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
My wife and I came to visit Charleston and stayed at the Restoration 4 nights. Everything was great! Front desk service was prompt and friendly. Our room was large and very nice with an extremely comfortable bed. They serve complimentary wine and cheese from 5 to 6, and warm chocolate chip cookies from 8 to 9. The breakfast buffet was nothing special, but OK. It was very conveniently located as well and we were able to walk to many places like the City Market without having to drive. Highly recommended.
This was our second time staying at The restoration, first for a girls weekend. The staff is top notch. We’ve stayed at The Spectator historically but feel they have lost there luster. If you want genuinely nice staff that seems well trained and they genuinely love their jobs stay at The Restoration. We can’t wait to return.
Great space to sit, have a drink and appetizer. Nice views and place to chill out before getting moving again.
Located in heart of walkable historic district.
Comfortable seating and friendly waitstaff .