In 2010, the Restoration on King opened with a new concept for Charleston: a small-scale luxury hotel that was contemporary boutique, not traditional B&B. The hotel's interiors, with their exposed brick walls and textiles in graphic patterns, definitively broke with local conventions. But the hospitable touches, like nightly port and biscotti tastings, remind guests that they're still in the Lowcountry.
The suites at the Restoration on King are basically mini-apartments, with features few travelers are used to finding in their guestrooms, from washers and dryers to full-sized kitchens stocked with appliances and cooking equipment. The hotel lends bikes to its guests, a perfect way to explore the peninsula. And if guests are going farther afield, beach gear is available. Because the hotel sits right in the middle of Charleston's commercial district, outdoor space is hard to come by. The Restoration on King found the perfect solution: a rooftop terrace filled with minimalist lounge furniture, perfect for sky gazing and people watching.
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The Restoration on King is in the heart of downtown's busy shopping district, with a mix of high-end stores and local boutiques like Worthwhile and Hampden Clothing. It's an easy walk or rickshaw ride to Upper King, the city's busiest and most dynamic corridor for restaurants and bars. Check out the Ordinary, FIG chef Mike Lata's seafood-centric offering, or the Macintosh, where ingredients like Carolina Gold rice and country ham show up in refreshing new ways. The Rarebit serves great Moscow Mules in hand-hammered copper cups. Locals know the cure for too many late nights: Dell’z Vibez, a cozy juice bar serving up smoothies with names such as Halla Berry, made with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, bananas, Greek yogurt, spinach, lime, and coconut water.
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Rooms: 16 suites; from $399. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:While there's no on-site restaurant, guests get complimentary continental breakfast delivered to their suites and can order in from four nearby restaurants. And with full-sized kitchens in all accommodations, guests can always cook for themselves and request grocery delivery during their stay. Spa and gym details:No spa or gym exists on-site, but guests have complimentary access to the full-size EcoFitness, less than a block away.
Who's it for: Shoppers and night owls looking to take advantage of all King Street has to offer. Long-term visitors looking for a home away from home. Our favorite rooms: Spring for a one-bedroom balcony suite like rooms 301 and 307. You'll feel like a true Charlestonian with a porch to call your own. Coming soon:The property is in the process of expanding, with the addition of new public spaces like a rooftop pool, outdoor patio, and a coffee and wine bar in 2015.