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
We have stayed here a couple of times and always enjoy it. Within walking distance of the harbor and the market
The Vendue offers complimentary breakfast, rooftop restaurant/bar, fine dining at the Revival, complimentary happy hour at the lobby bar, art tour, valet parking, concierge service, room service, and beautiful rooms.
We have stayed at the Vendue four times in the past and always considered it a great hotel in Charleston. We have recommended it often. Our last stay, the last week in December changed are thoughts. When we checked into the Hotel and were shown our room, we noted that it had a stale musty smell. We thought it was from just being closed up and turned on the AC and hurried out to meet friends.
Upon our return, we found the smell, even the AC on, was even more pronounced. My wife left the room and questioned a Vendue employee about the smell. He stated that when it rained, as in the past week, some of the rooms have a strong odor. In a hurry, we changed to meet family for dinner but stopped at the desk, explained out concerns and requested the manger contact us. No one every contacted us. I wrote a letter and never received a reply.
I certainly can only speculate the strong odor after a rain is indications that somewhere in the building potential mold or mildew are the cause. Mold and mildew are a recognized health hazard. We should of left but the failure of management to address this issue should be a warning to all. I do not recommend staying at the Vendue!
Relating this issue to friends, one of our neighbors had the same experience but left immediately and did not stay. Smart folks.
I don't give negative reviews, but this is warranted.
Southern hospitality from moment arrived with glass of bubbly. Our original signature queen was nicely appointed but the bathroom was very small. Upgraded to premier king and had the nicest bathroom imaginable. Fireplace and roomy and lovely. Lots of amenities in this hotel. Will recommend to friend to come to the Vendue.
The Vendue is in a wonderful location. The check in was handled well. The food at the bar was delicious. Bedtime was a disaster. In removing a decorative pillow on the bed a large bug darted out. We removed the bedding and did not find another bug. Unfortunately that bug is still in the room on the second floor. After a 9 hour drive we opted to report the event the next morning. I was told it would be reported to the manager. We are home now and have still not heard from a manager. I was disappointed in the quality of the room and the lack of the response from the manager.
Had a wonderful stay at the Vendue. From the historical rooms to the amazing artwork throughout the place is in a great location to downtown Charleston. The valet parking is spot on. Awesome rooftop bar to finish off your days. Oh and did I mention the fresh cookies they put out in the evenings!! I Highly recommend this hotel.