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2nd upscale hotel opens at Patriots Point

With the threat of a hurricane dampening the opening of a luxury hotel on Charleston Harbor, Patriots Point officials are looking forward to the extra income to help keep the Yorktown afloat.

The opening of the Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina was announced Tuesday, as county and state officials scrambled to prepare for the ominous approach of Hurricane Matthew.

The newly built 92-room Mount Pleasant hotel was announced more than five years ago and opened its doors to guests Friday. An announcement of a grand opening has been delayed until after the storm passes, according to a hotel spokesman.

The hotel’s balconies and pool overlook the marina and harbor. Amenities include an executive boardroom and indoor movie theater.

“After many years in the making, we’re delighted to offer a luxury resort experience unlike anything else in Charleston,” Nick Saltmarsh, general manager, said in a statement Tuesday.

The Patriots Point Development Authority, a state agency, owns the land under the new lodging and will get a portion of the income. The money will be used to maintain the Yorktown and other attractions at the adjacent Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, said Mac Burdette, executive director.

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“This is a tremendous upgrade of facilities at Patriots Point, with a view and environment that nobody else in the Charleston Harbor area can offer,” Burdette said by phone this week as he was making plans to secure the ships and display aircraft from the storm.

The hotel was announced in March 2011, with plans to open two years later as a “destination resort.” Burdette said he wasn’t sure why the project was delayed but said he had confidence in the developer, Brothers Property Corp. The Coral Gables, Fla.-based company also owns the 132-room Charleston Harbor Resort, which opened more than 19 years ago.

“One thing I have noticed, they have never been about trying to rush a project through as quickly as they can so they can start making money,” Burdette said. “They make sure it’s done right. I just hope there’s no damage to it after all they’ve been through.”

The new Beach Club hotel also sets the stage for the waterfront resort on Patriots Point land that developer Michael Bennett is planning. “More than anything else, it sends a message that we’ve got a really unique product over here and a unique environment that nobody else can offer,” Burdette said.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.

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