1.0 on January 15, 2018
We booked the “Lauren” room which is suppose to come with deluxe king size bed and balcony with view. Upon arrival, we were informed the room was already given to another guest. The host offered us a similar room with a small discount. We thought it would be just one room over. The room he gave us was in the basement and could only be accessed from the outside of the inn. The room was small and musty. Since it rained the day before, the whole basement smelled like mold. The space was meant for a storage shack and the owner should have left it as a storage. The next morning we arrived at breakfast at 9. We were not seated until 9:50 (breakfast is 8-9:30). Not sure the reason since the cook/waiter knew we were there. Plenty of chairs available at the table for 2 of us. When we checked out, we ask if the manager/owner could give us a call to explain the bait and switch practice. Never received a call. The basement obviously is not on any of the inn photos. Truly surprised spending this much money to stay at a moldy basement room especially we had specifically paid premium for a nicer room.
4.4 on November 24, 2016
My husband and I enjoyed two nights here and the location was fantastic, just a few blocks from all the old Charleston attractions. The staff was quick to attend to any needs or requests. It's a lovely old mansion! We had a great time at the daily tea/wine hour getting to know the other guests. Breakfast was pretty basic during our stay, but tasty and plentiful. The house is very clean, but the outside side porch was too dusty for me to want to sit out there, which was sad to me because the rocking chairs were very inviting!
4.2 on November 17, 2016
My husband and I had a fantastic time at the Governor's House. It's a beautiful house with a perfect location in Charleston. The staff couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating. I highly recommend this B and B.
4.8 on October 22, 2016
Splendid time. Very historical property and exceptional staff. Will return!
4.8 on July 11, 2016
After staying at the Govenor's House Inn, we were exceedingly happy with our stay. The Innkeeper was very kind and waited up to ensure that we could get to our room after our plane was delayed several hours due to bad weather. Each morning, we were greeted with a lovely traditional Southern breakfast and lovely company at the communal breakfast table. We will definitely be coming back to visit Charleston and this charming Inn.
4.8 on April 12, 2016
We have just returned from a 3 night stay in the lovely Governor's House mansion. The location is convenient to the main streets and in easy walking distance of many restaurants. Our beautiful room was located on the first floor. The breakfasts each morning were a delicious feast. Large portions and each morning a different menu. The afternoon tea, wine and cheese event was most enjoyable with the different goodies provided and we enjoyed them on the wide veranda in the good weather. We enjoyed meeting the other guests who were from all over the US. All of the staff were pleasant, friendly and helpful. It was a memorable stay in one of my favorite cities.
4.6 on March 02, 2016
It was a lovely experience. The staff was extremely solicitous, and the accommodations were wonderful.
4.6 on February 03, 2016
I chose this place for a nice getaway for me and my girlfriend based on other reviews and were very happy we did. The staff was very friendly and we loved all the nice extra perks and amenities that came with the entire mansion and room. Shawn helped me book the room and other reviews mention how great he is and I completely agree with them. The robes were awesome, the house was beautiful, and the afternoon tea was great. It's also walking distance from everything you want to see while being on the main road without it being in the thick of it. Having parking was great too. I'd definitely stay here again.
4.2 on October 16, 2015
Beautiful 1760 mansion with up to date amenities. The breakfast was nice as were the other guests. The staff were friendly. My only constructive criticism would be that the staff could be a little more helpful...offer a tour of the home or the history of it and offer suggestions for the area. It would only take a few minutes and at over $500 per night I think they could afford a few.
5 on August 07, 2015
Great location, great staff, great rooms, we loved it! You could really tell the staff wanted you to have a restful stay, they went above and beyond to make sure everything was pleasant. Was also great to walk out the front door and immediately have access to all of the great culture downtown Charleston has to offer. Definitely will stay here again!
4.6 on July 04, 2015
This was a very beautiful and comfortable bed & breakfast. We enjoyed it very much!! The staff was very friendly and helpful.
3.6 on March 22, 2015
Wife, daughter, and myself very much enjoied staying at the Governor's House . Excellent location and great personal touch by the hosts .
5 on March 20, 2015
The governor's house inn greatly exceeded my expectations. The staff were so friendly and helpful, the food was delicious, room was lovely, and who doesn't love "tea time!" Staying here was definitely one of the highlites of my trip to Charleston, and I can't wait to return!
5 on February 21, 2015
We wanted to go somewhere different to celebrate Valentine's Day, my boyfriends "50th" birthday, and we also had already bought tickets to the Jason Aldean concert in Charleston. We were just going to get a regular hotel room, but some of his friends had mentioned if we were going to stay for the weekend that we should stay at a Bed and Breakfast in the historical part of Charleston. So we did and we loved it. Everyone that we dealt with at The Governor's House Inn were very helpful with the surrounding historical places and were always very polite. We had a great time, but a weekend was too short to do everything that we wanted to do so we will be going back to The Governor's House Inn soon. Thanks! We had a great time. Ricky O. and Tammy L.
4.8 on February 10, 2015
The staff was incredibly helpful and professional. They were knowledgeable about the history of the house and the city. The home is absolutely beautiful and a fabulous piece of history. Reservations for dinner and recommendations for tours were made for us. We completely enjoyed our stay!
4.6 on December 10, 2014
The Governor's House Inn is a great place to stay in Charleston! The breakfasts are delicious, and the location is great-we walked to dinner every night! We'll be back!
5 on September 28, 2014
Fantastic house within walking distance of all of Downtown Charleston. We cannot speak more highly of this...STAY THERE IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A SUPERB B&B.
4.6 on September 08, 2014
Beautiful home, great location. Would stay here again.
2.8 on March 18, 2014
The Governor's House is a beautiful property, but attention to detail is missing. Although I like historic charm, I do not want to experience dust from the 19th century. Our room had thick dust on the wooden blinds (some of which were broken), on the molding and behind furniture. Some of the wallpaper was peeling or damaged in our bedroom and bathrooms. The internet did not reach the bedrooms and barely was usable on the outdoor porch. The afternoon snack and breakfast food was excellent. We enjoyed chatting with other guests around the large dining table as this was the highlight of our stay. Unfortunately the value for money was poor due to the condition of the rooms, but it can easily be remedied.
4.8 on March 06, 2014
Outstanding facility and accomodations. I will probably be a return guest. I will also gladly recommend this property to my family and friends.
4.8 on January 17, 2014
This was our first trip to Charleston and the staff helped make our experience great. Once we got there they showed us around the house and told us about the history of it. They also gave us some recommendations of things to see and do while there. It was a very welcoming and relaxing experience and we would certainly go back.
5 on December 14, 2013
This place was great. Slept like babies every night. Staff was very accommodating. Complimentary breakfasts were delicious.
3.4 on November 13, 2013
This was our first visit to Charleston and we were pleased to find the Governor's House Inn located within easy walking distance for most venues of interest for us. We also appreciated the generous parking area behind the house as parking space is at a premium in downtown Charleston. The house interior is very nice, clean, and well kept. We stayed in the Wagener Room on the main floor and the room is very nice & the bed is very comfortable. The bathroom is quite small though and the location of the Wagener Room is just off the main dining area which is quite loud in the mornings and is also beneath the main staircase which sees a lot of traffic. I would recommend a room on the second floor due to all the noise around this particular room. The exterior of the house is a little run down & could use some repair work & I would describe the breakfast as average at best.
4.4 on October 21, 2013
The Governor's House Inn is definitely the place to stay in Charleston if you're looking for romance, history, and prime location. My girlfriend and I stayed here in mid-October and it met all of our expectations and beyond. Mid-afternoon tea/wine/cheese on the porch was a great way to relax before getting ready for a night out on the town and the location made it convenient to go in and out as we leisurely perused the sites. Worth the stay.
4.6 on September 11, 2013
Recently stayed at the Governor's House Inn, in Charleston, S. Carolina. The location and accommodations were perfect. Staff was attentive, helpful, and very pleasant. The breakfasts were good, but portions might have been a bit larger. Although we didn't ask for seconds, and maybe we could have! Would return in the future, no qualms.
4.4 on July 19, 2013
My wife and I loved this bed abd breakfast. the staff were great, accomodations fabulous and the personal piazza was very romantic and charming. The food was not as good as we have experienced at other bed and breakfasts but the accommodations made up for that. I highly recommend this place for anyone wanting a charming, relaxed stay in Charleston
4.6 on December 21, 2012
We enjoyed our stay at The Governor's House Inn and during our next stay in Charleston we will return!!!! The service was "top of the line"!
5 on November 23, 2012
We cannont rave enough about the Governor's House. The staff is outstanding in that they are friendly and helpful in every way. We arrived late on Thursday night and wanted to get something light. Robert pointed us to "Fast and French", a block or so east and across the street and it was the perfect end to a hectic day. One of our favorite memories from the trip. Very friendly and informative crowd. The room was everything we had hoped for and although it would have been nice to have had some warmer weather. We had a delightful time and will definitely be back. We still have a lot to see.
4.4 on September 24, 2012
Wonderful service, lovely accommodations in the heart of Charleston, close to great restaurants and the market. Helpful staff and 'tea time' complete with wine. It was woorth the visit.
3.2 on August 02, 2012
A grand piano, gorgeous paintings, and a fantastic dining room thrill and amaze the guest. However, the breakfasts are small and strange. Quite incongruous with the lush surroundings. A basket of pastries and good coffee would have been much better than this sub par cooking. Overall, the staff seemed to be challenged with doing beyond their training. I hope that in the future they could simplify their scope and thereby improve the quality and availability of beverage/ food. This building is truly stunning within and without.The overall effect is that one has somehow wrangled a night at the Smithsonian- a most satisfying thought. A+++ on building, grounds, location.
4.2 on July 30, 2012
The history, service and amenities were outstanding. Bathroom in our room was very small and that was a minor downside. We booked a return stay at the Governor's House Inn before leaving back in the same room.
4.8 on April 13, 2012
My husband and I, as well as brother and his wife, spent 3 nights at the Governor's House Inn in March 2012. We have stayed at many nice B&B's over the years and this one rates with only 2 others at the very top of the list. The property itself and guest accomodations were beautiful and had the historic charm we were looking for. It is very clean and had a very attentive, yet unintrusive, staff. The location istelf was also great. Within walking distance of some key tourist areas while still being apart and residential. I would highly recommend this B&B to anyone who wants to enhance their overall Charleston experience.
5 on February 28, 2012
The staff was very friendly and helpful. Wonderful hospitality!
3.8 on January 29, 2012
The Governor's Inn is our first stay in a B&B. I may never stay in a hotel again. This is by far the most enjoyable weekend we have spent in years. The staff was very helpful in making diner reservations for us. We really enjoyed the afternoon tea while sitting on the Veranda.. I truly felt like we were special guest at the Governor's Inn. I highly recommend making reservations for an outstanding stay in Charleston.
4.6 on December 05, 2011
The very best "inn" Charleston! Wonderful facilities, location, service, accommodation, staff. Would highly recommend to anyone. Exceptional service & ambiance. Loved it.
4.0 on November 19, 2011
The only mistake we made was not staying longer. The Governor's House Inn is a wonderful place to stay, very comfortable, very friendly and welcoming staff, close to the Market area and restaurants, if there is a nicer place to stay in Charleston it must be extraordinary. We cannot praise the Inn more highly.
5 on November 09, 2011
My husband myself and my son stayed at the Governors House while looking at the Citidel College Oct 21-24 2011 for a college tour. It does not get any better than this, that is for sure! The Governors House is run like a well oiled ship, and I have stayed in alot of Bed and Breakfast in the US. Close to King street and Meeting street for shoping , you can just walk. I will be back, I do miss the afternoon tea,I am spoiled!
4.8 on October 30, 2011
Excellent service, beautiful historic and romantic inn. Extremely clean and inviting. Individual room AC so important during an extremely hot month. We loved our stay & will go back!
4.6 on October 19, 2011
My husband and I chose Governor's House for our 15th wedding anniversary. We had originally tried to get Two Meeting street for our stay but they were booked and recommended the Governor's House to us. The Governor's House is quite charming. We really enjoyed our stay. The house staff is fabulous! They went over and beyond to help us book tours, reservations, dinning etc. The most valuable benefit of the property is the location. It is a short walking distance to everything! Much better location than Two Meeting street would have been. We stayed for four days in the Rutledge suite and loved it. The food was wonderful. We enjoyed both breakfast and afternoon tea. Overall, we loved our stay, the house and the staff and will return there in the future!
We are so happy your enjoyed your recent stay and are honored you and your husband chose the Governor's House Inn to celebrate your 15th anniversary. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, indeed the Inn is in the perfect location to many places of interest in the city. Our staff enjoyed assisting you and your husband with all the details of your stay, with the hope that everything turned out perfectly for you. I do want to point out that your $35.00 charge reflected the cost for the champagne, which was delivered to your room with a beautiful silver service presentation. While breakfast service begins at 8:00 a.m, our staff is happy to serve seasonal fruit and freshly baked, homemade muffins to any early check-outs. This is, of course, part of the tariff and we have never charged extra for it. We also have hot tea and coffee available for those who would like a beverage to go. As always, we invite you to return to the grandeur of this lovely Inn. We will take good care of you with whatever you may need.
- Laura (Guest Service Manager)
5 on October 03, 2011
Gorgeous house, gracious staff, incredible food... our honeymoon could not have been in a better place!
5 on September 06, 2011
This weekend my boyfriend and I took a last minute trip to Charleston. While looking on bedandbreakfast.com I found the Governors House Inn. I called and made our reservation, the staff was very friendly and full of information about the room I requested. When we arrived in Charleston, we were able to park our car in the Governors House Inn’s private lot and walk around Charleston for a few hours before check in. It was then that I spoke to another staff member who informed us we were complementary upgraded to The Rutledge Suite. We were offered the most delicious peach ice tea, which the staff served to us as we toured the stunning Inn. Our room, The Rutledge Suite was perfect from the moment we stepped inside. The hardwood floors are original and gorgeous. The two triple windows that serve as access to our private porch were amazing and our four poster king bed rendered the best sleep I have had in years. Our room was equipped with a luxury whirlpool bath, which was like heaven after walking around Charleston. The staff also offered to make our dinner reservations, retrieve our luggage and serve breakfast in our room if would prefer. The breakfast was delicious and perfect serving of Italian quiche, homemade banana bread, and seasonal fruit. Between four and five, the inn servers afternoon tea, wine, cheese and pastries. Our experience at the Governors House Inn exceeded our expectations, I have done nothing but sing its praises at the office and will most defiantly stay again.
5 on August 14, 2011
Service and Staff were outstanding! Breakfast was yummy. Our room was heavenly! Thank you for our great stay, Laura. Elaine & Gerry
5 on July 25, 2011
Our experience at the Governor's House Inn was relaxing, refreshing, and a much needed respite. Staff was knowledgeable and accommodating to our wants and needs. The Inn is tastefully decorated and extremely comfortable. Additionally, the afternoon tea and full breakfast were delicious & homemade at the Inn.
4.8 on July 05, 2011
This year was my 4th trip back to my hometown, Charleston, and I can't imagine staying anywhere else. The experience is much more than being in an historic mansion, a life-style in which I was raised. It is the staff that make it so comfortable it feels like home. In fact, my first time at Governor's House Inn, I walked out of my room leaving the door open and was half way downstairs before it dawned on me I wasn't at a friend's house and really should lock the door. I was instantly comfortable. Move beyond the extras like breakfast, wine and snacks in the afternoon, exquisite surroundings, and walking distance to everything worth seeing to the assistance in finding the right tours, finding tickets for events you may not be able to acquire on your own. Within hours you will feel like Southern aristocracy with inherit right to be pampered. Last, but not least, off street parking. Trust me, general parking in Charleston isn't all that easy or convenient.
4.8 on February 08, 2011
My husband and I took a long weekend trip to Charleston. We spent a lot of time researching area B&Bs and decided to book (2) nights at The Governor’s House Inn. So glad we did! The location was terrific allowing us to walk almost everywhere we wanted to go, the accommodations historic and lovely, the breakfast and afternoon tea/wine/snacks wonderful, and the hospitality top notch. Mary and all the staff were attentive to our needs making reservations for transportation and dining and providing great recommendations for restaurants and local sites. We enjoyed true southern hospitality. This was our first trip to Charleston, but it won’t be our last. We look forward to staying at The Governor’s House Inn again.
4.4 on January 25, 2011
We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at the Governor's House Inn - the home is beautifully restored, and the rooms are lovely. The staff went out of their way to be accommodating and helpful. You can easily walk to shops, sites, and restaurants, along the scenic Charleston streets. We would definitely recommend the Governor's House when visiting Charleston.
4.8 on December 08, 2010
My husband and I have stayed at a variety of B&Bs and have always enjoyed the experience. Our stay at The Governor's House Inn was probably our best. From the moment we walked through the front door and were met by LeeAnn who gave us a grand tour and suggestions for dinner, until we left (sadly) three days later with hugs from Mary (the inkeeper), Donna and Laura, we felt that we were in the company of friends. When you walk through the door of this beautiful 250 year old house, you immediately feel the history there. The woodwork, the “window/doors”, the hearts of pine floors and the grand scale of the rooms takes you to another era. The friendliness , knowledge and warmth of the staff make the Governor’s House Inn truly memorable. The staff is definitely part of the reason why we loved the Governor’s House so much. Afternoon tea consisted of red and white wines, some delicious variety of cheese dip and crackers, a tray of chocolates and a wonderful cake, along with varieties of tea and coffee. All of the downstairs rooms are common areas and all have fireplaces, soaring ceilings and comfortable and cozy seating areas. There are also wonderful wrap-around porches with comfortable seating. We choose The Magnolia Room which I believe is the least expensive and on the very top of the inn. We loved it! It is a cozy but not small room with dormers and window seats and a queen canopy bed. Also a large and modern bath with a large glass/tile shower and double vanities and another dormer window. The inn conveniently provides bathrobes. We had a chance to see several of the unoccupied rooms and they are all beautiful, most with fireplaces. The location of the Governor’s House Inn is perfect for walking around historic Charleston and we walked everywhere. The staff gave us wonderful suggestions as to places to eat and tours to take.
2.6 on November 23, 2010
We stayed here for two nights in one of their suites. The staff was excellent; however we were somewhat disappointed with the breakfast and tea. We have stayed at many B&B's in the US and abroad. I feel that their breakfast was very limited...each morning we were served a small fruit selection and then some sort of saussage casserole or other similar thing. Only later did they say (after I complained) that they would have given up a bowl of cereal or a yogurt. Tea time had two very good cakes and then some dip with crackers. They did serve a nice red and white wine. The beds are all extremely high so if you are rather short, you'll have a difficult time getting in and out of bed. The pillows are like rocks and of very poor quality. Overall, for $400/night including tax, it certainly wasn't worth it. The location is very good; however, there are many other places right in town for half the price which would have been pretty good and then one could have enjoyed a breakfast at a restaurant rather than what they offered at the inn.
3.8 on November 22, 2010
The Governor's House is a beautiful place to stay and the location is ideal. The staff is friendly and helpful, they made several last minute reservations for us no problem. We stayed in one of the smaller rooms--the Magnolia Room, and it was bigger than most B&B rooms. We got a good rate on B&B.com so it was still expensive but below what we would have normally paid, making it well worthe the money. The only part that was just ok was the breakfast. It was fine but not really a home cooked B&B meal--more like a slice of quice and some fruit. We would stay again if we got a similar deal.
5 on July 30, 2010
Of all the places we've been in our 23 years of marriage, The Governor's House Inn has to be my favorite. Hospitality & charm embraced us from the moment we arrived to the day we departed. Walking the streets of Charleston and staying at this Bed and Breakfast has refreshed me. We will definately be back one day. Thank you all so very much!
3.2 on July 13, 2010
We had a lovely room and the house is absolutely exquisite. The only negative thing we can say is that the breakfast was a little small in comparison to other B&Bs we have stayed in. The staff was absolutely friendly and helpful.
5 on June 27, 2010
This was our first trip to Charleston and because of The Govenor's House, I'm sure we'll return. We entered this magnificent 250 year old home and I immediately felt enveloped in a more genteel era, when people took the time to enjoy the moment. There's history, beauty and grandeur everywhere you look. Although we were staying in one of the smallest rooms, the staff treated us as if we were the only guests in the house. They're so knowledgeable about the city, the restaurants, the tours and they'll make your reservations, book your tours, always wanting to know if they can do anything for you, or can they bring you something to drink, but very unobtrusive. Our favorite time was High Tea,we even cut one tour short to make it back in time. Sandra, the hostess of tea time would tell us all about the homemade sweet delicacies, cheese spreads and the different kinds of wine. It seems the other guests always made it back too. Wonderful socializing time. Breakfast was always a gourmet's delight every morning. Mary even went out and provided me with Lipton tea and 1% milk. I'd told her I would bring my own but to my surprise the first morning she had it for me. That's real Southern Hospitality!! The Piazza(porch) was our favorite place to sit in the wicker rockers and talk about our day every evening and have something cool to drink. You can really drift into the era with the fragrance of the flowers, constant service by the staff and the beauty of The Govener's House. We can't wait to visit again, we think this is the best experience we've ever had at a B&B and we attribute it to the wonderful Staff.
4.4 on March 15, 2010
I stayed here on 9-29-09 for 2 nites & it was very, very nice! I was very, very happy w/ the accomodations, breakfasts, nice inn keepers & a major + is the free sherry that's served in one of the parlors every evening. I have a sleep number bed at home, & tho' these beds aren't sleep numbers, they're very comfortable & the bed covers felt so good. I had to split my rooms both nites & stayed in the Magnolia room & the St. Michaels room. They're both gorgeously appointed rooms, but the Magnolia has a really nice bathroom. Even though these rooms are cheaper than some of their other rooms, they were still just as good & I felt very good in them. Beautiful inn!!
5 on February 26, 2010
The building is meticulously maintained and the staff are welcoming and friendly. Although we were in the smallest room in the house, it was still very comfortable and lovely. The breakfasts were delicious and the afternoon tea was very nice. We would definitely stay at The Governor's house Inn again.
4.0 on September 21, 2009
Excellent place to stay to launch a get-to-know-you visit to Charleston. Most of what you need to see is in walking distance. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and the Governor's House takes you back to a time that you wish existed now.
3.8 on September 09, 2009
My expectations were high for Governor's Inn, and they met or exceeded all of them. We would absolutely recommend them and will likely stay there again.
4.8 on April 13, 2009
I have stayed at the inn twice and hope to keep coming back. The rooms are beautiful, as is the house itself and the grounds. The service is great, the food outstanding and the location can't be beat. Look out when you pull into the drive. There's a friendly cat named New who likes to bask in the sun of the parking lot. I would recommend this place to anyone.
5 on February 28, 2009
I was so excited when we approached this Stately Home. The gardens are well kept and beautiful, even in January. The home was built in 1760 and is absolutely magnificent! It has been completely refurbished with period antiques but with all the modern connivances we all look for. We have stayed in many 5 star inns and hotels but the Governors House will be an experience not soon forgotten. The entire staff makes sure you feel so welcomed and so much attention to every detail. I was so relaxed and can not say enough about the superior service, professionalism, the grounds as well as the exceptional cleanliness. If you need something, they seem to immediately know and are there to assist but never crowd you. Donna the Assistant Innkeeper, Deanne and their support staff are exceptional with so much attention to detail. We were served such fabulous homemade breakfast as well as the exceptional social hour. We were delighted that we could park our car and walk to the downtown areas finest restaurants, antique stores, galleries and shops. We would highly recommend this inn to make your stay a memorable experience. LaDonna and Joe
4.6 on November 18, 2008
My husband & I were there for his homecoming weekend at the Citadel. We were greeted Friday night and shown around the home then into our room, which I thought was the best. Someone was there to get our luggage, turndown service with Godiva chocolate and fresh ice and water, with the gas fireplace going when we arrived. The service never ended and they truely went above and beyond what we could have imagined. The food was THE best, everything made from scratch! You will not be disappointed. We also were able to walk to everything, it is very close to anything you want to do. We will be back!
5 on November 04, 2008
the food was some of the best i have had. gourmet breakfast daily, far from just a continental breakfast served at many B&B's. our room was extremely clean. the staff was always pleasent and happy to help us find our way around town. and afternoon tea, wine and cheese (plus some sweets) was to die for! Can't say enough, LOVED IT!