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
Love, Love, Love The Restoration! From the minute we arrived to the minute we left we couldn't stop saying how much we loved this hotel! Rooms are clean and beautiful! Location is perfect! They have a great Rooftop Bar! A lovely basket is delivered to your door each morning with breakfast goodies! Warm chocolate chip cookies, wine and cheese waiting for you in the Library each night. The Staff is extremely kind and helpful. All these small touches make a wonderful experience! Charleston is a great place to visit, but The Restoration made our trip ever better!
Love this place! Definitely my favorite hotel downtown. GREAT location, awesome large loft like rooms with full kitchens. Exposed brick, great decor. RISE coffee shop is amazing and definitely try Basic Kitchen across the street!
We arrived early for our check in & were told that it would be “awhile”. Three hours later we checked in. The hotel has a 4:00 check in, which I think is ridiculous We had to request a luggage rack as there was not one in the room. For older guests, a rack is important as you do not need to bend down. And, if one is not there, the bellman should get one without the guest asking.
Breakfast is a joke. A cute basket delivered with one little jar of bottled jelly and a “croissant” that looks like it came out of a frozen food bag. Why bother at all? Cute idea poorly done.
The bathroom is very nice but was missing a shower cap A small thing but when you are naked and want to shower, a major issue.
This could be a very nice hotel but someone needs to see about details as that is what boutique hotels are about. Disappointing
The bar & restaurant are very nice and service was excellent. We had lunch and dinner and enjoyed both.
The hotel is attractive and comfortable but misses the little touches that make a truly good boutique hotel. Too bad.
My spouse and I checked in here for our honeymoon, and boy were we disappointed at the quality level of this hotel. We read so many wonderful reviews, both on websites and in travel magazines. The only good part was the rooftop bar, which has good food and amazing cocktails. Below is a list of why you should not stay here:
1. I stripped the sheets off the bed before leaving, and discovered the fitted sheet we slept on was literally fitted to the mattress - it completely covered the top and bottom and was zipped around the mattress itself. I have a feeling these are not changed after every stay.
2. We called ahead and informed the front desk that this was a honeymoon stay. We were told the hotel would indeed do something special for our occasion. Upon arriving we had nothing in our room but a view of the brick wall from the parking garage next door. Thanks a lot hotel staff.
3. We had a broken toilet paper holder in a bathroom.
4. Open soda in the fridge.
5. The grout in the shower was filthy.
6. The foyer to this hotel was so bland. Go stay at The Vendue instead if you want to be impressed.
7. The tv options were extremely limited. No real cable channels, and nothing worth watching. The tv needs to be ushered into the 21st century. Oh and we didn't even have remotes for both tvs.
8. When we arrived we were both lugging suitcases and bags. No one was at the front door to help us enter, and we were struggling. Also, no ramp leading up to the elevator, so we had to drag our things up the few stairs leading to the elevator (which was the slowest elevator I had ever encountered). Not sure what handicapped people do here. Maybe there was another entrance no one cared to share with us.
9. There was dust everywhere in our room. All the doors were filthy, as were the shelves in the bathroom.
10. There was a cracked light outlet cover.
11. The kitchen trash can was filthy.
12. The microwave and kitchen cabinets needed work, and I'm not sure when the bathroom mirrors had last been cleaned.
At a much cheaper hotel I would not have cared about some of these things, but we paid top dollar for this place so my expectations were higher.
Oh, and you can't access any floors from the stairwell! The staff keycards work, but the people staying don't have that luxury. The elevators were so excruciatingly slow I wanted to walk up the two flights to my room but was unable to do so.
This is the coolest spot! Beautiful rooms, awesome views, great food & super kind staff! You can walk to tons of hot spots even though you won't want to leave the hotel once you arrive! The property is spotless & the bed was super comfy & the suite was welcoming & had everything you could need.