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The Westin Poinsett Hotel

Greenville , SC
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LOCATION

120 South Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601 US (map)

PHONE

864-250-7901

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ABOUT US

For one hundred years, the Mansion House Hotel stood on South Main Street in Greenville, South Carolina. In 1924, the hotel was demolished to make room for the construction of the... Read more
For one hundred years, the Mansion House Hotel stood on South Main Street in Greenville, South Carolina. In 1924, the hotel was demolished to make room for the construction of the Poinsett Hotel. The price tag for the new hotel was 1.5 million dollars, and when it opened on June 20, 1925, it was one of the most beautifully furnished hotels in the country. However, during the first year of business, the hotel lost $30,000 and continued to lose money through the years of the Great Depression.

In 1930, Mr. J. Mason Alexander was hired as General Manager Director. Mr. Alexander was known as Old Admiral Spit and Polish, the best hotel manager in the business. Mr. Alexander had a formula for success known as “The four C’s: Cleanliness, cooking, competence and courtesy.” Local residents filled the hotel’s dinning room for family dinners and ballrooms for formal dances. The hotel quickly became known as “Carolina’s Finest,” and by 1940 it was making money.

Also known as “Mr. Poinsett,” Mason Alexander was labeled, “the man who gave you clean money,” because he made sure that no guest left the Poinsett Hotel with anything but clean money in his pocket. Thus, the people who handled money were required to polish all coins before putting them in the cash register for change. Mr. Alexander kept the hotel like “a good housekeeper would keep a house.” He considered hotel patrons as honored guests who should receive a warm reception, fine dining, and a peaceful sleep. Some notable guests at the Poinsett included Amelia Earhardt, John Barrymore, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Bobby Kennedy and the flamboyant Liberace.

Due to increased business during 1941, the hotel added 60 rooms bringing the total to 248 rooms. By the mid 1950’s the motel industry boomed and city hotels became obsolete. In 1959 the hotel was sold to Jack Tarr hotel chain. From 1971 until December 1986, the hotel was foreclosed, and by the end of that year, the last residents of the retirement home moved out. The hotel remained empty until November 1997 when Steve Dopp and Greg Lenox, owners/developer of historic Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, purchased it and the extensive-and expensive renovation process began.

In June 2000, the owners, former employees and friends of the Poinsett Hotel celebrated the 75th anniversary of it’s original grand opening with an exhibit of historic memorabilia in City Hall and a reception in the Gold Ballroom of the hotel. Many memories of the grand days of the hotel were recalled and shared.

Until early 1990, the Poinsett Hotel was considered one of the eleven most endangered historical sites in South Carolina. With the grand opening of the Westin Poinsett Hotel, the hotel’s future will no longer be jeopardized and once again the City of Greenville will be home to the “Carolina’s Finest.” Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Historic, Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
Glamorous, Vintage, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
500
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Private Room

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The best motel. My husband and I had a great time.
The best motel. My husband and I had a great time.
The best motel. My husband and I had a great time. Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
4/25/2015
5.0/5.0
So far so good- easy to communicate with, extremely responsive....the space is stunning
So far so good- easy to communicate with, extremely responsive....the space is stunning
So far so good- easy to communicate with, extremely responsive....the space is stunning Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Caitlyn
Wedding:
4/25/2015
5.0/5.0
We had the best experience with the Westin Poinsett. Kelley the coordinator is the best! All of our guests were well taken care of and enjoyed their stays at the Westin. I highly recommend this place. It is easy pricing with all things included for the most part. It also makes logistics super easy.
We had the best experience with the Westin Poinsett. Kelley the coordinator is the best! All of our guests were well taken Read more...
We had the best experience with the Westin Poinsett. Kelley the coordinator is the best! All of our guests were well taken care of and enjoyed their stays at the Westin. I highly recommend this place. It is easy pricing with all things included for the most part. It also makes logistics super easy. Read less
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Sydney
Wedding:
3/21/2015
5.0/5.0
I did not use this venue but would have loves to! The location is such a sweet and elegant place! If you can afford it definitely use them!
I did not use this venue but would have loves to! The location is such a sweet and elegant place! If you can afford it Read more...
I did not use this venue but would have loves to! The location is such a sweet and elegant place! If you can afford it definitely use them! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We loved the Westin Poinsett! Kelley, the wedding coordinator is calm and responsive and just made everything go off without a problem. We had a large group of at least 200 and she made great suggestions on how to handle the crowd and made sure that there was plenty of seating and that the reception was organized so that there were no long lines at any food station! All of our guests were so impressed with the professionalism of the entire staff and enjoyed their weekend in Greenville. I highly recommend the Westin Poinsett Hotel if you want a stress free planning process and wonderful service!
We loved the Westin Poinsett! Kelley, the wedding coordinator is calm and responsive and just made everything go off Read more...
We loved the Westin Poinsett! Kelley, the wedding coordinator is calm and responsive and just made everything go off without a problem. We had a large group of at least 200 and she made great suggestions on how to handle the crowd and made sure that there was plenty of seating and that the reception was organized so that there were no long lines at any food station! All of our guests were so impressed with the professionalism of the entire staff and enjoyed their weekend in Greenville. I highly recommend the Westin Poinsett Hotel if you want a stress free planning process and wonderful service! Read less
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Wendi
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
The Westin Poinsett was first class! Kelley, our event planner, did an outstanding job from first visit, to event execution. There was no detail overlooked, and Kelley and the entire staff at the Westin went above our expectations. Kelley organized our Daughters wedding flawlessly and allowed our Family and Friends to experience a wedding that will not be forgotten. Our guests were so impressed with the Wedding and the service of excellence that Kelley and the Westin provided that we were sad to see the evening end.
Thank you Kelley and the Westin Poinsett for ALL you did to make our Daughter & Son-in-Laws wedding the fairytale they wanted! Awesome job!!! Kind Regards, Scott & Wendi McCall
The Westin Poinsett was first class! Kelley, our event planner, did an outstanding job from first visit, to event Read more...
The Westin Poinsett was first class! Kelley, our event planner, did an outstanding job from first visit, to event execution. There was no detail overlooked, and Kelley and the entire staff at the Westin went above our expectations. Kelley organized our Daughters wedding flawlessly and allowed our Family and Friends to experience a wedding that will not be forgotten. Our guests were so impressed with the Wedding and the service of excellence that Kelley and the Westin provided that we were sad to see the evening end.
Thank you Kelley and the Westin Poinsett for ALL you did to make our Daughter & Son-in-Laws wedding the fairytale they wanted! Awesome job!!! Kind Regards, Scott & Wendi McCall Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Tara
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Having a wedding at the Westin Poinsett is truly every girls dream come true. We had a wedding with 95% of the guests being from out of town and this was the perfect venue. It was conveniently located downtown and no one had to worry about driving back and forth between the ceremony and reception. The hotel itself is absolutely beautiful and the service is impeccable. Everyone from the front desk to the valet is there to help you. I had the luxury of working with Kelley Moore there, and I cannot give enough praise for how wonderful she made my wedding. She attended to all needs and made sure everything flowed smoothly. I literally had to do hair and makeup and just arrive for my big day. There are lots of choices in Greenville, SC when it comes to picking a wedding venue but none of them can compare to the Westin. Cannot recommend this place enough!!
Having a wedding at the Westin Poinsett is truly every girls dream come true. We had a wedding with 95% of the guests Read more...
Having a wedding at the Westin Poinsett is truly every girls dream come true. We had a wedding with 95% of the guests being from out of town and this was the perfect venue. It was conveniently located downtown and no one had to worry about driving back and forth between the ceremony and reception. The hotel itself is absolutely beautiful and the service is impeccable. Everyone from the front desk to the valet is there to help you. I had the luxury of working with Kelley Moore there, and I cannot give enough praise for how wonderful she made my wedding. She attended to all needs and made sure everything flowed smoothly. I literally had to do hair and makeup and just arrive for my big day. There are lots of choices in Greenville, SC when it comes to picking a wedding venue but none of them can compare to the Westin. Cannot recommend this place enough!! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Laura
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
We hosted our daughter's wedding reception at The Westin Poinsett. It was absolutely gorgeous! The staff were wonderful to work with. The food was excellent. Our compliments to the chef, as the food was hot and tasty and beautifully plated, which was such a pleasant surprise for a hotel. Our daughter wanted a "vintage" wedding and The Westin provided the PERFECT dream come true for her. The hotel provides a wedding coordinator who was professional, helpful and excellent in her role. We didn't have to worry about a thing and the pricing was clear, easy to understand and allowed us to budget in advance without surprises at the end. The Westin makes it a joyful experience and easy. Highly recommend.
We hosted our daughter's wedding reception at The Westin Poinsett. It was absolutely gorgeous! The staff were wonderful to Read more...
We hosted our daughter's wedding reception at The Westin Poinsett. It was absolutely gorgeous! The staff were wonderful to work with. The food was excellent. Our compliments to the chef, as the food was hot and tasty and beautifully plated, which was such a pleasant surprise for a hotel. Our daughter wanted a "vintage" wedding and The Westin provided the PERFECT dream come true for her. The hotel provides a wedding coordinator who was professional, helpful and excellent in her role. We didn't have to worry about a thing and the pricing was clear, easy to understand and allowed us to budget in advance without surprises at the end. The Westin makes it a joyful experience and easy. Highly recommend. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
When you decide to let the Westin Poinsett host your wedding, you get not only a gorgeous venue with a fantastic location for you and your guests, but a hotel staff that makes the event amazingly seamless. In particular, the wedding coordinator was fantastic, making sure that every detail was in order. I can't say enough about the fantastic experience we had, and I strongly recommend the Westin Poinsett for your wedding venue!
When you decide to let the Westin Poinsett host your wedding, you get not only a gorgeous venue with a fantastic location Read more...
When you decide to let the Westin Poinsett host your wedding, you get not only a gorgeous venue with a fantastic location for you and your guests, but a hotel staff that makes the event amazingly seamless. In particular, the wedding coordinator was fantastic, making sure that every detail was in order. I can't say enough about the fantastic experience we had, and I strongly recommend the Westin Poinsett for your wedding venue! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Everything was perfect! Kelley did a amazing job! Everyone had a blast and the Gold Room was gorgeous!! Thank you!!
Everything was perfect! Kelley did a amazing job! Everyone had a blast and the Gold Room was gorgeous!! Thank you!!
Everything was perfect! Kelley did a amazing job! Everyone had a blast and the Gold Room was gorgeous!! Thank you!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue

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