Posted 10/16/2012 - 9:57:43 AM
As part of a JV, Hay Creek Hotels added the Zero George Street hotel to its collection of properties.
CHARLESTON, SC—Hay Creek Hotels entered into a joint-venture agreement with the owners of the new Zero George Street, this city's first European-style boutique hotel.
Zero George Street, which will open in November, is established in five restored, historic residential buildings built in 1804, and is surrounded by a landscaped courtyard. The hotel’s name is derived from its address in Charleston’s historic Ansonborough neighborhood.
The property features 18 guest suites that offer French Romantic and Charleston Trade decor. Amenities include a café and bar, and indoor and outdoor private event space.
Working alongside Dufford Young Architects of Charleston and Alana’s Ltd. interior design of Charlottesville, VA, owners Dean and Lynn Easton Andrews sought to restore and rehabilitate the hotel space while embracing the history of the original buildings. The guest suites feature stylish Ethan Allen residential furnishings; custom-designed armoires with minibars and a European-style bathroom design with wood floors, marble and tile showers, as well as marble countertops.
The restoration incorporates the original buildings’ classic architectural and decorative elements, including heart-pine floors, private piazzas, high ceilings and period millwork details. The Andrews have restored the original brick and stucco kitchen house that will now feature a professional display kitchen with a French enamel cooking range for private cooking classes.
Special event spaces include the Garden Courtyard, featuring cast iron fountains and rows of Royal Palm trees. The main building’s Historic State Rooms, designed for receptions, dinners or corporate meetings, can accommodate up to 75 guests.
Norman MacLeod, founder/CEO of Hay Creek Hotels, noted, “The unique style and ambiance of the hotel and its outstanding location in Historic Charleston, dovetails perfectly with our other locations throughout the Northeast. Hay Creek has a strong presence in New England and we are anticipating several new additions in the Mid-Atlantic states, in the next year."
Dean Andrews, developer and owner of the hotel, also is a principal partner of Hay Creek Hotels. “The combination of the historic buildings with a sophisticated, contemporary design is unique in Charleston,” said Andrews. “We believe it’s the right time to invest in such a vibrant and culturally diverse city as Charleston, with its balance of high-end leisure and business demand."
In addition, Zero George and Hay Creek Hotels have partnered with Charlestowne Hotels, for marketing and rooms yield management.