My wife and I have just returned from a 3 night stay at the Rutledge House, and I must say why the hotel is quaint and full of history, I was a bit disappointed. We made reservations last minute during the Spoleto weekend, and the only room available was their premiere suite - the John Rutledge Suite (Room 7) in the main house. The rate was normally $400 / night, but the clerk said she would give us a discount to $350. It sounded like a deal, so we took it.
When we arrived, the suite was very spacious and consisted of the bedroom, bath and a large living room. While the room was nicely furnished but spartan, and it didn't really have the "wow" factor that I had imagined the best room at a 4-star hotel would have. The furniture was very worn and non-descript, and there were no extra touches one would expect. For example, the towels were very thin, very much like one would find at a Holiday Inn. Also, the complementary breakfast consisted of your choice of bagel, fruit, croissant, etc each morning and was very plain (but it was delivered each morning to our room.)
Another problem was the noise in the room. While to be expected in a home of this age, the main stairs leading to our floor were VERY squeaky, and to make matters worse the bed was place right to the left of the entrance door so the headboard was against the wall. Each evening and morning we awakened at least once by someone coming or going up or down the stairs. Also, the living room shared large doors with the public room where evening cocktails and snacks were served. And the windows were on the shared porch, so that as other guests got their drinks and went out on the porch, they would tend to move toward our side and be looking right in our windows.
All in all, I think it is a nice hotel, but for my money I'll check out another hotel next time we visit.
- 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