What’s New at Belmond Charleston Place

Classic, timeless and steeped in history, Belmond Charleston Place never goes out of style. Considered one of the top luxury hotels in Charleston for almost 30 years, the hotel has remained current and relevant by updating and renovating to further our offerings for guests. As an ode to the everlasting tradition of Belmond Charleston Place, we have rounded up a list of the gorgeous renovations and convenient, new services that were ushered in with 2016.

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Perhaps the most impressive update to the hotel is the completion of a $34 million, 3 year renovation of its 434 guest rooms. The renovation truly left no stone unturned, stripping each room down to its bare bones and replacing everything from the ground up. Fresh, new carpet and fully redesigned bathrooms round out the complete redo. The gorgeous rooms and suites reflect a dreamy, light and airy atmosphere coupled with sophisticated, Charleston elegance.

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Exclusive, premier and also newly renovated, the Club Level at Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect space to unwind after a long day. Available by private access only, the cosmopolitan lounge is located on the top two floors of the hotel offering the best views of Charleston. A cozy velvet and leather banquette with velour and silk pillows invites you to sit back and relax while enjoying the all-day complimentary food and beverage service. Or, saddle up to the newly expanded bar for a cocktail served by the Club Level’s dedicated staff.

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If official business calls you to Charleston, then you’ll want to take note of the sophisticated yet modern Belmond Boardroom. Warm and inviting, a custom-built 15-foot-mahogany conference table is surrounded by oversized, plush executive chairs. Hold your meeting amongst floods of natural light, all while overlooking historic King Street and the beautiful Art Deco Riviera Theater. This new, innovative space is just what the CEO ordered.

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Fitness is often hard to maintain when traveling, so our Fitness Center underwent a refreshing update to make working out while away from home a seamless task. Doubling in size, the Fitness Center now includes all new, state-of-the-art equipment. The cardio room consists of exercise bikes, ellipticals and treadmills, including built-in televisions on each machine. Separate from the cardio equipment, the weight room is stocked with everything from free weights to foam rollers, with plenty of room for barre routines or floor exercises.

Belmond Charleston Place is located in the very heart of downtown Charleston, and within walking distance of all the major attractions, making the need for a car nonexistent. For those guests flying into Charleston, the travel process is now even easier with a convenient airport transportation system. Running from the hotel to the Charleston airport every half hour from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, the shuttle is quick, easy and eliminates the worry of securing and parking a rental car.

Discover all of these new amenities on your next trip to Charleston by taking advantage of The Grand Reveal Package. Enjoy 20% off Club Level rooms and suites, a complimentary bottle of champagne and a $100 credit to be spent at The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place, or any of the hotel’s dining options, for travel now through May 31, 2016.

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Healthy Eats in the Holy City

With the first month of 2016 under our belts, it’s time to follow through on our New Year’s Resolutions. Was yours to eat healthier and exercise more often? Here in Charleston, there is an abundance of delectable foods like shrimp and grits, she crab soup, crab cakes, baked mac n’ cheese, the list goes on. When traveling, it can be hard to choose a more nutritious option with so many yummy choices everywhere you go. Along with those savory, Southern bites, Charleston has plenty of fresh and delectable options to fuel you for a day of sightseeing around the Holy City. So pop into any of the restaurants below to fuel up on good-for-you-food when visiting Charleston and you won’t be disappointed.

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Caviar and Bananas

51 George Street Charleston, SC 29401

This gourmet shop has everything you need to please your palate and excite your senses. With a wide range of prepared and packaged options, you won’t leave hungry or empty handed. Pick up an assortment of healthy snacks like Sahale Fruit and Nut Snack Mix or a Green & Black Organic 85% Dark Chocolate Bar to enjoy throughout your time in Charleston.

Tip: Order the “Lunch Box Special” from the prepared foods case to try multiple items like the famous Kale Salad, Thai Peanut Salad and Garganelli Pasta Salad with a discount.

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Brown Dog Deli

40 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401

Located in the French Quarter, Brown Dog Deli uses local and fresh ingredients to bring back timeless deli classics. With a hot dog menu plus a vegetarian and vegan menu, you can find something for everyone at this shop.

Tip: It is small and fills up during lunchtime. Get there early and grab a seat on their outside deck to enjoy your meal in the beautiful Charleston weather.

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Five Loaves Café

42 Cannon Street Charleston, SC

If you’re looking for a place to sit down and enjoy healthy, homemade soups, Five Loaves Café is exactly where you need to go. Their Gluten Free soups are made fresh in store each day and popular options include Mexican chicken chili with lime, avocado and cilantro as well as roasted red pepper, tomato, basil and bleu cheese.

Tip: Come with friends and suggest each person order a half soup and half sandwich to share. This way you can try a wider variety of their homemade soups and sandwiches.

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Whisk

209 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401

Stop into Whisk for an afternoon pick-me-up, located next to Belmond Charleston Place, and discover their fresh juice and smoothie options. The “Charlestonian” smoothie includes raspberry, blueberry, peaches and yogurt with no added sugar to keep you moving all day long.

Tip: Don’t like smoothies or juice? Design your own wrap from their list of fresh ingredients and pair it with any of their coffee drinks or a fresh parfait.

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Verde

347 King Street Charleston, SC 29401

Hearty salads at this King Street staple will keep you feeling full all day. With more than 42 toppings, options are endless when creating your own salad. All salads, signature or create your own, can come as wraps too!

Tip: Order one of their signature creations; they are specifically designed to have a wonderful mix of flavors. The Mesa Verde salad is a local favorite including romaine, roasted chicken, grape tomatoes, red onion, avocado, black beans, corn, fresh cilantro, and tortilla strips with chipotle lime vinaigrette, finished with a squeeze of fresh lime.

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Marty’s Place

96 Wentworth Street Charleston, SC 29424

Located on the College of Charleston campus, the newly opened Marty’s Place presents made-to-order vegan, vegetarian as well as kosher menu items. Some delectable options include the black bean torta with coconut chipotle mayo and the five spice fried quinoa with onions, sweet potatoes, peas and carrots served with pita.

Tip: If you are looking for a lighter option, try the daily special, which includes a choice of soup or salad and a drink.

Choose to dine at any of these delicious lunch spots the next time you are vacationing in the Holy City and sticking to your New Year’s Resolution will be a breeze.

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Downtown Discovered: Harleston Village

While downtown Charleston is most often known for its historic district, a variety of unique neighborhoods exist within the city center. From picturesque South of Broad to the artistic French Quarter, there’s plenty here for guests to delight in. In our next installment of Downtown Discovered, we will explore the diverse and lively Harleston Village.

Location:
Stretching from King Street, west to the Ashley River, Harleston Village is bordered by Calhoun Street to the north and Broad to the South. Frequently called Harleston’s Green, the area was part of a grant made to John Coming in 1671 and later inherited by John Harleston. Streets named for prominent men of the period, including Lord Charles Greville Montagu and Lt. Gov. William Bull, still bear their names today.

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Originally developed in 1770, the neighborhood is a mix of Antebellum houses and upscale modern townhouses situated along tree-lined streets. Be sure to stroll past the most famous homes in the area, the 1802 Gaillard-Bennett house at 60 Montagu Street and the 1800 William Blacklock house at 18 Bull Street. The Gaillard-Bennett house boasts 10,000 square feet of Georgian/Adam details plus one of the most impressive formal gardens in Charleston while the Blacklock House is a National Historic Landmark. 


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History:
Founded in 1700, the same year as the initial development of Harleston Village, the College of Charleston is the oldest education institution south of Virginia, and the 13th oldest in the United States. Also located in Harleston Village and owned by the College of Charleston, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture holds regular exhibits, tours, lectures and workshops dedicated to educating the community on the history and culture of African Americans in the Lowcountry.

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A hub of learning in historic Charleston, Harleston Village is also home to the American College of the Building Arts, the country’s only four-year liberal arts college educating and training artisans in the traditional building arts. While staying at Belmond Charleston Place, be sure to stop into the Thoroughbred Club for tapas, served on trays created by local blacksmithing students. 

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Places of Interest:
From college students to families to the elderly, you are likely to see numerous people outside enjoying the various parks in the neighborhood. Colonial Lake, a tidal lake currently undergoing a $5 million revitalization, is the perfect place for afternoon strolls. You will see walkers, joggers, bikers, kids and dogs at this family-friendly spot. Located near the Medical University of South Carolina, Cannon Park was previously a sawmill pond before becoming a convention hall, museum and hospital. A fire destroyed the hall in 1981, leaving behind its four grand columns, still visible today.

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Grab a cup of coffee from the minimalist-chic Black Tap, before heading out to explore Harleston Village. Make sure you stop to see the Old City Jail on Magazine Street, home to pirates, gangsters and even ghosts! By day, the Old City Jail houses the American College of the Building Arts and at night, is open for haunted walking tours. In case you’ve scared up an appetite, visit Queen Street Grocery, established in 1922 and home to irresistible crepes and hot pressed sandwiches. Once you’ve had your fill, head down Broad Street and wind around to the City Marina, for stunning views of the Ashley River. End your day with a cocktail at Salty Mike’s while watching the sun set! A perfect end to an ideal Lowcountry day.

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