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!
What Our Concierge Nicole, Likes To Do Around Charleston
We had such a great response from posting a few of Howard’s favorite things to do in and around Charleston (below), we decided to ask Nicole, our Concierge, to do the same:
Nearby Charleston Beaches?
"Anything that has to do with water, I love! Under my dad’s wing, he taught us how to fish, how to throw a cast net, set crab traps, and drive a boat. So, this is how I like to play when I have time!
The kids and I love the beaches, especially Folly Beach. Any chance we get, we’re out at Folly swimming in the waves, making castles in the sand, flying kites, and collecting seashells. We like to take walks down the Folly Pier and see if anyone had any luck catching fish. We also love to walk down to see the Morris Island Lighthouse! Folly is a great place for memorable pictures!"
Best Fresh Seafood?
"For those of you who like a little “hole in the wall” place, Bowen’s Island is a great place to check out. Bowen’s Island is known for their locally harvested oysters, simple, yet, delicious fare, and an atmosphere that’s unforgettable. Music played out there is also a wonderful touch to this great place!"
"For fresh seafood downtown, another favorite of mine would be Coast. From its laid back Lowcountry atmosphere to the fresh seafood, you cannot go wrong with this place. They make the best mojitos, so you’ll definitely want to cool off with one or three!"
Outdoor Charleston Fun?
"Charlestowne Landing is another great place we love to go and play. There’s so much to do and see here, so we plan the entire day around this trip. We love the Animal Forest! This is a 22 acre natural habitat zoo! It’s cool to check out all the different species that have lived in South Carolina. We take our bikes and love to ride through the beautifully landscaped trails. Mine and my son’s favorite has to be all the Archeological digs they have done here! These digs show you a way of life from Native Americans, to European Settlers, even African slaves that have inhabited South Carolina. We love bringing a picnic basket and just hanging out for the day, for we find something new to do and see every time we’re here."
"Another great thing about Charleston is the wide variety of art and music! The yearly Spoleto Festival is full of awesome performances and stunning artistry. During this time of year, the town is illuminated with so many choices of things to do. The Charleston Food and Wine Festival is another great introduction to the finest of things Charleston has to offer."
ROK and Charleston Honored by TripAdvisor in 2012
The Restoration on King and its home city fared very well in TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards for 2012. The Restoration on King was voted one of the Top 25 Hotels in the United States, and the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina was voted one of the Top 25 Destinations in the United States!
The city of Charleston was also recently voted as the #1 Tourist Destination in the United States by Conde Nast, the #2 Most Romantic City in America by Travel & Leisure, and the #4 Top Food & Wine Destination in the United States by TripAdvisor.
Below is a sampling of some of the past guest reviews the Restoration on King has received, which clearly demonstrate why ROK has been rated as one of the very best hotels in the country.
“I can’t say enough about our experience at the Restoration on King…I’ve traveled all over the world and stayed in some of the nicest hotels in New York, Singapore and Paris and the staff at the Restoration on King is the absolute best I’ve come across.”
“This is the perfect place if you want a stylish home away from home in the heart of the old town on the trendiest and most famous shopping street in Charleston.”
“Huge high end rooms, great location, excellent value…it couldn't have been better.”
“It really feels like home, the suites have everything you could need. Our terrace was huge, with a very comfortable couch, we enjoyed sitting out there a lot…The service was excellent.”
“I was thrilled with our visit...I need more reasons to travel to Charleston and to stay at the ROK.”
“This place is a classy, well appointed, architecturally stunning work of art. Everyone we crossed paths with was extremely helpful and genuinely interested in making us all feel right at home.”
“From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty…The location is perfect... close to great restaurants, historic sites, and fun places. We loved our stay in Charleston!!
“The rooms are amazing, huge, well designed. The full kitchen is well stocked, stainless steel appliances, everything you could possibly need. The separate bedroom is cozy and comfortable The staff was friendly and helpful. I loved every minute we were there.”
“Simply put - we loved this place! The rooms (apartments) are big, the hallways inside the room are long, the kitchen is top of the line, the linens are comfy and the bathrooms are modern. It has a loft feel, exposed brick and silver duct work -- all very cool.”
Howard’s Favorite Things To Do Around Charleston
Have you ever wondered what “the locals” do around Charleston? Well below are a few of Howard Letts’, the General Manager of The Restoration on King, favorite things to do in and around Charleston, in his own words:
Dining Out? “FIG has always been one of my favorite restaurants in Charleston, from their dedication to "farm to table" and sustainable menus (working with local farmers, growers and purveyors), to the great food, great wine list, and great service. I definitely recommend trying their Pan Roasted Snapper or Scamp Grouper Persillade – so good”.
Other restaurants? “Well I go to Oak Steakhouse for a Great Steak, and don't miss their Tuna Tartar or the Foie Gras. Then there’s O-Ku for Charleston's best Sushi, and of course cocktails at the Cocktail Club on their rooftop followed by Dinner at Macintosh”.
Charleston Beaches? “My favorite beach to go to around Charleston has to be Sullivan's Island. It’s a much quieter beach and my Cocker Spaniel Xuxu, of course loves the beach. It’s a perfect beach to spend the morning, and then Poe’s is conveniently out there to stop in and have lunch there. They have wonderful Mahi-Mahi Fish Tacos too”.
Outdoors? “Palmetto Islands County Park is a favorite for walks with Xuxu and just exploring all of the tucked away areas of the park. The area has so much to do, and on days off I enjoy fishing, crabbing, biking or just walking around historic Charleston's streets and exploring our wonderful city”.
Down and Around Town Entertainment? “There’s so much to do in and around Charleston throughout the year. My favorite landmarks around town are the Ravenel Bridge and the Morris Island Lighthouse – both are great areas to visit for a nice walk. Downtown I would also recommend checking out places like the Dock Street Theater and the Music Farm. And then there’s also nothing better than getting to attend the annual Charleston’s BBT Food + Wine Festival & Spoleto events each year”.
Charleston's Best Kept Secret, Is Getting Even Better!
With a luxury hotel offering high-end condo style suites, there is a long list of hotel amenities that we pride ourselves on providing – from flat-screen televisions and iHome clock radio stations, to grocery delivery and stocking service, to continental breakfast served each morning in picnic baskets. So why would we stop there?
Last month we added bedside white noise sound machines, and high-end make-up mirrors - both of which have already received rave reviews. This summer, we are also offering complimentary box seat Riverdog Baseball tickets to our hotel guests, on an as-available basis. But our improvements to the hotel do not stop there. Over the next few months we will also be adding a new awing and flower pots to our Wentworth Street entrance, as well as updating all the carpet, blinds, and luxury bed linens to each suite.
It’s these high-end improvements and small little details, that we will continue to make – ensuring a wonderful stay each time you visit the beautiful city of Charleston.
The 2012 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Starts Today In Charleston
For those unfamiliar with the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, referred to by most as Spoleto, it is a 17 day long festival consisting of over 700 events. Celebrating its 36th year, the festival runs from May 25 to June 10, 2012 and the performances range from visual art exhibits, poetry readings, to theatre. Recognized as one of America’s premier performing arts festivals, people travel from all over to attend.
The Restoration on King is located on King and Wentworth Street in historic Charleston, which means the hotel, is in an ideal location to enjoy all the festivities! If you’re staying with us, make sure to stop by the Concierge Desk to take advantage of the discounted tickets available to our hotel guests. For a full list of Spoleto Festival events, please visit http://spoletousa.org/home/
Charleston’s Most Luxurious Boutique Hotel, Adds A Two Story Suite!
Restoration on King is excited to announce the addition of a new Two Bedroom Loft Suite to our beautiful Hotel. Located above the Lobby (73 Wentworth), the suite is being added to what was originally a traditional Charleston Row House. Restoration on King Hotel consists of four separate buildings, three of which are recognizable from the street.
As you can see by the photo, construction is underway. Upon completion, the suite will feature a Two-Bedroom Loft with the master bedroom and full bath located on the 2nd floor. The guest bedroom will be located on the 1st floor, along with a kitchen and living room. This Suite will also feature a private balcony that looks out onto Wentworth Street.
The Suite is available to book starting August 1, Check Availability Here>>