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
The Restoration has a great location with easy walking to many areas. The staff was average--I did not feel very welcomed or valued during our stay. The Watch restaurant had food that was average and service was slow. The two bedroom units are in dire need of restoring! The bathrooms all have grime and mildew in the showers and we had to move from the grande two bedroom to the regular two bedroom due to the musty smell. The second bedroom was small with no chair or bench or dresser--just a bed and two nightstands. There were only 5 hangers in the closet for our clothes. The lighting was very poor throughout the unit. Each unit had minimal kitchen amenities -- only 4 wine glasses/plates for a 1300 sf unit so would have to have our friends bring their glasses if they came to have a glass of wine in our unit. One couple had no hot water in their shower the entire stay even after asking for a repair. I was very disappointed in The Restoration for the high price that we paid and for the amazing reviews I had seen prior to our visit.
We have stayed here twice this year. The first as a couples get away Labor Day weekend and again this past weekend to check out the College of Charleston with our two sons. The hotel is beautifully appointed and has many unexpected extras but what makes this hotel stand out most is it’s staff, namely Heather. She is amazing and will make sure your every need is met.
Thanks Heather and we will see you again soon for my 50th!
We stayed one night as a getaway from Day to day life and kids so we could relax and see more of downtown Charleston unrushed. We enjoyed our room and stay. The room was very nice, bed was comfortable and the shower was huge 😉. For breakfast they deliver a picnic basket to your door with fruit, muffins, coffee and juice. They have filtered water in glass bottles in fridge. They are very accommodating with helping you find things to do and places to eat. They drive you places too as needed. They have classic vehicles you can rent hourly or daily. There is a spa and coffee bar on site and rooftop restaurant with a great view! Staff is very nice and helpful. We would definitely go back!
Great place to stay when visiting Charleston. The service at this hotel is top notch. When we arrived in the rain they provided us towels, breakfast at your door, wine and cheese at 5, cookies at night. We didn’t try the restaurant but the bar was very nice. Use of bicycles to explore the town. The rooftop spa was a nice afternoon break. So thank you Heather, Devin, Chad and Darren for a wonderful stay. See you next year.
Big rooms, nice surroundings and management are trying to create a very nice environment.
Rooms are now a little tired and smelly. Mold growing in showers,
Biggest problem is the maid service. They do a terrible job.