What We Love
- Prime location in East Bay, within walking distance of grand historical mansions, as well as wine and oyster bars
- Antebellum Southern charm throughout
- The rooftop bar has panoramic views and excellent mango mojitos
- Working fireplaces in guestrooms
What To Know
- Several historic buildings have been cobbled together to create the inn, and the labyrinthine hallways can be confusing
- The popular rooftop bar means you might hear late night noise
- No spa or gym, but the accommodating staff can help you make arrangements nearby
- To get into the rooftop bar, show your room key to the doorman and skip the inevitable line that forms around sunset
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
These historic digs — carved from an old warehouse used by French merchants — have a strong sense of place. The furniture is 18th-century, some rooms maintain original plaques honoring historical figures such as John C. Calhoun and Rebecca Brewton Motte, and the lobby is a small sitting room with a spiral staircase and fireplace.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 66 guestrooms and suites fuses Old World elegance and Southern charm without feeling stuffy. Fireplaces, chaise lounges and rich damask fabrics lend a cozy vibe, while soft Egyptian cotton linens and four-poster King or Queen beds in rich carved woods ensure that you’ll sleep soundly. Mod cons including WiFi and luxury European bath amenities come standard.
Guests are encouraged to mingle from each day during the wine and cheese hour — but the best amenity is the warm cookies and cold milk that come out later in the evening. The inn’s rooftop bar is a popular place for locals to watch the sunset and enjoy a cocktail; even on the hottest days there’s a cool breeze off the harbor that goes perfectly with a mango mojito or a spiked cherry lemonade. For dinner make reservations at the intimate Library Restaurant, a swanky spot that serves Lowcountry cuisine.
In the Area
Borrow one of the hotel’s free bikes to explore Charleston’s quaint streets and take in its antebellum architecture. Take the free DASH shuttle (which picks up in front of the hotel) to the hip outlying neighborhoods of Upper King and Cannonborough/Elliotborough. Charleston chefs are celebrated far and wide for their innovative fare, and several of them have won James Beard Awards, including Sean Brock of Husk and McCrady’s, Mike Lata of FIG and Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill. On Saturday mornings from April through December, Marion Square comes alive with a vibrant farmers market that bustles with produce vendors, arts and crafts, food trucks and musicians.
How to Get There
The Vendue is a wonderful gem of a hotel. It is small and beautiful, has clean elegant rooms, a fabulous staff, that is extremely helpful, attentive and friendly. The art exhibited throughout the hotel is fabulous and they have a new exhibit in the hotel three times per year. It is my go to hotel in Charleston in a location close to the water and all that's happening downtown.
We had the BEST trip to Charleston and our stay at The Vendue made it even better. The staff was so attentive, helpful, and friendly. Daniel and Marcel went above and beyond for us making my husbands birthday memorable. The food and drinks were delicious, we enjoyed riding bikes (a perk of staying there) everyday exploring the city, and came back to the best nights sleep. The beds and pillows were so comfortable that we called to find out the brand and we are purchasing them! Brittany at the front was so helpful and patient to get us this information and we are truly grateful. The place was clean and we never had to lift a finger while we were there. Hands down the best experience at a hotel for us We will never stay anywhere else in Charleston!
Charming modern hotel in perfect downtown location. The included breakfast is over the top with unlimited everything you could ask for. What made the stay particulary good was the staff. The receptionist Shanavia, bellman Daniel, and waitress Mattie in the in house restaurant Revival were all warm, helpful and available. Daniel in particular just appeared with a smile whenever we needed something.
I stay at this property for 3 nights, my experience started from the valet, then checking, up to my room. Everyone was very helpful and friendly!
Over all an amazing experience!! Not to mention that the General Manager was always in property, talking to the guests to ensure they were having a good time! For sure I will be back. Next time for a full week!!
Our stay was 3 nights and not in the least expensive room. The room was very small without a chair or sofa. Since there was no place to sit we had continually use the bed. The might have been ok for one night but not for a longer stay. Just make sure you have an adequately sized room and places to sit if you plan an extended stay. Bathroom fine.