Full disclosure: My family is in the hospitality business. So maybe my standards are higher than they should be.
The John Rutledge House was a big disappointment. Since we had never been to Charleston before, we did a lot of research before choosing a place to stay. We chose John Rutledge House because it was a historic property, and frankly, because of the positive reviews we had seen, especially on Trip Advisor.
We did not have a good experience.
When we checked in we, were met by a concierge who was new and did not understand the various packages offered. We had paid a premium for the "Destination Charleston" package, which included a carriage ride and a choice of sightseeing opportunities. The one we wanted was a tour of Fort Sumter.
The concierge had no idea what we were talking about, and if we had not done research on our own, we would not have been able to take advantage of the extras we had paid for.
The room was OK...nothing special...on the second floor, so schlepping the luggage was a hassle (we did have help with the bags, however).
The second night, our room was not even readied for the evening (no turndown, breakfast menus, etc).
Overall, we found the staff did not go out of its way to be friendly or helpful. The location is also not the most convenient. There are better places to stay right in the heart of things in Charleston.
This B&B is expensive, and truthfully, we found it to be a bad value. My husband and I have traveled all over the world...so we know what a good value is.
My advice: If you're visiting Charleston, there are too many nice accommodation to pick from.
Skip this one.
- 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