Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina turns 95 today – First Opened its doors on February 7, 1924

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Today, one of Charleston’s architectural jewels and landmarks is celebrating a very special day. 95 Years Ago Today, February 7, 1924, the Francis Marion Hotel, standing proudly on the corner of King and Calhoun opened its doors for the first time. Let us learn a little bit more of the proud history in words and pictures.

Happy Birthday Francis Marion Hotel!!! Cheers to you.

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History of the Francis Marion Hotel

Meticulously restored in 1996 with a National Trust for Historic Preservation award-winning restoration, the Francis Marion Hotel now combines 1920s style and grace with 21st-century comfort and convenience in the heart of historic Charleston on Marion Square. Rising 12 stories, many of the hotel’s 234 guestrooms and suites offer spectacular views of Charleston’s historic harbor, church steeples, and legendary King Street. Its central downtown location is an easy walk from the antebellum homes, magnificent gardens, antique shops, boutiques, and world-class restaurants.

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The historic Francis Marion Hotel, named for the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox,” has a long tradition of gracious service and elegant accommodations, hosting splendid banquets and events dating back to its opening in 1924. Built by local investors at a cost of $1.5 million from plans by New York architect W.L. Stoddard, the Francis Marion was the largest and grandest hotel in the Carolinas. The 1920s was the Golden Age of railroads, radio and grand hotels–the Charleston Renaissance was in full bloom and the Francis Marion Hotel was “the place to be.”

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Frampton Construction Breaks Ground on Largest Hotel and Conference Center in Summerville, South Carolina

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Charleston, S.C. — Frampton Construction Company, LLC, a regional full-service construction firm providing planning and design support, preconstruction, construction services, and sustainability services throughout the Carolinas, is underway on construction of the Hilton Garden Inn-Homewood Suites Summerville and Lowcountry Event & Conference Center. The facility will be the largest and tallest of its kind in the Summerville area, with the accompanying event and conference center fulfilling a significant need for meeting, training, and accommodation space in the burgeoning business corridor.

Frampton Construction was selected by developer Lowcountry Hotels and partnered with project architect Bounds, Gillespie, Killebrew, Tushek, PLLC, to design, plan and build the 208,828 square foot facility.? The hotel and conference center will sit on a 6.1-acre site in the Nexton community, at the corner of Sigma Drive and Edge Street.

At a groundbreaking ceremony held June 28, Daniel Blumenstock from Lowcountry Hotels commented, “It was apparent to us that there was a need not just for a hotel in this market, but for event and conference space, and I believe we’ve found the perfect location, the perfect hotel brands, and the perfect mix by including the conference space in this development.”

Featuring a total of 250 guest rooms, the eight-story hotel will measure 93 feet in height, making it the tallest building in Summerville and Berkeley County. Amenities are set to include a full-service restaurant, bar and lounge, resort-style pool with cabana, several outdoor green spaces, a workout facility, and a business center.

Chad Frampton, president of Frampton Construction, said, “We’re honored to be part of one of the most significant private developments in Berkeley County and humbled by the confidence Lowcountry Hotels and the Fennell family have shown in the Frampton team.”

The dual-brand concept caters to both select service and extended stay hotel customers through one property by pairing two distinctly branded hotels under the same roof while consolidating guest amenity spaces and back-of-house-operations for maximum efficiency.

A two-story conference center with 14,000 square feet of meeting space will connect to the hotel. Keeping the area’s growing automobile manufacturing industry in mind, the conference center’s first floor will feature a back entryway suited for vehicle access and over 7,000 square feet of uninterrupted space large enough to showcase automobiles. Folding walls will allow this area to be separated into three smaller conference rooms as needed. The second floor will house six additional meeting rooms.

“We are excited to begin construction of this formidable project that will take a tremendous team effort. Over the next 20 months, our team will manage an estimated 500+ construction trade workers who will put in place approximately 8,000 cubic yards of concrete, 1,500 tons of steel, 1,750 gallons of paint, and over 350,000 square feet of drywall,” Frampton further commented.

Bill Peagler, Berkeley County supervisor, also at the ceremony, noted, “If there’s one thing I can say about Frampton Construction, they will get the job done, and they will get it done on time.”

Construction is expected to be complete in early 2020.

About Lowcountry Hotels:

Lowcountry Hotels is the hotel development and management company division of Fennell Holdings, with award-winning properties and staff leading the way in hospitality in Charleston, S.C. With a focus on dependability, efficiency, and customer focus, Lowcountry Hotels takes pride in their reputation for excellence in service and accommodations. Lowcountry Hotels offers exceptional hospitality to guests in their three Charleston Area Convention Center hotels, as well as the Ansonborough Inn in Historic Downtown Charleston, and are working to expand their venture across the Lowcountry with new projects in Mount Pleasant and Summerville. For more information, please visit or call 843-723-0009.

Frampton Construction is a regional full-service construction firm with financial strength and industry knowledge born of years of experience employing proven procedures. Frampton Construction offers planning and design support, preconstruction, construction services, and sustainability services. The dedicated team of professionals takes pride in building strong relationships with clients while providing the highest quality of service. They deliver executive leadership and personal oversight throughout the building process, while working diligently to exceed the expectations of every client. With offices in Charleston, S.C., and Charlotte, N.C., the company is positioned to manage projects in the Carolinas and beyond. For more information, please visit or call 843-572-2400.

Media? Contact:
Elizabeth Boineau,
843-869-4938 or 843-224-1106

In Photo: Pictured left to right in the attached photo from the groundbreaking ceremony are Fred Drulard (Senior Vice President, South State Bank), Gary Finnell (Senior Director of Development, Hilton Worldwide), Chad Frampton (President, Frampton Construction), Wiley Johnson (Mayor of Summerville), Scott Fennell (Chief Operating Officer and President, Lowcountry Hotels), George Fennell (Chairman, Lowcountry Hotels), Bill Peagler (Berkeley County Supervisor), Greg Padgett (Chief Financial Officer, Lowcountry Hotels), Brent Gibadlo (General Manager, Nexton), and Daniel Blumenstock (Director of Hotels, Lowcountry Hotels).

TownePlace Suites by Marriott now open in Charleston, South Carolina

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“We are excited with the continued growth of the TownePlace Suites brand in the Charleston area,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, TownePlace Suites. “At TownePlace Suites, we get it. We want to go above and beyond to do everything we can to make our guests feel comfortable. We encourage our guests to be real, and help them to do so by providing a seamless residential atmosphere with a friendly staff who genuinely care about our guests. That is what our brand is all about, and this property is a great example of that.”

All service team members are thoroughly trained on local knowledge and look forward to connecting guests to the local area. Our floor-to-ceiling TowneMap?also helps guests instantly acclimate themselves to Charleston by featuring great places to eat, play and live (explore). The TownePlace Suites Charleston Airport/Convention Center is located just two miles from the Charleston International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown. The new hotel offers guests convenient access to the Tanger Outlets, Park Circle, numerous golf courses and the local beaches. The hotel also offers guests easy access to Joint Base Charleston, Boeing, SAIC Inc. and Trident Medical.

Ideal for travelers who need accommodations for longer stays, this new property offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens, as well as separate living/working and sleeping areas. Guests can work and relax on their own terms in modern suites that feature full kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, adjustable work spaces with built-in shelves and lighting, a large flat screen television, as well as luxurious new bedding. Most rooms also feature the Home Office?Suite, designed to provide guests with plenty of storage and flexible space to spread out and make it their own.

The TownePlace Suites Charleston Airport/Convention Center allows guests to maintain a healthy lifestyle with an array of food options. While on property guests can create their own complimentary hot breakfast every morning in the custom lobby area, and can fire up their stay by grilling up dinner on our outdoor Weber grills. The 24-hour In a Pinch?market and On Us? coffee service offer guests the chance to get their snack and caffeine on whenever they feel the need.

“We are proud to continue our long term commitment to serve the Charleston market,” said D.J. Rama, president and CEO, Auro Hotels. “This is our sixth Marriott branded hotel in Charleston, and this addition to our portfolio was a strategic move to allow us to better serve the needs of all types of travelers in the beautiful and desirable Charleston area.”??

TownePlace Suites helps its guests stay organized on the road with the help of our partners the Container Store. While staying at the TownePlace Suites Charleston Airport/Convention Center travelers can unpack their suitcase in a custom elfa? closet. From drawers to shelves to smart hanging space, you’ll find everything you need to make you feel right at home. Other hotel amenities include a fitness center open 24 hours per day, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor patio with fire pit, laundry facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and on-site business services, including copying, faxing and printing. The hotel also offers 500 square feet of conference space to accommodate functions of up to 20 people. As a brand TownePlace Suites recognizes that your family may include more than just humans, that is why the hotel is pet-friendly (fees may apply).

Tara Investments Opens New Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District, South Carolina

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CHARLESTON, S.C. and MCLEAN, Va. – Homewood Suites by Hilton,?part of Hilton‘s?(NYSE: HLT) All Suites portfolio, announced today its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District. Designed for guests who want to travel on their own terms, Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District offers guests all the comforts of home, whether they are traveling for work or enjoying a well-earned getaway. With 139 new suites, the hotel complements the city’s growing status as a travel destination with its continued accolades, such as the “Best Small City in the U.S.” for Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards last year*.

“Year after year, Charleston remains a top travel destination for both domestic and international travelers, and our hotel is conveniently located in the heart of it all,” said Cherelle Davis, general manager.? “We guarantee our spacious suites and comfortable amenities will make guests feel right at home, whether staying for one night or an extended stay.”

Developed, owned and managed by Tara Investments, Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District offers a combination of studio and one-bedroom accommodations featuring fully equipped kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas. Guests have the option to select a Meeting Street suite and catch a view of the famous Cooper-River Bridge outside of their window. Guests are also provided all the essentials needed for a smart, reliable and convenient stay including complimentary daily full-hot breakfast, evening social Monday-Thursday, Wi-Fi and a grocery shopping service**. Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District also makes it easy for travelers to unwind with a fitness center, full-service bar, outdoor pool and patio area. The property also offers more than 3,000 square feet of flexible space that is ideal for meetings and social events.

Located at 415 Meeting Street, Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District is in the heart of Charleston and offers guests convenient access to the city’s main attractions, such as popular boutique shops and restaurants along Upper King Street and nearby Marion Square

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*SOURCE: Conde Nast Traveler
**Guest pays for groceries. Other restrictions apply.

About Homewood Suites by Hilton

Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand with more than 430 locations in the United States, Mexico and Canada, is an award-winning leader. The first choice for guests seeking comfortable accommodations when traveling for an extended or quick overnight stay, Homewood Suites offers inviting, generous suites, featuring separate living and sleeping areas, and fully-equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerators. Additional value-driven essentials include: complimentary Internet, a daily full-hot breakfast and complimentary evening social every Monday-Thursday. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Homewood Suites is focused on guest satisfaction and stands behind each stay with its 100% Suite Assurance? guarantee. For more information on the extended-stay advantage, visit or

Contact: Cherelle Davis, General Manager, Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District / 843-724-8800

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,000 properties with more than 825,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit Visit for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

Contact: Kristen Wells, Director, Brand Public Relations, Hilton / 703-883-5826

Bluegreen Vacations(TM), a subsidiary of BBX Capital Corporation, Announces Grand Opening of Charleston’s King 583 Resort

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL and BOCA RATON, FL–(Marketwired – July 10, 2017) – BBX Capital Corporation (“BBX Capital” or the “Company”) (OTCQX: BBXT) (OTCQX: BBXTB) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bluegreen Corporation (“Bluegreen Vacations” or “Bluegreen”), recently welcomed its first guests to its newest resort, King 583, located in Charleston, South Carolina.

Newly built, Bluegreen’s King 583 offers timeshare owners and guests 50 luxurious units. Located on historic King Street, acclaimed as one of the Top 10 most famous streets in America, the resort is situated in Charleston’s revamped retail district. This site is within walking distance to restaurants, art galleries, chic boutiques, funky bars, and trendy nightlife.

Marked by a modern, sophisticated vibe, King 583 stands five stories high and features 22 studios, 19 one-bedroom accommodations, 5 two-bedroom units, and 4 two-bedroom luxurious presidential suites. Amenities generally include half-and-full kitchens, complimentary WIFI, flat-screen televisions, granite countertops, fireplaces, balconies, and a Zen-type courtyard.

“There is nothing our owners love more than an exemplary new resort,” said David Pontius, Bluegreen’s Chief Strategy Officer. “With the introduction of King 583, owners will be offered the terrific features synonymous with Bluegreen resorts. This new resort gem is well situated in the unique tourist area of Charleston, where the warmth of Southern Hospitality reigns supreme.”

Developed as part of Bluegreen Vacations’ “fee-based services” business model(1), this project follows Bluegreen’s Horizons at 77th, located in the neighboring town of Myrtle Beach. King 583 is Bluegreen’s second resort in Charleston; Bluegreen’s The Lodge Alley Inn? is located nearby on the city’s historic waterfront.

(1) Bluegreen markets, sells and manages vacation ownership interests (“VOIs”) in resorts, which are generally located in popular, high-volume, “drive-to” vacation destinations. The resorts in which Bluegreen markets, sells or manages VOIs were either developed or acquired by Bluegreen, or were developed and are owned by third parties. Bluegreen earns fees for providing sales and marketing services to these third party developers. Bluegreen also earns fees by providing management services to the Bluegreen Vacation Club and property owners associations (“POAs”), mortgage servicing, VOI title services, reservation services, and construction design and development services. In addition, Bluegreen provides financing to FICO? score-qualified individual purchasers of VOIs.

About BBX Capital Corporation:
BBX Capital Corporation (OTCQX: BBXT) (OTCQX: BBXTB), formerly BFC Financial Corporation, is a diversified holding company whose principal activities are its ownership of Bluegreen Corporation and, through its Real Estate and Middle Market Divisions, the acquisition, ownership and management of joint ventures and investments in real estate and real estate development projects and middle market operating businesses.

About Bluegreen Corporation:
Bluegreen, founded in 1966 and headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, is a sales, marketing and management company, focused on the vacation ownership industry. Bluegreen manages, markets and sells the Bluegreen Vacation Club, a flexible, points-based, deeded vacation ownership plan with more than 200,000 owners, 66 owned or managed resorts, and access to more than 4,300 resorts worldwide. Bluegreen also offers a portfolio of comprehensive, fee-based resort management, financial services, and sales and marketing services, to or on behalf of third parties.

As of March 31, 2017, BBX Capital had total consolidated assets of $1.4 billion, shareholders’ equity of $477.9 million, and total equity of $521.6 million.

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BBX Capital Corporation Contact Info:
Investor Relations: Leo Hinkley, Managing Director, Investor Relations Officer

Media Contact:
Kip Hunter Marketing, 954-765-1329
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Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel Unveils Fresh New Design

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Discover Business Unusual and Rich Charleston History Through New Hotel Design

CHARLESTON, S.C., June 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Located in the historic heart of Charleston at the corner of Wentworth Street and King Street, the newly reimagined Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotelis something to behold. Designed by P3 Design Collective, the hotel boasts 162 home-inspired guest rooms, 4 luxurious suites, 5 creative meeting and event spaces, an energizing fitness center and outdoor saltwater pool and a quintessentially Southern lobby.

“The ideas behind the redesign were very much based on the characteristics of Charleston and the South, mixed with charm and lure, so that guests might unwind during a business trip or socialize as a local,” said Paula Benesch of P3 Design Collective. “The comfortably cool atmosphere of the Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel speaks to the independent and adventure-seeking guests.”

The newly transformed boutique hotel incorporates classic Charleston elements, with its antique brass lion head doorknockers, Haint Blue porch ceilings and gardens that bloom with fragrant magnolias. A revolving gallery wall features works from local artists.

The updated guest rooms evoke a familiar nostalgia that complements that of the city of Charleston, even for first time visitors. More than just a place to lay your head, each room is decorated with a mix of modern and vintage pieces collected over time as well as local finds one might discover on famous King Street.

“We are thrilled to invite guests into the redesigned Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel to have them experience our fresh new look and feel,” said General Manager Brian Wander. “The new features, local art, and overall design speak so highly of our hotel’s emphasis on Southern hospitality and tradition while also fitting in to the charming city around us. While we’ve updated a lot of the hotel through this redesign, this hotel is still rooted in history.”

Owned and operated by Chris Adams and Thaddeus Keefe, of international hospitality firm Ellis Adams Group, 1KEPT, the hotel’s new restaurant and bar concept, features a dining room and a full lounge and bar, plus a beer garden and front patio. The menu features New Southern flavors while incorporating sustainable seafood and hyper-locally sourced ingredients. 1KEPT opened in June 2017.

Outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, the fitness center is designed to inspire and energize hotel guests. Beyond the fitness center is the outdoor saltwater pool, where visitors can extend their workout routine or relax poolside under the Charleston sun.

For groups and special events, the Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel is one of the city’s most renowned small event destinations. The locally-inspired event spaces are the perfect setting for weddings and meetings.

For more information on the Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel or to book your next stay, visit the website and follow along on social on Instagram and Facebook.

About Renaissance Hotels: At Renaissance Hotels, It’s Business Unusual. Each of our 170 hotels, located in nearly 35 countries around the world, is unique and every stay offers unconventional programs that help business travelers discover rich, local experiences. We promise to feed the curiosity, fuel the imagination and excite the senses of our guests, who see their business trip as an exciting opportunity for new, interesting and sharable moments. We offer signature events in our lobbies, bars and lounges designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, mixology, gastronomy and more. Renaissance Navigators are neighborhood experts who are ready to assist guests in discovering true local flavors and activities. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting, rooted in creative sensory meeting design and custom-curated local Navigator excursions and networking events. At Renaissance Hotels, we strive to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. Renaissance Hotels is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards?, in which members can link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest? and?The Ritz-Carlton Rewards??for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. To discover more visit For upcoming events visit

CONTACT: Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel
68 Wentworth Street Charleston South Carolina 29401 

Trip Advisor Names Its Top 25 Hotels in the United States: One Charleston Hotel Made the List

Trip Advisor has just named its Top 25 Hotels in the United States in 2017.? One Charleston, SC hotel made the list at #6.

This years honor goes to the French Quarter Inn.? We are proud of the French Quarter Inn for receiving this well deserved distinction.

This hotel has 2620 reviews and an overall rating of 5 Stars on Trip Advisor.? You can’t get a higher rating than that.

Here is the complete list of honorees for 2017

  1. The Nantucket Hotel and Resort – Nantucket, Massachusetts
  2. The Charmont Hotel – La Crosse, Wisconsin
  3. The Oxford Hotel – Bend, Oregon
  4. Stephanie Inn – Cannon Beach, Oregon
  5. The Inn at Lost Creek – Telluride, Colorado
  6. The French Quarter Inn – Charleston, South Carolina
  7. Icona Diamond Beach – Lower Township, New Jersey
  8. Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa – Jackson, Wyoming
  9. Ambassador Hotel Tulsa, Autograph Collection – Tulsa, Oklahoma
  10. Hotel Emma – San Antonio, Texas
  11. Inn at The 5th – Eugene, Oregon
  12. Primland – Meadow of Dan, Virginia
  13. Inn at the Market – Seattle, Washington
  14. EVEN Hotel – Time Square South – New York, New York
  15. Rancho Valencia – Rancho Santa Fe, California
  16. Inn and Club at Harbour Town – Sea Pines Resort – Hilton Head, South Carolina
  17. Santa Maria Suites – Key West, Florida
  18. Hotel Giraffe by Library Hotel Collection – New York, New York
  19. Casablanca Hotel by Library Hotel Collection – New York, New York
  20. The Wallhouse Hotel – Walnut Creek, Ohio
  21. Henderson Park Inn – Destin, Florida
  22. The Lodge at Woodloch – Hawley, Pennsylvania
  23. Hotel Jackson – Jackson, Wyoming
  24. Auberge du Soleil – Rutherford, California
  25. Hotel Wailea – Wailea, Hawaii