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
Second stay - as great as the first. Stayed for 4 nights and received an unexpected room upgrade. Great location, very nice rooms, and excellent staff. Staff made excellent suggestion for plantation visit. Breakfast is great but wish that selections could be more specific so that some food selections would not be included and therefore possibly not consumed and wasted. Will be back many, many more times.
My husband and I spend 3 nights at The Restoration. The front desk staff gave us a warm welcome, and everyone was really nice. Our room was large, new, spacious and really comfortable, and the hotel itself is so perfectly located; we walked everywhere.
We had a little trouble getting really hot water in the shower, but our only real disappointment was with the breakfast basket. While it was nice to get breakfast delivered to our room, the breakfasts were not so great. They included coffee or tea, orange juice, fruit and either a bagel, biscuit or muffin...all of which tasted like they came out of a package. I suppose I was expecting something wonderful, a real Charleston treat. Instead, it was more like items one can buy at a Starbucks. It was fine...and we were glad to get something to begin our day, but since the hotel itself was so nice, I guess I expected more.
Despite the breakfast...I’d stay there again!
Man we had the best time, they were a little busy so we had to ask multiple times for things, but the staff is so happy and friendly we really had a good time with them. The staff at the watch however leaves a little something to be desired.
There were 3 of us, 2 on the king and 1 on a roll-a-way bed. We also slept comfortably and had plenty of room to spread out. The room was incredible we stayed in a signature suite, it was so comfortable it was almost like staying home, it was easy to relax. I can also personally vouche for the tub being incredible!!!
I have stayed at several hotels on the peninsula in Charleston and this by far has been the quietest and has the most spacious accommodations.
Bonus perk, if the golf cart is available, they will shuttle you around.
Really nice! Friendly, gracious staff, lovely spacious room with a kitchenette, centrally located and close to restaurants and shops and sights.
Very comfy bed. HUGE shower. Grind your own fresh coffee. Get a continental breakfast delivered in a picnic basket. I was not disappointed in the least!
I waffled between 3 and 4 stars on this one, but ultimately landed on 4 stars because of the hotel's location and the 2 bedroom apartment layout. That being said, given the price point of this place, it should have been much better. Here are the pros and cons.
Location - We had easy access to the historic neighborhoods of downtown, the disappointing shops of King Street, the great new restaurants uptown and the various roads we needed to access sights outside of Charleston. I don't think any of the other nice hotels in town are as well situated.
Layout - We were traveling as a family and it was great to have the option of the 2 bedroom apartment. Although we didn't really use the kitchen, the common space was great for getting work done in the morning and hanging out together before and after dinner.
Food & Drink - Neither the rooftop restaurant nor the coffee shop on the first floor are the best in town, but they are good and provide pleasant spaces to sit. It was great to have them there.
Noise - The walls and ceilings are paper thin. We could hear the footsteps and TV above us, the laughter next door and every hallway conversation.
Spotty Housekeeping - As someone else said in another review, it is as though there is no checklist for housekeeping. We stayed for 5 nights and they only replenished the shampoo once, and even then in only one bathroom. They were very nice when we asked for more, but we shouldn't have had to. Sometimes they wiped up the kitchen, sometimes not. Sometimes they left a new bottle of water, sometimes not. It really looks like most of the time they left fresh towels and made the bed.
Wear and Tear - For a newly refurbished hotel the place looks like it has been lived in hard. The furniture was dinged up, there were large cracks around the shower that were quite black, the paint job in the bathroom in general looks sloppy, there are smudge marks on long stretches of the hallway. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't what it should have been for this price point.
Inconsistent in General- When we checked in no one gave us a basic rundown on things like where the fitness center is (a gym down the street), there was free water in the lobby 2 days that we were there, but not the rest, it may be impossible to keep up with the pollen on the cushions on the pool furniture, but it looked like they had just given up.
All in all it looked like there wasn't anyone in charge who had an eye for detail.