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Spring Expansion Update For The Restoration Boutique Hotel




Spring is such a beautiful time to visit the Lowcountry!  Guests not only get to see and smell the city in full bloom, but are able to stroll the streets for hours, enjoying the comfortable sunny weather. 

Spring is especially exciting this year, with The Restoration’s new addition, finally starting to look like a building. The architectural vision we’ve reviewed for over 2 years, is now coming together and the new offerings for guests are even more exciting!  

During the past several months we have completed the foundation work and all of the structural steel.  Last week, another milestone was reached with the completion of the roof steel and the concrete floor slab, which will be the new Rooftop Bar & Grille. 

This is significant for any new building and a celebrated event for all of us. The interior wall studs are now being erected, and we’ve been working with electricians and low voltage wiring contractors to lay out all the electrical and IT circuitry. Every day is busy, but it is so much fun seeing it all coming together!  

Guests staying with us this Fall, will have a long list of new amenities available. So many in fact, we’re going to bullet-point them below.


There will be access to the following:

  • A new hotel entrance and Charleston garden
  • 34 new guest suites, with new room types to accommodate your requests
  • The Watch, Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits
  • The Amethyst Spa, which will feature two treatment rooms and separate nail bar
  • The Indigo Pool, a new rooftop wading pool for hotel guests
  • The Observatory, private rooftop event space
  • The Library, new hotel lobby featuring Assouline Publications
  • The Rise, coffee bar located on Wentworth Street
  • The Mercantile, a high-end retail and online store
  • Outdoor patio garden

As the details come together for each of these new amenities, we’ll post them here on the ROK Blog, so check back often!

Along with the amenities listed above, there will be several new changes and additions to The Restoration on King, including “tweaking” the name of the hotel to “The Restoration,” as many of the new suites will be located along Wentworth Street.

Upon completion, we will offer: 

  • One building that dates back to 1840, which has four suites
  • One building which dates back to 1863, with the two story two bedroom suite, and The Mercantile new retail store
  • One building which dates back to 1907, with four very neat suites (see future blog post), The Rise coffee bar, The Library, and The Amethyst Spa
  • One building which dates back to 1910, with 11 suites and rooftop terrace
  • And our new building with 34 suites, new reception area, new rooftop pool, The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits and The Observatory, all opening in the fall of 2015!

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Meg’s Favorite Things To Do Around Charleston

Have you ever wondered what “the locals” do in and around Charleston?  Well below are a few of Meg's favorite things, in her own words:

Favorite Restaurant in Downtown Charleston?  Fish on Upper King is my go-to place for a great meal, or even Happy Hour. Their fresh coastal offerings are delectable, and the service is wonderful. If you go, you must try the dim sum, both the appetizer and the dessert!"

Favorite Spot for Lunch Downtown? "Queen Street Grocery is a quaint little spot on the corner of Logan and Queen. You can eat there at one of their maybe 5 tables, or take it to-go. The Tenacious Turkey Sandwich is phenomenal, as well as their Mt. Pleasant Crepe with Nutella and sliced bananas. I like to think of it as my little hidden gem."

Late-Night Food Spot? "Craftsman Tap House & Kitchen, they serve food until midnight and they have the best burger in-town. The menu rotates with fresh ingredients, but the 80/20 aka “Invisible Bacon” Burger is always an option! Also they have close to 40 craft beers on tap."

Favorite Seafood Establishment? "Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar on the corner of Cumberland and East Bay, they have the best She-Crab Soup (a Charleston staple) and Calamari, in strips with lemon aioli and bacon. The frozen Peach Bellini is also one I highly recommended."

Favorite Tour? "A TIE! First Anne Middleton Herron’s Colonial Walking Tour, a great informative two hour tour around the historic district. She is very knowledgeable since her family has been in town since the Civil War. The unique part of this tour versus the others is she ends her tour in her family’s garden. Second, a Charleston Culinary Tour, they have several options. My favorite are the Farm Fresh Dinners, which highlight local chefs, at a local farm with their produce, but also their Mixology Tours are quite fascinating."

In My Off-Time? "I like to kayak or paddleboard on Shem Creek, it’s my favorite way to see the Charleston Harbor, and the only way I’ve seen dolphins, one almost capsized me once. The Farmers Market on Saturday mornings is something I love to do, I pick up fresh ingredients and go home and cook a fantastic meal. I am a photographer and love to walk around South-of-Broad and take pictures of the antebellum homes.

Another cool secret spot is the tip of Folly Beach, you can find a spot to park, then walk about a mile down the street until you hit the sand, there are trees coming out of the sand and it makes you feel like you are the only people alive. Very neat!”. 

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The ROK Hotels’ Expansion, Foundation Work Begins!

Dear ROK Guests,

I would like to wish you a very happy and safe Labor Day weekend.

Construction on The ROK 34-room addition continues, and we are happy to report that things will be quieter now that the pylon driving is complete. We are now moving into the next stage of foundation work, and SCE&G is busy burying power lines down Wentworth to help accommodate some of our new construction demands.

In a few short months, the building will start to take shape, but for now, it is all foundation work, which includes:

  • Shoring up the historic foundations of 77 Wentworth and our neighboring properties. This careful process required us to drill holes along the adjacent buildings and to place a hollow 24” steel tube down each one. Then a mixture of cement and soil was used to re-enforce all of the old historic crevasses under and around these foundations. A Steel I-Beam was then welded to the steel tubes which then tied it all together. Essentially, we secured a new foundation wall around all of our neighbor’s buildings.
  • Dewatering has also begun. We are using the same company that actually works on a lot of new bridges. The first phase is now complete, which was to dry out the elevator pit for our tower crane placement. Even though The ROK has the advantage of being on one of the highest points on the peninsula (about 11 feet above sea level), we still hit water at about 8 feet down when digging.
  • The base to the elevator tower has been completed with the base of the tower crane inset into this base. This bottom piece of the tower crane will remain in the elevator pit even after they remove the crane.
  • And, as of today, our new big blue crane is high above the Charleston skyline!

This foundation work will be a relatively quiet part of the construction and cannot be heard even from our Valet parking area. This work will continue for the next 8-9 weeks and then we will start to see the new addition to The ROK rise from the ground.

As always, the entire team and I look forward to serving you during your visit to Historic Charleston and The Restoration on King!



Howard Letts

General Manager

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The ROK Boutique Hotel Is Expanding!

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 Bar, Library, Rooftop Event Space, Spa 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 Rooftop Pool, and a Roof Top Restaurant 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.

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The ROK Is About To Get BIGGER!

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:

  • 34 New Guest Rooms & Suites
  • Rooftop Bar & Grille
  • A New Rooftop Pool
  • New Hotel Entrance and Lobby
  • Brand New Spa
  • Lobby Coffee Bar
  • Outdoor Patio Garden and A New Atrium Garden!

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.

Kindest Regards,

Howard D. Letts

General Manager

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10 Great Reasons To Visit Charleston In The Summer!

1) Charleston was voted as the 2012 Top City in the World by Conde Nast!

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

5) Tons of great events and activities happening downtown Charleston

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

Book a Summer Getaway now! >>

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