The Kessler Collection Commemorates Opening of Newest Hotel in the No. 1 City in the U.S.

Aug 27, 2015, 13:22 ET from The Kessler Collection

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kessler Collection, a portfolio of 11 artistically-inspired boutique hotels and restaurants, celebrated the highly anticipated grand opening of its first property in South Carolina, Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, on August 27, 2015. Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston joins Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International's curated portfolio of hotels recognized for celebrating individuality. The Kessler Collection inaugurated the Bohemian infused property with a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration featuring a progressive event designed to showcase hotel highlights, from an innovative wine blending experience and the largest art gallery in the Collection to unsurpassed views from the garden-influenced rooftop terrace. In a city where no building can be taller than the church steeples, few establishments offer this caliber of view and superior location, just steps away from famed Kings St. in the historic district.  

"The opening of our first South Carolina hotel in Charleston – a location we've been scouting for over 10 years – is a great accomplishment and we look forward to enhancing the destination's celebrated hospitality scene," said Richard C. Kessler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Kessler Collection. "We offer guests unique experiences such as the hotel industry's first-of-a-kind Bohemian Wine Blending, lavish guest accommodations, and gourmet cuisine and craft cocktails at our rooftop terrace and restaurant, Eleve." 

In keeping with the Collection's passion for the arts and Bohemian lifestyle, the opening consisted of speeches by local dignitaries, the Kessler family and majority owner Xenia Hotel & Resorts executives, followed by cutting an authentically Charleston Lowcountry sweet grass adorned ribbon, and a champagne toast led by general manager Nick Saltmarsh. The festivities continued inside the hotel where local influencers and media members enjoyed Intelligentsia coffee, signature cocktails and sneak peek menu items from charcuterie to gourmet sweets. Building upon the property's debut, Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston will continue delivering guests unparalleled offerings with new and highly valued experiences such as decadent seasonal menus, Grand Bohemian Gallery artist receptions, a 32-tap wine tasting room, and wine blending – an interactive 90-minute experience where guests learn the art of winemaking and customize their very own blend with personalized label to take home.

Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston is bathed in French elements combined with classical European lines all with a modern Bohemian twist. The 50-room luxury boutique hotel incorporates diverse offerings including an on-site Grand Bohemian Gallery featuring rare, local, international and original artwork, 3,000+ sq. ft. of meeting/event space, fitness center, wine blending experience and tasting room with curated selections, specialty coffee shop with micro-roasted coffee and pastry desserts, farm-to-table culinary offerings with a regional focus, as well as a rooftop restaurant, Eleve, and terrace providing unmatched views of the city. Located in the heart of the historic district, Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston is surrounded by local landmarks, shopping and dining – making for a true sought after luxurious Southern escape for locals, couples, families, weddings and friend getaways. For the fourth year, Conde Nast Traveler has voted Charleston the No. 1 U.S. City, and No. 2 in the World, in addition to Travel + Leisure ranking Charleston the No. 1 City in the U.S. for the 2nd consecutive year.

About The Kessler Collection
Capturing the classical and unconventional spirit of Bohemian cultures, The Kessler Collection's portfolio of passionately created and artistically inspired boutique hotels boast chic design, luxurious accommodations, enriching ambiance and intuitive service. Whether visiting properties in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina or South Carolina, each hotel's exquisite art, music and cultural influences are deliberately approachable. Designed to inspire mystique and unforgettable experiences, Kessler guests are bathed in re-defined Bohemian luxury, from an 1888 historic hotel, a cutting edge downtown icon and Bavarian-inspired Castle, to an earthy Native American retreat, high design southern mansion and elite ski lodge. The Kessler Collection was the founding member of the Marriott Autograph Collection, introduced with seven Autograph Collection branded hotels. Each property is a bold original hotel carefully created with style and the individualist traveler in mind. For more information about The Kessler Collection and its properties, please visit or call 888.472.6312.

About Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a self-advised and self-administered REIT that invests primarily in premium full service, lifestyle and urban upscale hotels, with a focus on the top 25 U.S. lodging markets as well as key leisure destinations in the United States. The Company owns 50 hotels, including 49 wholly owned hotels, comprising 13,104 rooms, across 21 states and the District of Columbia, and has a majority interest in one hotel under development.  Xenia's hotels are primarily operated by industry leaders such as Marriott®, Hilton®, Hyatt®, Starwood®, Kimpton®, Aston®, Fairmont® and Loews®, as well as leading independent management companies, under various nationally recognized brands. For more information on Xenia's business, refer to the Company website at

About Autograph Collection Hotels
Autograph Collection Hotels celebrates a collection of independent leaders in film, art, design and literature by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 85 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world's most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, for its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. For more information please visit, or explore our social-media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:


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