Just the other day I was in my front yard doing some work when one of my neighbors, Ben D'Allesandro, walked by and screamed "congratulations!" I was a little confused. Unsure of what I was being congratulated for.
I thought for a second and said, "oh...for the house?" And pointed towards our recently completed addition. Ben said "well yeah, that too, but I was talking about the Spectator and the USA Today award." And I said, "Oh yeah...the USA Today award....duhh."
When I started BuildingsAreCool in January of 2015, one of the first blogs I wrote was on The Spectator Hotel. It is only fitting that I round up this year with one more story about the hotel. In that first blog, I mentioned that the owner team had aspirations of making The Spectator the best hotel in Charleston. I remember thinking, "Ughh......pretty tall order....no pressure!"
Well. Fast forward to today and The Spectator Hotel is well on its way to becoming the best. The hotel has been open for less than 6 months and has already risen to #4 on Trip Advisors top Charleston Hotels.
And the recent acknowledgment by USA Today was a terrific way to end the year. #4 in Charleston and #7 new hotel in the country. That is pretty bad-ass! How's that for archispeak.
In addition to congratulating The Spectator Hotel, I also wanted to share some of the professional photography of the project. These are some of my favorite shots that The Spectator Hotel was kind enough to share.
The Spectator Hotel Lobby
The Spectator Bar
The Spectator Hotel Guest Rooms
Ben's congratulations was another reminder of how lucky I was to be a part of that project. I have gotten a lot of praise for The Spectator Hotel. I did have a big role in the project's design, but there are tons of talented folks who made this project happen. So I am always reluctant to accept praise for the hotel's success.
But man was I lucky. And as the year is winding down, I have been doing a lot of reflecting and feel the need to give thanks.
Thanks to Palmetto Commercial Properties for having the vision and courage to create The Spectator Hotel.
Thanks to Construction Professionals Incorporated for building this beautiful building. These guys did an awesome job.
Thanks to the architecture team at LS3P for busting their butts. The Spectator was challenging to design and the design team rose to the occasion.
Thanks to all of our consultants: ADC Structural Engineering, DWG MEP Engineering, Thomas and Hutton Civil Engineering, Design Works Landscape Design, Moonlighting Landscape Lighting Design, and Brooks Sign Center.
Thanks to Courtney Rowson and the team at Stitch Design Co. for coming up with The Spectator name and the perfect branding.
Thanks to Charlestowne Hotels for developing an awesome concept and operating The Spectator like a well-oiled machine.
Thanks to Jenny Kennan and Rachel Morrison from Jenny Keenan Interior Design for crafting such a polished and memorable interior design.
And last but not least. This group is the real secret. The secret ingredient to The Spectator Hotel's success..........The Staff.
The Staff at The Spectator Hotel are Rockstars!
I periodically read the TripAdvisor reviews on The Spectator. I'm always interested to see what people write about. And secretly hoping that they may mention the great architecture! They do sometimes mention the design, but they always mention the staff. In fact, it is very common for the reviews to mention the staff by name. It is incredible.
I have stayed in many hotels and struggle to remember the staff let alone their actual names.
I take that back. I do remember staying at some awesome hotel this past July. I remember our butler, Jordan, who was the perfect gentlemen. Oh wait. That was our stay at The Spectator Hotel.
This is a testament to The Spectator's Secret Sauce. I think it goes beyond just good customer service. The Spectator Hotel offers an extremely unique experience and The Spectator Hotel staff are the catalysts for this experience.
So thanks again and sorry for anyone I missed.
A couple questions for you.
Have you visited The Spectator yet? If so, what do you think? And if not, what are you waiting for?