First Look: Will Embassy Suites, Ruth’s Chris at Riverplace up the city’s hotel profile?

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EmbassySuites_logoSet to open in August, the new 156-room Embassy Suites at Riverplace is coming along nicely.

UBJ got a sneak peek this week while construction continues on the all-suite room hotel. The hotel, situated along River Street and adjacent to the Reedy River, offers amazing views of the city and surrounding area.

A second-story lobby level will feature a grand floating staircase, indoor water feature and the only indoor pool in downtown Greenville. The hotel will feature the work of local artists. “It’s not a paint-by numbers Embassy Suites. It’s really a customized project,” said David Berger, vice president of operations, Hospitality America, which will operate and manage the hotel.

The hotel will also be home to the second Ruth’s Chris Steak House location in Greenville by franchise owners Mark and Nancy Oswald. The Oswalds will also operate a new concept rooftop bar and restaurant called UP on the Roof, on the top floor of the new hotel.

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UP will have an outdoor lounge area with indoor and outdoor dining and a full bar. While Ruth’s Chris will only be open for dinner, UP will be also open for lunch. Both restaurants and spaces will be open to the public.

RuthsChris_logoThree boardrooms, a private dining room, pre-function space, outdoor terraces and a 3,000-square-foot ballroom are all designed to capture the views and business of corporate and business users as well as weddings and social events. “We are going above and beyond for social events and corporate meetings with our audio-visual components,” said Berger. Ruth’s Chris will provide food for banquets and catering.

Estimated cost of the hotel is more than $36 million. “It’s going to be a very special hotel and, in my opinion, the best in Greenville,” said developer Bo Aughtry of the Windsor Aughtry Hotel Group.

The entire Riverplace expansion includes an addition by Hughes Development, in conjunction with the city, to add an additional 300 spaces to the current River Street garage. Developer Tom Croft is building eight new luxury condos atop the city garage and Hughes also has an additional pad site that could be developed for office or residential in the future.

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Embassy Suites Greenville Downtown Riverplace is currently taking group reservations and will be accepting hotel bookings by May. Several corporate and leisure events have already been booked for this fall, said Berger.

For more information, visit the hotel’s Facebook page .

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