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10 Great Reasons To Visit Charleston In The Summer!

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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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The ROK's New Exterior

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nathan's Favorite Things

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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.  

Favorite Tours:
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!

Off Time:
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!

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ROK Launches New Hotel App!

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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.

 

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Sam's Favorite Things

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When guests are in town visiting Charleston, it's common to hear them asking our staff what their favorite things are to do around town. Sam has been living in Charleston for 7 years now, and below are a few of his favorites: 

Your Favorite Place To Have Lunch? "One of my favorite places to grab lunch has to be Leaf. Located just a few blocks from the Hotel, it has a great atmosphere and outdoor seating."

What About Dinner and Nightlife? "As far as dinner goes, Folly Beach's Taco Boy and Bowens Island are my local favorites. Downtown, definitely O-Ku, Basil, and Hank's Seafood - they are just a few of the many choices available.  Charleston has so many awesome food options available, and oh, don't forget the late night snacks from the local street meat vendors!" 

"For night life, Charleston's Music Farm is definitely the venue to check out for local and out of town bands!  AC's Bar and Grill or The Royal American are also two great local hot spots for icy cold beverages."

What Do You Do On Your Days Off? "On days off, there's nothing like going fishing with my buddies all day!  Being out on the boat, over on the Johns and James Island rivers and waterways, is definitely the best."

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ROK Suite 201 Press Release

Expansive New Suite Now Available at the Restoration On King in Charleston, S.C.

Charleston’s only luxury two-story suite now available in award-winning hotel

Charleston, S.C. – Positioned on the corner of one of Charleston’s most famous streets, the Restoration on King offers a prime location for enjoying the charm and treasures of this historic city. Rounding off the award-winning hotel’s design is the recently renovated Suite 201, which officially premieres this month.

The ROK’s largest suite, newly restored after a six-month renovation, is a rarity in Charleston – this two-bedroom, two-story space, featuring nearly 1,600 square feet of interior space, is more like a private townhouse than a hotel suite. Custom touches include exposed brick throughout, and in the bathroom upstairs, exposed beams, a windowed vanity and a glass-walled shower. The 300-square-foot private balcony offers two private and separate seating areas – one facing the courtyard and the other facing Wentworth Street. The suite itself is also completely private, offering its own entrance to guests. Neil Stevenson Architects, acclaimed Charleston architectural firm, designed the spacious unit and M Design’s Sarah Melancon outfitted the interior space.

“Wow, is all I can say about the latest two-bedroom addition to the Restoration on King. From my own private covered porch overlooking Wentworth Street to my glass wall shower in the master bedroom, the experience of staying in Suite 201 exceeded my expectations. My wife and kids instantly felt at home and did not want to leave. We will be back soon,” said J.R. Anderson, Suite 201's first guest.

Surrounded by upscale shops, fine restaurants and the antique district, the intricately restored boutique property combines the service and comfort of a four-star hotel with the luxurious amenities of a fully furnished apartment, such as washer/dryer and a fully operating kitchen.

Charleston, recently voted the “Number One City in the United States” in Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, continues to gain national and international momentum each year. The Charleston area boasts an exceptional variety of world-famous golf courses; most notably the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island which hosted the PGA tournament this August.

If you are interested in booking Suite 201, please call us directly at (877) 221-7202 or Check Availability Online Here >>

 

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