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!
Favorite Things To Do Around Charleston!
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."
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 >>
And Guests Couldn't Be Happier With The Results
Suite 201 opened earlier this month and we couldn't be more proud with how it turned out!
From the private balcony entrance with two outdoor seating areas, to the suite doorbell and great views of Wentworth Street – this two story, two bedroom suite has it all.
The very first guest to stay in the suite had this to say, “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 Unit 201 exceeded my expectations. My wife and kids instantly felt at home and did not want to leave. We will be back as soon as we can. Thanks for an amazing experience.” J.R. Anderson
We’ll have more photos and will post more information over the next couple of weeks, but the suite is booking up fast, so call our front desk at (877) 221-7202 or Check Availability Online Here >>
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”.