First, let me say that Jack and Annelise are delightful people. Martha and Leann are part of their staff and they, too, were so friendly and helpful. The first floor and porch are just lovely and filled with history. We stayed in the Blue Room on the 3rd floor and carrying 2 small bags up the stairs (there is no lift which the website mentions) was a challenge. The breakfasts were very nice, and the conversation around the table was always interesting and friendly. What bothered us was the use of the same napkin at breakfast for 3 days -- the French way of doing things, I guess. Also, there was no room service at all, but there were plenty of towels, and we could have requested service if needed. No sheet change until the 4th day, which was ok with us, too. The home is in a great location -- near the Battery and within walking distance of all the restaurants and sights, but the Blue Room is a bit blah. What we found strange was their son's large birth announcement still pinned to the wall (he was born in 1987). I am sure it means a lot to Jack & Annelise, but it was a bit unusual for us. The bathroom towel bar had peeling paint,as did the woodwork around the shower. The bed was 2 twin beds pushed together -- perhaps the beds of their son when he lived there. Additionally, there were no locks on the doors from the outside hall. While we enjoyed all our fellow guests, we were uncomfortable with leaving our room open. We never left any valuables in the room. We realize this is a private home, but we expected a more hotel-like room. Maybe not a real expectation.
All the great reviews we have read talk about staying in the Cypress Room. Maybe we should have stayed in that room. That would not have changed our opinion about the breakfast napkins or lack of security in the room, however.
The owners have a black lab and a tabby cat. I think most people like animals as do we, but I am not sure about having their dog bones and cat food dishes all around. The animals are mentioned on the website, so be prepared to have them be part of the stay.
The 6pm social hour was nice, but kind of thrown together with cheeses, nuts and crackers and drinks. Jack was trying to "do it all" in addition to working full days, so I think having either Leann or Martha there to help would have made the social hour seem more organized. He appeared a bit harried.
We have traveled a great deal and stayed in many B & B's. Our experience here was good, but not exceptional. Charleston, on the other hand, was exceptional!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Now the home of Dr. & Mrs. Jack W. Simmons, Jr., the property was originally owned by Captain Timothy Phillips during the Revolution. The Snowden family constructed the present Greek Revival house in the early 1840's and it served as a hospital during the Civil War during which time it was struck by four cannonballs, two of which are now mounted on the gate posts. It is notable for ironwork by Charleston ironwright, Philip Simmons. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- 15 Church Street Bed & Breakfast - Phillips-Yates-Snowden House Hotel Charleston
- 15 Church Street Bed And Breakfast - Phillips-Yates-Snowden House