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The Governor's House Inn
Ranked #3 of 39 Charleston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 20, 2008

loved every minute of our stay in this charming city and this wonderful inn. The breakfast that was so delicious was able to be delivered to our room each morning. the staff was so helpful with directions and reservations. We stayed in the St. Michael's room, so charming and the view of the steeple was great. The history of this inn and city was great. Plan on returning.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2008

My wife and I stayed for 5 nights at the Governor's House Inn. It was perfect. We stayed at the Jefferson Suite (upper floor of the Kitchen House) and liked especially the porch with the comfy wicker furniture and the nice view of the neighboring garden. This was a very private setting. We didn't rent a car and didn't miss it because all parts of historic were in walking distance. The personnel of the inn was extremely helpful in making recommendations and reservations. They alerted us to a garden tour when we booked the inn so that we could reserve the tour in advance. The Inn is spectacular with its history. It is very well maintained and has beautiful furniture and art work. Food (breakfast and high tea) was excellent.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2008

We splurged for a 4 night stay for our wedding anniversary.
The location of the Governor's Inn is perfect, if you want to be away from the main tourist area, and in a quieter location.
We stayed in the Barbados room which is tucked away in a private area in this romantic inn. It was luxuriously decorated and we felt like we were in a 5 star hotel, not an Inn.

The architecture of the Inn is absolutely stunning. Each afternoon at 4:30 the Inn serves wine, tea, coffee and nibbles. It's a wonderful time to mingle with other guests in the fine parlors and sitting rooms.

The staff could not have been more pleasant. Every aspect of our stay was perfect and we would love to come back and stay next year and the year after... - timing our stay with the annual House and Garden tours.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 31, 2008

We stayed two nights in March at the Governor's House Inn based on TripAdvisor reviews. It is a wonderful bed and breakfast with beautiful appointments and gracious service. We stayed in the Orange Grove room which has a separate entrance in the back of the Inn. The Inn has stairs up to the main level and this room is located on the level below. That means it is somewhat sunken from the street level but not very much. This actually is much nicer since it gives a little privacy to your entrance plus there is a pleasant patio area with furniture and chairs outside the door. The room is very spacious. It seems light and airy, despite the fact that it is slightly below grade due to a variety of creative decorator techniques. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was large and very nice. There are lots of amenities in the room some of which we didn't use since we were so busy enjoying Charleston. You can go to the Inn's website to get pictures of the rooms and more room info.
The staff was extremely pleasant and service oriented. They graciously offered to make restaurant recommendations and reservations before we arrived and they were spot on. (We had fabulous dinners at the Charleston Grill and Slightly North of Broad plus they recommended Gaulart & Maliclet French Cafe for a late lunch when we arrived which was such fun.) The Charleston Grill seemed to give us special treatment over some others in the dining room (a complimentary after dinner drink for example) which made me think it might have been because the Inn made the reservations. The Inn staff also was very happy to provide advice on places to visit in Charleston and to book tours. While the staff was great about helping make reservations, this is also one area where I had a problem. When I made the advanced dinner reservations, I asked if I should also reserve any tours. They said it wasn't necessary and that they would assist us with tour reservations when we arrived. They graciously assisted us when we arrived and told us they would book the tour we wanted. However, the tour we wanted to reserve for the next day was fully booked at the time we wanted to go; moreover, the Inn staff forgot to tell us that it was fully booked until the next day after breakfast--about an hour before the tour was to begin. They did recommend two outstanding homes to visit (Nataniel Russell house and Aiken-Rhett house) and the boat ride/tour to Fort Sumter. We definitely found these were great recommendations and enjoyed them thoroughly.
The Inn served a full hot breakfast. We found the meals somewhat ordinary and unexciting. On the other hand, the afternoon teas had a very nice selection of cheese, crackers, cakes and other interesting tidbits as well as wine.
The overall impression of the Inn was very good but the glitch in the tour reservations and the so-so food at breakfast kept the Inn from being absolutely top-notch.

Stayed: March 2008
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Reviewed February 26, 2008

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our three night stay at this gorgeous Inn. Upon our arrival we were greeted "Southern Style" with a friendly and hospitable inn keeper and a glass of refreshing peach tea. We arrived early so the room was not yet available. They graciously stored our luggage and recommended a great place to have lunch around the corner. The location couldn't have been better....close to the Battery, the Market and virtually everything. We walked everywhere. The Inn has been kept up beautifully. We stayed in the St. Michael's room on the third floor. It was wonderful to wake up to the view of the St. Michael's steeple every morning. The room was quite cozy with a surprisely amount of space. The only opportunity to the room are the slant ceilings. It was a bit difficult for my 6' ft tall husband to get around. The bed was very comfortable and the turn down service with the godiva chocolate was a treat. The entire staff was so accommodating. They went above and beyond. The hot breakfast each morning was delicious...so good I asked for some recipes to take home. We only took advantage of the afternoon tea once during our stay. The homemade sweets and cheeses were scrumptious. Overall, our experience was fabulous. Thank you to all the wonderful staff for making my birthday and my first visit to Charleston so memorable. We look forward to our next visit.

Stayed: February 2008
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Reviewed October 25, 2007

It was our first trip to Charleston. We stayed in the Independence Room the first night and had some problems with the shower but within a few hours it was fixed. The room is nicely decorated in reds and has a queen size bed. The remainder of our trip was spent in the Middleton Suite which was spacious and very comfortable. Floor to ceiling windows that opened onto our private piazza. What's not to like!! (maybe the price)
The house was built in 1760 and maintains that period of history. Lovely furnishings, chandeliers, paintings etc. The employees are very helpful with providing information regarding directions, restaurants etc.
Breakfast, afternoon tea, wine & cheese and sherry for late evening. They make all of the food themselves and even provide the recipes.
We dined at Bocci's,High Cotton, Roberts of Charleston and Oak Steakhouse. The Peninsula Grill and McCradys was enjoyable for a drink. Bet the food is good too.
Walking tours were provided by Charleston Walks and was very informative. We chose to take the harbor cruise rather than the Fort Sumter cruise. The harbor cruise covered much more and was very enjoyable.
We traveled at night by way of RicShaw and that was sooo much fun. It was hot but extreme humidity. Interesting city.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2007

I had some reservations about staying here, as I thought the tariff was rather steep. However, it was worth every penny! The house is living history-elegantly appointed and tastefully furnished. Our room-on the lower price range-was on the third floor-kind of an attic. It was great! Spacious and private-the furnishings are beauttiful and comfortable. You are met by true southern belles offering peach ice tea to weary travelers. "Low Country Tea" is at 4 p.,m. with yummy desserts and some kind of savory spread. "Wine and Cheese Hour" follows from 5 p.m until 6 p.m. All snacks are top quality-home made and unique. Breakfast is fresh fruit and a hot entree-sausage cornbread casserole or banana stratta for example. The staff is always gracious and willing to assist you in any way to enhance your visit.

Stayed: September 2007
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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
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Ranked #3 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Charleston
Price Range: $313 - $505 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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. We are the only inn in America where you can sleep where a signer of the Declaration of Independence once lived. 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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