Grand Bohemian Lodge opens in downtown Greenville

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Upstate has reached a new level of greatness when it comes to hotels. The Grand Bohemian Lodge is open for business.

The new hotel is located in Falls Park near the Liberty Bridge in downtown Greenville.

Staff said every nook and cranny was uniquely designed for the guest experience.

It was an experience that some say blew them away.

“Nothing really blows my mind, but it blew my mind. You know, I love it,” said Fudge Brown, a visitor and resident of Greenville. “Just the atmosphere, the decor, everything. Everything is just brilliant – you know fresh.

The new hotel has 187 rooms, most with balconies and views of the Reedy River.

“There are so many room configurations and room types that you could literally stay every night for a month and be in a different room type. You have the view of the falls on both sides of the hotel, balconies of different sizes, floor to ceiling windows. There are so many different configurations, literally over 30 different room types,” said Amy Johnson, Room Division Operations Manager, Kessler Collection. “Everything you see here at Grand Bohemian Lodge is unique. You will never see it anywhere else,” she said.

From bedrooms to public spaces, the impact of mother nature is evident.

“The strengths they can feel when they enter the hotel is that you are encapsulated by nature. You have these surroundings of the falls, and with a modern twist,” said Ron Nagy, General Manager of Grand Bohemian Lodge. “Everything is open to everyone, whether you are staying at the hotel or just walking through the front doors.”

“The decor, the imagery of the Indians, the statues and the jewelry. The view from the river here, you know, it’s just stunning,” Brown said.

The visionaries behind it all are Mark and Diana Kessler. The couple designed the place.

Diana and Mark said everything was custom designed with a western twist, modern and contemporary with a bohemian twist.

“When my dad first saw this site about eight years ago. He was so excited. He has always loved western art, western architecture and what better place to stay than at the beautiful site here on the Reedy River in Falls Park,” Mark Kessler said. “He was really inspired by the beauty and nature around Greenville and obviously there are beautiful areas around Greenville to travel in.”

“So I think the whole environment around Greenville was really just inspirational, especially that site on the river,” Mark Kessler said.

Diana Kessler said the artwork in the public spaces is all original.

“It’s real art that you would see in a gallery. Each piece was purchased by our owner Richard Kessler. He likes to say that he is first an art collector, then a hotelier. So literally every one of his hotels is like galleries,” Johnson said.

“At Kessler Collection, we want each of our guests to be inspired. If you want to be inspired, you will be as soon as you walk through the front doors and every place, every room, every patio will inspire you,” said Mark Kessler.

The Grand Bohemian Lodge also has a full spa, event space, art gallery, and more. There are also bars and a bourbon room, plus a restaurant with a French twist.

“There is a French inspiration. There is also a French technique, we really try to bring local products and stay very close to our farmers to bring your great modern cuisine, “said chef Nicolas Abello, Between the trees, at the Grand Bohemian Lodge.

Brown said he will be back after his experience on Thursday.

“The best place to be. I’d rather be nowhere else than Greenville,” Brown said.

There are only a few Grand Bohemian hotels in the United States, and executives say this is the first lodge in their collection.

The Grand Bohemian Lodge will celebrate with a grand opening on September 15th.

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