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“Excellent location, old house, fun adventure!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Antebellum Bed and Breakfast at Thomas Lamboll House

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Nineteen King Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)   |  
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Ranked #31 of 43 Charleston B&B and Inns
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent location, old house, fun adventure!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

First of all, I was really nervous booking this B&B after the few reviews I read on here. My husband and I were celebrating our first anniversary and wanted a special experience. I had always wanted to stay in an old historic home south of Broad St and had booked a B&B down the street from here, but 9 days before checkin, the other place called to cancell and we were left scrambling to find vacancy for the right price. I had called Marie (owner, wife) and she was short in response but curteous and directed me to the website for pictures. I booked 2 nights for the weekend in the room with the Queen bed and hoped for the best! She took a cc to hold the room and I received a confirmation several days later.

Upon arrival, I had called and left a message asking if we could check in early, but no one returned my call. We arrived a few hours early and were greated by her husband. He informed us that Marie would be out of town during our stay and her son Carlisle would take care of us. He handed us our keys (front door and bedroom) and instructed us on how to set the house alarm when coming and going. The house is a typical beautiful three tierd south facing porch antebellum white house. The porches were nice. When you enter the front door, there is a stair case and the rooms are on the third floor. You do not have to walk through living rooms etc to get to your room. The room we stayed in was very large with a fireplace, huge flat screen TV, victorian settee, comfortbale leather wingback chair, a sitting room of the bathroom (which we didn't really use) and a fairly roomy bathroom with old iron claw foot tub. The bed was extremely comfortable, the TV cable was fantastic with many options to choose from, no internet, and the room was clean and temperature was comfortable. There is a ceiling fan and extra blankets/pillows if needed. There is a door that leads to the third floor piazza from the room; however, it was a bit tricky to get out onto because the drapes had to be taken down for the door to open since it was an inward swinging door. Not a problem, just some extra work. No dust or dirt in the room. The only problem I saw was there was some water damage to the ceiling and the paint was starting to bubble up and peel and there were water marks on the ceiling around this point. The doors do have extra locks on them for added security though we didn't feel the need to use them.

There are two pets in this house, a cat and a small dog. They do, however, stay out of your way and we hardly saw them while there for the weekend. We love animals and welcomed them whenever we did see them! The dining room is right off the front entrance on the main floor. It's clean and beautiful. Breakfast is served daily from 8:30-9am and Carlisle did a wonderful job. Classical music was playing throughout breakfast and breakfast was served on fine china and silver servers. Options included juice, tea, or coffee with milk, creamer, Truvia, or sugar. There was an assortment of cereals, fresh fruit (strawberries and blueberries), fresh warm biscuits, and a baked sweet bread or cookie assortment. It wasn't huge, but just perfect since we love to experience the grand Charlestonian food for lunch and dinner. We never smelled any fowl smells in the dining/kitchen area, nor the porch area. The kitchen itself was a bit messy, but you have to remember this is their personal kitchen and home, and guests don't go into the kitchen. We just happened to get a glimps of it as we walked by. Otherwise, the rest of the house was clean or orderly.

Checkout was a breeze with Carlisle. He asked for our method of payment and walked back with a receipt in a few minutes. We were allowed to keep our car parked throughout the day of checkout until the next guests arrived in the late afternoon. It was nice having our car parked the whole weekend in the driveway off the street for no additional charge as well.

The location is great. It's just a block north of the Battery or White Point Gardens. It took about 1 minute to walk to the Battery, a few minutes to walk to Broad St. and about 10 minutes to walk to the Water Front Park or the Market.

My husband and I are not the Ritz type people so we didn't expect the Ritz, but we thoroughly enjoyed are time and were pleasantly surprised with our accomodations after reading previous reviews. This place is a great bargain for the location. We were thoroughly pleased with our stay for our anniversary!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Detroit, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

What an unfortunate experience.
The property is very old. That was expected, although there is a difference between "historic" and "disrepair". Burned out light bulbs, rocky toilets, no water pressure.The house is dirty. The rooms are dirty and dusty. The kitchen smells like rotten fruit, the front porch smells of cat urine because the cat roams outdoors. Both cat and dog are friendly but dirty and smelly as well. Breakfast is cold cereal, a little fruit, and store bought biscuits everyday. We ate out after day one. The proprietor was somewhat friendly but nervous. Not sure what role the husband and nephew play other than lurking in the background.There is no customer service. Once you get the key, you're on your own. Although the price was right, the owner couldn't figure out how to charge the right amount and it caused all kinds of credit card issues, nor could she pull up a map. I would not recommend this property to anyone until there is a major overhaul and/or new ownership.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio, Texas
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2011

We've stayed in many b&b's and this was one of the worst. The lady who ran it has either done this way too long, is sick of talking to guests or just isn't friendly. When we arrived, she just gave us the key, said when breakfast was and disappeared. She didn't ask us if we needed anything. We couldn't find her and had to call her on our cell to ask for a map (we were walking) and a recommendation for dinner. She brought down this pathetic 8.5" x 11" unlegible black and white copied over and over map. We wandered out (walking) and found a place up with street with wonderful walking maps. Wouldn't you think she would pick up a few of these free maps and have them available for her guests? She had no brochures on historic Charleston, nothing. She said breakfast was at 8:30 and it was 15 minutes late both mornings. She had cold cereal (cheerios and raisin bran), unpeeled miniature oranges and biscuits/bread. She is either too old to cook or never had the talent (I assume the latter). She did not interact with the guests at breakfast at all (or at any other time either). No chit chat, not asking about her guest's trip, what they had seen, where they were going, nothing. I don't think she really cared to have anything to do with her guests at all except to collect the payment.

The house was very old, bedroom was musty, bathroom not updated and the TV was dusty, very old and the cable was grainy. The location was great (in the heart of downtown Charleston), but the service and food were bad. She never even told us goodbye. We just left.

If these folks are just doing a b&b because they have two extra bedrooms and want to supplement their retirement income, I suggest hiring a friendly person to be there during the day to greet guests and also - bring in a cook!!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Liberty, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2011

We stayed on a Saturday night arriving at 8 pm. Marie was there to greet us at the door. She was very nice welcoming us...gave us the keys to the front door and to our bedroom on the third floor and told us to read the rules that was in our bedroom. Room was nice and clean and well decorated..as well as the bathroom. Small door led out to a spacious piazza with table and chairs. There were magazines and books to read. A ceiling fan for those of you..like me that can't sleep without some noise lol. We went walking down to the market area (maybe 1/2-3/4 mile) to eat a late dinner. We walked back a different way to take in the sights...all the way to battery park which is only about 1 block from the house. Breakfast on Sunday was at 8:30 am in the formal dining room..served on very nice china and silverware. Her husband Emerson came out to meet and greet us. They only have two rooms that they rent to guests..so we had our breakfast with two other people. You serve yourself...cereal, biscuits, marmalade/jam, butter, 3 types of fruit, orange juice and your choice of coffee or tea. A nice continental breakfast. Now if you stay on Satuday night as we did..they do attend church on Sunday morning ..so be prepared to settle up with your credit card at breakfast as they will be leaving by 10am or so.(That is checkout time..but if you need to stay longer you can..and just lock up whenever you leave). This is a nice place to stay if you are physically able to carry your bags up 3 flights of stairs and want a nice quiet room and be left alone and come and go as you please. This would not be a good place if you are handicapp or like to spend a lot of time talking with the owners or expect a full gourmet breakfast. Nonethless I would recommend this bed and breakfast...we were in town during a convention and this was the only place out of 20 that I called that had an opening..and the price was on the lower side compared to other places. Owners were nice and courteous to us..since they only rent two rooms...all the money that they make goes towards the upkeep and maintenance of the home..which you can imagine is probably very high with hurricane/flood insurance and trying to maintain a house that was built in the mid 1700's.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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north carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2009

They mishandled our reservation terribly, having rented one of our reserved and confirmed rooms to someone else, forcing us to scramble to find a second room elsewhere in town, even though we arrived as agreed at 3:00 PM. There was no one there to discuss the situation, and we still haven't heard back from them with an apology or explanation. We ended up having to take an expensive hotel room far away from our friends who stayed in the one free room, almost ruining our weekend. The location is good, but the owners have clearly lost interest in running this place. Stay away.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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charlotte, north carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

Host not present upon scheduled arrival. No assistance with luggage to third floor. No afternoon libations at all and not even a bottle of water available in our room, let alone flowers or welcoming snack. Nothing special about the room. As we were leaving for dinner, hostess asked if we would prefer coffee or tea for breakfast in the morning. I expressed a preference for decaffinated coffee and her response was "if I have some, I'll put it out" (!) There was no decaf in the morning. At breakfast (fruit and cereal, biscuits and jam), which is only served from 8:30 until 9, she seemed very anxious for us to depart and asked if I had brought my credit card with me to breakfast. No assistance with bringing luggage down from third floor. I was traveling with my 80 year old mother and found this to be a very disappointing experience. I would not recommend them and would certainly not consider staying there again. Next visit to Charleston, I will book the Meeting Street Inn.

  • Stayed March 2009
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Florence, SC
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2008

Welcome to Charleston. Set your watch back 200 years. We came for the candleight home tour and found our B&B far more charming than anything on the tour. Slight problem checking in as owners were in Europe, Host was owner's son who was not on premises.

House is lovely, and has not been modernized except for bathrooms which may be 1920's. Deep clawfoot bathtub! Location allows for walking to everything, and there was off-street parking. You don't have to close your eyes to imagine yourself in the 18th Century.

Suite was clean and spacious including a fireplace, dressing room and large private bath.

Owner's son was extremely friendly and welcoming. Breakfast was both excellent and elegant. Household companions were a friendly Persian cat and and adorable, loving little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel we were privileged to walk morning and evening (our choice) and who visited our room (again our choice.)

We will most certainly be returning next year.

  • Liked — Historical ambiance of house
  • Disliked — Difficulty in checking in
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Nineteen King Street, Charleston, SC 29401
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > Charlestowne
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Ranked #31 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Charleston
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