Latest hotel news from North, South Carolina

The Beaufort Hotel in Beaufort, N.C., has joined Choice Hotels International’s Ascend Hotel Collection. Photo credit: Choice Hotels International

Hotel development is going strong in the Carolinas lately, with two locations opening in the past few weeks and another expected by the end of the month. On top of that, RLH Corp. has signed a franchise agreement to open a location later this year in South Carolina and Choice Hotels International’s Ascend Hotel Collection has added another property in North Carolina.

The 113-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Asheville Airport/Fletcher opened in North Carolina last week. Owned by Kodak Hospitality and managed by Blue Star Hospitality, the hotel includes an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center and 360 square feet of meeting space. Nearby points of interest include the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Blue Ghost Brewery, the Biltmore Estate and downtown Asheville.

Parks Hospitality Group opened the 151-key Homewood Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown in South Carolina last month. The hotel, developed, owned and managed by Parks, includes a fitness center, outdoor pool, meeting space and sports court.

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The 139-room TownePlace Suites by Marriott Outer Banks Kill Devil Hills will open this month in North Carolina. First Flight Hotel owns the hotel and Rocklight Capital will manage. The property is located between Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, N.C., near the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Cape Hatteras and Roanoke Island. The hotel’s amenities include a 24-hour market, a heated indoor swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness center.

RLH Corp. signed a franchise license agreement this month for a 165-room Red Lion Inn & Suites in Columbia, S.C. The hotel, slated to open this fall, will include an outdoor swimming pool, business center, free Wi-Fi and 15,000 square feet of meeting space.

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In North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks, the Beaufort Hotel joined Choice's Ascend Hotel Collection. The hotel features 133 guestrooms, more than 10,000 square feet of event space, a fitness center, a seasonal outdoor pool and whirlpool and a 200-seat waterfront and outdoor patio restaurant. Beaufort Hospitality Enterprises owns the hotel and Concord Hospitality manages it.