The Governor's House Inn

117 Broad Street , Charleston, SC 29401 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

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Praised by one national publication as "a flawless urban hideaway," Governor's House is a magnificent National Historic Landmark reflecting Charleston's civility and grandeur. As Southern Living magazine discovered, "Check into the Governor's House Inn and you may never want to check out." Over 200 years ago, this elegant Inn (circa 1760) was the home of Governor Edward Rutledge, youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. Today, the former Governor's mansion is one of Charleston's most historic and stately bed and breakfast inns, the perfect spot for a romantic getaway. The Inn has been acclaimed as "Charleston's most glamorous and sophisticated inn." (Travel Holiday) Guests at Governor's House enjoy 12' ceilings, nine fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, family antiques, king or queen 4-poster beds, original hardwood floors, whirlpool baths, private porches and available suites. Ideally situated in the heart of the Historic District, the Inn is within walking distance of garden and house tours, the Battery, antique shopping, the Old Market, and fine restaurants.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.2

Bait and Switch! Beware!!

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.

Excellent Location

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!

Wonderful getaway

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.

Wonderful experience!

4.8 on October 22, 2016

Splendid time. Very historical property and exceptional staff. Will return!

Amazing stay at a Charming B&B

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.

Lovely mansion, comfortable visit

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.

The Governor's House Inn is a jewel!

4.6 on March 02, 2016

It was a lovely experience. The staff was extremely solicitous, and the accommodations were wonderful.

Charming and beautiful

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.

Great Stay!

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!

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Rooms & Rates

Rutledge Suite

This large master bedroom features 12' ceilings, hardwood floors, a king 4-poster bed with arched canopy, antique Italian chandeliers, a sitting area, a private porch, and an immense marble bathroom with three vanities, whirlpool and standing shower. The bedroom area is 580 square feet, and the attached private porch measures 162 square feet. *fireplace is decorative

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Middleton Suite

This spacious suite is named for Henrietta Middleton, and features 12' ceilings, hardwood floors, a king 4-poster bed with arched canopy, a wet bar, fireplace and sitting areas (both indoors and outside on the second floor verandah). The suite?s bathroom is complete with whirlpool tub and marble shower. The bedroom area measures 498 square feet, and the attached private porch measures 488 square feet. *fireplace is decorative

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Laurens Room

This spacious bedroom is named for James Laurens, the mansion's original owner. The room boasts 12' ceilings, hardwood floors, a king 4-poster bed with arched canopy, a full sofa, a marble shower and triple hung windows which lead to a large second floor verandah. The outdoor sitting area is quiet and beautiful, measuring 226 square feet. The bedroom measures 375 square feet. *fireplace is decorative

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Independence Room

This intimate second floor room boasts 12? ceilings, hardwood floors, a queen 4-poster bed with canopy, and two half baths: one with glass enclosed marble shower and the other with antique pedestal sink, mirror and commode. The bedroom measures 232 square feet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Wagener Room

This spacious first floor room is named for Captain Wagener, the mansion's wealthy owner during the 1870 renovation. The room boasts 12' ceilings, hardwood floors, a queen 4-poster bed with canopy and a private bath with glass enclosed marble. The bedroom area measures 270 square feet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

St. Michael's Room

This peaceful room features a picturesque third floor view of St. Michael's Steeple. The bedroom boasts original heart pine floors, a queen bed, sitting area with two wing chairs, and a standard modern bath with tub and shower. The bedroom area measures 356 square feet. *no elevator to third floor

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Magnolia Room

This third floor retreat features original heart pine floors, an entry hall, a queen 4-poster bed with canopy, and a private bath with glass enclosed marble shower and double vanities. The bedroom area measures 410 square feet. *no elevator to third floor

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Jefferson Suite

This romantic hideaway is located above the Kitchen House. The suite features a queen 4-poster bed with canopy, hardwood floors, a private screened porch with wicker furniture, a separate living room with cathedral ceiling and exposed beams, a ceiling fan, an original fireplace from 1760, a wet bar and refrigerator. The bathroom features a marble shower and whirlpool tub. The bedroom area measures 471 square feet, and the attached private porch measures 92 square feet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Christopher Suite

This beautiful suite is located on the first floor of the Kitchen House. It features hardwood floors, a queen 4-poster bed, a large private porch and a separate living room with original 1760 fireplace, sofa bed, wet bar and refrigerator. The bathroom features a whirlpool tub and shower. The bedroom area is 516 square feet, and the attached private porch measures 264 square feet. *fireplace is decorative

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Orange Grove Room

This stylish room, located on our terrace level, has hardwood floors, a king 4-poster rice bed, large wet bar with refrigerator, writing desk and full sized sofa. The spacious bathroom features a whirlpool tub, marble standing shower and terra cotta tile floor. The room is decorated with colorful grass cloth wallpaper and has a distinctly elegant feel. Guests have an exterior entrance and an outdoor sitting area. The bedroom area is 397 square feet, and the attached private porch measures 110 square feet. *a cozy and intimate setting, but no exterior windows

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Barbados Room

This terrace level room has hardwood floors, a queen Caribbean sleigh bed, love seat, wet bar with refrigerator and a spacious bathroom with whirlpool tub and marble shower. The room also comes with an exterior entrance and outdoor sitting area. Decorated in a romantic tropical theme. The bedroom area is 385 square feet, and the attached private porch measuring 280 square feet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type



Charleston, SC (CHS) 15 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Spoleto Festival, Garden tours, Historic home tours, Plantations, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Tours

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Parking, Piano, Radio , Wireless Internet Access, Bikes, Southern Afternoon Tea, Personal Concierge Service, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Cheese

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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  • Check In:: 2:30 pm-11pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only outdoors only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited 12+
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights weekends, 3 nights special events
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: An advance deposit is required (amount based on length of stay).
  • Cancellations: Reservations are noncancellable. If a guest finds that he will not be able to come on his scheduled arrival date, the Inn will change his deposit to a gift certificate that is valid for one year.
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  • Time Served: 8-9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Double Veranda, Dining Room, Guest room


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