New Holiday Inn Express in Downtown Charleston to Open in January 2013

Holiday Inn Express Charleston Downtown – Ashley River Now Accepting Reservations

CHARLESTON, SC (November 6, 2012) – Charlestowne Hotels announced today that a new Holiday Inn Express hotel will open in January 2013 following a multi-million dollar renovation.

The 8-story, 153-room hotel at 146 Lockwood Boulevard, which was previously the BEST WESTERN Plus Charleston Downtown, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar conversion that includes significant enhancements in all aspects of the property.

Holiday Inn Express Charleston Downtown – Ashley River is conveniently located just outside of the Historic District and adjacent to Charleston’s medical complex which includes the Medical University of South Carolina, Roper St. Francis Hospital, and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

The new hotel will include features keeping with the $1 billion Holiday Inn relaunch, the largest project of its kind in the history of the hospitality industry. First announced in 2007, the relaunch program creates a more contemporary brand image as part of the drive to increase quality and consistency across the global portfolio.

Guests will experience a comfortable and smart environment with innovative, preferred-guest upgrades to ensure a productive stay while traveling for business or leisure.

All newly renovated guest rooms will offer new furniture, window treatments, flooring, and modern in-room amenities, including 32” flat panel televisions.  In addition, rooms will include granite countertops, an urban design scheme with a mix of blues and java-colored furnishings, and walkout balconies.

Guests will enjoy complimentary high-speed wireless Internet throughout the hotel, as well as Express Start breakfast in the lobby each morning. The hotel also features a fitness center, large outdoor pool area, and 24-hour business center.

“We are honored to have been selected by the ownership group to manage what will be a great addition to the Charleston Crosstown area,” states Michael Tall, President & COO of Charlestowne Hotels. “Holiday Inn Express is a great fit for that district, and we feel that the location and quality of the hotel will provide a great option for both business and leisure travelers.”

Holiday Inn Express Charleston Downtown – Ashley River is owned by Charleston OPCO LLC and managed by Charlestowne Hotels Inc. Reservations can be made for stays beginning January 24, 2013 by calling (843) 722-4000 or visiting Group inquiries and reservations can be directed to the hotel’s Director of Sales, Shannon Bevill, at (901) 826-1817 or

Charlestowne Hotels is a full-service hospitality management company offering innovative, yet proven, expertise in hotel management. Founded in 1980 by CEO Everett L. Smith, Jr., Charlestowne Hotels has become one of the top ranked hotel management companies in the US. The firm is a “Top 100” ranked hotel management company by the industry’s four leading trade journals, as determined by a combination of properties, rooms, and revenue under management.

Charlestowne Hotels’ proficiency in managing a diverse portfolio of properties, including AAA Four Diamond hotels, luxury boutique inns, resorts, condo hotels and branded properties, has led to numerous industry accolades including Condè Nast Magazine “Gold List” and “Top 100 Hotels in the United States” awards, TripAdvisor’s #1 and #2 Luxury Hotel in the United States awards, Expedia’s “Top 10 Four Star Hotels in the US” award, Smith Travel Research’s “Best Performing Hotel in the US” award, as well as other national media and AAA honors.

Charlestowne Hotels’ portfolio includes the Andrew Pinckney Inn, The Elliott House Inn, French Quarter Inn, The HarbourView Inn, Holiday Inn Express Charleston, Holiday Inn Express Charleston Downtown-Ashley River, Holiday Inn Express and Suites Mt. Pleasant, The Inn at Middleton Place, Best Western King Charles Inn, North Charleston Inn, Shem Creek Inn, the Sleep Inn, The Society House, Best Western Sweetgrass Inn and Zero George Street – all of which are located in the Charleston, SC area; The Palms Hotel – Isle of Palms, SC; Surfside Beach Resort – Surfside Beach, SC; The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn – Pawleys Island, SC; Springmaid Beach Resort – Myrtle Beach, SC; Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center – Sunset Beach, NC; Planters Inn at Reynolds Square – Savannah, GA; Glenstone Lodge – Gatlinburg, TN; Runaway Beach Club – Kissimmee, FL; The Moorings Village & Spa – Islamorada, FL; Rustic Inn Creekside Resort & Spa and The Lodge at Jackson Hole – Jackson, WY and currently under development, The Blackburn Inn and Spa, Staunton, VA.


Holiday Inn Express hotels are modern hotels for value-oriented travelers.  Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers.  Guests Stay Smart® at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free hot Express Start® Breakfast Bar, free high-speed Internet access and free local phone calls (US and Canada only).  There are currently more than 2,000 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe.  For more information about Holiday Inn Express hotels or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit

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