This Inn was the perfect remedy for us (2 stressed out Atlanta newlyweds). We needed to get out of town, wanted to stay somewhere quaint and quiet, and we liked the sound of the reviews on this site. We were thrilled when we realized that our little getaway was going to be romantic and relaxing and so much more than we hoped for. It was the perfect fix for a couple of overworked Atlantans.
When we arrived we were greeted by Leslie, quite possible the sweetest Southern young lady in South Carolina. She gave us a tour of the home and let us in on the history after serving us fresh peach iced tea. Since the trip was spur of the moment, she also secured dinner reservations for us at Slightly North of Broad (great lump crab cakes!) at the last minute.
Our room, the Laurens Room, was quite spacious, very clean, and had gorgeous triple hung windows that opened onto a large porch. We loved the porch! We even had breakfast served out there on our last morning. The breakfast was okay the first day (quiche and fruit) but the second day it was amazing (a pineapple upside down french toast - see pics!). Bathrooms are usually a low point in B&Bs, but here the bathroom was nicely remodeled with a stone shower and glass doors. And from what we heard it was the smallest so we can't wait to stay in another room at the Inn. The Inn had bath robes for us which we took advantage of as much as possible.
There are several small touches that make this place special - teas in the afternoon and drinks in the evening were two we wished we had made time for. We did enjoy the little seating areas all over the property where we could enjoy some peaceful relaxation. One evening after dinner we sat and read books from one of the many bookshelves in the house. The best part was we were never disturbed. Even though all but one of the rooms had been booked, it felt like we had the place to ourselves!
Charleston Historic District is perfect for walking around. The Inn is only a block from King Street where all the shopping is, and only a few more blocks to East Bay, where we ate our dinners (you must go to Magnolia's and try the fried green tomatoes!!). We parked our car the first day and did not use it again until we left town. We also booked some spa time at the Spa at Charleston Place Hotel, which was only about 5 blocks away. Although the Spa was nice, CPH was nothing special and we were delighted that we made the best choice and picked the Governor's House Inn instead. The Inn has so much character. It will surely be a place we return to as soon as we can getaway from Atlanta again!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Governor`s House Hotel Charleston
- Governors Inn Charleston