Rosemary Inn Awarded Rare Four Diamond Status by AAA
For the seventh consecutive year, North Augusta’s Rosemary Inn Bed and Breakfast has been given a Four Diamond Award from AAA, a rare accomplishment only achieved by the premiere hospitality venues in the region.
Co-owner Diane Combs said that of the 21 properties in South Carolina that received Four Diamond status, only three were in places other than Hilton Head, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.
“An anonymous person comes and gets the total experience,” Combs said. “They check our cleanliness, meal and hospital. Then we have another inspector that shows up unannounced. We have no idea who they are or when they come.”
AAA inspectors assess more than 27,000 eligible properties throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean based on cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. Each hotel is awarded a diamond rating, between one and five.
Six bedrooms at The Rosemary can be booked by the public: Jackson Suite, Alexander Suite, Carolina Suite, Atelier Suite, Magnolia Room and Gentleman’s Quarters.
“I just think people feel like they get a getaway, and they go back in time,” Combs said. “It’s an antebellum house. When we have all the original gas filters, original tile, original marble…the house is in pristine condition. They enjoy that it feels like a home and not a hotel.”
“The ambiance of the place is what attracts people and keeps people coming back.”
Combs said she and her husband were told by the inspector that they would have been given a five start rating if the property had a swimming pool or a restaurant.
Nightly rates at The Rosemary start at $179 during the week and $199 on the weekends, and they top out at $259.
Only 121 properties inspected, or 0.4 percent, achieved Five Diamond status.
Combs said she and Kelly are usually the only mom-and-pop operation present in Charleston for statewide awards for hospitality.
“We’re in a completely different ballpark but we have probably the most unique property,” Combs said.