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John Rutledge House Inn
Ranked #4 of 62 Hotels in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 13, 2013

This B&B is very well run. Excellent staff, very clean and accommodating rooms. Parking is available to the rear of the property @ $12 per day. Expect to spend $800+ for a 2 night stay which is just about right to see the sights in Charleston.

Room Tip: Stayed in Room 6 which is in the main house - king bed and room was quite large.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

Highly recommend this place to stay. Great service and can walk to almost anywhere. Rooms were large we stayed on the first floor. Free breakfast is bed was very good. Best part 4:00 port wine and snacks on the beautiful porch!

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

The John Rutledge House is a wonderful bed and breakfast located conveniently in the historic district. It is a short walk to the Battery, waterfront, and shopping areas. First, the service is fantastic. The front desk was extremely diligent in trying to help us make reservations at McCrady’s restaurant. The room service was prompt and the wait staff for the morning breakfast was excellent. The décor in our room was simple but roomy. The building and grounds was in good shape. Breakfast can be served in your room, the ball room, or out in the court yard. We found it nice to sit outside in the courtyard. One afternoon, we did attend afternoon drinks and appetizers in the ball room. The appetizers were ok but it was just nice to sit in the ball room or out in the balcony to take a mid-day break. Parking is adjacent behind the building with a minimal daily fee. The only minor issue was the free Wi-Fi was rather slow or inconsistent. Overall, a great bed and breakfast.

Room Tip: The Bull Street Gourmet & Market across the street from the parking lot is a great breakfast and...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at John Rutledge House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing your experience. I am thrilled that you had such a fantastic time exploring Charleston with our inn as a home base. We pride ourselves in delivering a unique B&B experience and are glad that our breakfast and casual afternoon tea provided a nice break in your schedule. Thanks for your note about our wonderful staff. I will relay your message. Please come back and visit us soon.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

The John Rutledge House Inn is in the perfect location to visit Charleston. The historic home is in the Historic District away from the cruise line docks and tourist traps on Market Street yet within easy walking distance to historic homes, art galleries, restaurants, museums, shopping, churches, the waterfront and the College of Charleston. The staff at the Inn were pleasant and accommodating to our needs. Breakfast was good and plentiful. The afternoon tea and snacks were tasty and welcoming after a day of walking around the city. The evening sherry and port topped off an otherwise great day. Our visit was only for three days and we left much to do for our next visit. The John Rutledge House Inn will be at the top of the list when we consider accommodations.

Room Tip: If one can handle stairs, the mini-suite on the third floor is large and quiet and has a gas firepla...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at John Rutledge House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Thank you for this wonderful review and recommendation. I am thrilled that you had such a memorable trip to Charleston with the John Rutledge House Inn as a home base. Your comments about our many complimentary amenities and ideal location are greatly appreciated. We are so glad that you already have plans to visit again and see more of our wonderful city.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

The Rutledge House was an amazing combination of great location, curtious staff, and a wonderful historical legacy. The Inn puts you right in the middle of the city, along the glorious Broad Street, and across from another historic inn. You can walk from there to most anything your Charleston trip demands: shopping on King St., dining along Meeting, Carriage rides just a short leg away, etc. The staff clearly wants you to make the most of the city and will help you navigate as well as set up any reservations or tickets that you may require.

You could nearly spend your entire stay within the grounds if you wanted to. Tea and appetizers in the evening, port and brandy at bedtime, and breakfast are all served as part of your stay. The food is delicious and plentiful. I would recommend eating at least one meal in the courtyard!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at John Rutledge House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

We are so grateful for your feedback. Thank you for taking the time to commend our wonderful staff. They are a fantastic group who deliver exceptional service and true Southern hospitality. We look forward to hosting you again and thank you for the glowing recommendation.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

What a beautiful house with amazing charm! The staff was attentive & helpful & answered questions & give great suggestions. Our package included a house visit, carriage ride tour, & a tour of Fort Sumter. We stayed in Room 11 & the canopy king bed was extremely comfortable! We enjoyed the attractive antique furnishings, turn down service, & breakfast in our room. The signing room provided historical background to the area. Celebrating our 30th !anniversary here was perfect!

Room Tip: Room 11 has a large separate shower as well as a tub with jets!
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

The John Rutledge House Inn is a very nice property, but it lacks that "Wow" factor. Check-in was pleasant, but it could have been a bit more welcoming and gracious. Our room (No. 9) was large, but it seemed too sparsely furnished for its size---there was too much wasted space in the room. The bathroom was fine, but nothing exceptional. The beds were very comfortable. I also noticed that one of the "antique" accessories in the room (a decorative plate on the mantle) was marked "Made in Hong Kong." Afternoon tea was very good, especially the hors d'oeuvres and the lovely cranberry bread. Breakfast the next morning was good, but not exceptional---everything seemed to be wrapped in plastic wrap. I was quite underwhelmed with the John Rutledge House Inn, considering the price I paid for the room ($300.00,plus the $12.00 fee for overnight parking). The inn seemed to lack "passion" and "spark"---it seemed to be tired. On a positive note, kudos to the two bellmen---you were great!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at John Rutledge House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2013

We appreciate your review. Thank you for the kind notes about our staff, large, comfortable rooms and complimentary amenities like afternoon tea and breakfast. We strive to deliver each guest with an exceptional experience, so I am sorry to read that you left feeling disappointed. In keeping with the historic nature of the inn, we have both period antiques and antique reproductions on display in each guest room. Your comments are appreciated as we constantly look for ways to improve the inn.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor

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Additional Information about John Rutledge House Inn

Address: 116 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401-2437
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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:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Charleston
#5 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#32 Business Hotel in Charleston
Price Range: $247 - $405 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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