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“Too many other B&Bs in Carleston to consider this one” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Antebellum Bed and Breakfast at Thomas Lamboll House

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Antebellum Bed and Breakfast at Thomas Lamboll House
Nineteen King Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)   |  
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Ranked #26 of 43 Charleston B&B and Inns
charlotte, north carolina
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“Too many other B&Bs in Carleston to consider this one”
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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  • 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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English first
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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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2007

A fantastic place to stay. The bedroom was huge, comfy, and furnished with an antique sofa, many beautifully carved chairs, and excellent pieces of china and art. Off street parking was available. The bathroom fixtures were antiques and fun to use – a genuine claw-foot tub. The French doors led to a piazza with a lovely view, and you could hear the many fountains in the neighborhood. There is a friendly spaniel and persian cat who will sit with you downstairs. Continental breakfast was an elegant experience. Mrs. Read serves breakfast in the formal dining room on beautiful china and polished silver.

  • Liked — The beauty of the home. It was furnished to period, which was the point of staying in a B&B.
  • Disliked — It was wonderful.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2007

Great location, lovely house but spoilt by owners who do as little as possible for guests.
Advertised in the B&B guide as "gourmet breakfast" which swung it for me. In reality it was merely adequate - 3 strawberries per person, 1 biscuit each, serial, fruit juice and a banana. One morning a bought in applie pie which was microwave heated. This is not Southern hospitality. Guests get a list of rules e.g. switch off all ligths, switch alarm on and off etc.
Our room had a bug infestation and we had to kill them off each day, owner said they were silverfish - clearly the room was not checked before guests arrived as several dozen of these bugs we hanging from the ceiling. When I stood on the bed the get rid of some more I saw 1/2" of dust behind the bed headboard and we had a sliver of glass in the bathroom - clearly this room wasn't vacuumed very often.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — cleanliness
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2006

The house was located in a quiet historic residential district walking distance to all the interesting Charleston sites. The house itself was lovely, and the accomodations fine, but the hosts, oh my!! The owners argued into the night complete with slamming doors. Our room was on the third floor and in order to access it, we needed to pass by the owner's study. Inevitably, he would fling his door open and begin regaling us with stories of a tax reform project he was working on. This happened repeadtedly and he would lecture us at breakfast as well. On the morning of our departure, he left a newspaper outside our door with stories of his efforts.

In a fairness, I have to say that the accomodations were very comfortable and well appointed and the outdoors porches were real winners, but the owners were intrusive.

  • Liked — house and location
  • Disliked — the owners
  • Tips/Secrets — both guest room are on the third floor
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2004

We were not overly impressed with the hospitality at the Thomas Lamboll House. We were prepared for the continental breakfast, and the muffins and such were delicious. However, the top of the jelly jar had mold on it, and the cereal, which was kept in lovely crystal jars, had a chipped piece of crystal in it which unfortunately ended up in my mouth. Not what you would expect when paying $ 175 a night.

At check in we were only shown our room, and weren't encouraged to use the common rooms as advertised in their brochures. We felt restricted to our room. Our room was lovely and the bed was comfortable. The maid service was adequate but failed to replenish our toilet paper. We had to ask the inkeeper for a roll.

The house was quiet and well maintained for an old building, but we didn't feel particularly at home. The inkeeper was somewhat intimidating, and wasn't as helpful as others in our experience, with suggesting things to visit in Charleston. We were indirectly referred to as "Yankees" and then had to listen to a diatribe about his ancestry while our coffee grew cold.

The neighborhood was lovely and it was a short walk to the harbor, but for future stays we will shell out the extra money and stay elsewhere
where we felt more welcome.

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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 #26 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Charleston

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