i have this thing for cute boutique hotels: they always feel like a home away from home. when i booked my trip to charleston for the blog societies conference this august, i knew the only place i would stay was zero george. after booking, i was instantly impressed with the service. they called me about three weeks in advance to see if there was anything they could do before our arrival. whether it was transportation, restaurant recommendations, or room preferences, they would arrange anything we needed! talk about great customer service!
the moment dana and i arrived, there was nothing but a warm greeting both in the atmosphere and the staff. we were invited in by a glass of champagne at the reception desk and were notified that our room wasn't quite ready yet. we didn't mind, though, as we headed to get our hair done at tease blowout bar just a few blocks away! we came back refreshed and fabulous and headed straight up to our room.
we stayed in the garden suite and it was absolute perfection. the simple decor with a hint of southern charm and hospitality made me never want to leave. the air conditioning that we turned down to 60 degrees did help that whole "not wanting to leave the room" thing.
the hotel also offered us so many options when it came to activities. for example, free bike rentals! if you were following me on snapchat, you would know that dana and i literally used them every morning to go shoot our outfits.
they also had a free wine and cheese hour in the lounge for hotel guests. yes, you heard that correctly...free wine and cheese (literally my two favorite things)! oh, and if you didn't want to be seen, they would bring it up to your room for you! actual heaven! the only downside was that they didn't have a "late-night" menu...you know, the one that is full of chicken fingers and french fries (they are way too classy for that). but when we called down, they let us know that there was a domino's just a block away and we had it delivered to our room! the staff probably thought we were ridiculous but i feel like they have seen it all!
i can't forget about their cooking school! we didn't have enough time this trip to participate and channel our inner julia child but it is on my list for next time!
the hotel was divided up into four buildings with three of them solely dedicated to guest rooms. this made the property feel like it's own little community and we were constantly running into fellow blog society bloggers (shout out to brittney and jenn)! one thing that i was absolutely obsessed with was that they restored the buildings and chose not to remodel them. it is so easy for a company to destroy all of the original features and replace them with modern ones; but zero george invested both time and money to make it seem like no time had passed! and just when i thought our stay couldn't get any more perfect, on our last day, they gave us a parting gift of a leather luggage tag: truly never letting us forget them! zero george is definitely the place to stay when in charleston and they should be expecting me to be back very soon!