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“Very nice visit but no great shakes”

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15 Church Street Bed & Breakfast - Phillips-Yates-Snowden House
Ranked #6 of 40 Charleston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Virginia
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69 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Very nice visit but no great shakes”
Reviewed 30 June 2009

I'm torn because I really want to write a raving review but unfortunately nothing really jumped out at me except for the awesome location in the battery. It is about 2 or 3 blocks from the water and walking distance from the market and its many restaurants.

We stayed in the carriage house with friends of ours for the weekend. The rooms upstairs were small but adequate and shared a full bath. Downstairs had a nice living room and half bath. The b&b was clean but as another poster said earlier, we were disappointed that the rooms were not made up daily. It wouldn't be a deal breaker if we decided to stay here again but its something you come to expect (especially at $200/night).

The hosts offered breakfast tailored to your liking. The day before you tell them what you'd like out of about 3 or 4 options provided. It was a nice way to begin the day and we enjoyed their hospitality and expertise about what the city had to offer. In the evenings beer and wine was offered on the deck.

A couple other things worth mentioning are the climate arrangement and parking. The thermastat (at least in the carriage house) is to be set on 72 which wouldn't be too bad if it wasn't actually 75 (I have a thermometer on my watch). We realize that we are warm natured but we leave our AC on 70 max. If you want a cooler environment or find it difficult to sleep when its 75 I would reconsider. The other minor detail that I had was that the hosts advertise "off street parking" although it seemed like they were frustrated when I wanted to park in the driveway the last night there (and I was the vehicle all the way in the back as not to inconvenience anyone). FYI: Street parking is only 2 hours at a time although apparently not enforced at night.

My wife and I are in our 30's and might better enjoy a hotel but an older generation might be able to appreciate the decor and ambiance reflected in this B&B.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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nj
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Reviewed 23 June 2009

My wife and I were guests of Jack and Annelise Simmons in early June 2009. We had a wonderful time in every respect- relaxing with them and learning about the history of Charleston was an incredible experience, and they made every effort to have our trip be as special as possible. My wife was pregnant at the time and she said it was the best BB experience she has had. Our room (the rose room) was tasteful and comfortable, with good water pressure, Wi-Fi access in the room, cable TV, and comfortable mattress/ pillows. The location was perfect: right in the heart of downtown historic Charleston. I would highly recommend this BB to anyone who wants a true BB experience.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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iowa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 June 2009

My mother and I stayed there on a whim. It was my first bed and breakfast experience. I was a bit leery and uncertain what to expect. Jack and Annelise Simmons have now set the bar so high that I doubt that other B/Bs will be able to match it.
In the short time we were there, we were able to enjoy the local Charleston flavor all because of their knowledge and passion for the area. Their suggestions were tailored to what we would enjoy and the best that the area had to offer, including meeting interesting neighbors.
Thanks for a memorable mini-vacation!

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with family
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Columbia County, New York
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Reviewed 16 June 2009

We stayed in the carriage house, and had a great time. You couldn't ask for more gracious hosts, and we felt welcome from the moment we arrived. We enjoyed mornings on the piazza before breakfast, meeting local friends and other guests, and drinks outside in the evenings, too. The dogs were delightful. Every restaurant our hostess recommended was superb -- don't worry about a guidebook, just ask. The house is beautiful, and the location just up from the battery was just right for exploring, and we were able to walk everywhere. Walking the cobbled streets of the old sections of the city by gaslight is unforgettable, and it's nice to go home to your very own historic home below Broad St. We are already planning the next visit.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Thank esmeima
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Lincoln
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Reviewed 5 June 2009

Over the years, we've stayed at many lovely B&B's, but none of them can hold a candle to this one. It wasn't just the perfect location, amenities, and ambience. What really made our vacation was the one thing that is unique to the B&B experience -- an absolutely wonderul host and hostess -- Jack and Annelise Simmons. They welcome their guests into their home -- and it is their home first and a business second, as it should be -- and make them feel a part of the family. Thanks to them, we had a truly matchless Charleston visit. From the tour with Mrs. Jane Thornhill -- to the yummy restaurants -- to Drayton Hall and Middleton Place -- to the CSO Gospel Choir performance on the opening night of the Spoleto Festival -- each recommendation added special memories to our 8-day sojourn in the gracious South. By our second day, we were already talking about our next trip there, so we didn't push ourselves to do everything in one visit, knowing we'd be back again and again to visit our new friends, Jack and Anneslise, and their incredible city.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed 23 May 2009

We loved Jack and Annelise- they provided a very warm and comfortable place for us to stay while we attended our niece's wedding. The location was excellent,we walked and biked everywhere-- we really like bicycling around town on the bikes they provided at no charge, not to mention our fellow guests, the gourmet breakfasts with french press coffee, and our evening "Happy Hours". We stayed in the carriage house with our cousins--it was a little tight for four people, but is a great value for a family, especially the extra sleeping and bath space in the downstairs livingroom. When we return, we would like to stay in the Rose room

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 18 May 2009

As lovely and comfortable as The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House is, the best things about this B & B are the owners, Jack and Annelise Simmons. They are the most interesting, gracious and knowledgeable host that we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Their magnificent home has been in Jack’s family for two generations and is located in the most beautiful section of Charleston just steps away from a historic waterfront.
Annelise was kind enough to make our dinner reservations for us to four unbelievable restaurants. We were absolutely delighted with every one of them. Both Jack and Annelise KNOW and LOVE Charleston so well they were able to suggest numerous museums, forts and tours including the incredible Gullah Tour with Alphonso Brown. Every night we looked forward to our social hour on the porch. It’s a time to share your Charleston experiences and more with Jack and Annelise and other quests. We are grateful to Jack and Annelise for sharing their beautiful home and their southern traditions.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: 15 Church Street Bed & Breakfast - Phillips-Yates-Snowden House
Address: 15 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401-2743
Region: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > Charlestowne
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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 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 
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