AC Hotel seeks Greenville authenticity.

Greenville is home to D.J. Rama. Being a developer in the city is his way of paying homage to the city's history. As president and CEO of Auro Hotels, he has already led the development of a dual hotel property this year a Residence Inn and SpringHill Suites under one roof in downtown Greenville. His latest project is the AC Hotel at Camperdown.

"We wanted to create a product that pays homage to five things Greenville News, nature of the Upstate, the textile mill, the art and the theater district and bygone spaces," Rama said during a presentation at a GSA Business Report Power Event on Monday. "What I mean by that is the old textile mills and all the different things that we used to remember but we don't remember them anymore."

The AC Hotel will front Main Street and is being designed to be "a trustee of the Greenville News building." The AC Hotel, under construction now, is a corner piece of the Camperdown development, built on the property once fully occupied by the Greenville News. The newspaper now has a smaller space on the property.

"It's probably one of the most important corners in the city," he said. "It's part of the fabric of Main Street."

Rama used several designers for the hotel, with the food and beverage offerings designed by a group in Atlanta and the interior design by a group in New York City. He said the design "shakes things up, where old meets new" and creates a theme he called European Modern Printhouse, "to pay homage to the Greenville News."

The AC Hotel has been designed using materials of the print shop, like the floorings and the printing press, the back wall of the registration counter will be...

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