The Kessler Collection Officially Breaks Ground on Grand Bohemian Hotel Greenville

USA, Orlando, Florida. May 08, 2019

On Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m., The Kessler Collection, a portfolio of nine passionately created and artistically inspired boutique hotels and restaurants, officially broke ground on the highly anticipated Grand Bohemian Hotel Greenville. During the groundbreaking ceremony, local dignitaries including Mayor Knox White and interim city manager and director of economic development, Nancy Whitworth, and key executives from The Kessler Collection recognized the dedication and vision for the project. Key development partners area vice president of full service franchise of Marriott International, Richard Veilleux, vice president of Hunt Construction, Jeff Clemens, and design principal of Sottile & Sottile and former dean of the School of Building Arts at SCAD, Christian Sottile, were also in attendance.

"Today marks a special day as The Kessler Collection officially breaks ground on Grand Bohemian Hotel Greenville, becoming apart of a city with great vision and a community dedicated to its rich heritage," said Mr. Richard C. Kessler, chairman and CEO of The Kessler Collection. "The location is uniquely dramatic, situated in the heart a downtown reprieve, overlooking the Reedy River. There will be no other hotel in the state of South Carolina with such tranquil ambiance created by natural beauty."

Set to debut in 2021, the 187-room hotel will serve as a gateway to the city's beloved Falls Park on the Reddy River for both locals and visitors. Grand Bohemian Hotel Greenville will feature 30 suites complete with balconies, signature Poseidon Spa, a vibrant art collection curated by Richard C. Kessler, indoor and outdoor event spaces, and a two-story restaurant and bar perched above the park will provide unparalleled views of the urban oasis. The architecture of Grand Bohemian Hotel Greenville will be expressed in materials native to the upcountry. Warm, natural materials will include natural stone, timber and weathered wood, with generous expanses of glass opening views to this unmatched natural setting. Architecturally inspired by the traditional American park lodges, the boutique hotel nestled along the banks of the Reedy River, Grand Bohemian Hotel Greenville will serve as a gracious civic landmark for generations to come.

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown along the Reedy River, Grand Bohemian Hotel Greenville allows guests to experience the cultural vibrancy of the emerging destination right at their doorstep. Local restaurants, boutiques, museums and live entertainment are within walking distance, making Greenville a year-round playground for leisure and business travelers alike.

Grand Bohemian Hotel Greenville will uphold The Kessler Collection's tradition of providing superior guest services, perpetrating a sense of Bohemian creativity and inviting cultures to connect with unique artistic offerings.

From the East Coast to the American West, The Kessler Collection creates inspiring experiences for guests, offering perfect vacation spots for adventure, romance and discovery.

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