Since opening its doors as The Restoration on King in April 2010, this luxury boutique hotel has been the talk of the town and the preferred place to stay by knowledgeable travelers. Rich with history, Charleston's first boutique hotel has been flooded with positive reviews, worldwide media attention, and a AAA Four-Diamond rating in 2011.
The property itself consists of four separate buildings, three of which are recognizable from the street. The Pink Building (269 Wentworth, or the Lucky Brand Jeans Building) on the corner of King and Wentworth dates back to 1940. This was originally a restaurant and pub on the ground floor, with office space on the second floor, and apartments on the third floor. Originally, it also had a Cupola on the roof. The entrance was on Wentworth street, at 73 ½ Wentworth. In 1963, the date we were provided as the age of the hotel, is actually around when a renovation and addition were completed (on the 2nd floor and only part of the building). The first recorded building in this location was 1822, which was sold in 1839 and taken down to make room for the existing building.
The second building is today the GAP building, which dates back to 1921. This was originally a two story department store with storage and office space on the third floor. It was part of the Dillard’s family but was named after his wife’s maiden name instead. The back stairwell leading to king street and the rooftop was their cargo elevator. When it became a single story retail space, the second floor was converted to storage and office space and the third floor became apartments.
Today, four suites have their bedrooms and bathrooms in the GAP building but their living room and kitchen are in the Lucky Brand Jeans building.
The third building is the main lobby building, 73 Wentworth, and was built in 1886. Originally a traditional elevated Charleston Row House; the lobby had an elevated floor and was essentially the home owner’s storage space. The entrance to their home was through the exterior breezeway, which is where their front door entrance was. You are still able to see where the stairs were. As retail space became more valuable and flooding in Charleston improved, they finished off the floors and converted it to retails space, last known as a record store. The main home on the second floor was someone’s home and then this area was converted to apartments as well and is currently in the process of being converted to a two story Loft Suite with two bedrooms.
In 2013, The ROK added its largest suite, Suite 201. It was restored after a six-month renovation, and this new two-bedroom, two-story space, features nearly 1,600 square feet of interior space, and 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 Suite also has a 300-square-foot private balcony with two private and separate seating areas – one facing the courtyard and the other facing Wentworth Street.