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John Rutledge House Inn

116 Broad Street , Charleston, SC 29401-2437 USA (Show map)
6 Reviews
$219 - $340
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Built in 1763 by John Rutledge, a signer of the U.S. Constitution, this is one of the only fifteen homes belonging to those signers to survive, and the only one to now accommodate overnight guests. Beautifully restored, the John Rutledge House Inn re-creates the experience of Colonial Charleston each afternoon as tea is served in the ballroom where the presidents and patriots have met. Rates include breakfast served in the guest room or in our courtyard and evening turndown service with Godiva chocolates. Guests may choose from rooms and suites in the main house or in one of the Inn's two carriage houses. The John Rutledge House Inn is a living historic landmark and a grand inn.



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.7
  • Value3.7
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Dining4.0

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True Southern Experience

4.4 on August 26, 2012

This inn was so beautiful and city so charming we stayed an extra night. Historical with all modern amenities. Staff was amazing!

Very nice and convenient place to stay but a bit pricey

4.2 on May 31, 2012

Stayed during Spoleto Festival. Great location to get to the events. Room was spacious and very clean-nice to have TV, DVD player and small frige. Staff was very pleasant and helpful. Appreciated the many choices for breakfast times and items as opposed to one set time and menu. Thought it was a bit pricey but was very happy with the stay and wished we could have stayed longer.

Charleston Break

4.4 on January 12, 2011

Oh, such a nice place to stay, enjoyed the afternoon drinks and nibbles, evening Brandy was so good - and all for free. Rooms were excellent, breakfast was a highlight. So close to middle of town, neighbourhood was full of interesting houses, so close to dining. We enjoyed our stay

Southern Charm

5 on July 22, 2010

We enjoyed watching the goings-on of the town from the balcony off the dining area while drinking our coffee in the mornings!

Divine Historical Experience

3.6 on December 07, 2009

The photo of JR house does NOT do it justice. The house has symmetrical staircases leading to the front porch and door (unfortunately, the original iron entry gates to these staircases have gone missing). The upper veranda is accessed through the ballroom. Simply being in the ballroom and on the veranda gave me chills, and I could see the parties of long ago. The antiques/decor add so much to the reality of being amongst pre-civil war, genteel southern society. Upon arriving at the Inn, I decided to stay in a carriage house (instead of the main house). My room was period-decorated, CLEAN, and private. My carriage house window looked out to the beautiful courtyard. I was able to park my rental car behind the courtyard (easy access and not seen from the courtyard). The hostesses had extensive knowledge of Charleston sites. I enjoyed blueberry muffins and coffee delivered to my room each morning. My stay was several days, and I changed rooms once just for fun - I did not have any discomforts - air conditioning, plumbing, and breakfast all worked like a charm! Allison, St. Louis


3.6 on June 29, 2008


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Rooms & Rates

Carriage House

Our charming and secluded carriage house rooms feature antique reproduction furniture, triple bedded sheeting, along with such amenities as CD player clock radio, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, waffle weave robes, in-room refrigerator with bottled water, and a flat screen TV and DVD player. Some rooms are on the second floor and only accessible via a staircase.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Main House Ground Floor

Our large ground floor rooms feature antique reproduction furniture, triple bedded sheeting, along with such amenities as CD player clock radio, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, waffle weave robes, in-room refrigerator with bottled water, and a flat screen TV and DVD player. This room type is only accessible via a staircase

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Main House Deluxe

Our oversized deluxe rooms feature antique reproduction furniture, elaborately carved Italian marble fireplaces, and original parquet flooring and plaster moldings. Like our other rooms you will enjoy triple bedded sheeting, Oriental Carpets, a CD player clock radio, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, waffle weave robes, in-room refrigerator with bottled water, and a flat screen TV and DVD player. King bed deluxe rooms all have canopies. This room type is only accessible via a staircase

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Main House Suite

The grand suites, each with 1000 square feet of space offer 18th century reproduction furniture, original plaster molding, an elaborately carved Italian marble, and original parquet flooring. Some of the suites do offer jetted tubs with separate showers. This suite offers guests the option to close the original grand wood doors between the bedroom and living area to offer more privacy or for entertaining purposes. Other room features you may enjoy are a canopied bed, triple bedded sheeting, a CD player clock radio, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, waffle weave robes, in-room refrigerator with bottled water, and a flat screen TV and DVD player. This room type is only accessible via a staircase.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath

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Location Type

City, Downtown


Charleston, SC (CHS) 20 miles

Directions to property:

I-26 East to Hwy 17 South. Take King Street exit, right at stop. Follow King Street to Broad Street, take right. Inn is located on right side, one block down.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, Ocean, Carriage Tours, Ghost Tours, Fort Sumter Tour, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Tours

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Parking, Wedding Facilities , Daily newspaper delivery, Afternoon tea, Sherry and Brandy in ballroom, Fireplaces and jetted tubs in select rooms.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Historic Homes, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 4:00PM
  • Check Out:: Noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only guests may smoke in the courtyard or outdoor areas
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes no charge for children under 12
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night's stay plus tax
  • Cancellations: 3 days notice prior to scheduled stay is required.



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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 7:00AM - 10:00AM
  • Serving Location: In Courtyard, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Signature Dish

Shrimp and Grits
On select mornings, our classic Charleston Shrimp and Grits is served for breakfast.



Special Package

Food and Wine Gastronome Package

Package starts from $1865; 4 days, 3 nights Located in the historic district of Charleston, the John Rutledge House Inn is within walking distance to Marion Square – the site of the 2015 Wine and Food Festival. The weekend will begin on Thursday night at a brand new festival event – Throwback with Charleston’s Brown Water Society (7-10pm) at No. 5 Faber. Let the founding members of the Charleston Brown Water Society delight your palate - neat, on the rocks, and perfectly crafted cocktails. Savor stories and canapés from some of Charleston's most legendary culinary figures companied with big band era live music. On Friday afternoon (2:30-4:30pm) with tickets to the Wine and Food Festival’s Passport to Pairings. Here you can let your palate be your guide as you stroll, sip and taste your way through the Thomas Bennett House, the spacious piazza, and the impeccable gardens to live music. Guests should eat a light breakfast at the inn Saturday morning before they head to the Southern Betty Brunch (11am-1:30pm) The theme is exceptional women, and this brunch unites top female chefs, farmers, winemakers, and guests. From here head straight to the festival’s Culinary Village at Marion Square. The Village ticket gives you access all day between 12noon until 6pm with the timed portion of the ticket Saturday (3:30-6pm) for the grand tasting tents.

Pet Friendly Package

Package starts from $600; 3 days/2 nights Pets deserve a vacation too. Bring your dog along to the pet-friendly John Rutledge House Inn. Our Dog Package treats your pup to a full Charleston experience. You’ll all enjoy a room in our Carriage House with easy access to our courtyard and beautiful parks. Grab lunch or brunch on the patio of Kitchen 208 with a $25 gift certificate. Your pup will take home a special memento of dog toy and a John Rutledge House bandana. Package based on two nights for two people and one dog. Available year round though rates may vary.

Food Glorious Food

Package starts from $735; 3 days/2 nights Charleston is a foodie’s paradise. Get a taste of Charleston with a with lunch or weekend brunch al fresco at Kitchen 208 with a $25 gift certificate. Explore Charleston’s rich culinary heritage with a 2 hour Savor the Flavors Walking Tour (offered at 9:30 am or 2p.m. Monday-Saturday). Enjoy tasting traditional Lowcountry dishes while learning about the African, Caribbean, and English influences that are central to Charleston cuisine. Polish it off with an unforgettable fine dining experience at the romantic, award winning Circa 1886 Restaurant, tucked away in a charming residential neighborhood. This two-night, three day package also includes deluxe complimentary breakfast each morning, an afternoon tea and evening sherry or brandy to cap off of a true Southern experience.

Romance Packages

Package starts from $810/couple. Enjoy elegance, charm and romance in of one of Charleston's most historic inns with a two-night, three day romantic getaway. Upon arrival, slip into plush robes and indulge in a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Choose an afternoon to retreat to your cozy guest room for two private 45 minute massages. Enjoy an exquisite fine dining experience with a $100 gift certificate to Circa 1886 Restaurant, via round trip rickshaw ride. Reconnect and refresh at the John Rutledge House Inn. This package is available year round, rates vary depending upon season. Gratuity and tax not included.

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116 Broad Street , Charleston, SC 29401-2437 USA (Show map)

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