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Spectator Named No. 1 Hotel in U.S. by Travel + Leisure

Charleston, SC – July 6, 2016 – The Spectator Hotel is ranked No. 1 on the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2016 list of Top City Hotels in the Continental U.S. and No. 2 on the list of Top 100 Best Hotels in the World. Located in Charleston, South Carolina, The Spectator is managed by Charlestowne Hotels, a full-service hospitality management company. This recent award further solidifies the high-quality guest experience at properties overseen by Charlestowne Hotels, which regularly receive industry accolades including Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List,” “Readers’ Choice Awards” and top standings on TripAdvisor.

The Spectator Hotel’s distinction coincides with its one year anniversary of opening, an impressive accolade in the hotel’s first year of operation. Chosen through the magazine’s annual reader survey, respondents were asked to rate their top city hotel choice on a five-point scale based on five characteristics: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. Surpassing its competitors in survey ratings, The Spectator is a distinct boutique hotel for the well-heeled traveler seeking style, service and substance in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District. Acknowledged for above-and-beyond attentiveness, the hotel provides a personal butler for each guest, ensuring all individual needs are met. The hotel’s captivating design marries both Art Deco style with an air of Southern charm. Notable design highlights include the lobby’s opulent chandelier featuring 1,800 hand-strung crystals and the dark Speakeasy-style bar adorned in vintage artistry.

“It is a remarkable accomplishment that within its very first year of opening, The Spectator is already acknowledged by Travel + Leisure readers as the best city hotel in the country,” said Michael Tall, president and chief operating officer of Charlestowne Hotels. “This is a testament to the hotel team’s commitment to high-touch, curated guest experiences – one of the cornerstones of our hotel management process, and a mainstay of the exceptional service culture and superior guest relations Charlestowne Hotels provides at all of our managed properties.”

The Spectator’s award-winning accommodations include 41 distinctive, residential-style guestrooms that evoke the glamour of the Old South mixed with the exuberance of the roaring twenties. The hotel offers complimentary five-star amenities including locally sourced in-room gourmet continental breakfast, snack and beverage options, welcome cocktail from the hotel’s Prohibition-style bar, C.O. Bigelow bath products, a fleet of vintage-style bicycles, in-room Nespresso coffee & espresso, daily turndown service with nightcap, and WiFi.

In addition to The Spectator, Charlestowne Hotels manages a robust portfolio of luxury boutique historic inns, AAA Four-Diamond hotels, beachfront condominium hotels, deluxe mountain inns, golf resorts, and branded full-service and limited-service properties across the country. Charlestowne Hotels continuously drives its properties to impressive results through the company’s own guest-centric, results-oriented training program implemented at the property level. Known for a hands-on management style, Charlestowne Hotels tailors their method of administration to align with each individual hotel’s brand DNA.

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Posted on July 6, 2016

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