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Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
How did it strike you on arrival?
A large-scale photograph of an Icelandic horse at check-in is the first clue that this hotel thinks outside the box, as do the floor-to-ceiling Angel Oak photos that make the elevator feel like a treehouse. A hotel favorite especially with New Yorkers, The Restoration's urban aesthetic, spacious rooms, and cutting-edge photography installations make it a trendy treat.
Nice. What’s the crowd like?
City dwellers, international and business travelers.
The good stuff: Tell us about your room.
I chose a Signature Suite in The Restoration's most newly constructed addition. At 750 square feet, the combined living room, galley kitchen, 1.5 bathrooms, and king size bed were larger than many New York apartments. On my next visit, I'd love to book a Residence room for an audaciously roomy condo-style hotel experience (one with a full ping-pong table, another its own private rooftop deck!). Beds are super comfy, with giant shag throw pillows from West Elm. Bathrooms are grey, with vertical "light saber" style lighting and herbal Beekman 1802 products that smelled so good I wanted to pour them in a martini glass and drink them. My suite came with full soaking tub and separate glass shower.
How about the little things, like mini bar, or shower goodies? Any of that find its way into your suitcase?
Pale grey bathrobes are butter-soft (and available for purchase at $169). A pair of weathered Hemingway boots stood propped against my sitting room wall. A vintage Underwood typewriter sat on my room desk (with sticking keys, unfortunately)—impossible to resist a strike or two. Designer bicycles with built-in baskets can be signed out. Intriguing and gorgeous coffee table books in the library also available for sign-out. Wi-Fi was free and strong. I washed down some cracked pepper turkey jerky ($8) with a tangy sweet shot of Fire Cider tonic ($12). Plenty of unusual options in the mini-bar. I would steal (a) the hotel's evening warm cookie recipe; (b) the mounted alligator skull in the library; and (c) the leather-clasped wicker picnic basket that arrives with a soft knock at breakfast-time filled with pastries and coffee.
Room service: Worth it?
During service hours, the hotel's rooftop restaurant The Watch is happy to make in-room deliveries, from deviled eggs ($6), to fish tacos ($13), to market-priced raw oysters, to dinner's ample shrimp and grits ($26). Order bottles of wine or bubbly from the hotel's onsite shop The Port Mercantile ($34 to $94), and don't forget the locally crafted Cirsea bourbon caramel ice cream in your fridge ($9 pint).
Anything stand out about other services and features? Whether it’s childcare, gyms, spas, even parking—whatever stuck with you.
The pool was more of an oversized jacuzzi than a swimming pool, this rooftop "relaxation pool" is the spot to do just that. The spa is bathed with pale amethyst lighting, catering to men and women alike; some of the pampering services (like massages and manicures) can be arranged in-room, and private yoga instructors are a phone call away. In addition to larger entrees, rooftop restaurant The Watch has amped up its small bites menu to meet demand, given that this is such a popular sunset cocktail spot. Alligator corndogs and raw oysters make great bar snacks. From The Watch, you can see clear to the Ravenel Bridge to the east, and the Ashley River to the west. Outside decks attract happy hour and sunset revelers. Bonus: charcuterie and champagne on Wednesday nights.
Bottom line: worth it, and why?
Spacious rooms, exposed brick walls, ample kitchens, intriguing photography, premium fixtures, and rooftop happy hour views. What's not to love?
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