In 1791, George Washington visited this elegant, grand mansion, then residence of one of South Carolina's most influential politicians, John Rutledge, and now a National Historic Landmark with spacious accommodations within the main house. (Nos. 6, 8, and 11 are the most appealing.) The building has a New Orleans–esque exterior with wrought-iron architectural details, and inside, parquet floors sit beneath 14-foot ceilings adorned with plaster moldings. Families gravitate
to the privacy and quiet of the two carriage houses overlooking the shaded brick courtyard. A scrumptious afternoon tea is served in the former ballroom. Breakfast—Continental as well as at least one hot item—can be taken in the ballroom, courtyard, or your room.
Apr 12, 2007
The service was wonderful. Our room was very clean and comfortable. We will definitely be staying there again!
Dec 18, 2001
My dad and I had a wonderful stay at the John Rutledge House. We were upgraded from a standard inn room to a grand suite. The wood floors were beautiful and the staff treated us like family. They told us about all of the history of the house. The front door's doorknob was very low to the ground. One of the explanations of thi was beacause of how small people were back then. The other was because the slaves were knelling when they opened the
door. George Washington slept inn the house too! It is definitely one of the best places to stay in Charleston.