Real estate investment trust company RLJ Lodging Trust has selected Davidson Hospitality to manage The Mills House Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, US.

The hotel, also known as “The Pink Hotel”, is located in the centre of Charleston’s Historic District.

The new management will launch a renovation programme to reposition the hotel in the market.

Davidson Hospitality Group president Thom Geshay said: “It’s a privilege to be granted the opportunity to expand our Charleston footprint even further with the addition of this historic asset.

“In collaboration with our long-term partners at RLJ Lodging Trust, we look forward to stewarding an enhanced, differentiated product in the Holy City and to delivering heartfelt hospitality while creating exceptional value.”

The Mills House Hotel, which opened in the mid-19th century, was constructed by local grain merchant Otis Mills. It was demolished and replicated in 1968.

It now features 216 rooms and suites and 10,000ft2 of flexible meeting space.

Guests can enjoy a cocktail in the courtyard or a relaxing lunch at The Barbadoes Room restaurant.

Davidson Hospitality will manage The Mills House Hotel under its lifestyle operating vertical, Pivot.

RLJ Lodging Trust president and CEO Leslie Hale said: “We are excited to expand our partnership with Davidson after experiencing their best-in-class management for many years.

“What stood out to us most about Pivot was the team’s firm grasp on how to creatively activate spaces and create experiences that will drive premium market share and maximise asset value.”

In addition to this hotel, Pivot’s portfolio in Charleston includes Hotel Bella Grace and The Ryder Hotel.

Davidson Hospitality manages a network of 67 existing hotels and resorts.

Earlier this year, the company was chosen by Three P Partners to manage Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Bellyard in Atlanta, Georgia, US.