Identity Atelier helps transform Charleston's The Restoration

The Restoration, Charleston, S.C.

The Restoration, located on King Street in downtown in Charleston, S.C., was unveiled following a $27-million yearlong transformation. Dropping the “on King” from its previous identity, the new Restoration has 54 suite-style accommodations with five new outlets, an amenity line by Beekman 1802, a Culture Library with Assouline books, a Toby’s Estate Coffee shop and Martone bicycle-share program.

Owned and operated by Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate, with concept curation by Cory Ingram of Identity Atelier, The Restoration has five buildings, four of which date back to the 19th century. The final product includes the acquisition of two adjacent buildings, as well as the construction of a new seven-story building. The expansion added 38 new rooms for a total of 54 suites, ranging from one to three bedrooms with the largest including a private roof deck.

For the design, Ingram drew inspiration from Charleston’s culture. The theme is translated in the décor through a color palette of moss, grey and indigo.


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The suites have equestrian themes that highlight the city’s riding culture, quatrefoil designs that capture the church steeples, and even old skeleton keys. Original Charleston bricks located in each room complement the theme as a decorative touch; these are also available for purchase.

There are five new outlets, including The Culture Library, The Rise Coffee Shop, The Port Mercantile, The Amethyst Spa and The Indigo pool deck.

The hotel now has the city’s highest rooftop bar and restaurant — The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits — with views of downtown Charleston and the Ravenel Bridge. There is also a store, The Port Mercantile, which sells products from over 100 vendors across the globe. Meanwhile, The Amethyst Spa incorporates design elements of amethyst crystal within two treatment rooms and a relaxation area.

Located atop The Restoration is The Indigo, a pool, exclusive to hotel guests, offering views of the city and Charleston harbor.

There are also artworks on display in the guestrooms, corridors and hallways.