My husband and I stayed in one of the first floor courtyard rooms during mid-June 2013. Being in the courtyard offered all the convenience of staying in downtown Charleston and all the hospitality of staying at the John Rutledge House w/o any of the drawbacks. Our stay was very quiet and relaxing, almost as if we were staying in the country. Although the courtyard rooms lack the drama of staying in the main house with 12-foot ceilings and antiques, they are cozier, more comfortable, and can be cooled by modern AC. As much as I love staying in historic B&B's, there is something to be said for modern conveniences.
The breakfast was delicious, definitely what I expected from an inn of this caliber. Breakfast was
delivered to our courtyard room without any problems. We were able to tour the historic house after breakfast, before checkout.
My only criticism of the John Rutledge House Inn is that the property has a limited amount of parking spaces. Two other guests basically "double-parked" in the unlined lot, which kept gave them the peace of mind that their vehicles wouldn't be scratched but left us without a parking space when we returned from dinner. The front desk staff told my husband to park in a nearby church lot, but be sure to move the car in the morning. I don't fault the staff for this, as they were very apologetic, but management should find a solution to this issue.
Otherwise, staying here was a great experience. The staff is superb and provide the hospitality one would expect.
- 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