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“Cold Welcome, Warm Stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Governor's House Inn
Ranked #8 of 39 Charleston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ohio
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22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Cold Welcome, Warm Stay”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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ManagerGHI, General Manager at The 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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Macon, Georgia
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

I have stayed at the Governor's on several occasions over the years and it has always been a lovely experience. First, the old mansion, steeped in history, couldn't be more charming. Beautifully decorated common areas and bedrooms with comfortable well equipped baths lend a romantic touch to the old world charm of the house.
Breakfast and wine/tea time are quite pleasant and give guests an opportunity to mingle with other guests. The staff are professional and eager to help you without being intrusive. The location is very convenient to good shopping and restaurants.
What more could any traveler want? When visiting Charleston, this is the place to stay for a truly memorable experience!

Room Tip: The Kitchen House with the living room and front porch is my favorite!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Papa7
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CLearwater FL
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27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

Our trip to the Governor's House Inn was great. Sally Anne gave us a great rate because we called her directly. The big selling point was that the parking was FREE and there was high tea at 4PM every day. Parking is at a premium in Charleston so this was a big perk.

The Mansion is just slightly south of Broad Street just east of King (the main drag). Restaurants are 1 to 6 blocks away.

The house is beautifully restored as it was in the 1890's renovations, however the house was originally built in 1750. The rooms are comfortable. Its good to remember that this is building that is almost 300 years old so except it not to be 21st century, which is the whole point.

We liked that breakfast was included. It was not a great as the restaurants we were eating in but saved another slice of money.

Aside from the gorgeous house and the amazing grounds the social interactions with the guests was another gem. The talk in the morning is "where did you eat?" "How was it?" Where are you eating today? We all shared our stories of finding restaurants and great historical ventures at high tea and breakfast.

At night there is a brandy decanter for all to partake of a night cap before turning it.

Room Tip: The top rooms are great for younger folks as there are two flights of stairs. Bell hop carries your...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

The Governor’s House Inn is everything you would expect from a historical B&B in Charleston. It’s a grand old building adorned with lovely furniture and a fascinating past (it was owned by Edward Rutledge, youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence). We were greeted with a warm smile by Haley (sp?), who offered us refreshments upon check-in and then was kind enough to give us a tour of the property, including a delightful retelling of the inn’s history.

We stayed in the Laurens Room, and its access to the outdoor verandah was outstanding. My husband was in awe of how the sliding windows were originally used in place of doors to avoid heavy taxes back in the day. I loved having coffee in the rocking chairs overlooking the street. Breakfast was a real treat, and the menu changed every morning (everything from peach pancakes to shrimp and grits). The Afternoon Tea was equally as wonderful, and the home-baked goods were delicious (still dream of the peanut butter bars).

In the evening, we would sit on the verandah with a glass of sherry compliments of the inn. The location is within easy walking distance of King Street, historical sites, and wonderful restaurants (FIG is an all-time favorite). As I mentioned before the staff was exceptional. Haley, Mary, and many others went above and beyond to ensure we had a memorable stay. And we are ever so grateful to all the little details they offered.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Governor's House Inn
Address: 117 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401-2435
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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 #8 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The 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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