CHARLESTON, WV -- Charleston's hotel landscape is changing.
In the past year, two city hotels have changed brands while construction continues on a new one in the heart of downtown. Meanwhile, plans are moving along for a new hotel along MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City.
In January, Charleston officials celebrated the grand opening of the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, formerly the Charleston House Hotel, located at 600 Kanawha Boulevard East.
Albany, N.Y.-based BBL Hospitality spent $15 million to renovate the hotel. Work took just over a year to complete and involved in the replacement of nearly everything in the hotel.
"There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears that went into this," Keith McClanahan, senior vice president of BBL Carlton of Charleston, said at the grand opening ceremony.
The 12-story hotel has 176 rooms on its third through tenth floors, 24 of which are two-room suites. Each room has free Wi-Fi, coffee and bottled water in addition to typical amenities.
The first floor contains the lobby, indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, bar, restaurant serving breakfast and dinner and 12,000 square feet of modern meeting space. The Recovery Sports Grill, which opened in October 2012, is attached to the hotel, providing another dining location for guests.
In the eleventh and twelfth floors, private condominiums are still under construction and will be complete at a later date.
Meanwhile, a few blocks up the boulevard, construction continues on the future Courtyard by Marriott. Both the Courtyard and Sheraton hotels are part of the city's proposed "Civic District," which centers on the Charleston Civic Center.
The Courtyard by Marriott is being built on a site bordered by Kanawha Boulevard and the Elk River. The five-story hotel is scheduled to open around July 1.
It will feature all the latest amenities of new Courtyard by Marriott hotels, including a bistro that will serve breakfast, dinner and drinks; a fitness room and pool; free wireless Internet; booths in the lobby with individual televisions and a "GoBoard" touchscreen with local and travel information; and of course, an outdoor courtyard complete with furniture and a fire pit, which contractors have described as "exquisite."