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Barksdale House Inn
Ranked #11 of 40 Charleston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Blacksburg, Virginia
1 review
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“If you can afford an extra $100, stay at a different B&B”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

I've stayed here twice. Once last year, and again recently. My wife and I celebrated our honeymoon here last year (Oct 2012), and we came back this month (Oct 2013) to recreate memories. Bad Decision. We tried to check-in early to see if our room was available, but it was not. That's totally okay, but the one female staff member greeted us very rudely, and stated that we could not check-in, and did not even let us walk through the entry way. There was no "Welcome to the Inn, we are glad you are here, although sorry, but check-in is not for a few hours, do you need any information for the city?". The lady was very rude, and my wife actually ended up apologizing to her (which she really didn't need to, but thought this would help to lessen the intensity), and received no apology back, other than a flippant, "thanks for your feedback."

Needless to say, we were very disappointed. Also, there are some security issues. We walked into the bathroom to change, since we couldn't get into our room, and wanted to put on some clean clothes, and there was a little closet inside the bathroom, that had spare keys of all of the rooms - outrageous! I was a little scared to leave my stuff in the room. The place is very charming, and has a great location, but cleanliness is a big issue. The fan in the main public bathroom downstairs has mold/dust falling out of the fan, and our room (which was the nicest room in the place, room 2), had a tattered shower curtain, and lots of rough patches. This place would be a gem if they simply cleaned and painted a little better.

Last year, we came and stayed on a Monday, and the main Inn Keeper, who was a very nice woman was amazingly kind and gracious, however, this year, we stayed on a Sunday night, and seems like other staff runs the place on the weekends.

Overall, we wanted to love this place, and keep coming back to relive old memories throughout our lives, but sadly to say, this will be our last stay. There are some other amazing B&B's in the city, and for an extra $100, we will try one of these.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

B&Bs never appealed to me but prices at nearby hotels drove me here...and I was not disappointed. We were on the 3rd floor which was nice because we could enjoy each floor as we walked up. I can't compare to other B&B's but it had a lot of character to me... And the staff was quite pleasant to us...

  • Stayed October 2013
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BarksdaleGM, General Manager at Barksdale House Inn, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad that you considered and enjoyed a small Inn for your accommodations while visiting Charleston. We hope to see you again!
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Nice place but dark inside. The bathroom had a light fixture over the sink with what looked like three 15 watt bulbs. When in the shower with the shower curtain closed it was quite dark. Breakfast was light buffet style, not the usual B&B'S breakfast.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

The staff were super friendly and helpful about restaurants in the area. The afternoon desserts were wonderful and we would definitely stay here again! Our room was cozy, clean and comfy. Breakfasts were great -- especially on the weekend when they featured hot items.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We stayed at the Barkdale for three nights. Nice old Charleston house. We took Room 1 which is 1st floor front. The location of the Inn is ok and across the street from the College of Charleston Physical Education facility. There are better locations within the city. Street noise was a huge issue and disrupted sleep continuously. Most of the staff were lovely and friendly. Breakfast was ok. Morning noise from the office/breakfast room, located adjacent to the staircase, was not too bad. The garden was poorly kept and somewhat dangerous due to the loose slate. Free parking is nice. This Inn would have rated 3 stars BUT on our last morning our party consisting of middle aged adults ranging in age from 31 to 89 were confronted by the duty manager who accused our party of destroying a bench and dirtying the outdoors. A simple polite inquiry by the staff could have resulted in a reasonable explanation but a simple inquiry was not made. Such a shame, put a bit of a damper on an otherwise simply wonderful Charleston visit. Other options abound.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Vienna, Virginia
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

We stayed in rooms 2 and 6 for 3 nights. The room was very comfortable and clean and the location fantastic. Free parking also a great and the never ending treats in the entrance way were a great bonus.

The hot breakfast was mediocre, we had a vegetarian in our party and the options were very limited (cereal, fruit). The breakfast burritos had sausage in them and the lady said there were no eggs without the sausage mixed in or bread to make toast. The continental breakfast on the other hand was fantastic, wish that had been available on the weekend.

Most of the staff were extremely nice and helpful, although one seemed to really not want to be there or be bothered.
There was a leak from one of the rooms above with water dripping in to our room. When reported to the front desk the response was 'we will look in to it' and then she went back to whatever she was doing on the computer.

All around it was nice, but I'm not sure I'd stay again

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Lovely old house very comfortable room , home made muffins were delicious for breakfast. Free car parking ,ideally located for seeing the sights in walking distance. Really enjoyed our two day stay there,staff were very helpful with any questions we had.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Barksdale House Inn
Address: 27 George St, Charleston, SC 29401-1433
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Barksdale House Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Barksdale House Inn, built in 1778, is your home away from home while exploring the city of Charleston. Located within the historic district of downtown Charleston, we are within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, tourist attractions and Market Street. This Inn offers 14 rooms with en suite bathrooms, complimentary breakfast, newspaper, wireless access and complimentary parking to get you ready for your day exploring our beautiful city of magnificent homes, gardens, and parks along with Charleston's unique southern hospitality and history.All rooms are non-smoking. ... more   less 
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