Welcome centers across the Palmetto State this week will welome local tourism businesses that want to put their best faces forward.

The initiative is part of National Tourism Week, according to the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

“We’ve invited the industry to come out and show off what they are — whether it’s a hotel, or a resort or a nice restaurant, or an attraction. They can come out, they can set up tables, they can give out information, they can provide refreshments and snacks, they can do whatever they think is necessary to talk to the traveler about what’s ... appealing about their destination,” PRT spokeswoman Dawn Dawson-House said.

National Tourism Week started Sunday and runs through Friday. The bulk of the state welcome centers are participating in the industry outreach program for one or two days, Dawson-House said.

“The number of industry members who come out at our welcome centers, they do find value in it,” she said.

Interested businesses can send an email to WelcomeCenters@scprt.com.

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