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Try This: Meet The (new) Charleston Place

The Charleston Place is located at 205 Meeting St. in the heart of downtown Charleston. | Photo provided

Hey Charleston, Lexa here. 👋

One of my favorite memories of growing up in Charleston is walking around downtown on a warm summer afternoon with my family and friends and stopping in The Charleston Place hotel, strolling through the hallways and oohing and ahhing at the gorgeous finishes, shops, and the lobby chandelier + staircase. And if we’re being honest — catching a bit of air conditioning. 

The hotel that I remember so well from my childhood recently changed hands, so we stopped by for an updated tour to learn about what’s to come, check out what has already been done, and join in on the excitement during this time of transition.

Located at 205 Meeting St. in the heart of downtown Charleston, The Charleston Place recently transitioned to new, local ownership by Beemok Hospitality Group on March 1. While the hotel has plans for $100+ million in updates and renovations over the next few years, it has already begun to initiate change to focus on community — working to situate itself as “Charleston’s living room.”  

The hotel will undergo multi-million dollar renovations by Pierre-Yves Rochon, Cooper Carry, and LS3P, in addition to a refresh of the lobby and other amenities with Courtney Bishop Design. Take a look at the full plans and book your stay ($425+/night) to check it out for yourself.

The March sculpture welcomes you into the lobby. | Photo provided

What not to miss:

When we walked in, we were greeted by a gorgeous, large-scale sculpture of two hands cradling a life-size tree beneath the chandelier in the lobby. Seriously, you can’t miss it. 

Upon taking a closer look, we saw that the sculpture invited guests to share their favorite memory of The Charleston Place on paper leaves, which would be hung on the tree or placed within the hands. As the month goes on, guests will watch the tree grow with fond memories and stories to pass on. We couldn’t think of a better way to signify growth + transition.  

But, this isn’t the only greenery that can be found within the hotel. The hallways are filled with plenty of foliage to enjoy as you stroll through the space, and you’re met with an additional installation at the Market Street Courtyard entrance.

Local floral design studio, SYG Designs, brought in the greenery for the hallways + courtyard entrance. | Photo provided

Pro tip: The hotel has already unveiled a few open-air, electric MOKE vehicles (exclusive for hotel guests) for those of us who don’t necessarily love walking around town. You can find us riding around on those this weekend. 

If you’re not interested in leaving the hotel during your stay, you’re in luck, because everything you need is right at your fingertips. Reserve time at the spa offering a variety of services — dine at the Charleston Grill or The Palmetto Cafe, or book some time at the in-house salon

What we’re still talking about: 

The Charleston Place has always had a special charm to it, but the hotel just feels more light and airy these days. 

Maybe it’s the greenery installed throughout the hallways, lobby, and Market Street Courtyard, or maybe it’s the hotel’s new logorepresenting the bud of a giving tree with branches that grow and embrace our city. 

Probably both, but either way, we left feeling inspired about the changes that the hotel is going to bring to the Lowcountry through its “Open Hands, Open Heart” philosophy.

How you can experience this: 

Book your stay.

The Charleston Place features spaces designed to enhance and nurture physical, emotional, + spiritual well-being. | Photo provided

Things to know if you go: