Charleston hotel gets new look after half-century

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Builders and city leaders cut the ribbon Wednesday on the Four Points Sheraton, capping a $15 million renovation of the hotel that opened in 1966.

During the past year, the 12-story structure formerly branded as a Ramada Inn was remodeled from top to bottom by BBL Carlton.

“About the only thing that is original to this hotel is the concrete,” said Keith McClanahan with BBL Carlton. “The floors, the ceilings, the furniture—all new. Elevators, all new HVAC systems.”

McClanahan said the company was determined to keep the hotel open and operating as normally as possible while the building underwent a massive overhaul.

“There were times with the construction going on, it was a little disruptive,” admitted McClanahan. “Overall I think everybody is happy, everybody is pleased. I know I am.”

The Four Points Sheraton sits across the street from Haddad Riverfront Park, has 176 guest rooms, conference space and the restaurant Recovery Grill. BBL will soon begin work on the top two floors of the hotel which will become condos.

McClanahan stressed the architects wanted to bring the former Holiday House back to its glory days.

“All those months, of saying ‘We’re going to get there. We’re going to get there.’ We are here,” said McClanahan.

Despite the single-digit temperatures Wednesday morning, McClanahan joined Charleston Mayor Danny Jones and representatives from Sheraton cut the ribbon outside the hotel.

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