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Shem Creek Inn

The Shem Creek Inn will reopen March 1 after extensive renovations. Dave Munday/Staff

 

The Shem Creek Inn will reopen Wednesday after a major "stem to stern" renovation, in time for the spring visitor season.

The waterfront Mount Pleasant lodging has been closed to guests since November. The inn has 50 rooms and a suite, all with private balconies. Starting rates range from $119 to $399 a night, depending on the season.

Mount Pleasant-based Charlestowne Hotels manages the property, which opened in 1986. The inn converted into a condominium-style ownership structure more than a decade ago when the rooms were sold off to individual investors.

5 Diamonds, 10 years

For the 10th timethe plush Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort once again has earned AAA's Five Diamond award.

The rating is the top designation the travel club assigns to qualified hotels and restaurants based on anonymous overnight visits or dining experiences by full-time, trained inspectors. Less than a one-half of 1 percent of the nearly 28,000 lodgings that AAA rates get Five Diamond status.

One other South Carolina hotel is a member of the Sanctuary's exclusive club: the Inn at Palmetto Buff in Bluffton.

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6 Anson St. hotel plans

A 50-room hotel (center) is planned on the empty lot between Henry's and Anson Restaurant. File/LS3P Associates

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Approval on hold

Plans for a new hotel near the horse stables in the City Market area are moving ahead but hit a snag last week.

The Board of Architectural Review deferred a request for preliminary approval to start construction of a 50-room hotel at 6 Anson St. The BAR told LS3P Associates, the project architect, to reduce the scale of the portico on the Anson Street side of the proposed structure, which will be built in the parking lot between Henry's and Anson Restaurant. 

The board gave the project by Gramling Brothers Real Estate & Development conceptual approval in August.

The  hotel will be built directly next to another 50-room lodging also proposed by Charleston-based Gramling Brothers that includes the Rainbow Market building on North Market Street. Plans include a lobby with a glass roof, and BAR gave them conceptual approval earlier this month. Th Market Street hotel also includes the former Claussen Bakery to the east by Rafers Alley, a brick building on Rafers Alley behind the old bakery, and the parking lot between the Rainbow Market and Guignard Street.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.