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The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House
Ranked #6 of 39 Charleston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 March 2014

The 15 Church Street Bed & Breakfast is a one of a kind experience! Upon arrival we were welcomed into a beautiful Charleston home with a drink. We then conversed over the rich history of the house in their sitting room. Annelise, Martha, and Jack were just wonderful! They were so knowledgeable about not only the history of the house but of Charleston as well. All of their restaurant recommendations were spot on. The house is located on a nice quiet street within walking distance to many shops and restaurants. It is also very close to battery park (a must see when in Charleston). Overall, the experience exceeded my expectations and was very much worth the price. I will most certainly stay here again when I return to Charleston.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

Not sure where the Brigatanes stayed, but our stay with Jack and Annelise was perfect. When we arrived we were welcomed with a glass of wine and wonderful conversation. We felt like we were at home, which is exactly what we wanted with a bed and breakfast place. The entire place was spotless. We liked the freedom of scheduling our breakfasts and having our own guest refrigerator for our own snacks and treats. Everything was within walking distance and the street the b&b is located on is peaceful and quiet. They were helpful to all of the guests with recommendations of places to go and restaurants to try. We came for the food and wine festival. When we come back next year this is where we plan to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

Must say, we enjoyed five wonderful days in Charleston and our accommodations and hosts were greatly responsible for our enjoyment. Annelise, Jack, Martha and Leanne were most attentive to any requests, including sharing the history and culture of Charleston. I rather think that the time Jack and Annelise shared with their quests was beyond any expectations my sister and I had. This is the best choice for ENHANCING your stay in Charleston.

Room Tip: The room downstairs had its own private entry and key.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

Being the first to post a review since the "very disappointed" review, I must say I DO NOT understand where those folks are coming from with their vicious comments. We stayed 5 nights and could not have been happier with our choice! Our hosts, Jack, Annelise, Martha & Leanne were all delightful, helpful with suggestions & engaging - we were treated like friends. It is a great location, easy walking distance to countless restaurants, shopping & historic sites as well as only 1/2 block from Battery Park. The house has lots of historic charm & it's fun to walk the neighborhood & feel like you've stepped back in time. Also, the free Trolley is near by which will get you around town. The evening social hour was delightful visiting not only with the other guests but Jack, Annelise & Martha were there to share tips, hear about our day & just visit like friends. We stayed in the Rose room on third floor which was perfect for us - lots of light from the 4 large windows & quite roomy. Jack's advise to bring small bags for the 3rd floor rooms makes staying on 3rd floor 'no problem'! The breakfasts were yummy & not only did we have good conversation with the other guests but once we were served Jack & Annelise joined us at the table to chat & give helpful tips for the day. I really can't imagine anyone would not be happy here. I hope to go to Charleston again & when I do I will look forward to the comforts of home at 15 Church Street B & B! Thank you Jack, Annelise, Martha & Leanne for your warm southern hospitality.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

Having previously spent a wonderful few days in a Savannah B+B and having read the tripadvisor reviews, I thought that 15 Church Street would be a good choice for Charleston.
However this was not the case. The accomodation was comfortable , but if you were hoping to find quality, charm and refinement from the hosts, this is not the place.
Yes there was the social hour with wine or beer but service and elegence were no where to be seen. The snack, 1 item presented in a common everyday glass bowl one day nuts another dry uninteresting salty biscuits. No serviettes to wipe your fingers, and if you were unlucky no drink.
Perhaps you were expected to find your own in a rather untidy kitchen. The terrezza where the social hour was taking place had a selection of different seating which one had to share with the dog the owners and the other guests. No old world charm here. I must say the other guest were delightful as was the friend Martha who did recommend some restaurants to try for supper.
The room was clean and pleasant , but the bed was never made so after the first day we made our own. I have never in all my life had to do this in any bed and breakfast I have stayed in and especially in one where I paid such a high price. Breakfast was ok but mimimalistic,cereal, fruit an egg 1piece of toast.Tea or coffee served in mugs. Sunday you had to choose between egg or pancakes.No elegent china, only a silver napkin ring which you had to recognise as you had the same napkin in this ring for the whole stay. No tea or coffee making facilities in the room and breakfast was at 8h00. So if you had the temerity to ask for a coffee before, you felt you were a nuisance . I might have thought that this was Charleston hospitality but having met other visitors on a fabulous discovery tour of Charleston we realised that this was not the case.I We will certainly never stay here again and would find it difficult to recommend it.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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JackandAnnelise, Owner at The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2014

We find this review very suspicious. The tone seems intentionally hateful as opposed to observational and descriptive and there are many inconsistencies. We have 211 reviews with a 98% Thumbs Up rating so their claim of not having “quality, charm and refinement from the hosts” does not jive with how our guests perceive us. The statement “service and elegence [sic] were no where [sic] to be seen” is obviously erroneous if one simply scrolls through photos of our facility. We do not serve “biscuits”, only non-salted crackers, and if we did forget to put out “serviettes” (napkins), it was not intentional. One would think most reasonable guests would simply ask. It makes no sense that we would deny a guest a beverage; we always ask if they would like a refill. Our kitchen is in constant use so tidiness is in the eye of the beholder. We have no “terrezza” or terrace. Instead we have a porch where all may gather and sit in different seats where one has a choice to share with other guests as well as the dog or cats. The wording in this review seems to imply that one is forced to share such space. We promise that we do not chain anyone down next to another guest or the dog! In addition, we make every effort on our website and in our communications that we have a dog and two cats on the premises in case any guest has an animal allergy.

Regarding room service: Most of our guests desire privacy so we inform them that we will not come into their room unless so requested. Upon arrival we let them know that while there is no scheduled daily room service, we will gladly provide it upon request, additionally offering to do so halfway through stays of 4 or more days. This policy is clearly written on the house information sheet placed on the bed in each room. We offer a full, not continental, breakfast with menus emailed in advance so that we may accommodate any special dietary needs. We always serve two eggs, never one unless so requested, and offer the same full menu on Sunday along with the pancakes. None of this part of the review coincides with how we function. The statement “No elegent [sic] china” shows a complete ignorance of what we use. Our china is Royal Doulton Lowestoft Bouquet which was the wedding china of Annelise’s mother. We have both mugs and cups for coffee and tea with breakfast times clearly stated as from 8-9:30 AM. Coffee is usually ready by 7:30 AM and we do our best to accommodate earlier requests. However, we are a true B&B (in Charleston by law it has to be owner occupied with 6 or less rooms) not a full service high end inn or hotel with staff 24/7. Our fire codes and insurance underwriters discourage coffee makers in guest rooms.

In summary, the entire piece is arrogant; it is not well written; the spelling is off; it is disjointed, almost schizophrenic, and certainly not accurate.

Jack & Annelise Simmons

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Reviewed 17 February 2014

I picked this B&B after reading all the great TripAdvisor reviews and was not disappointed! Jack and Annelise made me feel right at home - I enjoyed the social hour and breakfasts were tasty and filling. 15 Church Street is a great location, very easy to walk to the shopping district, restaurants and historic sites. Everywhere you look around this neighborhood are beautiful, historic homes and you are just 1/2 block from the Battery Park. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

We stayed at 15 Church Street for an extended weekend over the MLK holiday. This was our 5th visit with Jack and Annelise! After the first visit we can not be persuaded to stay anywhere else! Jack and Annelise Simmons, the owners, and their friend Martha, are so warm and welcoming , it’s as if you are visiting old friends or family. Though we have visited Charleston several times, they always suggest different sights or venues that infinitely enrich our stay and help us appreciate the city and its history. The love and caring that they have for Charleston comes through in their efforts to help make every guests stay as enjoyable as possible. Whether we needed information regarding the newest highly rated restaurants, the best neighborhood retreats, or simply the best location to catch the trolley, Jack and Annelise were always helpful. On a chilly January weekend, returning to the warmth and welcome of their home and their company, was a lovely respite after a day exploring. The evening happy hour shared with Jack, Annelise, Martha and the other guests is a truly delightful experience. Add this to the lovely breakfast served each morning and you will understand why this is such a special place and why we keep returning. Our favorite room is the blue room with a king size bed. The room is very welcoming and comfortable and the view is lovely. I am 59 and don't have any trouble with the stairs to the third floor. It is wise though to follow Jack's advice and pack a few smaller bags rather than one or two heavy ones just to make check-in easy.

Room Tip: We prefer the blue room (king-size bed) on the third floor. It is spacious, quiet, and has a nice vi...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House

Address: 15 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401 (Formerly 15 Church Street Bed & Breakfast)
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Region: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > Charlestowne
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #6 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Charleston
Price Range: £162 - £237 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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 Yates family constructed the present 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 its Adam style paneling by Thomas Pinckney and ironwork by Charleston ironwright, Philip Simmons, his most recent addition (1998) being the basement gate at the front. The Earthquake of 1886 leveled the 4th story, which was rebuilt with a Mansard roof. Subsequent to this, the structure was reinforced with "earthquake rods", bolts running through the house between the exterior walls. Almost 100 years later, in bringing the structure up to code, this same technology was used with the addition of nine more bolts. ... more   less 
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