The Willcox in SW Aiken, South Carolina
Guest rooms at The Willcox are comfortable retreats luxuriously appointed. All are quiet and sumptuous with high ceilings, crown moldings, and restful, cloud-soft beds blanketed in cool, crisp linen. Most have crackling fireplaces, and each has its own character. The marble and white tile bathrooms hold deep-soaking tubs, stacks of thick towels and plush robes to cosset and comfort — just a few of the many lavishes that landed The Willcox on Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler magazines’ exclusive lists of the world’s best hotels. Whatever the room, when you are ready to retire, it will have been straightened, your bed turned down, a cashmere hot water bottle tucked under the sheets, if you wish, and a small, sweet gift placed on your pillow.
Our kitchen enjoys an exceptional reputation built on the creative talents of our chefs. The menu is American, although our executive chef Regan Browell draws inspiration from her native home of New Zealand and international travels. Whether you’re enjoying Southern breezes poolside, the cozy club setting of our lobby or relaxing in our dining room, rest assured that your meal is memorable and your service is prompt and cheerful. Whether it’s a facial, a massage or a wash and blow dry, we invite you to relax with us. Our Salon & Spa treatments are designed for both men and women and are performed in the comfort of our private treatment rooms.
Location of The Willcox
Nearest Airport: CHS
Amenities for The Willcox
- General Information
- 22 Guest Rooms
- Pet Friendly
- Bar & Lounge
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Fitness Room
- Wellness Center
- Fitness Classes
- Spa & Wellness
Reviews for The Willcox
The moment I stepped into the lobby of this wonder hotel, I knew I was totally charmed! Unfortunately you canâ€™t find this old money equestrian feel anymore! Down filled furniture and beautiful hunt prints on the wall. The bed even has a feather topper and down comforter! It was pet friendly ...too funny the neighborhood cat (Mr Willcox)was a sometime resident lovingly shooed out of the lobby! Breakfast was outstanding and although we didnâ€™t eat dinner in the restaurant we knew the locals come in often. In fact we are planning to make this a frequented stop on our way south! Highly recommended!!!
I'll admit - quaint is not usually my style. But my husband dragged me here, citing its charming details and fascinating history, and I was NOT disappointed. I was won over by the quiet grand charm of the building itself, rocking chairs on the porch, attentive customer service from the front desk, the waitstaff in the lobby/restaurant, and housekeeping, and luxuriously comfortable room in which we delighted in every detail, the verdant view, the four-post bed piled with comforters that required a stepstool, a old-fashioned sewing kit, a fully stocked desk with tape/scissors, an extensive DVD collection of Oscar-winning movies and in-room work-outs, turn-down service with citrus water and chocolates... and the history! It's the kind of hotel lobby where you WANT to hang out for hours, tempted with bites from the restaurant, toasty fireplaces, Stave puzzles, and the occasional live musician. If I wanted to nitpick, maybe it wasn't the most amazing spa or fitness room, but hey, a run in the neighborhood was even better. Delicious free breakfast. It's rare that a hotel can almost transport you to another, simpler time, one in which you can indulge in your own Winter Holiday...
The Willcox is a fabulous old hotel. We loved our night there and will definitely stay there again when we return to Aiken. However, we will not return to the restaurant. I think it should be reviewed separately, but I have to say that because of our experience dining there, it is just not possible to give the hotel an excellent rating.
liveoak33 - Beaufort, SC
This hotel is a true classic. I usually consider hotels like this a bit stuffy and old fashoned but the comfort, service, and extra touches made my stay at the Willcox exceptional. It's location is within walking distance from Aiken's wonderful downtown which is full of great shops and restaurants. Of course, Aiken is beautiful and this hotel is a key part of its history. I received a warm welcome, was escorted to my room personally, and was delighted when I cracked a joke about a ghost in my room and my hostess responded wryly, "Sir, the entire hotel is haunted." The pool area was delightful. My room was tastefully decorated. The soaking tub was HEAVENLY. But, I have to say BY FAR the best thing about the Willcox for me was the bed. Again, normally I'm not a fan of down pillows and comforters but this bed was absolutely amazing. I got the best night's sleep. I couldn't recommend a stay here more and wish I had had more time.
SCTraveler864 - Greenville, SC
I absolutely love this classic hotel! It is perfect for a couples weekend. There is a spa and a fabulous restaurant on site. The rooms are so clean and comfortable. We had a bottle of champagne delivered to the room before coming down for dinner -- highly recommend! We will be coming here for years to come!
MartiniSnob5555 - Lakeland, Florida