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.
- 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