News & Press Releases

Chartwell Hospitality grows in higher-barrier-to-entry markets

FRANKLIN, TN—After 15 years in business, Chartwell Hospitality has changed and evolved quite a bit. Originally, the hotel acquisition, development and management company had a portfolio of five small hotels in tertiary markets. But now, with 37 hotels across 12 states, it’s got its eye on dual-branded and full-service hotels in higher-barrier-to-entry markets.

Noting that this has been the strategy for the past five years, COO Kevin Green said, “We did a lot of tertiary markets—and there’s nothing wrong with those markets; they’re great to be in—but the truth is a lot of people like doing those markets, so we’ve evolved into high-barrier-to-entry markets.” He added that the company will do deals in tertiary markets if it’s the right deal.

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New Hilton brand coming to Pigeon Forge at Black Fox Lodge

Black Fox Lodge in Pigeon Forge, which opened in December 2016, will become a Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel this summer.

The 178-room hotel will remain open during minor renovations for the rebranding, according to a news release. When it formally becomes a Tapestry property in August, it will be the tenth member of the Tapestry Collection, which launched in 2017.

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Chartwell Hospitality targets controlled growth

Celebrating its 15-year anniversary in 2018, Tennessee-based development and third-party management group Chartwell Hospitality is prepared for more controlled growth.

In 2003, Robert G. Schaedle III co-founded the company starting with about five “highway-type” hotels. Now the company manages 37 hotels—36 of which are branded—and has seven properties in the pipeline, said Jon Benowitz, VP of capital strategy and investments.

From inception, the company solely focused on select service, but now it has moved into the small full-service space.

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Black Fox Lodge to Join Hilton's Tapestry Collection

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – April 3, 2018 – This summer, Black Fox Lodge in Pigeon Forge, TN will join the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, a portfolio of vibrant, upscale hotels that offer travelers independent lodging experiences combined with value and reliability.

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Capstone Development selects Chartwell Hospitality to manage eleven new properties

Chartwell Hospitality, a Tennessee-based development and third-party management company, is set to manage 11 properties owned by Capstone Development.  The company has managed eight additional Capstone hotels for the past several years.  

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Project with rooftop restaurant further alters main Franklin gateway

A Franklin developer has teed up a fully financed project that will further transform a main gateway into historic downtown Franklin.

Construction is set to begin in May on a mixed-use building at 99 E. Main St., which is the first traffic light drivers encounter after crossing over the Harpeth River into downtown Franklin. You can find that site easily today by looking for the only two tower cranes looming above the 16-block downtown grid. Those cranes are diagonally across the street, helping build the $105 million Harpeth Square development featuring a high-end Hilton Curio and 150 luxury apartments (as seen on our Williamson Watch map).


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First Look: Hilton headed to Cool Springs corporate HQ hub

Starting in 2018, business travelers to Cool Springs — which is Middle Tennessee's longtime corporate hub — will have another higher-end hotel at their disposal.

Chartwell Hospitality is developing a 244-room Hilton that will sit between Boyle Investment Co.'s One Meridian and Two Meridian office buildings

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Hotel emerges at 270M mixed-use development in Cool Springs

One of Greater Nashville's largest hotel developers plans to start construction this summer on a hotel that will be part of a $270 million mixed-use development in Franklin's Cool Springs commercial hub.

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Chartwell works through detail of multi-level development

At a Franklin historic design review meeting on Feb. 19, committee members discussed the architectural features and materials for a proposed multi-level, mixed use project across Main Street from Puckett's Boat House.


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Historic Zoning Commission gives the OK for demolition of old Dotson's Restaurant location

Members of the Historic Zoning Commistion agreed upon general features of a proposed multi-level development across Main Street from Puckett's Boat House. 

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