John Rutledge House Inn
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One of Charleston's Grandest Historic Inns
The John Rutledge House Inn is the only home of a signer of the Constitution of the United States that serves as both a living historic landmark and a grand inn. It's historic setting, magnificent architectural details, and period décor mix with timeless hospitality and amenities to create an experience that's equal parts celebration and luxurious restoration.
History, Luxury, & Proximity To The Best of Charleston
Designated as a National Historic Landmark, The John Rutledge House Inn is a living piece of history and a proud part of downtown Charleston. Located on historic Broad Street and steps from the stunning homes South of Broad, we offer the best of one of the country's most beloved cities - gracious hospitality and nearly instant access to the antique and shopping districts, historic waterfront homes, and restaurants.
John Rutledge House Inn Awards & Accolades
2018 Certificate of Excellence - Trip Advisor
AAA Four Diamond - Charleston's Most Consecutive Four-Diamond Award Recipient, honored since 1990
10 Best Hotel in Charleston, SC - 2018 Trips To Discover
Top 10 Charleston City Hotel - 2018 Travel + Leisure Readers
Reader's Choice Awards - 2018 Condé Nast Magazine
Gold List - 2011-2016 Condé Nast Magazine
Each of our 19 elegant rooms and suites has a unique size and architectural details. Whether you join us in the main house or our two charming carriage houses, you'll revel and relax in grand comfort and warm hospitality.
- Complimentary breakfast: Begin your day with a delicious deluxe continental or cooked breakfast served in your room, the ballroom, or the courtyard, whatever your pleasure.
- Afternoon tea: Complimentary afternoon tea served in the ballroom or piazza overlooking historic Broad Street.
- Evening port, sherry, & brandy: A nod to a rather lovely old tradition that we keep for obvious enjoyment purposes.
- Amenities in every room: Irons/ironing boards, hairdryers, cozy robes, refrigerator with complimentary bottled water, flat screen TV and DVD player.
- Nightly chocolates: Nightly turndown service with delicious chocolates. Sweet dreams guaranteed.
- Tempur-Pedic® beds: Luxuriate in modern comfort and classic European bedding.
- Wireless internet: Yes, we're historic, but we live in modern times. Enjoy complimentary wireless access in all guest rooms and common areas.
- 24-hour concierge service: Day or night, we're here for whatever you may need.
- Athletic Club: Access to a nearby athletic club with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and an array of classes is available for a minimal charge.
What Makes The John Rutledge House Inn Special For...
As a family-owned historic hotel, it's no surprise that we love to cater to families - and so does Charleston. From relaxing together on our piazza to exploring history at Fort Sumter to hitting the sand and surf at one of our renowned beaches, you'll find there's something for every member of the family.
Is it our piazza and inspiring city views? Our secluded courtyard? Whatever your answer, The John Rutledge House Inn has earned its place in the hearts of romantics around the world. Whether you're searching for a romantic Charleston getaway or a truly unique, truly luxurious honeymoon suite in the #2 U.S. wedding destination, we promise to make a beautiful, indelible mark on your heart.
The John Rutledge House Inn's rich history includes the writing of drafts of the Constitution of the United States within its walls. As such, it's a must-see for history buffs and a beautiful, integral part of Charleston's enduring historic legacy. Just steps from the Inn, you'll stroll cobblestone streets where only horses and buggies used to roam. Revel in the beautiful works of native artists at the city's museums. Whether you're relaxing on the piazza, or exploring one of Charleston's secret alleyways, you're part of a city where history truly lives.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Kathy Leslie for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Guests stay with us for a variety of reasons. Reason 1 - the history - John Rutledge signed the constitution; we are centrally located within easy walking distance to many historical homes, the City Market, restaurants and dining. Lastly, we have been rated as a 4 Diamond property by AAA since we opened in 1989.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are best known for being centrally located within easy walking distance to many historical homes, the City Market, restaurants and dining. We have been rated as a 4 Diamond property by AAA since we opened in 1989. We have a comfortable, friendly atmosphere and the staff is outstanding.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The #1 reason to visit this area is for its rich history and the food.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
I think the best compliment is when a guest tells me they will come back and recommend us. We have lots of repeat guests, which means we are doing something right.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Many people don't know or realize that prior to the Civil War, Charleston was one of the richest cities in the U.S.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
When someone stays longer than a weekend we suggest they tour Ft. Sumter, visit a plantation, stroll along The Battery, shop the City Market, visit the Slave Museum, try She Crab soup, and enjoy our hospitality and dining.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Charleston is an easy walking city. Most guests don't use a car once they arrive unless they want to tour a plantation.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
There are too many great restaurants to chose a favorite. Local seafood is always great.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
The Charleston CVB website is a great resource.
How many rooms does your inn have?
The main house has 11 rooms; there are 4 rooms in each carriage house (total 19).
Do you accept pets?
Yes, we accept dogs only. We have 2 rooms in our carriage house designated for guests traveling with dogs.
Memorable Weddings & Gatherings
Our stunning historic setting welcomes gatherings of all kinds - from milestone celebrations to reunions and weddings.
A Charleston Tradition
Weddings and gatherings at The John Rutledge House Inn combine beauty, history, and warm service in true Charleston style. From family reunions to weddings and anniversary celebrations, we'll ensure your event is extraordinary.
Your Style, Your Needs: Perfectly Met
Our diverse spaces and warm, attentive staff are designed to serve groups of all kinds:
- Social Gatherings
- Incentive Trips
"We made the John Rutledge House the centerpiece of our 50th wedding anniversary celebration and could not have been happier." - TripAdvisor 1/29/12
- 24' x 24'
- 576 square feet
- Reception: 25 maximum
- Conference style: 20 maximum
- Availability is limited from 12 noon to 6:00 pm only
- 24' x 14'
- 336 square feet
- Banquet: 20 maximum
- Conference style: 12 maximum
Signers Ballroom/Suite 7 combined
- 40' x 24'
- 960 square feet
- Reception: 40 maximum
- Availability is limited from 12 noon to 6:00 pm only
- Reception: 100 maximum
- Availability is limited from 12 noon to 6:00 pm only
- Rain or shine
- Tents are the responsibility of the guest
We're delighted to host your event. Please note that a minimum number of sleeping room reservations are required in addition to reserving our event spaces. Restrictions do apply for music, rental equipment, event time, and food and beverage.
The Inn's Esteemed History
The Ultimate Wedding Gift
John Rutledge built this elegant home as a wedding gift for his bride Elizabeth Grimke in 1763. In the 2nd floor drawing, now the Signer's Ballroom, John Rutledge, chairman of the drafting committee, wrote several iterations of the Constitution of the U.S. He later signed the document with the other founding fathers. In 1791, George Washington had breakfast with Mrs. Rutledge during his Presidential visit to Charleston.
Through Fire, War and Cannons
In 1853, the house was renovated and many distinctive architectural features were added, including the Italian marble fireplaces, ornate parquet floors, and elaborate ironwork depicting the Federal Eagle and SC Palmetto tree as a tribute to Rutledge's service in federal and state governments. During the Civil War, the house survived a great fire that destroyed the building next door in which the Articles of the Secession were signed. The house took a direct hit from a Union cannon during the siege of Charleston (see the third floor right corner in the photo).
The Transformation from Home to Inn
For more than 100 years the house served as a residence, offices, and The Gaud School. The house then sat vacant for several years before 1989 when it was returned to its former glory. A major restoration was undertaken to restore the inlaid floors, plaster work, and staircase. An array of modern conveniences were added transforming this historic structure into an elegant, beloved inn.
So Much to Love
Voted "Top City in the United States" by Condé Nast Traveler readers, Charleston is beloved and renowned for its hospitality, beauty, architecture, history, food, and culture. Check out some of our favorite things.
Where To Eat: Staff Favorites
Circa 1886 at the Wentworth Mansion
For an exquisite dinner with an intimate ambiance, our own Circa 1886 at Wentworth Mansion.
Fast & French (G&M)
A taste of Paris just steps from our door. Go for one of the best and most affordable lunches in the city.
Bakehouse Bakery Café
For an afternoon coffee and a "sweet treat."
What To Do: Staff Favorites
Bulldog Tours Walking Tour
Step back in Charleston history with one of the city's best guides.
An evening rickshaw ride along the Battery is the perfect way to end a day's worth of sightseeing.
See the Holy City from one of the best vantage points - our beautiful waters.
Places To See: Staff Favorites
Take a long, beautiful glimpse at Charleston as she was through history. Take the boat ride out to Fort Sumter, the site of the first shots of the Civil War.
Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
Discover this building's integral role in our country's quest for independence and its important service to an emerging country.
Browse a magnificent collection of Charleston-made furniture in the main house and ancillary structures like the carriage shed that has the 18th-century well just beneath, the kitchen building that was built in the 1740s, and an exquisite formal garden. President Washington stayed in the Heyward-Washington House while visiting Mrs. Rutledge.