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“A Spectacular Southern Gem” 5 of 5 stars
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Governor's House Inn
4.0 of 5 Inn   |   117 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401   |  
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Ranked #4 of 44 Charleston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Thousand Oaks, California
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A Spectacular Southern Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

My husband and I just returned from a "dream trip" to Charleston and Savannah. Our first stop was this charming and elegant inn, full of history and antiques. The location is within walking distance to most anything you would want to see in Charleston. We stayed in the Christopher Suite which is the original kitchen house converted for guests. The suite was huge and comfortable with remnants of the actual brick fireplace (used back in the day by slaves) preserved behind a glass partition which added tremendous ambiance. We hope to come back and visit this lovely B&B again.

Room Tip: The Christopher Suite is outside the main house ~ very quiet and spacious!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

I stayed at the Inn in 'March 2007' for seven nights in the St Michael's Room, as a lone traveller I could not have been made more welcome, the staff went out of their way to make sure I had a great experience.. It is a very beautiful house in the ideal situation, although it is a while since I stayed there reading other more recent reviews the Inn still has the same very high standards. Wonderful afternoon tea, great breakfast. I am considering of visiting again next year, and Sallyann e-mailed me within minuets of my enquiry, that's service for you. Charleston is a delightful town the residents are delightful and bend over backwards to help you, so much history too, a must to do, a Ghost walk.

Room Tip: Look at the website, there is a great view of all rooms, I stayed in the St Michael's room at th...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 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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Houston, Texas
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38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This is a wonderful B & B in a great location to visit all of Charleston. The house has an interesting history and is very beautiful. The staff could not be any more welcoming or helpful. They will arrange tours and restaurant reservations for you. We stayed in the Wagener Room on the first floor, keeping in mind the first floor is up a flight of stairs as are all homes in Charleston. It was a good size, but the bathroom is small with only a glass shower and pedestal sink.. Not a lot of room to put your toiletries. But the house was built in 1760 so we liked the ambiance of the older home. Breakfast is very good, something different each day, and Afternoon Tea was something to look forward to each day, as everything is homemade and delicious. I brought my 84 yr old Mother for a Mother / daughter trip and we had a great time. I recommend this for couples, young or old, and families with older children, or small groups. You'll love it like we did!

Room Tip: Inside rooms will hear noise from the stairs and wooden floors, but we did not find this too distrac...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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64 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Close to evrything in old town, beautifully appointed, charming staff and lovely breakfast. Our room, the independence, was small with a split bath, shower and sink room on one side, toilet and sink room on the other side of the room, rather a good idea. We'd stay again but may opt for another, larger room.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC
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91 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here for two nights and it really helped make the visit to Charleston unique and in keeping with the city. The house is very well preserved but updated for modern conveniences. We stayed in the Rutledge Suite and is well worth the splurge. The bathroom is truly enormous with a great big jacuzzi tub, and it's own upstairs porch. The best is massive and comfortable. The biggest surprise was the quality of the food at tea and breakfast. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
The only slight drawback that keeps this from being a 5 rating is that some of the furnishings are a bit worn. The table beside the bed is actually just some sort of cheap stand with a draping. Some of the furniture is a big scratched and worn as well. Everything else was top notch, and I probably wouldn't have noticed except it somewhat seemed out of place for such an elegant place otherwise. I wouldn't at all keep from recommending it, it's just 5 "stars" should be hard to earn.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dayton, Ohio
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Having stayed here for 3 nights, I was going to write a long, very detailed review. After re-reading many of the other previous reviews, I realized that the only thing I had to say is that potential guests need only read them for themselves...everything written is absolutely true. The Governors House Inn is a true gem. The only problem is that after returning home my wife now wants to know who is going to serve afternoon tea to her! We look forward to a return visit.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Additional Information about Governor's House Inn

Address: 117 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 44 B&Bs / Inns in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Governor's House Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Governor's House Inn offers the rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts and romantic grandeur of a pre-revolutionary National Landmark. With magnificent drawing rooms, boudoir staterooms, and expansive veranda porches, it is no wonder that the former Governor's mansion was proclaimed the most glamorous of Charleston inns by Travel Holiday. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Governor`s House Hotel Charleston
Governors Inn Charleston

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