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John Rutledge House Inn

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This classic Inn - B&B has all the modern amenities (private bathrooms and A/C) that one could hope for in a wonderful classic Charleston 1800's renovated home. The staff was friendly, courteous and professional throughout the process of booking the room right up until a late check out. Their assistance provided us with top notch restaurant reservations and accommodating tours. The courtyard was a wonderful place to have a delicious breakfast (HOT Tea!), the Ballroom and Piazza a relaxing afternoon respite and the room in the renovated carriage house was comfortable and spacious. I can't recommend this place enough. Thank you to the staff for making my stay so memorable.

We very much enjoyed our stay. Our rooms were wonderful...location was wonderful. Staff was excellent. The staff was so generous with their vast knowledge of Charleston and they simply could not have been any more solicitous of our needs. Everyone was wonderful.

We would highly recommend the John Rutledge House Inn to anyone visiting Charleston. Excellent location - within walking distance of so many great downtown activities and restaurants. The Inn is beautifully appointed - our guest room was beautiful as were the public rooms. Breakfast each day was delicious and served with class and style. The Inn has a superior staff - extremely hospitable and gracious but also who provided us with great recommendations on what to see, where to go and where to eat as we were overwhelmed with all that Charleston had to offer. We cannot say enough good things about the JRHI and we look forward to returning.

We had a wonderful stay at The John Rutledge Inn! The historical Inn is beautiful and perfectly restored. We loved having breakfast in the courtyard. We also loved the amazing balcony and the elegant ballroom upstairs. The location is perfect. We had great expectations but everything was better than expected. If the Inn itself is amazing, the concierge service is outstanding! It was our first time in Charleston, and Margo gave us a lot of suggestions and recommendations. She treated us very well. Special thanks and mention goes to Joseph, who was fantastic with us! We had some car trouble, and he helped us so much. He was perfect and very professional. Because of my poor English, he called my rental car company three times during the afternoon. He didn’t stop to help us until the car troubles were solved. Thank you very much!

I loved the great historic character of this property. It is beautifully maintained throughout. I especially appreciated the beautiful flowers throughout, including our room. Service was very helpful, friendly, excellent throughout. Everyone seemed to enjoy their jobs. Afternoon tea with hors d'oeuvres was delicious and delightful in the public area upstairs. Port & sherry are also available there into the evening. The balcony there is very pleasant. Breakfast was also delicious, and prepared with care. The pineapple on my fruit plate had obviously been cut by hand that morning. The sherried fruit with the Rutledge biscuit was exceptional. It was too hot for us to want to eat outside, but the garden area certainly looked inviting. (Breakfast can be served in your room, the public area, or outdoor garden area.) Parking is convenient, considering how tightly packed the area is.) We were in a ground floor room, least expensive in the main building, but still lovely, very comfortable. Overall, a wonderful time here.

My wife and I visited Charleston for our first time and selected the John Rutledge Inn for four nights to experience the history of the city, and we were not disappointed. We splurged on the John Rutledge Grand Queen suite, Room 7 in the main house for our anniversary, and were delighted with the spacious rooms and high ceilings of both the parlor and bedroom. Everything you could ever need, including gas fireplaces in both rooms that were really nice in the evenings and mornings and so easy to use. We also enjoyed the comfortable 4 poster bed and beautiful bath with separate shower. Every morning we enjoyed a plentiful breakfast delivered to our parlor room by wonderfully polite and prompt staff. Always hot and you can choose whatever suits your appetite. The afternoon tea service was very nice and the staff made sure that there were some gluten free items just for me! The evening concierge, Margo, was so helpful and fixed us up with reservations at Circa 1886 and the Charleston Grill at the Belmond. Both were very special occasions with great food! The Inn location is very conveniently halfway beween the busy Market street area and the historical homes south of Broad street. Great for short strolls north to restaurants or head south to view and tour the many homes open to the public. Also, a short walk through the beautiful homes to the water and White Point Gardens park. If you have a few days, be sure and buy the Heritage Combo pass that gets you in 6 homes, two plantations, and two museums for $62 per person. An outstanding value that allows you to learn and experience the interesting history of Charleston and the low country in great detail. We saw some real history and ate some great food, but we can honestly say that our stay at the John Rutledge House Inn was the highlight of our trip. It made us feel transported back in time, except with all the right amenities.

My dog and I stayed in one of the pet friendly rooms in the Carriage House. It was a great sized room with a nice bathroom and clean. Unfortunately my first impression was not the best as the girl that checked us in was rather cold and surly. I was rushed through the process with nothing as much as asking if I needed help with my bags. I walked out the door with a bad taste. Luckily the next person I met at the front desk was Margo and she made up for my first rude encounter. Elizabeth the Asst Manager was great as well. The breakfast each morning was plentiful and the afternoon light appetizers were tasty and well received. I will not hesitate to stay here again and highly recommend it.

We had an absolutely lovely stay at The John Rutledge Inn! If you are looking for a bed and breakfast in Charleston that is in a perfect location (walking distance from downtown, but still in a quieter historical area) and provides superior breakfast in a beautifully restored home, this is the one for you. We elected to stay in a King room in one of the carriage houses behind the main house, which was perfect for us. We slept well, and it was really quiet. We had a beautiful courtyard separating the main house from our room, and a back gate, where we could take a short cut and quickly walk to downtown without even having to go through the main house if we didn't want to. We could have had breakfast in our room, the courtyard, or the main house ballroom, and because the house is so elegant, we ventured into the main house each morning for breakfast. We had a great selection of hot items to choose from that we checked on a form we hung outside our door each night by midnight with a time frame checked as well. Then, in the morning, when we were ready for breakfast, we just called the front desk to let them know we were coming. They waited to prepare it at that moment to ensure it was hot when we got to the ballroom. Wow! It was fantastic --- French toast, biscuits, a daily hot breakfast special, fresh fruit, etc. - absolutely hands down - one of the best we have ever had at a hotel of any kind! Maurice was our waiter each morning and also our bellman; he was absolutely fantastic and so pleasant. Jim, our concierge, was very professional and treated us very well, also. He helped us with recommendations and maps of sites to visit while in Charleston. They have a port/sherry, tea and hors d'oeuvre time each afternoon in the ballroom as well, but we were so busy seeing the sights, that we missed that each day, but I'm sure it was really nice as well. Thank you for a fabulous stay!

From the moment we stepped in until we left we had a flawless experience. The staff could not have been nicer. Both of the Concierge we dealt with were extremely professional and just a lot of fun. It was like sitting down talking with your best friend. The place is immaculately clean and quite for being right in the city. The breakfast was beautifully prepared and the waitstaff were great.

This was our first stay at the John Rutledge House Inn and I guarantee it won't be our last. The location was excellent, within a 10 min walk to the bustleing action on Market Street, Battery Park and Rainbow Row. Afternoon Tea and Lemonade was served every afternoon at 4:30 along with Sherry, Port and light snacks in the Ballroom upstairs which has a small but nice veranda to sit one and enjoy the afternoon breezes. The rooms are nicely furnished and the Tempurpedic mattress provided a great night's sleep. The "custom" breakfast (included) every morning was exellent (let's face it, it's difficult to have a bad meal in Charleston). But what stood out above all was the hospitality shown by everyone on the staff from the bellman to the concierge, it was simply outstanding. The day concierge greets you by name when you enter and if not busy with other guests, will engage you in conversation about your day and plans, and of course ask if there is anything they can do to help. You know when you return to the hotel you can just relax =- They've got it covered.

116 Broad St Charleston SC

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to College of Charleston
  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Concierge services

Located in Historic Charleston, John Rutledge House Inn is next to The Governor's House Inn and Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. The 19 rooms at this 4-star hotel include refrigerators and flat-screen TVs and guests can enjoy free breakfast. Located in central Charleston, the hotel is also near College of Charleston and USS Yorktown.


Free full breakfast is offered each morning. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends at the free daily manager's reception.


All 19 individually decorated rooms provide refrigerators, free newspapers, and free local calls. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Tempur-Pedic beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries. Other standard amenities include free bottled water, ironing boards, and desks.

Property features

John Rutledge House Inn features free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and free newspapers. Self parking is available for USD 14.00 per night. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. This historic hotel also has a porter/bellhop.

Room options

Standard Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

89% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 657 reviews