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“A Need to Get Serious”

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North Street Inn Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 5 Beaufort B&B and Inns
Wisconsin
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320 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
“A Need to Get Serious”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

After reviewing the info on Beaufort's B & Bs, my husband and I chose the North Street Inn for one night while passing through the area. Let me say that over the years, we have probably stayed in close to 50 B & Bs. In comparison to other accommodations, the North Street Inn was a major disappointment. Architecturally, the home is interesting and is wonderfully located near the waterfront. However, it could be so much more with some tender loving care and creativity. We stayed in the Magnolia room which looked bright and cheery in the photos. In general, it was. However, these are some of the disappointments we encountered:
- The home looks tired and in need of a paint job.
- The back yard needs to be cleaned up. Since guests park to the rear of the house, everyone is bound to see it.
- The front porch offers rockers and a view of the waterfront. However, it would have been nice to have the porch and chairs hosed off.
- The bathroom is dated which is OK, it fits the home. However, there was no bathmat and the white furry rug at the side of the tub looked like it's not routinely washed. There was a large bottle of shampoo and conditioner in a plastic basket on the toilet tank. The only other "amenities" were three plastic cups turned face down on the counter next to the sink. I questioned how clean the bottom one would be since it sat directly on the counter.
- When I turned back the bedspread, I noticed a long, dark hair on my pillow. In the words of a B & B owner in Nova Scotia, "You can do all the cleaning you want, but it's all over if a guest finds one errant hair." Personally, I flipped the pillow over and hoped the hair was due to static cling from being washed.
- Both the white front door and back door were very much in need of being washed. It was obvious lots of dirty hands had pushed on the doors over time to close them.

I can't comment on the breakfast because my husband and I decided we wanted an early start (6 a.m.) and the earliest time the inn keeper Kevin was able to provide breakfast was 7:30 a.m.

P.S. It took two calls to the inn to verify that our reservation had been received. Apparently, returning calls is not a priority. I noticed there were 6 messages on the answering machine the night we checked in. They were still there the following morning.

Room Tip: There are only two rooms upstairs from which to choose. The other two, from what we could tell, are...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed November 23, 2013

Like many heading down or up I 95 we look for interesting stops
Beaufort. SC is not far from I 95 and this B and B is beautiful and well located.
We had the ground floor Green Room
The Inn is a short drive to downtown and riverside restaurants and Main Street shops.
Kelvin was a helpful and friendly host.

Room Tip: If you do not like stairs try the Green Room
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2013

The North Street Inn, B&B, is perfectly located for a stay in lovely Beaufort, SC. We met friends there and were able to walk from the Inn to anywhere in town. And yet, we were never disturbed by noisy cars or trucks. Only the morning and evening clip-clop of the carriages and horses disturbed the quiet chirping of the birds and squeak of the porch rockers.
The North Street Inn has a storybook charm, with pink shingles and delicate green vines entwining the porch pillars. Inside is equally lovely. The rooms are large, with high ceilings and comfortable as well as handsome, antique furnishings. Happily, the lighting and seating were perfect for quiet reading - a real "must" in a thoughtfully appointed room. Our bathroom was quaint but lovely - tiny white ceramic tiles, pedestal sink, fluffy, white towels and lace curtains.
The innkeeper, Kevin Mears, prepared delicious breakfasts; we were there 4 nights. The individual spinach quiches with fresh, blueberry muffins were a perfect way to begin a day of Southern-style sightseeing. Other mornings Kevin served up fresh waffles and fruit, scrambled eggs and wonderful coffee and juice.
What makes the North Street Inn most delightful is the innkeeper. He is quietly gracious and careful not to intrude on his guests' "playtime." Even when faced with the necessity of a repairman's visit, Kevin made sure we were not disturbed or inconvenienced.
If Southern Hospitality is what you're looking for, the North Street Inn in Beaufort, South Carolina, can go to the top of your list. Oh, and by the way, the Inn is a real bargain!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at the North Street Inn. Our host was extremely knowledgeable about Beaufort and the history of the whole area. He recommended restaurants and historical places to visit as well as an Egret Rookery which was fascinating! Every morning we had something delicious and different from the previous day. We enjoyed chatting with the other guests and were so delighted they were history buffs too. It was a short and pleasant walk to downtown Beaufort, and we loved looking at the gorgeous houses and the waterfront on our route. Our room was beautiful and very quiet (which is very important to us.) I would highly recommend this inn to anyone who likes a quiet, lovely home that is walking distance of downtown and a place with delicious, hearty breakfasts and a wonderful host.

Room Tip: Our room was lovely--it had a border of magnolias painted by Kevin's aunt. It was upstairs and...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Greer, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2013

My wife and I stayed at The North Street Inn on a beautiful weekend in the bustling historic district of downtown Beaufort. Beaufort is the second oldest established city in South Carolina. Like its competition from Charleston, Beaufort is a sleepy, yet gorgeous community full of Antebellum mansions, plantations and coastal farms. The proprioter Kevin welcomes you with open arms and is ready to make you feel right at home. He made me sweet tea which was delicious and refreshing for this good ol Southern boy. The bathrooms need some updating and refreshing but the bed was soft and comfortable. Kevin's breakfasts were scrumptous. The waffles were amazing. The rate was ideal for our budget and the amenities amicable too. The inn is a few blocks from the shopping and restaurants of downtown, but definitely close enough to walk and enjoy the coastal lowcountry breezes. It was only 20 miles from the beautiful Hunting Island beach. Thanks Kevin for the memorable weekend in Beaufort!

Room Tip: We stayed in the yellow room upstairs and it was probably warmer than the room on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Navarre, Florida
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2013

This B and B is well situated just one block back from the riverside and is within a good walk of the historic area of Beaufort. However, its general lackluster appearance from the outside was a little off putting. The garden area is not at all well tended and as we entered through the back door at the owner's invitation did not give a good first impression. The interior was clean and our room, the ground floor Green Room was clean and comfortable although it lacked any of the little extras we have come to expect from B and Bs. There were no drink facilities or bottles of water, no snacks and the bathroom requisites were minimal to say the least. Breakfast was simply served but was a nourishing meal. The blueberry muffins were out of this world though. We enjoyed good conversation with the two other guests and Kevin the owner who was well informed on the history of the area and the house.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Schoten, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2013

We stayed overnight in this charming B&B on our way between Savannah and Charleston. In fact, we should have stayed longer in beautiful Beaufort and kind Kevin's North Inn.
Absolutely to be recommended! Felt like home...

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Property: North Street Inn Bed & Breakfast
Address: 1411 North St, Beaufort, SC 29902-4909
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Beaufort
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Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Beaufort
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Number of rooms: 4

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