Check back often for all the latest of what is going on at The ROK and around Charleston!
Check back often for all the latest of what is going on at The ROK and around Charleston!
To all our future and returning guests,
Construction continues with the pylons continuing to be driven… Well, it was until we broke their big Tonka toy! Yes, The ROK is so solid, it broke their Pile Driver… Only at The ROK!!
On a more serious note, we do want to further explain the extent of the construction and what you can expect when you arrive for your stay with us. The ROK is NOT under any form of “Renovation”. All of our amenities are available and all of our services will continue to meet your highest expectations. In order to better understand where the construction is taking place, let’s take a look at this picture.
If you look at the small building to the far left of the picture, that is The ROK’s current main lobby. This is where you will check-in and find yourself coming and going throughout your stay. All of our Luxury Suites extend from the left of the Lobby, all the way to King Street traveling away from the construction area. You will then notice a building just to the right of that (in the center of the picture). This building already exists and will only have some small, interior renovations with big improvements to our guest experience.
The first floor will become the new Lobby, outfitted with a luxury Coffee & Wine Bar, Library & Boardroom, Fitness Room and a Market. The upper floors will stay in their current condition of condos on the 2nd floor and an office and condo on the 3rd floor.
Now the fun part. The building to the far right, with the green glass, will be the new building. This will be where our guests check-in with curbside valet and other new amenities to make your stay one of complete luxury and pampering.
Our new building will host 32 modern guest room suites, a 5th Floor Roof Top Pool, and a Roof Top Bar & Grille on the 7th floor with breathtaking views of Historic Charleston. In order for us to build such an exquisite structure, we begin with deep foundations, better known as pile driving. This critical process should be complete by the July 4th weekend.
As my earlier blog explained, this work is only taking place between 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. Almost 100 piles have been driven to date. What you can expect is to feel a mild vibration in some cases than the actual sound of the pile driving. They drive about 8 – 10 piles a day.
Once this work is complete, we will move into a less noticeable time of construction with our regular foundations work. The noise level will be minimal through most of July and August.
As with everything, we are working closely with our construction crews to ensure the comfort of our guests both now and for future stays during this exciting process of expanding the ROK. As always, the entire team and I look forward to serving you during your visit to Historic Charleston and The Restoration on King.
The #4 Top Small Hotel In The US - Is Expanding!
To all of our future and returning guests,
The Restoration on King is proud to announce that expansion plans for our small boutique hotel have been approved at long last and during the coming months The Restoration on King will begin construction on a new addition to the our little boutique hotel.
Plans for the new addition will include:
We will be updating all of our guests on the progress of this exciting project and we invite you to follow us online on The ROK Blog, where I will be keeping all of our guests and friends up to date on our progress.
The first phase of this will be the driving of pylons, which began earlier this week. For the convenience of our guests, this work will be done Monday-Friday and will not start until after 10:00 a.m. and will be completed by 5:00 p.m., as our guests are typically out enjoying beautiful Historic Charleston during that timeframe. There will be no construction on the weekends or on holidays. This work is expected to continue through the month of June at which point we will be moving onto the next phase of this exciting expansion.
During this time we will be working very hard to insure that all of our guests enjoy their stay with us at The Restoration on King and their time in Charleston.
If I can be of any assistance, I can be reached at 843-518-5100.
We look forward to serving you at The Restoration on King.
Howard D. Letts
2) The Historic Market was updated in 2011 to include an in-door (air conditioned) section and fans
3) The Farmers Market was just listed among the Top 10 in the U.S. by Shape Magazine
4) More local fresh seafood and fish choices are in season
6) Beautiful beach weather! Hotel bicycles, boogie boards, beach chairs, towels & beach toys are available
7) Less pollen than Spring time and the smell of Confederate Jasmine is in the air
8) Complimentary Charleston Riverdog Baseball tickets are available to ROK guests
9) Perfect weather for boat tours and wonderful afternoon harbor breezes
10) Lemon-scented refreshing towels available in hotel lobby when you get back
Recently The Restoration on King completed an extensive refurbishment job on two of the three buildings making up the boutique hotel. This included painting and stucco repair to both the Corner “Pink” building and the main lobby building.
This project took two very talented painters approximately 6 weeks, along with a mason repairing the stucco for a couple of weeks, and a carpenter repairing the soffit above the lobby.
Highlighted on the left, are the new accent colors around the windows on the corner of King and Wentworth. On the left above, the entire building and windows use to be all pink, and now you can see the new “prune” color to the right. If you look closely at the arched window to the right, you’ll also see the new gray color added to the window frames.
To the right, is the main entrance to the Hotel Lobby. The top half of this building use to be a solid white, but now we have painted this section of the main building grey, accenting the windows and the “teeth” accents in off-white. The soffit at the very top of the building was also fully restored, and wraps around the corners.
We also accented the earthquake bolts, two of which have a face on them, and below are a few examples of the detail that now “pop” after the implemented color changes.
Below is the finished look along King Street with all of the new contrasting colors highlighting the craftsmanship put into the building over 170 years ago back in 1840.
Favorite Foodie Restaurant: McCrady’s
McCrady’s is renowned in Charleston, the first of its kind. The ambiance is tavern-like, the service impeccable, and the food is awesome. They serve only the freshest ingredients, and each dish is specially designed to be as aesthetically pleasing as it is delicious.
Favorite Lunch: Rue De Jean
This place is awesome! It’s got a phenomenal location right off of King Street The service is great, and it’s the perfect place for lunch. They have a great assortment of sandwiches which are sure to please.
Favorite Dinner: Hall’s Chophouse
I was very reluctant to accept that Hall’s would have the best steak I’ve ever eaten, since Filet Mignon is one of my favorite foods, but after one bite I was convinced!
Favorite Seafood: Amen Street and Blossom
Amen Street is my favorite Seafood restaurant. They have THE best calamari I’ve ever had, oysters from all over the country, and they are conveniently located. Blossom is the sister restaurant to Magnolia’s. Blossom has great presentation and delicious food. It’s a great place to go if you’re looking for a diverse selection, as they have both local Seafood and Low Country cuisine.
Adventure Sightseeing’s Bus Tour is very informative. They tell you about the history of Charleston. They take you all around town from the Citadel to the Battery down Rainbow Row. It’s great for people new to Charleston, and it’s not too expensive either.
The Bull Dog’s Ghost and Graveyard Tour is a lot of fun! You get to see pictures of ghosts and walk along some of United States’ oldest cemeteries. They also have a Provost Dungeon tour and an Old City Jail tour I’ve yet to try, but I’m looking forward to it!
Favorite Museum: Charleston Museum & City Gallery at Waterfront Park
The Charleston Museum is the oldest museum in the United States. It’s HUGE! It takes about 2 hours just to go through the entire museum, and really take it all in. I especially liked the Egyptian mummies and sarcophagus they had on display!
I’ve been into art since I was a child, and the City Gallery at Waterfront Park always has a nice and unique exhibit. A little off the beaten path, but a great place to visit for art enthusiasts!
I bike all the time! I love biking downtown. I go up East Bay and hang out with friends for coffee and ride down to the Battery. It’s great exercise, and Charleston is bike friendly!
One of my favorite things to do is go to the French Quarterly Art Walk. I love art so it’s always fun to see each exhibit. They serve wine and cheese at all of the Galleries on Broad Street.
The Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday at Marion Square. They have the freshest food and the best breakfast in town, highly recommended!
I also like to go to the beach in my downtime, to go fishing with my Dad on Seabrook Island. It’s a little slice of heaven! Most times I’ll sea dolphins swimming while fishing on the surf!
Announcing The New ROK Customized Mobile Hotel APP
Charleston’s award-winning luxury hotel partners with industry-leading technology platform.
Expanding on The ROK’s already extensive list of modern and luxury amenities, the hotel has just launched its first new custom App, viewable at myrokapp.com. The new ROK mobile app is also available as a free download from iTunes App Store for iPhones and iPads, and Android Play Store for Android devices.
The ROK App, powered by Runtriz’s mobile technology platform, puts all of the hotels amenities at your fingertips wherever you may be, via – smartphone, tablet or laptop – anytime, anywhere.
This new service offers guests their own personal mobile concierge, enabling them to order pre arrival grocery services, request spa appointments, book hotel or restaurant reservations, tour information and even local weather conditions. Guests are able to communicate directly with The ROK Concierge Staff and receive messages by email, text message, or phone call when requesting any service.
Several of the area’s local attractions, restaurants and tour companies are also viewable on maps, which display each location and its proximity to the hotel. Guests can use the mobile app to easily connect to each location, order tickets, make appointments, peruse the menus, and have food delivered to their suite from area restaurants.
Additionally, guests are able to choose often-undiscovered amenities that are offered at the ROK via the mobile app including ordering in-room iPads, Apple TV’s, preferred pillow selections, snacks, wine or movie menus, bicycles, or even beach towels and chairs.
“We are very excited to be the first hotel in Charleston to offer its own Mobile App. This new ROK App provides our guests with the same convenience of our Concierge Staff or In-Room Directory, allowing for all hotel amenities and services to be available at the touch of their fingers wherever they may be.” said ROK’s General Manager, Howard Letts.
In addition to its guest-facing hospitality solutions, the new ROK App also offers several staff-facing mobile solutions that facilitate staff-to-staff communication as well as expedite and dispatch requests.