The John Rutledge House Inn is truly an historic structure being one of only 15 remaining residences of the 55 signers of the United States Constitution and the only historic site to be offered as accommodations to the general public. Officially added to the list of National Historic Landmarks in 1973, the house was restored to its original beauty in 1989 and opened in grand style as The John Rutledge House Inn. The main house is approached by mounting the same elegant and sweeping staircase Rutledge himself did. Framed with intricately designed wrought iron railings and gates the front door to the main house opens to a foyer and impressive staircase. The double parlors on either side of the foyer are said to have formally been favorite rooms of South Carolina's first Governor and consequently are very popular guestrooms. A total of eleven rooms have been converted to well-appointed guestrooms and suites in the main house with authentic six-panel doors and parquet floors, carved marble fireplaces, working pocket doors, oversized windows to meet the high ceilings and of course, the necessary updating with new and luxurious private baths have been added to each guestroom and suite. Outfitted with canopied rice beds, a sign of wealth for the times, each guestroom is furnished to period in the spirit of surroundings fit for a man of Rutledge's stature and also offers all the modern conveniences for current day visitors.
The service provided at the Rutledge House is, of course, that which caters to guests' needs and desires. Turndown service with a confection is offered each night; a continental breakfast is served in the privacy of the guestroom each morning. Options of six different times for breakfast deliveries are offered to accommodate both early risers and those who choose to sleep in. Complimentary spring water is always available for guests and a discretely placed refrigerator is found in all the guestrooms for convenience.
A large room described as the ballroom is appropriate for private parties, intimate weddings, general gatherings, complimentary afternoon tea or wine and sherry. The ballroom, though not for dancing, true to the images called to mind with its very name: high ceilings, ornately crafted with plaster designs, papered walls, a beautiful crystal chandelier and period reproduction furnishings, outfitted for a posh function. Also ideal for a small wedding party, an additional eight rooms can be found located in the two converted carriage houses on the property. Four rooms in each, the carriage houses proves a perfect choice for those who have a family group or small party that would prefer the privacy and intimacy of the separate quarters. Such parties may also consider the lovely courtyard, equipped with tables, designed for entertaining, the courtyard may be the ideal spot for a ceremony or garden party.
Preserving the decor of the era with antiques and period reproductions the house lends an air of opulence expected of the time. The John Rutledge House Inn carries a rich history with its owner a signer of the Constitution of the United States, said to have many times met with other signers in his study, (one of the double parlors) and other statesmen such as his brother, Edward Rutledge, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, as well as a documented visit with George Washington in 1791.
To experience a piece of history and stay in rooms where the ideas for this country began to form is truly a unique experience. Leave your car in the complimentary parking lot and take the horse-drawn carriage offered by the Palmetto Carriage Company to take in dinner at the Circa 1886 Restaurant. Totally immerse yourself in the rich history of America found here in South Carolina. A stay at the John Rutledge House Inn is an unparalleled experience as this is the only hotel of its kind in the country. For its uniqueness, polished rooms and suites, proximity to Charleston's sites and "at your service" attitude of the staff, the John Rutledge House Inn earns a four diamond rating.