Charleston’s expanded Restoration to open in December

The Restoration hotel is wrapping up a $15 million expansion.

The rooms portion of the $15 million expansion of the Restoration on King is expected to be finished by Dec. 4.

The downtown Charleston hotel, recently ranked as the 38th best in the world by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards, will more than triple in size from its current 16 rooms.

The expansion is mainly in two locations: the renovation of a building at 77 Wentworth St., which will include four new rooms, and construction of a new building right next to it at 79 Wentworth, which will contain 34 rooms.

The property will now be known as The Restoration, which also will have a spa, coffee shop, restaurant inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and event space. Those will open later.

“I would definitely say that traveling is about a discovery,” said Cory Ingram, the hotel’s designer. “There’s so many things to discover on property and so many things to discover in Charleston, and I think what we’ve tried is we’ve really tried to understand what Charleston is about: its heritage, its culture, and really implement those things on property not by replicating them but interpreting them in our own way.”

Charleston bricks will line the lobby and be available for guests to purchase as a memento.

“Those are some touchpoints, some guest touch-points that’ll actually facilitate that kind of concept at a higher level, in a tangible way,” Ingram said.

Owner Anders Anderson said the lodging is “trying to make sure everything has a story.”

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“Everything threads so that you can find what story that you love and maybe you latch onto that story,” he said.

Reach Allison Prang at 937-5705.