Downtown Sumter's revitalization efforts may have kicked off 10 years ago, picked up speed three years ago and rocket-launched into activity, openings and a new Main Street scene in the last year, but perhaps the most noticeable difference downtown …
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Downtown Sumter's revitalization efforts may have kicked off 10 years ago, picked up speed three years ago and rocket-launched into activity, openings and a new Main Street scene in the last year, but perhaps the most noticeable difference downtown is now open for business.
Hyatt Place Sumter/Downtown marked its official opening on Friday at noon. First-time customers were invited to check in to the 93-room, four-story hotel, and the bar and cafe began offering Sumterites and travelers alike its menu of Starbucks coffee, cocktails, freshly prepared meals or packaged sandwiches and salads.
"We are very excited to finally open our doors to the public," said Michael Brown, director of sales and marketing for the new hotel. The Sumter native is responsible for recruiting and managing the hotel's corporate partners, social groups and events and implements marketing efforts and strategies for the hotel, according to a news release.
Brown said there were about 30 reservations for opening night, "mostly just locals who wanted to experience the hotel, so that was great to see."
The doors were not the only thing to open on Friday. With all of the construction fences gone, the side of the hotel between C. Anthony's Menswear now features paved roads and grass open space, and Main Street gleams with a new road.
The hotel is under the leadership of Brown and general manager Cheryl Baker, a Camden native who is in charge of the day-to-day operations, including overseeing more than 25 associates and ensuring "guests encounter the thoughtful service for which the Hyatt Place brand is known."
The Hyatt, 18 N. Main St., is the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Sumter County. According to Hyatt's website, the only other locations for Hyatt in South Carolina are in Columbia, Charleston and Greenville.
"I think the whole community is really excited to see us open and to finally have a hotel come to downtown Sumter," Brown said. "It's great for businesses that are already located downtown and will also help bring even more restaurants and shops to Main Street. We're excited to see Sumter grow even further now that people can stay downtown overnight and experience all downtown Sumter has to offer."
Owned and operated by Mountain Shore Properties and built by Sumter-based Thompson Turner Construction, which began construction in December 2016, the new hotel features the Hyatt Place brand's standard design and amenities, such as free Wi-Fi, 24-hour food offerings and sofa beds in rooms to create separate living, dining and sleeping spaces in customers' rooms.
Customers can enjoy a free "gallery kitchen" hot breakfast as well as freshly prepared meals 24-7. The Coffee to Cocktails Bar offers Starbucks coffee, beer, wine and cocktails.
The hotel also features 1,000 square feet of meeting space, a 24-hour gym and an outdoor pool and courtyard.
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