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The Governor's House Inn
Ranked #4 of 40 Charleston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“An Absolute Jewel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2006

This inn is an absolute jewel. For one thing, I love history and even by Charleston standards Governor’s House has an incredible past. Just google Edward Rutledge if you are so inclined. What sets this inn apart is the atmosphere, which is a combination of southern grace, beautiful décor and excellent personal touches from the staff. We loved our suite in the carriage house, named for “the” Thomas Jefferson with whom Rutledge corresponded. We were sufficiently secluded to feel like we had the place to ourselves, but never too far from the inn’s main mansion when we needed it. This room had a queen poster bed but we had no complaints. We loved our living room and porch. The innkeepers made it their mission to take care of us while we explored the city, especially with some excellent dining suggestions that included The Oak, Ansons and Slightly North of Broad. Since everyone has different tastes, it is possible the some people might prefer a larger hotel, but they would never receive the same level of TLC so I can’t imagine anyone would be disappointed at this inn. In my opinion it is in a class of its own.

  • Liked — Beautiful surroundings, very comfortable, great staff
  • Disliked — I was not disappointed in any way
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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Marina del Rey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2006

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!

  • Stayed July 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2006

I’ll start with an overall impression. My wife and I were thrilled with our stay at the Governor’s House, a very fine inn which we would enthusiastically recommend for any number of reasons. I’ll get to the positives in a minute, after a comment or two. Yes, this is the perfect atmosphere for couples or small groups on vacation, but if you are in Charleston purely for business, you will be in the minority at this inn. Everyone we met was there for pleasure, including a couple of honeymooners. Not a problem for us, but not like a big hotel. The inn does provide wireless access throughout (no charge) so I was able to can connect with the office. Also, if you prefer a large bathroom, be sure to ask when you make your reservation. The inn was originally a pre-revolutionary mansion from the 1700s (yes it truly was the “governor’s house”) and it has been brilliantly updated, which means one or two of the bathrooms had to be created from available space. Our room, although quite luxurious, had a smallish bathroom. In fairness, other guests told us their baths were very spacious, so just ask when you reserve. All in all, we found the situation totally acceptable because of other tradeoffs, including a huge veranda just outside our room, great food, and a very solicitous staff that really shined when it mattered. I especially liked our location, which places it pretty much in between the city’s old battery and the best shopping and restaurants. We felt this was the most romantic part of historic Charleston. The Governor’s House is really quite a place…it is so lovely we often found ourselves just enjoying our down time by sitting around like royalty.

  • Stayed May 2005
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Keller, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2006

The Governor's House Inn, Charleston South Carolina

After months of research, my husband and I decided on The Governor's House Inn
to spend our 26th anniversary. We were not disappointed. It exceeded all of our
expectations and we have high expectations. We have stayed in a number of B & B's
throughout the United States and none of them compared to The Governor's House Inn.
We had such a wonderful time, I'm planning to return in the fall for the candlelight tour of homes with my girlfriends. No need to research any further, pick The Governor's House Inn and you won't be disappointed.

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Calfornia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2006

OK, I've stayed in countless hotels and B&Bs and this one is the creme de la creme! It really doesn't get any better than this. Karen Spell Shaw does an outstanding job of innkeeping here; I have no idea how she does it. It may help that her parents own 2 Meeting Street, and she got some training there. Her staff are, to a one, terrific. The rooms are not cheap (ours was about $500 a night, including tax), but honestly, it's worth every penny. I've NEVER had better service anywhere. These people are the best! We stayed in the Kitchen House, which is actually the building behind the gracious manse. It belies its humble usage in the past, and has been gloriously and thoroughly remodelled and decorated. The downstairs (where my parents stayed) is great for a couple that doesn't want to climb a lot of stairs, and very quiet, large and lovely. It has it's own veranda & you can see the original 200-year old brick oven here.. The upstairs (where my daughter and I stayed) is terrific, and large, and has it's own screened-in porch on the 2nd floor. We sat out there during a fantastic thunderstorm 2 weeks ago! (We don't have anything like that in the Bay Area.) The breakfasts they served were glorious, Low-Country, diet-bustin' masterpieces, and they are happy to make and serve you something else if you don't like that day's selection. Afternoon snacks, cakes, and goodies are served in gracious Southern style at 4:30PM. The main house is decorated beautifully -- it's as it you are guests of a very discerning antique collector, who trusts you implicitly with their glorious furnishings, carpets, and decor. My highest recommendations, all around!

  • Stayed April 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2006

Odd as it sounds, I knew this inn was special when we drove up because even the parking area is marvelously landscaped and alluring. Although I’m admittedly a pushover for charismatic small inns, the superlatives I could use to describe our stay at Governors House might be a bit of an understatement.
Our first impressions:
- As we approached to check in we could hear live music and soon discovered a delightful gentleman entertaining guests during late day tea on a beautiful antique grand piano. We were instantly enchanted.
- The mansion is both commanding and inviting. The main floor has an open feel with living rooms that are ample, stylish and livable and a nice mix of old and new. The porch is fantastic. I would LOVE to entertain clients here.
- The staff is attentive, friendly, pleasantly southern but always professional. They instinctively handled just about everything for us.
- The place oozes history. One can just imagine ideas exchanged here, involving people like Thomas Jefferson, concerning the future of our country.

Later impressions, after we got to know the inn and Charleston a little better:
- The Laurens room, which we selected in advance, was a good size room, with a fireplace, sofa and chairs, a comfortable king bed that had a canopy. Also, tall ceilings and original wood floors. The bath was smallish but acceptable (the rooms with larger baths were already reserved). In my opinion, the room’s best feature is very large private outdoor sitting area on the upstairs piazza. I felt very Southern (I'm a transplant to NC from NY).
- Breakfast was delicious, including quiche, fruit, coffee, juice. Coincidentally, one of our fellow guests was a former colleague from our days in San Francisco.
- Charleston is a dream. We loved our close proximity to most places we wanted to go, like antique shops, walking tours and the city’s many historic homes, a few of which are open as museums. (The big plantations are several miles outside the City.) We walked everywhere, and took a short rickshaw ride to dinner in the evenings. The old Battery is about 4 blocks away. To those who might be unfamiliar with Charleston, the Battery itself is totally noncommercial - there may be only one nice b&b actually located along there – but we actually preferred the convenience of the Governors House.

I have more positive things to say but will end here. In conclusion, we were smitten with the Governors House inn and will enthusiastically tell our friends.

  • Stayed March 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2006

This was our first bed and breakfast experience and it was perfect. The house was beautiful and spotless, yet still very homelike and comfortable. The staff was amazing, helped with directions, and made reservations for meals and all of our tours. The breakfast and snacks during tea were homecooked and delicious. We stayed in the Wagenor Room which was very romantic and private. Our room and bathroom was much smaller than expected (we did have one of the cheaper rooms) but everything else was extraordinary.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Property: The Governor's House Inn
Address: 117 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401-2435
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Region: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 40 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. 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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