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Governor's House Inn
4.0 of 5 Inn   |   117 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401   |  
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Ranked #5 of 43 Charleston B&B and Inns
Brookline, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Charm and location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Perfect location for walking around Charleston. Beautiful room and fabulous breakfast. Simple choices, but different everyday and perfectly cooked. Not for the travelers who expect a huge breakfast with an "all you can eat vibe." Felt like we were dining in Dalton Abbey! Staff was personable. Ample parking. A splurge, but worth it. We booked last minute and knew we'd pay top dollar, but the grandeur of the house was special.
EJ72

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Rating summary
  • 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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Dallas, Texas
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84 reviews 84 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

My wife and I stay in a lot of Bed & Breakfast Inns, and the Governor's House Inn far exceeds anything we have ever visited. We stayed in the Orange Grove Room that offered a private veranda and entrance. Everyone at the Inn provided Southern Hospitality at its very best, and will exceed your every want. The house was built in 1760, and was eventually bought by Edward Rutledge, who at the age of 27 was the youngest signer on the U.S. Declaration of Independence. The house is immaculately restored to its original condition, and furnished with period antiques. This is a must see while in Charleston.

Room Tip: The Orange Grove Room has a private veranda and entrance.
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  • Stayed July 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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Greensboro, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The Inn has a fabulous location as you can park your car for free and easily walk to the water and restaurants. The grounds and the house were charming and well kept. Breakfast was a huge disappointment as it was small and very limited with choices. Our room had the bathroom added without changing the windows or door as they had glass on them. Very lacking in privacy as one window was right beside the toilet, and the shower ceiling had black moldy spots. Considering that we were paying $275 a night, our expectations were not met and we would not return.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerGHI, General Manager at Governor's House Inn, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
As General Manager of the Governor’s House Inn I would like to respond to the comments made by Nakia. I thank him for his positive comments on the Inn. I’m happy he appreciated the location and was pleased with the house and the grounds. However, I am surprised to learn of his disappointments. Our goal is to provide every guest with a pleasant experience. I am very sorry that Nakia did not leave with that notion. Had these concerns been brought to our attention, they would have been addressed. We are always happy to provide alternative solutions to every unpleasant surprise.
To clarify more specifically, the bathroom in the Orange Grove Room was not left unfinished. It is designed to be aesthetically pleasing. This room is highly desired and has the highest occupancy rate of any other room and has several loyal repeat guests. Our breakfasts are quality homemade entrees with a portion size that allows our guests to partake in our city’s culinary delights.
Mary Kittrell
General Manager
The Governor’s House Inn
Charleston, South Carolina
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Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

My husband and I got into Charleston a few hours before check-in. With smaller hotels and B&Bs we understand sometimes it is hard to get into your room early. We went to GHI simply in hopes of dropping our luggage off and visiting a museum close by. Upon arrival, one of the staff, a young man, got our luggage, provided us a very warm welcome. We told him we knew it was probably too early to check in but just wanted to see and if not, we'd drop our luggage off. He said he would check on the room. Something must have gotten lost in translation because not soon after what appeared to be the owner (or manager?), appeared and essentially scolded us for appearing so soon and there is no way a room could be ready this early in the day. "NO B&B would have such early check in" (P.S. It was 2:00 p.m.). I repeatedly apologized stating we did not need the room now, we were just checking and leaving luggage. "Oh, well, ok." And the demeanor changed. Long story short. Somehow in the fifteen minutes of first niceties and then scolding our room was ready.

This was the only downfall of the stay for us. While we obviously bounced back from that, I agree with other reviewers that you never really got to "know" any of the staff nor see the owners on a regular basis (we aren't exactly those chatty B&B people either). It was the least intimate B&B I have stayed at.

With all of that being said, once we got settled into our room, it was an absolutely WONDERFUL stay. The bed was extraordinarily comfortable, the bathroom spacious, and the room was very clean. We thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the patio, even in August temperatures! The breakfasts and afternoon tea were delightful. Absolutely delicious food and drinks.

The location was perfect and parking quite convenient. The staff are extraordinarily accommodating. They provided my husband with a bike so he could accompany me on my morning jogs through the city. (We did the bridge one morning--a definite highlight of the trip.)

This is a bit more than we usually spend on lodging but it was really worth it in the end. Staying at the GHI was one of my favorite parts of Charleston). I would highly recommend staying at the Governor's House...just make sure you go at check-in :)

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerGHI, General Manager at Governor's House Inn, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
As General Manager of the Governor’s House Inn I would like to thank The Farmer’s Wife for all her comments about her stay at the Governor’s House Inn. Her positive remarks uplift our spirits and her negative ones let us know where we need to improve and give us the opportunity to offer our apologies. In this case I would like to say I‘m so sorry she felt as though she was being scolded for arriving at the Inn early. Our guests are always welcome to come to the Inn as soon as they arrive in Charleston. We have private parking for our guests in our garden courtyard, so our guests can park their car, come in for peach ice tea, a map of the city and recommendations for lunch or places to go and things to do. They can also drop off their luggage, and we will have it in their room when they return to check in. We also allow our guests to continue using the common areas of the Inn and our parking on the day they are scheduled to depart from the Inn if they would like to enjoy Charleston a while longer. Standard procedure is to explain these privileges to our guests when we make their reservations.
You will probably not meet the owners of the Inn during your stay, because they live in Wisconsin.
Our favorite part of being Innkeepers is getting to know our guests, so I want to apologize for not spending more time with her. There is such a fine line between intruding on guests’ privacy and offering service at its best.
Again let me say thank you to the Farmer’s Wife. She had so many nice compliments of the Governor’s House Inn, and we sincerely appreciate her sharing them on trip advisor. We hope she will return and allow us to try to make her visit as perfect as can be.
Sincerely,
Mary Kittrell
General Manager
The Governor’s House Inn
Charleston, SC
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U.S.
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in the spacious Jefferson suite, cozy and warm. The house is in a great
Location to everything. Staff very nice, the
House was quiet and quaint. The grounds and rooms are kept emaculate. Parking was very convenient.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

My wife and I were out for our "baby-moon" for a few days in Charleston and were thrilled to have stayed at the GHI. First off, the staff was so welcoming and warm treating us like new friends. Within 20 minutes of getting there we had our restaurant recomendations and were not dissapointed. We stayed in the Laurens room which was fabulous and highly recommended due to open feel, and attached wak out porch which was lovely. Breakfast was a great start to the day, but no too much to ruin an early lunch. This is a town where you need to be ready to eat and eat because the food is simply fabulous.

The B&B was simply charming, quaint and in a perfect location to walk essentially anywhere in the town. The proviced free parking was a plus as was the concierge services which we used.

Overall, you won't be dissapointed and will probably want to go back!.

Room Tip: if possible, get a room with a balcony
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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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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

I visited Charleston last weekend for my first time, and of all the options available, I wouldn't have stayed anywhere else. The inn was so quintessential Charleston--the house itself was the historic home of John Rutledge.
The rooms were lovely--clean, historic and comfortable. I highly recommend this Middleton Suite with it's fireplace, shared balcony, kitchen area and spacious bathroom.
Breakfast was very good--each day had a rotating hot entree and some were better than others--but that's all a matter of taste. Afternoon tea/wine hour was always a highlight and the homemade baked goods that they set out were delicious.
Service was excellent and location couldn't be topped. I definitely recommend the Governor's House for couples, single travelers and small families.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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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 #5 of 43 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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