An Upstate hotel owner and operator will mark the renovation of another Charleston property with another donation to a local charity.

JHM Hotels of Greenville completed the renovation of the 179-room Courtyard Marriott Charleston Waterfront at 35 Lockwood Drive last month. The developer bought the lodging on the Ashley River in 2004 for about $10.4 million. An open house is set for 4 p.m. Aug. 24.

During the open house, a check for $1,001 will be donated to the Parker Miracle House Foundation, which provides housing for leukemia and lymphoma patients and their caregivers, according to an announcement from the developer.

The Parker Miracle House is one of several residences in Charleston that are affiliated with the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge. The Courtyard Waterfront staff has been volunteering at the houses for several years, and many patients receiving cancer treatment at the nearby Medical University of South Carolina stay at the hotel, according to JHM spokeswoman Heather Meadors.

Company president DJ Rama marked the renovation of the North Charleston Marriott last year with a $5,001 donation to Doors to Freedom, which helps sex-trafficking victims.

JHM Hotels bought the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Drive across from Brittlebank Park in 2003 and renovated that property.

Earler this year, it acquired the SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn at Ripley Point across the Ashley River from the Courtyard earlier this year for a combined $43.4 million.

JHM Hotels is also building a TownePlace Suites Charleston Airport/Convention Center at 5001 Fashion Ave. in North Charleston that's expected to open this summer.

The recent renovation of the Courtyard Waterfront added a bistro bar that includes a Starbucks cafe, a new business center and home theater.

Sims Patrick Studio of Atlanta handled the interior renovation. The design has a nautical theme, such as lights that hang from pulleys or look like inverted sails in the bistro, or the blue and white in the library.

Marriott bills its Courtyard brand as a mid-priced business hotel.

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Charleston County hotel occupancy and room rates continued to surpass the previous year in July, according to the College of Charleston’s Office of Tourism Analysis.

The number of available rooms last month totaled 16,202, which was 183 more than a year ago.

Occupancy was 84.8 percent in July, up 0.1 percent, and 80 percent for the year, up 0.9 percent.

The number of room nights sold was up 1.3 percent for the month and 2.1 percent for the year.

The average daily rate for the month was $151.11, up 0.9 percent, and $151.96 for the year, up 2.2 percent.

The report for August is expected to be even better, with almost every hotel in the Charleston area reporting full occupancy for this weekend, ahead of next Monday's total solar eclipse. Charleston is a prime East Coast viewing spot for the orbital event.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.