The Governor’s House Inn
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located in Charleston (Downtown Charleston), The Governor’s House Inn is minutes from The Governor’s House Inn and Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. This 4-star bed & breakfast is within close proximity of Charleston County Courthouse and Washington Square.
Make yourself at home in one of the 11 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and bathrobes. Conveniences include phones, and housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take in the views from a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services.
Food & Drink
Meet other guests and eat at a complimentary reception. A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily from 8 AM to 9:30 AM.
Business & Travel Amenities
Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
We recently stayed at the Governor’s Inn, and had a truly magnificent time. The inn is stunningly decorated with period antiques, the staff is unfailingly helpful and polite, the breakfasts and afternoon wine and cheese were delicious, and the location, with free parking, was ideal. How often do you get to stay in the home of s signer of the Declaration of Independence, or dine in the same room George Washington was entertained in? A very, very special experience that will not be soon forgotten.
We had a great stay here! Beautiful home and rooms, clean and neat, good breakfast each morning, and a nice happy hour in the afternoon. Loved the staff here - so friendly and welcoming! Best location of any hotel in Charleston - right on edge of historic district to walk through but close to the busy King St where one finds all the shopping and restaurants. We would definitely stay here again:)
Our room (Lauren's Room) was fine and the veranda outside our room was a very nice place to relax after all the walking we'd been doing.
But, there were some lighting/electrical issues. First, there was a light fixture sitting on the floor in the upstairs sitting area and wires dangling up above. The light switch in our room sometimes worked fine and other times needed some jiggling to turn the light on. And the nightlight in the bathroom flickered when the overhead light was turned on or off.
When staying at a bed and breakfast, especially one that costs $400 a night, I expect an excellent breakfast! The breakfast is a critical factor. There was nothing special about this breakfast. Bland muffins and a dry cereal station were set up when we arrived downstairs. Next we were asked if waffles were ok. (Were there other options? I don't know.) My fruit cup had watermelon and blueberries. A guest on the other side of the table had raspberries in her cup. When the waffles arrived after an extended wait, they were not much different in flavor, texture and presentation than toaster waffles. (I don't believe they were toaster waffles, just unimpressive.) The plate also included a sausage patty that was good. I've had wonderful quiche and baked goods and french toast and more at B&B's! This breakfast was very similar to the ones served at many of the chain hotels.
The only staff that was present were two young men who were pleasant, but seemed untrained in the finer points of hospitality. There was no one to whom to report our discontent.
As seasoned travelers know, when travelling, all does not go as planned. The rest of our trip to Charleston and Savannah was great. Sadly, The Governor's House Inn was the low point.
We arrived at the check in time. Management seemed overwhelmed. We were not given the tour of the home that was promised. We could live with that but on Thursday morning when my husband went down for coffee and breakfast.... no Coffee no Breakfast .....nothing.
He left for his golf game and I finally went down around 9 :15,service was available.
The owner was sitting at the head of the table and proceeded to introduce himself. He made a point that he drove all the way.. to HIS business.(really)... to see if everything was ok. He proceded to call out the employee that had overslept. To belittle and embarrass him was just WRONG!!! The owner is responsible. He should have shown up with coffee, donuts something instead of waiting for the employee to show up. As he told us he owns the Band B. They did give me a small refund on the room.
Problem is you book a place like this for the experience,...it was not worth it.
Location is great.
Stayed here for a couple of nights 03/30 - 04/01/2019
There really was an air of excitement knowing even a little bit of the history of this inn. We could almost 'feel' the history when we walked in the door. Edward Rutledge, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence lived here from 1776 to 1800. Very cool.
This place was built in the 1700s, but it is very well maintained. Bathrooms have been updated nicely... at least ours was as was the Rutledge Suite that we snuck a peek in when it was being cleaned. Gorgeous room.
Our room (Angel Oak) is on the third floor and there are no elevators to the third floor... or for that matter even to the second floor. But we knew that and it wasn't a problem as we keep track of our 'steps' on Fitbits and that extra floor sure helped the the couple days we were there. We packed some small bag so we wouldn't have to lug our suitcases up three flights of stairs. But we booked late and this was the last room available.
The Angel Oak room is very pink with angled ceilings, so watch your head. The floorboards are very wide and do have some small gaps here and there, but didn't infringe on our privacy at all. A bit creaky perhaps, but not bad.
The bed was very comfortable and the sheets were fresh and crisp.
We arrived at their wine and cheese hour, which was nice after an 8 hour drive from Siesta Key, Fl. Spencer was at the desk and was very helpful in getting us up to our room and answering any question we had about the Inn.
The Inn is located in the historic area of downtown Charleston and is within an easy (10-15 minute) walk to the Market Street mall as well as Bay Street restaurants and just about every other sightseeing spot in historic Charleston.
Breakfast is included in the price of a night's stay, so that helped a bit because it's not exactly cheap to stay here. The first morning we were treated to 'shrimp and grits'... Now that's not exactly everyone's favorite breakfast as some of the guest voiced their displeasure. My wife and I however love a good shrimp and grits, even for breakfast and this one was very very good. A bit more 'plain' if you will, in that there was no andouille sausage or onions and peppers in the grits, but it was still tasty and cheesy, with a nice sauce and 3 fat shrimp on top. The grits were 'fried' into an upside down muffin like form, topped with the sauce and the shrimp. Those who didn't try this dish missed out in my opinion
However the second say vegetable fritatas were on the menu, but my wife and I just wanted a couple of eggs, over easy. Well, our eggs came out 'well done' to say the least. We really hate to complain and I know we should have, but... I don't know, we just didn't. I loaded mine up with hot sauce and ate it with the toast. It's just puzzling how a chef or cook can plate a couple of obviously overcooked eggs when 'over easy' was the order.
Anyway... other than those couple of criticisms (the kitchen could use some help making eggs and the prices are a bit steep) this is still a great place to stay while you're visiting historic Charleston.