If you are into history, the Rutledge house is a special place. Built before the Declaration and American revolution. The original owner of the house was one of the signers of the US Constitution. President Washington (yeah, that guy) was a guest in the house. The current owners have restored the house to how it was in the 1850's, but some original elements remain, like the huge pocket doors between the large rooms on the first and second floors.
I had the pleasure of owning a two room suite on the ground floor for the day. The front room was large enough to entertain several guests if you would want, and large windows let the sun shine in. The bedroom was equally big. Both rooms had ornate fireplaces original to the 1850's upgrade, and were gas fired. A nice touch in February, even in Charleston! A table and two chairs for breakfast in the bedroom would be a welcome addition, but there is plenty of room for that in the front room. There was a modern bathroom with good hot water off the bedroom, and two flat panel TV's, so I didn't have to use the chamber pot, heat my water in a pot over the fireplace, or read my "Common Sense" by candlelight! Are we spoiled or what?
The tea time in the afternoon was great. I met some nice people. Ate some finger food and had some alcohol concoctions that I don't usually imbibe in. Had great conversation.
The breakfast in the morning was punctual. (And they have coffee with fresh cream in the main hallway). You can have it in the room, the courtyard (weather permitting) or in the ballroom.
Giving big kudos to the staff. I felt like part of the family there. These people knew everything about the city you would ever want to know. Made me want to give them my twitter account (just kidding, don't do the tweet). And I will be back, I am saving up.
If you want to experience historic Charleston, you need to stay here for sure. You can almost feel the spirits.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- John Rutledge House Hotel Charleston
- John Rutledge Hotel
- John Rutledge Charleston