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.