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The Westin Poinsett Hotel

Greenville , SC
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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
I seriously could not say enough about Chelsea McCray and the staff at the Westin Poinsett. From the very beginning, planning our wedding was like a dream. Chelsea was flexible, responsive, and catered to all of our questions, even those we had not thought of! From our first tour of the venue to the tasting and finally to the special day, the Westin was accommodating. They changed a couple of beer selections from the bar package we chose, as well as late additions to the menu. Additionally, Chelsea personally made sure we ate at our reception and the food was delicious! When you book your wedding at the Westin, they include your wedding night stay, and we were surprised to find chocolate covered strawberries, slices of our cake (we had forgotten to eat a sample at the reception), and a bottle of champagne waiting for us. It was the BEST day and it was so because we had our wedding at the Westin Poinsett. Trust me, you can't go wrong having your wedding here.
I seriously could not say enough about Chelsea McCray and the staff at the Westin Poinsett. From the very beginning, Read more...
I seriously could not say enough about Chelsea McCray and the staff at the Westin Poinsett. From the very beginning, planning our wedding was like a dream. Chelsea was flexible, responsive, and catered to all of our questions, even those we had not thought of! From our first tour of the venue to the tasting and finally to the special day, the Westin was accommodating. They changed a couple of beer selections from the bar package we chose, as well as late additions to the menu. Additionally, Chelsea personally made sure we ate at our reception and the food was delicious! When you book your wedding at the Westin, they include your wedding night stay, and we were surprised to find chocolate covered strawberries, slices of our cake (we had forgotten to eat a sample at the reception), and a bottle of champagne waiting for us. It was the BEST day and it was so because we had our wedding at the Westin Poinsett. Trust me, you can't go wrong having your wedding here. Read less
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Trica
Wedding:
9/24/2016
5.0/5.0
The Westin Poinsett is by far my favorite home away from home. So when I decided to get married I immediately thought of them as both my wedding and reception venue. From the moment we called to get information, we were guided with ease through the entire process by Chelsea Mccray, she was very professional and stayed in contact with us often. The food was exceptional, and the staff were very pleasant and involved with our guest wishes. I am still getting emails from my guest raving about their experience at our wedding and the Westin. We had several guest from out of town and the Westin was very helpful in accommodating their lodging needs . I highly recommend The Westin Poinsett to any bride that loves beautiful old south décor and a welcoming staff that will tend to your every need, even before you know that you have them. They really do think of everything! And be sure to get your rooftop photo, it makes for a very special picture of you and your groom.
The Westin Poinsett is by far my favorite home away from home. So when I decided to get married I immediately thought of Read more...
The Westin Poinsett is by far my favorite home away from home. So when I decided to get married I immediately thought of them as both my wedding and reception venue. From the moment we called to get information, we were guided with ease through the entire process by Chelsea Mccray, she was very professional and stayed in contact with us often. The food was exceptional, and the staff were very pleasant and involved with our guest wishes. I am still getting emails from my guest raving about their experience at our wedding and the Westin. We had several guest from out of town and the Westin was very helpful in accommodating their lodging needs . I highly recommend The Westin Poinsett to any bride that loves beautiful old south décor and a welcoming staff that will tend to your every need, even before you know that you have them. They really do think of everything! And be sure to get your rooftop photo, it makes for a very special picture of you and your groom. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Caroline
Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
The Westin was the absolute BEST for my wedding reception. Chelsea took care of all the details and served as my reception coordinator. They were extremely accommodating and flexible and made planning the reception from a different state completely worry-free. Everyone had a great time, the food was amazing, and it was a dream experience! Thank you, Westin!
The Westin was the absolute BEST for my wedding reception. Chelsea took care of all the details and served as my reception Read more...
The Westin was the absolute BEST for my wedding reception. Chelsea took care of all the details and served as my reception coordinator. They were extremely accommodating and flexible and made planning the reception from a different state completely worry-free. Everyone had a great time, the food was amazing, and it was a dream experience! Thank you, Westin! Read less
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Jill
Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
We absolutely loved having our wedding at The Westin Poinsett Hotel! Chelsea, the hotel's wedding coordinator, and the staff were so accommodating every step of the way! She had extremely helpful advice throughout our planning period, and coordinated with all of my vendors so that my family and I could enjoy the day without worrying! We felt the day was flawless and are very thankful for the Westin staff! The ballroom is gorgeous and our guests loved the food! Taking our wedding pictures on the roof of the hotel was something we will never forget! It was so convenient to have our guests stay in the hotel and it is the perfect location for exploring the beautiful downtown Greenville. We highly recommend The Westin Poinsett Hotel for your wedding!
We absolutely loved having our wedding at The Westin Poinsett Hotel! Chelsea, the hotel's wedding coordinator, and the Read more...
We absolutely loved having our wedding at The Westin Poinsett Hotel! Chelsea, the hotel's wedding coordinator, and the staff were so accommodating every step of the way! She had extremely helpful advice throughout our planning period, and coordinated with all of my vendors so that my family and I could enjoy the day without worrying! We felt the day was flawless and are very thankful for the Westin staff! The ballroom is gorgeous and our guests loved the food! Taking our wedding pictures on the roof of the hotel was something we will never forget! It was so convenient to have our guests stay in the hotel and it is the perfect location for exploring the beautiful downtown Greenville. We highly recommend The Westin Poinsett Hotel for your wedding! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Shannon
Wedding:
5/20/2016
5.0/5.0
FABULOUS!! We held our wedding at the Westin Poinsett on May 20, 2016. Westin's staff is nothing short of amazing. It was a great pleasure working with Chelsea McKie for my wedding & reception. The Westin Poinsett is absolutely beautiful. Thank you to the Westin Poinsett & Chelsea for helping make our day magical and everything that we could have ever dreamed of.
FABULOUS!! We held our wedding at the Westin Poinsett on May 20, 2016. Westin's staff is nothing short of amazing. It was Read more...
FABULOUS!! We held our wedding at the Westin Poinsett on May 20, 2016. Westin's staff is nothing short of amazing. It was a great pleasure working with Chelsea McKie for my wedding & reception. The Westin Poinsett is absolutely beautiful. Thank you to the Westin Poinsett & Chelsea for helping make our day magical and everything that we could have ever dreamed of. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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georgiasomers
Wedding:
11/21/2015
5.0/5.0
The Westin Poinsett Hotel is truly THE BEST when it comes to hospitality, service, atmosphere, and execution. My husband and I are so thankful to the entire staff that was so gracious in welcoming all of our town guests and providing an amazing experience from start to finish. The Chef is so talented in creating menus and ensuring that his clients are blown away with an amazing selection at the tasting and night of your big day. The Food and Beverage Manager and his team provide top notch, 4-Diamond service, leaving you with nothing to worry about the entire night. The Wedding Coordinator invests her time and makes a personal effort to ensure each individual client's dreams are fulfilled. She works diligently with you from the site tour and booking, to the tasting, to the drop-off appointment. The entire hotel staff keeps you at ease months, weeks, and days leading up to your wedding day.
The Westin Poinsett Hotel is truly THE BEST when it comes to hospitality, service, atmosphere, and execution. My husband Read more...
The Westin Poinsett Hotel is truly THE BEST when it comes to hospitality, service, atmosphere, and execution. My husband and I are so thankful to the entire staff that was so gracious in welcoming all of our town guests and providing an amazing experience from start to finish. The Chef is so talented in creating menus and ensuring that his clients are blown away with an amazing selection at the tasting and night of your big day. The Food and Beverage Manager and his team provide top notch, 4-Diamond service, leaving you with nothing to worry about the entire night. The Wedding Coordinator invests her time and makes a personal effort to ensure each individual client's dreams are fulfilled. She works diligently with you from the site tour and booking, to the tasting, to the drop-off appointment. The entire hotel staff keeps you at ease months, weeks, and days leading up to your wedding day. Read less
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Alexis
Wedding:
10/30/2015
5.0/5.0
The Westin Poinsett was amazing to work with and made everything absolutely perfect!
The Westin Poinsett was amazing to work with and made everything absolutely perfect!
The Westin Poinsett was amazing to work with and made everything absolutely perfect! Read less
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Dmarie7
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
The Westin Poinsett hotel was absolutely everything we dreamed of and more! Kelley Moore went over and beyond to make sure our day was special. We used the Gold Ballroom (which is gorgeous) and we had about 145 guests. There was plenty of space for everyone. The food was amazing and everyone there made sure everything was just right for us and stress free. Every couple and especially the bride wants a stress free wedding day and someone to take care of everything for you and that's what the Westin hotel did for us!!! We can not thank Kelley enough for everything she did for us to make our dream wedding come true!
The Westin Poinsett hotel was absolutely everything we dreamed of and more! Kelley Moore went over and beyond to make sure Read more...
The Westin Poinsett hotel was absolutely everything we dreamed of and more! Kelley Moore went over and beyond to make sure our day was special. We used the Gold Ballroom (which is gorgeous) and we had about 145 guests. There was plenty of space for everyone. The food was amazing and everyone there made sure everything was just right for us and stress free. Every couple and especially the bride wants a stress free wedding day and someone to take care of everything for you and that's what the Westin hotel did for us!!! We can not thank Kelley enough for everything she did for us to make our dream wedding come true! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Kelley Moore and the entire Westin Poinsett staff did an excellent job pulling off the perfect wedding reception for us. We used the Poinsett Room and it was a perfect size for our reception consisting of about 125 guests. Kelley was attentive, calm and had everything under control. She and the entire Westin team were a class act and extremely professional. The icing on the cake was when we returned to our room at the end of the night (2 am!) there were plates of food from our reception, champagne and slices of our wedding cake waiting for us! It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.
Kelley Moore and the entire Westin Poinsett staff did an excellent job pulling off the perfect wedding reception for us. Read more...
Kelley Moore and the entire Westin Poinsett staff did an excellent job pulling off the perfect wedding reception for us. We used the Poinsett Room and it was a perfect size for our reception consisting of about 125 guests. Kelley was attentive, calm and had everything under control. She and the entire Westin team were a class act and extremely professional. The icing on the cake was when we returned to our room at the end of the night (2 am!) there were plates of food from our reception, champagne and slices of our wedding cake waiting for us! It was the perfect ending to a perfect day. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Savannah
Wedding:
6/26/2015
5.0/5.0
This was truly a dream. Kelley was amazing to work with and made sure that everything went perfectly on my wedding day. The location is awesome, the ballrooms are gorgeous, and the food was absolutely delicious. They were even able to work with me on the menu to keep prices down a bit
This was truly a dream. Kelley was amazing to work with and made sure that everything went perfectly on my wedding day. Read more...
This was truly a dream. Kelley was amazing to work with and made sure that everything went perfectly on my wedding day. The location is awesome, the ballrooms are gorgeous, and the food was absolutely delicious. They were even able to work with me on the menu to keep prices down a bit Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue

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