Last week, I had the opportunity to stay at Zero George Street, a historical boutique hotel located in the Ansonborough neighborhood of Charleston, South Carolina. This was my first visit to Zero George as well as Charleston, and boy did I feel at home ! It was so much fun to be staying with blogger friends Grace and Danielle! To say I am in love with Charleston as a whole is an understatement! I'll be sharing a lot more of my trip to come, but today I'm sharing details on where we stayed!
Zero George is compromised of 5 buildings and offers 18 guestrooms. The name hails from the address of the building, which is 0 George Street. Each room is slightly different and boasts gorgeous, sophisticated-casual decor. Many of the architectural elements were kept in tact from the 1800's when the structures were built. To say that this hotel was charming would be an understatement. From the well-manicured grounds to the southern hospitality, no detail was overlooked. The decor was tasteful and refined and really made our stay so relaxing.
Waking up each morning was a joy as the light poured in from the many windows in our bedrooms. The beds were huge and so comfortable. Each morning, we would sleep in a little later than we would at home, and then check our e-mails (complimentary WiFi!) and enjoy some espresso from the in-room Nespresso machine (all hotels should have this!!!!). I also appreciated that there were hidden refrigerators in each room that were always stocked with complimentary water and Izze sparkling juices.
Then we would mosey on down to the bar area and picturesque patio where there was a complimentary European-style continental breakfast set up. They had everything from yogurt and fresh fruit to quiches, prosciutto and lox! Not to mention, they have a coffe bar area set up with a Miele coffee machine. This area was fully stocked with complimentary coffee, tea, water, and refreshments and was available to guests 24/7. A hotel that understands my need for around-the-clock caffeine is something I truly appreciate!
Since the hotel has just a few rooms per house, it actually felt like we were being hosted by dear friends. The staff was so attentive and welcoming. They always had great suggestsions for places to go, things to do, and restaurants to check out!
Once we were finished with breakfast, we would head back up to our room and get ready for the day! I loved how spacious our bathrooms were, too. All three of us would get together and get ready and 3 girls in one space can get cramped, but thankfully, we had plenty of space! The bathrooms were also stocked with Malin and Goetz products, which I love! I had never tried their shampoo or conditioner and I loved both-- so much so that I ordered the peppermint shampoo as soon as I got home! The best part was the shower had a huge Grohe rainshower-- talk about a real treat!
The grounds were immaculate. Everything was so well kept, from the manicured hedges, to the spacious courtyard and the blooming dogwood trees; it was breathtaking! We spent a lot of time in the courtyard area and had fun enjoying champagne and a game of cornhole with Matthias Kaupermann one evening. The bikes were too cute and were always available for guests to use at their leisure!
Each night from 5-6pm in the bar area, they had complimentary happy hour complete with wine and cheeseboards. This was such a lovely touch and became something we looked forward to each evening. The best part is that they always had bubbly on hand-- they must have known I was coming ;)! The cheese boards were delicious and the bartender was great at explaining what each cheese was!
One night, we were lucky enough to be able to dine at Zero Cafe and Bar, rated one of the Top 5 Foodie Hotels by Conde Nast Traveler! We had a lovely little table out on the patio and were seated just as the sun was setting and the candles were being lit. Zero Cafe and Bar is home to Chef Vinson Petrillo who was on Top Chef and Chopped.
One of the neatest things about Zero George is that when you walk in to the reception area, you are actually in the hotel's kitchen! It's pretty small and amazes me that Chef Vinson is able to prepare such lavish and increible meals with himself and his sous chef!
Once we were seated, we were greated with signature cocktails and started to look over the menu. There were several dining options including a five course or nine course tasting menu. Grace, Daneille and I decided we would each order something from each course and pass our dishes around so we were able to taste everything. I loved traveling with these ladies because they also love trying amazing food and are always willing to share!
I think that the beef tartar, diver scallops, and the ponzu glazed wood grilled heritage pork chop were my favorite dishes, but truly, every single dish was incredible. It was easily one of the best meals I have ever had. Everything we were served was so full of flavor and I loved that Chef Vinson made seemingly ordinary menu items like avocado toast into something extraordinary. For example, he served his 'avocado toast' with caviar! Yum!
We ended our night with a champagne toast and a chocolatey dessert before we retired for the night. Each night we would head off to bed with the cutest of turn-down services. They had adorable water jugs, chocolate treats, and slippers laid out. It was such a nice touch!
To say my experience at Zero George was wonderful would be an understatement. I could not recommend this hotel more. From the luxe accomodations to the world-class food, and the southern hospitality, Zero George has it all. If you are visiting Charleston this is the place to stay! I hope to be back very soon! A big thank you to Zero George for hosting us!