Four New Projects in the South

NATIONAL REPORT—A number of hotels are being built throughout the South, including a repurposing of a power plant. Here’s a closer look:

JW Marriott Savannah

The 419-room JW Marriott Savannah, expected to open this spring, will anchor The Kessler Collection’s $330-million-plus Plant Riverside District entertainment complex. The district is a redevelopment of the decommissioned 104-year-old Georgia Power Plant.

The property will consist of three buildings: the Power Plant, the Three Muses and the Atlantic. It will feature 18,052 sq. ft. of meeting space; a fitness center; a full-service spa; and free high-speed internet. Guests will also have access to the numerous F&B offerings of the complex.

The Savvy in Savannah, GA

The Indigo Road Hospitality Group has added The Savvy in Savannah, GA to its portfolio of lifestyle hotels. Slated to open in 2021, The Savvy will be in the  Savannah Historic District and along the city’s River St. It will also be near The Savannah College of Art and Design and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

Designed by architecture firm LS3P, the 55-room full-service boutique hotel will have 47 studios and eight suites; a 2,000-sq.-ft. courtyard; and an 800-sq.-ft. meeting room. Adjacent to the hotel will be a seafood restaurant and raw bar operated by The Indigo Road Restaurant Group. JE Dunn Construction is the general contractor and the project is being co-developed by Garage Cap Hospitality and JPW Development Partners.

Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale

The full-service, 238-room Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale, located inside the new-build 100 Las Olas tower, is expected to open in April.

Inspired by Fort Lauderdale’s waterfront location and yachting culture, with architecture and interiors by Simeone Deary Design Group, the property’s aesthetic features colors, textures and shapes emblematic of boats, the city’s intricate canal systems, and life on the water. Check-in desks have been designed to emulate boat hulls, while additional lobby features will include an antique brass sextant; teakwood and blue wallcoverings designed to look like ocean ripples; and a floor pattern that resembles yacht decking.

The guestrooms and suites will feature neutral color palettes of nautical blues and grays with dusky pinks reminiscent of sunset over water; wall graphics designed to look like sailors’ knots etched in pencil; and large closets and countertops. F&B offerings will include the lobby-level Harborwood Urban Kitchen and Bar and Elev8 Rooftop Bar.

The Saint Hotel Charleston

The five-story Saint Hotel Charleston, owned and developed by D. Mark Wyant, with designs by Wyant and his wife Lorenda, is currently under construction and scheduled to open in late summer.

The 45 guestrooms will feature Murano glass chandeliers; marbled bathrooms with “smart glass” showers; Niven Morgan signature bath products; flat-screen TVs; workspace areas; and complimentary WiFi.

Homewood Suites by Hilton in Panama City Beach, FL

The St. Joe Company has revealed plans to build a Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel adjacent to the new Panama City Beach Sports Complex in Panama City Beach, FL. St. Joe will own and operate the property immediately south of the sports complex. The hotel is expected to open in spring 2021.

The four-story hotel will feature approximately 120 one- and two-bedroom guest suites, each equipped with a full kitchen and refrigerator. Planned amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center and complimentary hot breakfast.