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“An elegant step back in time” 5 of 5 stars
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John Rutledge House Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   116 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #9 of 59 Hotels in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Richmond Hill, Georgia
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79 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“An elegant step back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is definitely a "special occasion" place to stay. We were there before Christmas and it was tastefully decorated for its part in the traveling dinner event. (The Inn serves the dessert course after you've had appetizers and a main course at other inns and toured around Charleston in a horse drawn carriage.) When you stay here, you become one of the lords of the manor with tea and/or nightcaps in the drawing room or, as when we were there, one of the great suites, and breakfast brought to your room if you wish. The house fronts on a busy street, but the 200 year old thick brick walls keep your room quiet. The grounds are small, but delightful and if weather permits you could have tea or breakfast outside. Parking is in a nearby lot -- an extra charge (bummer!). There's no elevator, but the staff take care of hauling the luggage up and down for you. Everything about the Inn and the experience was wonderful. Pricey, but worth it for such a special experience.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Skillman, New Jersey
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104 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Second time staying at the John Rutledge Inn. Tasteful 200 year old main building with 2 adjacent carriages houses. Our family occupied the 4 rooms in one of the carriage houses which gave us a lot of freedom to move from room to room. Location is excellent. It is close to restaurants and the lovely homes near the battery. Rooms were large and attractively decorated. Private adjacent parking was an added bonus. Breakfasts were slightly disappointing but certainly adequate. Staff was helpful and accommodating.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at John Rutledge House Inn, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thank you for your review of the John Rutledge House! We're thrilled that you brought your family and enjoyed the privacy and space that our carriage houses provide. We appreciate your feedback in regards to breakfast, as we strive for 100% guest satisfaction at all times. We hope to host you all during future trips to Charleston.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Yonges Is., South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

My husband and I love the historic Inn of the John Rutledge House, so for our 40th anniversery, it was our first pick! It is by far, the top get-away for the downtown city of Charleston. It is in a great location, the rooms are simply gorgeous, the conceirge and staff were wonderful and our breakfast in the Ballroom was excellent. Can't say enough and we will return!!

Room Tip: The different times we have stayed there, we haven't had a bad room!
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  • Stayed December 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

JRI is a wonderful historic inn. It is completely renovated with all the comforts of a modern hotel, while maintaining the beauty of the house's age and history.
The staff was exceptionally helpful and kind. What an outstanding place!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich
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17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I have chosen this place for its history. How often can you stay at a home of one of the founding fathers. Although I am Swiss, the American History in particular the Revolution Period is fascinating and of great interest to me. The John Rutledge House is by far the most beautiful Bed & Breakfast that I know. The room #14 that I stayed in is simply gorgeous. The space and the decor is second to none. You have the choice to have your breakfast either served to your own Room or to the Ballroom. The Ballroom is more like a family room which is nicely decorated to suite all occasion. The breakfast itself does not leave any wishes open. Miss Patrice, the concierge is the most pleasant host I had the pleasure to meet, She is a great Charlestonian who has an immense knowledge of this great city and will give you many handy tips of where to eat and places to see. I can only congratulate the owners for having such a fine staff. Unfortunately, all good times coming to an end and I had to leave after 3 nights this beautiful place which is truly a home away from home.

Room Tip: I stayed in room 14 in one of the carriage houses. The bed in this room is simply Wow. The bathroom...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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, January 7, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the John Rutledge House Inn. I am thrilled that you enjoyed the bed&breakfast's history, as it is something we are proud to have the opportunity to preserve. Thank you for such high praise of our staff and amenities. We look forward to hosting future visits in Charleston.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Hazlet, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We have been to many b and b's and I have to say The John Rutledge House is tops on our list bar none!
From the conceirge handling many of our reservations and giving us good recommendations to the wonderful breakfasts delivered to our room, everything was perfect!
It was a sad day when we had to leave and head back to reality in NJ.....

  • Stayed December 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, January 7, 2013
I am thrilled that you had such a fantastic stay here at the John Rutledge House Inn for Christmas. I appreciate your review and hope your new year is off to a wonderful start. We hope you're able to visit again this winter and get an escape from the cold.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Our first visit to Charleston, S.C. allowed us to discover a unique city while staying at the lovely and historic John Rutledge House Inn. This is a quiet and comfortable bed and breakfast inn, with much to recommend it: great location, access to wonderful restaurants and shopping, an incredible staff. The Inn was welcoming to our Labrador Retriever, granted us access to a local health club for a nominal fee, has convenient and reasonable parking, and serves an AMAZING breakfast in your room, when you want it. We look forward to returning!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 116 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401
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:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#8 Luxury Hotel in Charleston
#18 Family Hotel in Charleston
#36 Business Hotel in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — John Rutledge House Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 19
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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