What We Love
- Rate includes daily continental breakfast, evening wine and cheese, and access to a nearby gym
- Downtown location in Charleston's historic heart, with easy access to shopping and dining
- Spacious suites with full kitchens and living rooms are ideal for families, groups or extended stays
What To Know
- No restaurant or bar; delivery is available from four local restaurants
- Urban setting means it’s not on the water, and street noise is audible
- Some rooms are available with private patios; all are nonsmoking
- No on-site pool or spa, but the rate includes access to a nearby gym
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A stay at the Restoration on King feels like crashing at your friend’s hip downtown apartment for a weekend. In the famed King Street shopping district, the 16-suite hotel was originally built as luxury condos. Made up of four interconnected buildings, the oldest of which dates back to 1863, the hotel elegantly blends the historic with the modern. Plus, you get all the perks of a boutique Southern hotel — attentive service, evening wine and cheese receptions, cookies and milk every night — with the privacy of your own place.
Bed and Bath
All 16 suites are actually self-contained apartments with separate living spaces, washer/dryers and fully equipped kitchens (which can be stocked with groceries upon arrival if you wish). The one- and two-bedroom suites are done up loft-style, with exposed brick, hardwood floors and tons of natural light. Spacious walk-in closets are an especially nice touch for travelers on longer trips (or those who haven’t mastered the art of packing light). In the bathrooms you’ll find spa robes and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
Downstairs, the tasteful but modest lobby isn’t exactly a hub of activity. Sweet tea is offered — this is Charleston, after all — but there’s no in-house bar or restaurant. What the Restoration lacks in facilities, though, it makes up for in service. Free breakfasts are delivered in picnic baskets to your room or to the rooftop terrace. Or order room service from four local restaurants. Admission to a nearby health club is also standard, and the 24-hour concierge will hook you up with free bikes (based on availability), iPads and assistance with reservations and tours.
In the Area
Visitors can walk the cobblestone streets from the Battery to the French Quarter, immersing themselves in the city’s Old World charms. Hail one of Old South Carriage Tours’ elaborate chariots, in which you can do some virtual time travel, clopping down narrow cobblestone streets lined with colonial and antebellum buildings. You’ll cover 30 blocks of the historic district in an hour. Or visit the plantations of yore, including Boone Hall Plantation, with its avenue of moss-draped oaks, or Middleton Place, which has America’s oldest landscaped gardens. And with some of the country’s most beautiful golf courses, designed by a who’s who of the fairways — Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones — there’s no better place to experience outdoor beauty while challenging your game. Don’t miss Kiawah Island Golf Resort, on a barrier island surrounded by five designer courses.
How to Get There
Perfect location and hotel. From the reception, wine and cheese each day and the room itself. We loved the picnic basket breakfasts. Having a complete kitchen was a nice surprise. Easy walking distance to all sites and restaurants. Make sure you try out the rooftop restaurant at the Restoration as well....great views and food!
We will not even look at other hotels in Charleston next visit.
We stayed in the 2 bedroom suite and it is amazing- from the porch with rocking chairs to the stocked fridge and bedside cookies, this place was great! We wish we had more time to utilize the amenities. They even have a rooftop pool! Would definitely recommend staying here!
The service and the hospitality at the Restoration is phenomenal. The location of the hotel is close to shopping, restaurants and many of the landmarks in the city. The décor of the hotel is beautiful. The rooms are very spacious and decorated very nicely. I highly recommend the Restoration when staying in Charleston.
We loved The Restoration! It was our anniversary trip and we were greeted with a personal note and a bottle of champagne in the fridge, along with a tour of the grounds. We loved the spa, the pool, the rooftop bar The Watch and the daily wine and cheese happy hour! Our favorite personal touch was the morning picnic baskets delivered to the room with coffee, fruit, juice and pastries. I researched and read a ton of reviews on Charleston hotels prior to booking...couldn't have been happier with our selection. We will definitely stay at The Restoration next time we visit Charleston❤
The hotel is beautiful, but it is lacking in customer service. With all the choices of places to stay in Charleston, I would not choose this one again and I am not sure anyone would notice or care. The room was nice, but I did not feel it had been cleaned very carefully. There was dust all over the bathroom shelves.