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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 43 Charleston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Winterville, North Carolina
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3 hotel reviews
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“weekend trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Nice old house, we stayed in Wegener's room. Enjoyed the breakfast and nightly wine and snacks. Never met the owners which was disappointing. The "staff" were friendly, some more helpful than others. Met different staff each day, not what we expected froma B & B.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • 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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Connecticut
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80 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The Governor's House Inn is a nicely renovated historic house within an easy walking distance to everything in Charleston. The common areas and rooms are quite large and clean. I went back and forth between a 3 and 4 and decided on 4, because the staff was generally very helpful, it is a great house in a prime location, and there is so much potential to make this a truly wonderful inn experience.

We have stayed at a number of Preferred Inns and have always been totally satisfied. In addiiton to the clean rooms, these inns all provided the extras that we did not experience here....turn down service, interesting afternoon snacks, late night access to snacks, incredible coffee & unique breakfasts, and offers to assist with local arrangements, dinner reservations, etc. The other PI inns all had one common characteristic: the owners were very present to welcome you, assist you, and usually involved in cooking and/or presenting incredible breakfasts. Although the staff tried very hard at Governor's House Inn, it is simply not the same when the owners aren't present. We noticed somewhat mixed reviews from others....some excellent and others raising similar concerns, which left us wondering whether the owners are present during some periods of the year.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Central NJ
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

First the good- Easy to find, great location and parking on site means you can leave your car and walk all over this beautiful city. The common areas were very beautiful as well as “period appropriate”. I did feel like I was waiting for the Governor to walk in at any moment! I was with a group of 4 couples and we all loved our rooms. We had a wide variety from a grand suite to the third floor Magnolia room and everyone was happy. The large sitting areas provided a great place for a group to gather. With the exception of one small glitch- the pre arrival information and assistance was superb. The manager was very helpful with tour and restaurant suggestions.

Ice tea and cold water were offered throughout the day and I did feel welcome by staff at the end of the day when we returned from our tours.
Improvements needed- The Inn is a very nice building but I will agree it is showing some wear and tear. I would not call the gardens or porches “pristine” and I sensed the exterior could use some TLC.

Lacking was 5 star touches and what I call the extra warmth expected from a B & B: We were there for our friend’s 30th anniversary which management knew- it was not mentioned nor was it recognized…a card, cookies? anything? This type of small touch could have gone a long way.

Rooms– There were 2 nice robes in each room (they were huge). Towels were not plentiful and the shampoo and conditioner was the smallest bottle I have ever seen (expected to last 3 days?) - no extras here. I know we could have asked but at $300-$500/night, should we have to? A full turn down service would be a great addition and again- is just that attention to detail.

Management- Staff that I met was lovely, caring but very young and I will guess all new. And…they seemed to be the ones running the Inn. I expected an owner or manager to meet and greet our group at some point but that never happened. Not knowing who was really in charge or better yet an owner- this again made me feel that the inn lacked the warmth I have come to expect from a B & B.

Biggest issue- the food was a major disappointment. Coffee was not served until 7:30ish. All 3 mornings guests waited with cups in hand! Even at 7:30, this is just too late in my opinion. Coffee should be set out by 7 sharp! Breakfast choices were very limited and the breakfast service seemed disjointed and sporadic. This was not due to the effort of the young servers but my guess is that it was a kitchen issue. Breakfast was a casserole type item, cooked way too in advance and it just wasn't good. A simple varied buffet would solve many of these criticisms. This was the opinion of our entire group so on day 4, we cut our loses and made reservations for a brunch in town.

Afternoon tea was just so-so and consisted of one type of cheese and crackers, a cake and a dish of candy along with wine and tea. It was fine but not worth rushing back for.

All & all- I would return. It served our purpose well. Location, rooms and overall feel were A+. The food is easy to fix and I think if they remember they need to deliver the warmth equal to the charm of the structure, they can earn the extra star from me.

Room Tip: All the rooms are very different. I stayed in magnolia- it was on the 3rd floor and very quiet. Frie...
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  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Great location and walking distance to everything in historical district. Was able to park car in off-street reserved spot and did not move it for entire stay. Inn very lovely and room was clean and comfortable. Reception was pleasant and they made a special plate for us having arrived after afternoon tea had been served. Would recommend to anyone looking for a true Charleston experience.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

My daughter's wedding party just spent 4 to 7 days, depending on when one arrived, at the Governor's House Inn, and it was perfect in every way. The weekend of the wedding itself, we had the entire house, which added extra warmth and closeness, like being all together at someone's lovely home. It is a beautiful, rather secluded, property in the middle of historic Charleston, within walking distance of much of the historic district. A huge plus for anywhere in this area is parking right on the property. Their rooms are gorgeous, circa 1780's, and roomy, and their bathrooms are large and renovated!! The common rooms of the house are spacious and beautiful, and the porch (Charleston style) is great -- room for breakfast, afternoon wine (billed as "tea"), late night gatherings, and just visiting with other guests.

The real bonus is the staff. There is nothing we asked for that wasn't immediately provided, and often they volunteered unbelievable extra service -- facilitating transportation, laundry, and a myriad of other conveniences that made our stay so much easier. Much thanks to Paul and Janice, the on-sight owners (they are right there and you do get to know them), and all their wonderful staff. Sometimes weddings can provide stressful moments, and they all went out of their way to alleviate anything that might possibly be a problem. It was a wonderful, happy weekend, and the folks at the Governor's House Inn deserve a lot of credit for that.

PS If you are considering a destination wedding, you really can't beat Charleston for beautiful wedding venues, amazing restaurants, and wonderful places to stay, especially this place!!

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The room and Inn were beautiful, the veranda lovely for afternoon tea. It is centrally located in Charleston. The Inn has 11 rooms. We were on the second floor which does mean that the stairs could be an issue for the less mobile. My only criticism in contrast to other B&Bs listed in Select Registry is that it feels more like an hotel, we saw multiple people during our brief stay whereas with other smaller Inns it was primarily the owners who merged and greeted and cooked breakfast thus allowing a good rapport could be established.

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Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jacksonville, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Our room was beautiful and very comfortable - loved the 2nd floor veranda and our own "private" entrance via the black spiral stair overlooking the garden. Dinner was a close walk away - to any number of excellent restaurants. It is a very convenient location. The staff is awesome! Afternoon tea with homemade goodies was a dellight on the veranda. We enjoyed it very much and are planning another trip back soon - which is what made me think to write a review for such a lovely place.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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 #4 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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