January 5, 2017 / By Steve Koewler, President - Southeast Business Development

Transforming a Condo Development into a Boutique Hotel

Transforming a Condo Development into a Boutique Hotel

With its candy-colored antebellum houses, award-winning restaurants, world-class golf courses and spectacular coastal views, the port city of Charleston, South Carolina frequently earns top billing for the best city to visit in America. So when Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate Inc. bought an unfinished condominium development, the organization knew it wanted to transform the property into a four-star hotel catering to visitors to one of Charleston’s prominent tourist districts. To aid in the transformation, the organization tapped Miller-Valentine Group. The result? The Restoration Hotel features three mixed-use buildings that house 54 beautifully furnished guest rooms, a library, rooftop restaurant and bar, coffee shop, spa, and retail shop.

Four Things to Look for in a Construction Project Contractor        

The Restoration Hotel offers studio and signature style suites designed with a city-style living experience in mind complete with a full kitchenette. In addition, one bedroom, and two bedroom suites, ranging from 800 to 1,600 square feet, offer a condo-style living experience ideal for extended stays, providing a full kitchen, sitting area, and choice of a private balcony. A 2,500 square feet rooftop penthouse also features a condo-style living experience with a full kitchen, full living room, and its own private rooftop with breathtaking views of Charleston. Such a transformation does not happen overnight. When choosing a contractor, Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate Inc. had several key requirements.

1.  Comprehensive Services—From Soup to Nuts
Select a contractor who can work with experience that spans the entire construction project. Miller-Valentine led the Owner-selected design team from the start of the project design to collaborate on building and mechanical systems, material selections and construction details.

2.  Experience Negotiating with Local Government
When it comes to launching a construction project, having a contractor that is experienced with dealing with government agencies, notaries, land registries, public inspectors and utility companies is critical maintaining your construction schedule.

3.  Ability to Conduct Best Value Analysis
As negotiations with governmental agencies continued, Miller-Valentine assembled a specialized team of contractors with experience in first-class hospitality and finishes to conceptualize, design, and construct a hotel that met The Restoration Hotel’s needs for operational efficiency, establishment of brand standards and the unique, luxurious design that high-end customers expect.

4.  Outstanding Construction Management and Construction Expertise
Great construction management and construction experience is always important, but it is particularly important on complex construction projects. With the design continuing, Miller-Valentine began to execute based on permits in hand.  Construction commenced on the existing 16-room boutique hotel with the conversion of an adjacent three-story condominium building into four deluxe hotel suites, library, coffee shop, spa. Meanwhile, work also began on the seven-story new hotel addition consisting of 34 hotel suites, an outdoor pool, and a restaurant and bar and underground parking.

Complex Construction Project Yields Upscale Results        

In addition to luxurious living spaces, The Restoration Hotel now features shared spaces for guests that foster the feeling of a traditional home in the South along with modern conveniences. At the heart of these spaces is the library designed as comfortable meeting space with a grand, built-in bookcase, a cozy marble gas fireplace, picture windows, and deluxe furnishings. From the library, guests can move to a courtyard offering central access to the rooms and other shared spaces or head to the fifth floor to enjoy an outside pool for the exclusive use by hotel guests that overlooks Charleston. The entire structure sits on an underground parking garage.

Today, visitors to Charleston can enjoy this beautiful boutique hotel located in the heart of the King Street historical district, a project for which Miller-Valentine Construction received a Merit Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC).

Contact Steve Koewler by email or call him at 803.798.3800 to learn more about this project.