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“Very nice property. Classy & Elegant.” 5 of 5 stars
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The Willcox
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Aiken
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Charlotte
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86 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Very nice property. Classy & Elegant.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Had never been to Aiken, SC and I didn't know what to book as there are no familiar hotels I usually stay (Marriott, Hilton). After seeing the reviews on this website, I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. The hotel is a throwback classic from decades ago but they keep it in good shape. It almost looks like a bed and breakfast but each room has its own hotel feel. The bed was very comfy and bed sheets/lining were top notch. The restaurant is excellent and service was very good overall. Only negative is that the rooms are not really set up for business travelers as the desk had no a/c outlets nearby. My rate also seemed a bit steep $185 per night for a small rural town, but considering the quality of all the other options around, it's reasonable. I'd most likely stay again.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

My partner and I have stayed twice at this gorgeous historic hotel. Once in June and again in October. I cannot wait to stay there again.
The entire staff is gracious and attentive.
Both of our rooms and the bathrooms were luxurious & spacious.
The entrance to the hotel is a large living room filled with comfy sofas and little nooks for privacy. A great place for an end of the night cocktail or glass of wine. On some evenings they have entertainment in the front entry room. It is festive without being loud. We enjoyed the entire experience.
The restaurant is amazing as well. We ate there both times and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.The complimentary breakfast in the morning is a treat too.
I loved the pool too. The fountain is beautiful and whole enclosed area's atmosphere is very relaxing.
The hotel also has a small gym and salon.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hartford, Connecticut
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Aiken was my childhood home. The building that houses the Willcox was in complete disrepair when I was growing up, a dilapidated but beautiful exterior and decayed interior.

It has been restored to a place with the grace and elegance I always thought it was meant to have. But still more, it's a place where people can laugh and share timeless moments.

Yes, the rooms are beautiful, the architecture memorable, the food delicious, and the staff hospitable. But at the end of the day, there is something magical about the Willcox that speaks to the fact that the sum is beyond the sum of its parts.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Greensboro, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

What a wonderful inn! It felt like a big, really nice bed and breakfast vs. a hotel. The lobby was a cozy living room we didn't want to leave. The continental breakfast was exceptional - yummy home-made muffins, yogurt, granola among other items. The rooms were the perfect size with beds that felt like clouds. The staff was helpful, friendly, and accommodating. And the location is perfectly located for the charm of Aiken. My group truly did not want to depart!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stayed here for a Wedding in September, and it was first rate all the way. From service, to the atmosphere/history, to the food, the Wilcox is an amazing spot. The staff was outstanding and accommodating. The history and atmosphere here are worth the price (FDR and Winston Churchill the among past guests). The lounge/lobby has comfortable chairs and couches...it's a perfect spot for a drink and some of the "petites" appetizer menu. Do yourself a favor, get the poutine with crisp fries and gravy. The rooms were very well kept and the bed was very comfortable. The staff really went out of there way to make sure everyone had a great experience!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We stayed at The Willcox while attending an Art Show opening with friends. Everything was outstanding from the room, lobby and dining experience. Staff was very attentive and food/wine was excellent. We would recommend The Willcox to anyone looking for a delightful visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We had a wonderful time at The Willcox. The service was excellent, the atmosphere enchanting and the food superb. We met friends there for a weekend in Aiken and all of us were delighted with this small hotel.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: The Willcox
Address: 100 Colleton Ave SW, Aiken, SC 29801-4870
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Aiken
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Aiken
#1 Family Hotel in Aiken
#5 Business Hotel in Aiken
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Willcox 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The award-winning, historic Willcox Hotel cultivates a sophisticated, yet informal glamour amidst America's storied thoroughbred country. Cloud soft beds, an intimate Salon & Spa and one of the South's Best Restaurants - All in a setting of Easy Going Elegance. ... more   less 
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