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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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
Charleston, SC (CHS) 20 miles
I-526 North (towards Mt. Pleasant) exit to 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.
Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, Ocean, Ghost Tours, Carriage Tours, Fort Sumter Tour, Performing Theater, Religious Services, Bicycle rental, Historic Homes, Shopping, Sight-seeing
Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Wedding Facilities
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
Daily newspaper delivery, Afternoon tea, Sherry and brandy in ballroom, Fireplaces and jetted tubs in select rooms.
Shrimp and Grits
On select mornings, our classic Charleston Shrimp and Grits is served for breakfast.
Package starts from $619 Join in the year-round celebration of the John Rutledge House 250th Anniversary with our “Birth Of A Nation's Constitution” Package. Get acquainted with the life of John Rutledge at the home he built in 1763 and enjoy a special tour from Bulldog Tours. For two nights, enjoy a room in Rutledge's home, turned historic downtown bed and breakfast, deluxe continental or cooked breakfast, afternoon tea, evening sherry or brandy and turndown service. Choose a day to embark on an exclusive walking tour of downtown Charleston, highlighting our inn, the Old Exchange Building, the Heyward-Washington House, and St. Michael’s Church and graveyard, where John Rutledge is buried. Your Bulldog Tour will also share tales of John Rutledge’s home life, his political role in Charleston, and his prominent place in American history. Package price based on two adults in a standard room. The two-hour Birth of a Nation Tour is available Monday-Thursday.
Package starts from $420 A much-beloved tradition is back this December: Charleston's Holiday Progressive Dinner. With the Progressive Dinner Package, you'll enjoy a festive evening in downtown Charleston with overnight accommodations at the dinner's final stop: the John Rutledge House Inn. The Progressive Dinner begins with hors d'oeuvres at at our sister property, the historic Kings Courtyard Inn before your carriage ride to Circa 1886 Restaurant for a three-course dinner. Your final destination is the John Rutledge House Inn for dessert, coffee and your cozy room for the night. This package includes accommodations for two at the John Rutledge House Inn, a rickshaw ride to Kings Courtyard Inn, two seats at the Progressive Dinner and a Junior League of Charleston Party Receipts Cookbook. (Some dates already sold out. Check website for specifics.)
Package starts from $1760; 4 days, 3 nights Enjoy the best of the Charleston Wine and Food Festival, mere steps away from all the action in Francis Marion Square. This three night package (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) includes accommodations for two people in a standard room and tickets to festival events. After a leisurely Friday morning, guests will head out to the festival’s Big Bottles Brunch (11am-1:00pm) in Marion Square's Main Event tent. This first time event will feature all large bottle formats with 12 winemakers paired with 6 chefs followed by a large bottle format live auction. Saturday morning (11:30am-1:30pm) guests will head to the Culinary Village in Francis Marion Square to sample the Southeast's finest food and taste wines from all over the country. Along with the tasting tents there are cooking demos and additional tents to enjoy any time throughout the day. On Saturday afternoon (3:00-6:00pm) guests will enjoy the festival’s Pinot Envy event in the historic William Aiken House. Vintners will be pouring a variety of Pinots accompanied by samplings of local culinary delights. As always, Sunday morning will prove to be one of the highlights of the weekend with tickets to the famed Jazz Brunch (11:00am-1:00pm) at the historic Thomas Bennett House.