The Charleston House Holiday Inn opened in 1966 on Kanawha Boulevard East overlooking the Kanawha River. It is open as a Four Points Sheraton as of May 2016.
The Charleston House Holiday Inn was located on
Kanawha Boulevard between Laidley and Summers Streets. The site is one of the
oldest developed areas in the city, directly across from the boat landing (levee) that propelled
the young city’s growth.
By the 1960s, the area had become rundown as growth
spread to other city sectors. An almost three-block area that encompassed this
site was demolished in the city’s first phase of Urban Renewal. A single
structure, Charleston National Bank, the Charleston House, and Shanklin Parking
Garage would dominate each of the three blocks.
The Charleston House opened in 1966. The city’s better
hotels dated from prior decades, so business gravitated to the Charleston
House. It featured large banquet rooms and a 12th story
restaurant overlooking the river and the city. The Charleston House, prior to
the Marriott opening in 1983, was the hotel of choice during the state legislative
session, basketball tournaments, and local conferences and concerts.
The hotel was always associated with the Sternwheel
Regatta and events held at Haddad Riverfront Park. Many visitors enjoyed
renting rooms on the riverside and watching the shows unfold from their
Over time, the property began to decline without
major renovations. In October of 2010, the Holiday Inn sign came down and the
property reopened as a Ramada in September of 2011. A three-year multi-million
dollar update followed, and the property opened as a Four Points by Sheraton in
January of 2014. Soon after, it was announced that the two top floors, the 11th
and 12th, would be subdivided into eight luxury condominiums.
In November, 2015, Marriott announced it would be
buying the property.