"For us, it's exciting," Brady said. "It's a great opportunity for us to draw larger events to the city."
Downtown has roughly 1,400 hotel beds. With the addition of the Courtyard by Marriott, downtown will have a little more than 1,500 beds, Brady said.
Jamilah Clarke works as Sales and Marketing directing for the Ramada Inn located at 600 Kanawha Blvd. Clarke said the hotel has undergone extensive renovations and will switch franchises from Ramada to Four Points by Sheraton on Jan. 16.
The hotel will host an official ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 22 at 9 a.m.
Clarke said renovations include upgrades to the 176 guest rooms, a new fitness center, providing hotel guests with an indoor heated pool, a 9,000-square-foot meeting space and a new lobby space.
"I think the hotel itself has a different feel and layout," Clarke said.
Based on the hotel's size and functional space, Clarke hopes to attract leisure travelers, business travelers and social events like conferences, weddings, galas and things of that nature.
The hotel was originally the Charleston House hotel. The property operated under the Holiday Inn brand for several years before becoming the Ramada.
"Essentially, it's a new hotel," said Carrie Hillenbrandt, who works as director of sales and marketing for Albany, N.Y.-based BBL Hospitality, who owns the soon-to-be Four Points by Sheraton.
Hillenbrandt said the hotel's premier location across from Haddad Riverfront Park matches the service provided by Four Points.
Hillenbrandt said while the Marriott and Hilton franchises are well represented in the area, this would be the first Four Points by Sheraton location in the state.
"We thought it would be really great to bring Four Points to the Charleston market," Hillenbrandt said.
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