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Columbia’s new Sheraton on Main Opens

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Luxury hotel in historic building features gourmet eatery, 4 bars, Starbucks

July 7, 2008

By Jeff Wilkinson – The State

One of Columbia’s oldest office buildings is about to become the city’s newest luxury hotel.

This week, the Palmetto Building — the city’s second-oldest “skyscraper” — quietly will open its doors as the Sheraton Downtown Columbia, a 135-room Starwood hotel with a boutique feel. A grand opening will take place in about two months.

“This is my dream,” said owner Rick Patel, who has 10 other lodging properties in and around the city. “I’m in every market in town but not downtown. I’ve always wanted to do this.”

Patel and his father, T.N. Patel, have been in the hotel business in Columbia since moving here from London in the 1980s. Now, they own more properties than any other hotelier in the city.

The two-year, $20 million-plus renovation of the Palmetto Building, at Main and Washington streets, and the accompanying Republic Bank building, across the street, is their crowning achievement.

The 18-story hotel has four bars — including a martini lounge in the old bank vault and one on the rooftop — a gourmet restaurant and a Starbucks in the lobby.

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http://www.thestate.com/local/story/454002.html

Here is a link to an interview with Rick Patel, the owner of Columbia’s new Sheraton on Main Street. It shows some of the hotel’s features.

http://videos.thestate.com/vmix_hosted_apps/p/media?id=1977434

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