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117 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401-2435
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#6 of 42 in Charleston
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.7
Value
4.3
Travelers' Choice
The Governor's House Inn offers the rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts and romantic grandeur of a pre-revolutionary National Landmark. We are the only inn in America where you can sleep where the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence once lived. With magnificent drawing rooms, boudoir staterooms, and expansive piazza porches, it is no wonder that the former Governor's mansion was proclaimed the most glamorous of Charleston inns by Travel Holiday.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Patio
Walking tours
Couples massage
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Secured parking
Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Wine / champagne
Water park offsite
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Newspaper
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
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Bathrobes
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Seating area
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Jo W wrote a review Apr 2022
Woodbridge, Virginia5 contributions1 helpful vote
We planned a short trip to Charleston as a stress reliver after Covid. We decided to take the trian from Union Station in Washington DC (The Palmeto) to the North Charleston station and Uber to The Governors House Inn. We arrived at the Inn around 8:15Pm which was after hours, we were given a video to secure our room key that was in a lock box, we went to our room (Independence) on the 2nd Floor (NOTE: there is no elevator to the upper floors). Dropped our bag and went out to get a late night snack and drink. We went north on Broad Street found a place with bar food and drinks, ate and returned to our room and a restful nights sleep. The Governors House is a bed and Breakfast, but better, they don't serve breakfast but we got 2 $15 vouchers for each of our days we were there, the vouchers were for local restaurants that served breakfast, we tried a new on each day (all were within easy walking distance, a few hundred yards, the breakfasts were superb. The Inn offers coffee/tea 24 hours/day. Wine and cheese and other finger foods are served each day from 4:30PM-5:30PM, and sherry is available 24/7. We had a great stay and recommend the inn highly.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Karl Novak, Owner at The Governor's House Inn
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for staying with us at the Governor's House Inn. We're so glad you enjoyed you time with us and had a great time in the city. We do appreciate the fact that we don't have an elevator for the second and third floor. Working with a 260 year old house has its limitations. Luckily there are lower level floors that help accommodate anyone who has issues going up steps. Please come see us again soon. Karl
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D Smith wrote a review Nov 2020
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My husband and I spent 4 wonderful nights at the Governor's House Inn last week. This was supposed to be our trip to Europe, then trip to Costa Rica, but our Plan C trip to Charleston was absolutely magical. The Governor's House Inn is in such a perfect location! "Q" (and Kim) took amazing care of us; making us feel right at home with her gracious ways and southern charm. Anything we needed was provided and my husband and I were very impressed with the cleaning and sanitation protocols the GHI has implemented to combat COVID. Kathy was fabulous and greeted us every morning. She cared for us and our suite and even took the time to leave us a note and fresh flowers. My husband has an in room massage arranged by the Inn and it was fabulous!!!! The grounds of the Inn are stunning!!! We could not get enough of just sitting on the porch or our terrace and just enjoy the ambiance of the place. And SO MUCH HISTORY!! I can't say enough great things about the Governor's House Inn and her staff! Thanks to them for making our "Plan C" the best trip!
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Room Tip: We stayed in the Kitchen House in the Washington Suite! It was private and yet we felt 100% part...
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Response from Karl Novak, Owner at The Governor's House Inn
Responded Jan 18, 2021
Thank you for allowing us to be your "Plan C." We appreciate when our guests find their stay magical and the perfect location in Charleston. You are correct when you remark about the amazing history within our walls. Where can you go to sleep under the same roof as a signer of the Declaration of Independence? The youngest signer at that! Come see us again soon. We look forward to your next visit. Karl
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Beverly S wrote a review Feb 2022
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We went to Charleston for an anniversary trip and had an amazing time at the Governor's Inn. Every one was so helpful and the accommodations were beyond excellent. Would highly recommend the Washington Suite and the Inn. We will definitely return.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Karl Novak, Owner at The Governor's House Inn
Responded Feb 15, 2022
Thank you for staying with us at the Governor's House Inn. We are so glad you chose us for your special anniversary trip. Charleston is a gorgeous city. All of our restaurants and special sites really do make for an amazing time. Please come back and visit soon! Karl
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Dan H wrote a review Feb 2022
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I spent an inordinate amount of time looking for places to stay in Charleston. No doubt many great hotels, B&B's etc. Being a history nut, I settled on The Governor's House Inn (Rutledge Suite). The people were great, the atmosphere was impeccable, and the house holds more detail than you can absorb in a weekend. Location was just south of all the noise, and within 10-12 minutes we could walk to anywhere we wanted. Did I mention private parking?? My wife loved the elegant furnishings, the bath robe, the coffee, the afternoon snacks, the bed/sheets, the caretakers of the house, the breakfast vouchers for local restaurants, and the area in general. My advise... if you're considering a visit to Charleston, don't overthink it, just make your reservation at the GHI.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Karl Novak, Owner at The Governor's House Inn
Responded Feb 2, 2022
Thank you for staying with us at the Governor's House Inn. We're so glad you "just did it." As a history nut you were right to do your research and end up with us here at the home of the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. There aren't many places that get to make that claim, so thanks for letting others know not to "overthink" where they may want to stay on their next visit to Charleston. We look forward to your return. Karl
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JTPierce wrote a review Jan 2022
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Without a doubt, this is the place to stay in Charleston. If you are avid fans of historic properties, the Governor’s House will charm you. Comfortable, quiet, and elegantly appointed. We anticipate our next visit to Charleston during Spring 2022. Many thanks to our gracious hosts, Kimberly and Karl, and their charming staff.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Room Tip: Rutledge Suite was perfect for us.
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Response from Karl Novak, Owner at The Governor's House Inn
Responded Jan 5, 2022
Thank you visiting us at the Governor's House Inn. We're so glad you were pleased with your visit and have plans to be back in the Spring. We look forward to seeing you soon! Karl
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Curiosity201586 wrote a review Dec 2021
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I absolutely love staying at The Governors House Inn! Perfect Location and I particularly enjoy the Lafayette Suite in the Kitchen House. It has a screened porch and just wonderful history , open beams and heart-one floor. One feels like they are in the 1700s, but with many more amenities. The Service is impeccable
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Room Tip: I love the Lafayette Suite.
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Response from Karl Novak, Owner at The Governor's House Inn
Responded Jan 3, 2022
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Governor's House Inn. We don't blame you for wanting to stay in the Lafayette Suite in the Kitchen House. It's beautiful and an experience like no other. Like so many of our rooms within the mansion you can have a sense of privacy that allows you to go places where no one will disturb you. Taking you back and making you "feel like [you] are in the 1700's," that's a time traveling experience we are ecstatic to provide. Please come back again soon. Karl
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Venture39467824566 wrote a review Dec 2021
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We met our friends at this Inn and the four of us had a wonderful time. It was beautifully decorated for the holidays and all the rooms were so inviting and comfortable. We brought back lunch and ate on the beautiful terrace. We will definitely come back to this very old and well preserved Governor’s House Inn.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Karl Novak, Owner at The Governor's House Inn
Responded Dec 14, 2021
Thank you for staying with us at the Governor's House Inn. The holiday season is a wonderful time to visit Charleston in all its splendor. Please come see us again soon. Karl
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HeatherW wrote a review Nov 2021
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We had a wonderful stay! Karen and Ross were very hospitable and made us feel very comfortable. We wish we had more time to enjoy the beautiful Inn! It was wonderful to be able to leave the car in the parking lot and just enjoy walking where we needed to go. If you have the opportunity to take the history tour with Karen I highly recommend it! She is so knowledgeable! I hope to visit again soon!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Karl Novak, Owner at The Governor's House Inn
Responded Nov 5, 2021
Thank you for staying with us at the Governor's House Inn. We're so glad you enjoyed your walking tour with Karen. It's a new added feature we've offered to our guests and all those who have scheduled tours rave about the experience. Please come back soon!
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Frances M wrote a review Oct 2021
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The Governors Inn is the place to go. It was immaculate and the staff make you feel like you are part of their family. They couldn’t do enough to make us feel at home and help us plan our trip and all our restaurants and tours. We highly recommend.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Responded Nov 5, 2021
Thank you for staying with us at the Governor's House Inn. We're so glad you appreciate how immaculate we keep the Inn and how important it is for us to have you feel a part of our family. Come back and see us soon! Karl
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chiwahwah62 wrote a review Oct 2021
Cocoa beach, FLA11 contributions2 helpful votes
We were impressed before we even arrived at the Governor's House Inn. We called on more than one occasion after making our reservations in order to ask opinions about local restaurants, places to see, etc. We spoke with Karen and Kimberly on more than one occasion and they were invaluable in helping us plan our stay in Charleston. We arrived after hours, but we had a check in video sent to us which eliminated all guess work. Once we stepped inside we were greeted with a well lit, stunning Colonial Mansion. Tasteful classic music was playing for the guests as well as a decanter of sherry. We were speechless. We met Karen and Kimberly the next day and both were just as nice and helpful as they were in our phone calls. Everyday, the Inn has an afternoon wine/sherry/food outlay which we enjoyed each day we stayed at the Inn. Very classy mansion in a very nice neighborhood with many close by places to eat and drink. The Mansion has onsite free, safe, and plentiful parking in back away from the street. We noticed other Inns required their guests to park a block away due to inadequate parking space. Not so at the Governor's Inn. That convenient parking was extremely helpful. This mansion belonged to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and was also host to George Washington on four evenings during his 1791 visit to Charleston. We were very impressed with the Governor's House Inn.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Karl Novak, Owner at The Governor's House Inn
Responded Oct 10, 2021
Thank you for staying us with us here at the Governor’s House Inn. We’re glad you were able to appreciate all that we have to offer. Believe it or not parking is a huge and often mentioned amenity. Visitors to Charleston don’t often appreciate it until they try to figure out where they’re going to park. We’re very happy that you were able to comfortably make your way with your after hours arrival. Please come see us again soon. We will be sure to leave the lights on for you. Karl
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PRICE RANGE
$504 - $605 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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governor`s house hotel charleston, governors inn charleston
LOCATION
United StatesSouth CarolinaCoastal South CarolinaCharlestonCharlestowne
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Governor's House Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Governor's House Inn?
Nearby attractions include Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist (0.03 miles), St. Michael's Church (0.2 miles), and Sound of Charleston (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Governor's House Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Governor's House Inn?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a fireplace, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at The Governor's House Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Governor's House Inn?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Governor's House Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Brown Dog Deli, 82 Queen, and Millers All Day.
Is The Governor's House Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Charleston.
Are there any historical sites close to The Governor's House Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting St. Michael's Church (0.2 miles), Nathaniel Russell House (0.2 miles), and McLeod Plantation Historic Site (2.5 miles).