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“Southern Hospitality at its Finest” 5 of 5 stars
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Governor's House Inn
117 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 43 Charleston B&B and Inns
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Southern Hospitality at its Finest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

The Governor’s House Inn is everything you would expect from a historical B&B in Charleston. It’s a grand old building adorned with lovely furniture and a fascinating past (it was owned by Edward Rutledge, youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence). We were greeted with a warm smile by Haley (sp?), who offered us refreshments upon check-in and then was kind enough to give us a tour of the property, including a delightful retelling of the inn’s history.

We stayed in the Laurens Room, and its access to the outdoor verandah was outstanding. My husband was in awe of how the sliding windows were originally used in place of doors to avoid heavy taxes back in the day. I loved having coffee in the rocking chairs overlooking the street. Breakfast was a real treat, and the menu changed every morning (everything from peach pancakes to shrimp and grits). The Afternoon Tea was equally as wonderful, and the home-baked goods were delicious (still dream of the peanut butter bars).

In the evening, we would sit on the verandah with a glass of sherry compliments of the inn. The location is within easy walking distance of King Street, historical sites, and wonderful restaurants (FIG is an all-time favorite). As I mentioned before the staff was exceptional. Haley, Mary, and many others went above and beyond to ensure we had a memorable stay. And we are ever so grateful to all the little details they offered.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

This inn is lovely, though pricey. My wife and I just spent two nights there. The service provided by the staff was about the best I have ever seen anywhere. They made a dinner reservation for us last minute before our arrival. They ensured business faxes were done, and arranged to send back some items I had left in the drawers of the lovely Orange Grove Room. Their breakfast could be larger, but they will be flexible about this when asked. First Rate!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

We stayed in the Rutledge Suite as it was a special occaision and really enjoyed it. It is very spacious and had everything we needed and was very quiet - we did not hear other guests in other rooms. We agree with the comments of a previous reviewer about the staff. Whilst we found them to be extremely friendly they did not seem as forthcoming with recommendations and local knowledge as we expected and we were twice welcomed as new arrivals despite having been there a couple of nights already. However this would not put us off returning as the their warmth made up for this and the Inn is in a good location and we loved the room. (In fact we both thought the bed the most comfortable we have slept in and my partner wanted to put the pillows in her suitcase!)

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Room: Very beautiful, elegant inn. We stayed in the Barbados Room, which is on the level below the main floor. It still had windows and our own little outdoor sitting area that looked out on the garden and parking lot. We were a little worried about the noise of people walking around the kitchen, dining room and sitting room in the mornings, since they would be walking on top of us, but it was pretty quiet. We enjoyed the luxury bath robes, making gourmet coffee in the morning and the big jacuzzi tub. The bed was also very comfortable and the room very clean.

Service: more like a hotel in that it lacked the charm of a more personalized B&B. The staff was very welcoming and friendly, but some seemed to lack the knowledge to recommend activities and restaurants. The were happy to make any arrangements that you could want, but I felt like they didn't have personal experience with the things they recommended.

Location: Very convenient location to walk to all the historic houses, restaurants and galleries. We walked to dinner every night and enjoyed the park near the water. It is a short 20 - 30 min drive to many plantations.

Breakfast: You get a menu each more with the special of the day (bread pudding, eggs benedict..ect.) or you can choose toast, fruit or a yogurt parfait. The food was just ok. We ended up picking the yogurt a couple times because the main dish was a little disappointing. For the price you pay I would have expected more. A couple times by the time we went upstairs for breakfast, the coffee was all out and we had to wait a good 15 min before they brewed more.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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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Rochester, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
21 helpful votes 21 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.

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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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Address: 117 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > Charlestowne
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #7 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Charleston
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