41-room hotel in the works on State Street

By Ashley Barker
abarker@scbiznews.com
Published May 22, 2014

A 31,000-square-foot luxury hotel is being built near the Charleston City Market.

Construction of the four-story Spectator Hotel began in January at 67 State St., near the corner of Linguard Street, and is expected to be complete in spring 2015. A foundation ceremony was held last week to formally announce the development, which is owned by Palmetto Commercial Properties and will be operated by Charlestowne Hotels.

The Spectator Hotel will include three levels of guest rooms on top of a ground-level parking area. (Rendering/LS3P Associates)
The Spectator Hotel will include three levels of guest rooms on top of a ground-level parking area. (Rendering/LS3P Associates)
The $16.5 million building will include three levels of guest rooms on top of a ground-level parking area, according to a news release. Valet parking will be available with 16 on-site spaces and additional off-site spaces.

The 41 rooms, including eight suites, will each be roughly 370 square feet and will start at $400 a night.

“We started with how we wanted the hotel to feel, and then we went from the ground up,” Palmetto Commercial Properties founding partner Batson Hewitt said in a statement. Hewitt said he and fellow partner Jay Keenan grew up in downtown Charleston.

“Jay and I have a very sensitive position about how this hotel will fit into Charleston’s historic and unique character and culture,” Hewitt said.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley attended the ceremony, which included stamping a foundational concrete block that will be incorporated into the hotel.

“Cities are rejuvenated one piece at a time,” Riley said. “Everyone works to add beauty to the city, and that’s what the Spectator Hotel will do.”

Interior design will be completed by Jenny Keenan Interior Design LLC, and the architect for the project is LS3P Associates. The Spectator is expected to provide between 40 and 50 jobs.

“It will provide something different to the current hospitality landscape, by taking guests back to an era of sophistication and elegance — luxury that encourages Charlestonians and visitors alike to see and be seen,” Michael Tall, president and COO of Charlestowne Hotels, said in a statement.

Charlestowne Hotels also operates the Andrew Pinckney Inn, The Elliott House Inn and the French Quarter Inn, along with Zero George Street and the King Charles Inn, among others.

Reach staff writer Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker on Twitter.

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