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“A great restaurant ... Even for the locals” 5 of 5 stars
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The Willcox
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Aiken
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Aiken, South Carolina, United States
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22 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A great restaurant ... Even for the locals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

Superb food and service! Great place for a party or a special night! I had a birthday party for my wife and could have not been more pleased. The special event staff led by Katey is superb. Turned into a very memorable night for everyone.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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San Diego, California
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59 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

The Willcox offers an authentic Aiken stay complete with equine theme bar, excellent service, spa, and restaurant. Accommodations were comfortable with nice amenities. Had signature cocktail in bar-yummy. Ate dinner at restaurant and Irish liquor dessert was worth every calorie.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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1 Thank DS92703
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Guelph, Canada
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48 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Traveled to Aiken for the first time on business, and took a gamble on staying at the Willcox. It was a very good experience, and I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

I stayed in their basic standard room, which was great. Lots of space and light, with a sitting area by the fireplace and a deep bathtub with separate shower. The selection of books on the mantle was amusing - Gore Vidal next to Charlton Heston, etc. The room was clean, the bed very comfortable, and everything worked as it should.

The common areas of the hotel are beautiful. Live music in the hotel lobby, with comfortable furniture by a wood fire and dark paneled walls. It is a lovely old building, with an atmosphere of relaxed affluence.

I ate dinner twice in the hotel, once in the restaurant and once from room service. Both were good, but not exceptional. The calamari was overcooked, and the poutine over salted. Though both the romaine salad and the lobster pasta were balanced, and quite tasty. Breakfast was very nice in the mornings. Good, healthy selection of fresh items.

If I had one complaint about my stay, it would be the front desk staff. Several of them were fairly snobbish, giving the impression that they weren't certain that I was a suitable candidate to stay in the hotel. However, the bartenders and housekeeping staff were all friendly and gracious.

Room Tip: The standard room was outstanding, and a very reasonable price. Not sure that an upgraded room woul...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank markp30
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Lancaster, South Carolina
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242 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Poeple who know Aiken know the Willcox Inn. Stayed there in Dec. for a meeting and dinner. Was outstanding. Most Staff goes out of their way to please. The rooms were beautiful and clean.
The lobby bar is atmosphere. Dinner was excellent. If you are in the area this may ne one of the more expensive places to stay but it is worth it. Very historic hotel.

Room Tip: Make a reservation for room or dinner as this historic hotel is often booked.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank MBNick
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tewksbury, ma
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45 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Beautiful fantastic hotel. Completely restored to it's original glory. Stayed there in August 2012 with a large group. The rooms were out of this world, the bathroom was massive. I stayed in the Vanderbilt Suite (sitting room w/ gas fireplace, bedroom w/ gas fireplace, huge walk-in closet, huge bathroom w/ walk-in shower and soaking tub). The lobby was a great area to meet co-workers (I was there on business), as well as grab a drink from the bar.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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1 Thank dennish124
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Aiken, South Carolina
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Willcox is a fabulous all around inn/restaurant! They are capable of handling large parties for weddings (inside or outside), and can just as easily serve a table for two with the same great service. The managers and employees work extremely hard to make your visit one you will remember, and want to come back for.

Room Tip: Go with the top of the line Roosevelt room, or a smaller one for a bit of savings. Either way, you...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Cliff M
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Pinehurst
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201 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This was a repeat visit but the first under the new owner. The historic (FDR used to stay here as it has a private rail spur) Willcox has become the place to stay, eat and enjoy quality entertainment, from local talent to Juilliard ensembles. The large, recently renovated hotel rooms are nicely decorated and bedding comfortable. Food and drink are reasonably priced but upscale for the area. Will recommend to friends and family and will make it a regular stop. Most class you will find within 100+ miles.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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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 Family Hotel in Aiken
#1 Green 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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