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John Rutledge House Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   116 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (Downtown)   |  
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$249 (USD)
Ranked #10 of 54 hotels in Charleston
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“exceptional”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We only had two days in Charleston, but staying at the John Rutledge House Inn made us feel as though we captured the best of what Charleston obviously has to offer: fascinating history, gracious people, and wonderful food. It was chilly when we were there and the working fireplace in our room was marvelous. The huge canopy bed was one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in. (And we are old enough to have slept in many!) Everyone was so helpful and friendly, and we enjoyed our conversations with Kathy, the innkeeper. We felt that the port and cherry on the sideboard in the ballroom was the extra touch that made this inn clearly superior. (And the shrimp and grits for breakfast were outstanding). We stayed in room 11 and would recommend this great establishment to anyone visiting Charleston. We want to come back to the city and to the John Rutledge House Inn. Thanks y'all

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at John Rutledge House Inn, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
I was thrilled to read about your "exceptional stay" at the John Rutledge House Inn. It sounds like you had a fantastic visit. Thank you for your outstanding review and kind notes about our property. I am so glad you had a true Charleston breakfast of shrimp and grits and enjoyed the evening sherry and port. Our beds are actually Tempur-Pedic if you are interested in having the same mattress at home. We look forward to hosting you again. Hopefully you can return for our 250th Anniversary Celebration in the new year.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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Athens, Ga
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

My wife and I have stayed in B&B's from Digby Nova Scotia to St. Mary's on the Georgia Coast and the John Rutledge House was by far the best! Stunning room, knowledgeable and firendly staff, terriffic location, and the breakfast!!

Don & Romy

Room Tip: Our upstairs room in the carrige house was extermely quiet and much closer to the parking lot. From...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at John Rutledge House Inn, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Thank you for such a wonderful review. What an honor to be named the best bed and breakfast among these other wonderful establishments. I am thrilled that you and your husband had such a great time here at the inn. We look forward to hosting your next trip to Charleston.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Brooklyn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

If walking around the grand homes in Charleston makes you want to stay in one, check into this place. I stayed in a room in the main house. It was drop dead gorgeous. The afternoon tea in the ballroom is a pleasant affair, with nice snacks and complimentary port or sherry. I had my breakfast ordered the night before and delivered to my room. The food was above average and eating in the amazing room was very romantic. The staff was very polite. Make sure you book a parking spot as parking is impossible in Charleston. My only complaint would be that the bathroom could have used some sprucing up. However, I felt I got great value for the money and plan on staying again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at John Rutledge House Inn, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
I am thrilled that you enjoyed a "grand stay" here at the John Rutledge House Inn. Thank you for your high praise and review of our breakfast and afternoon tea. Those are services that our staff truly enjoy providing to guests. Thank you for your note about the bathroom. We take all feedback into consideration as we constantly strive for 100% guest satisfaction. We hope you're able to visit again and partake in the 250th Anniversary Celebrations planned for 2013.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We just had a wonderful two night stay at the John Rutledge. The staff, from Kathy, the manager, to the housekeeping staff did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable. Breakfast was delicious and generous and served right on time. Sherry and Port in the ballroom or on the porch overlooking Broad Street was an excellent way to relax and get ready for the evening. The location is perfect-within walking distance of everything, and parking, a common problem in Charleston, was never an issue at the Inn. I thought it was a good value as well, and look forward to my next visit.

Room Tip: Rooms in the main building, as opposed to the annex are preferred, but all are fine
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at John Rutledge House Inn, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
It sounds like you had a wonderful stay at the John Rutledge House Inn. Thank you for sharing your positive experience with the TripAdvisor community. We appreciate your high praise and recommendation. I am thrilled that our staff left such a lasting impression and you enjoyed the complimentary extras we offer. We certainly look forward to hosting you again and hope you're able to partake in our 250th Anniversary Celebration in 2013.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The location was great--we were within easy walking distance of everything we wanted to do. We ditched the car when we got there and didn't need to use it at all. Our room was fantastic, with beautiful furnishings, and was very comfortable and quiet. We found a neat little bonus in our room--the old books displayed on the fireplace mantel were fascinating. The bed was extremely comfortable. It was really nice to have the option to have breakfast delivered to our room.

Room Tip: We stayed in the John Rutledge Suite (one of the Grand Suites in the main house) and it was well wor...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at John Rutledge House Inn, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
I am thrilled that you had such a lovely stay at the John Rutledge House Inn and enjoyed our close proximity to many downtown attractions. I am so glad that you enjoyed the decor, charm and comfort of the John Rutledge Suite. We hope you're able to return in 2013 to celebrate the home's 250th anniversary. Thank you for the outstanding review.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Wolverhampton
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

This is an old inn with charm but a little frayed round the edges. Some wallpaper is coming undone and the bathrooms are not what you would call 'high spec'. Having said that, the John Rutledge suite we stayed in was spacious and very nicely furnished. You can feel the history in the place and the innkeeper was very welcoming, her staff extremely helpful. Breakfast I personally did not enjoy very much, but it was nothing to complain about; I'm probably just fussy...Unlike the previous reviewer, I had no problem with the WiFi at all. It was efficient on all my three devices. Noise is an issue, as the floor boards announce every person going up or down the stairs, but there again, it IS an old inn. The drawing room was intimate and we met some nice fellow travellers, with whom to exchange thoughts and ideas.

Room Tip: Rooms on the top floor will be the quietest.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at John Rutledge House Inn, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Thank you for reviewing your recent stay at the John Rutledge House Inn. I take great pride in our staff and always enjoy reading such fantastic notes about their service. I know you have read previous reviews, so you might already be aware that we took many measures to soundproof the building with the greatest care during its restoration. I do appreciate your feedback on the issue as we are constantly striving to improve. I am so glad that overall, you had a wonderful stay at the inn. We look forward to hosting your next trip to Charleston.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We had a mother / daughter trip to Charleston, Beaufort and Savannah. I did a lot of research on hotels. I'm so glad we decided to stay at the Rutledge House. It was in a great location. The house is beautiful. We had a suite on the top floor which was beautiful and had a great view of the cathedral. The beds were the most comfortable on the whole trip. The staff is great too, very helpful. We appreciated the cooler of chilled water available at any time, the afternoon tea and evening sherry service. The breakfast was great. You can order anything you want and have it anywhere in the Inn or in your room. The only negative is that the coffee was not good. We kept asking for strong coffee but it was very weak tasting. That was unfortunate. I'm a tea drinker and the water for the hot tea tasted metallic.I couldn't drink it. Also, the housekeeping could be a little better. They didn't empty the trash and please clean the close up mirror in the bathrooms. So for that I would give it 4 and 1/2 circles. Otherwise I highly recommend staying at the Rutledge. We had a wonderful time in Charleston.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at John Rutledge House Inn, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Thank you for a lovely review of your recent stay at the John Rutledge House Inn. We were thrilled to host such a special trip for you and your daughter. I am thrilled that you were happy with your hotel choice. I appreciate your feedback on areas of improvement. We always take these notes into consideration, as we strive for 100% guest satisfaction.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Address: 116 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > Downtown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Charleston
#10 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#14 Family Hotel in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — John Rutledge House Inn 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
America's Most Historic Inn. John Rutledge, one of the fifty-five signers of the U.S. Constitution, built his home in 1763. Now exquisitely restored, it is one of only fifteen homes belonging to those signers to survive - and the only one to now accommodate overnight hotel guests. History records that George Washington called here in 1791. An entry in his diary shows a breakfast with Mrs. Rutledge. A loving rejuvenation has restored the beautiful details of the home's 18th and 19th century architecture: the elaborately carved Italian marble fireplaces, the original plaster moldings, the inlaid floors and the graceful ironwork. The John Rutledge House Inn offers nineteen guest rooms within a complex of three buildings. One may choose between the elegance of rooms and spacious suites in the original grand residence or the charm and seclusion of rooms in the inn's two carriage houses. Antiques and historically accurate reproductions give each room its own warmth and distinction. John Rutledge House Inn is proud to be a founding hotel in Historic Hotels of America, as well as Select Registry - Distinguished Inns of America and Classic Inns of the South. Guests may leave cars parked on-site for their entire stay because the best of this beautiful port city is just beyond the doors of the John Rutledge House Inn. The city's finest restaurants, theaters, shops, and the Old City Market are all in short walking distance. The gorgeous residential area "South of Broad" begins directly opposite the Inn. A stay in this elegant antebellum bed and breakfast offers the opportunity to experience history as well as the warm hospitality for which the South is justly famous. ... more   less 
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