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
I only had one night as I was passing through Charleston, and wanted to make it a good one. This hotel caters to its guests like none I have ever experienced before. It began with a glass of champagne as I was escorted to my room. Before a function that evening, I took a quick shower. When I returned to the room, my towels had already been replaced. That sort of attention goes on and on here. My only regret is that I did not book soon enough to get an exterior room.
Forgot to review this property after a one night stay in Charleston. Perfect for our needs. In a deluge of rain sure appreciated the valet and never had to move the car. Great location—steps from Waterfront Park and Magnolias. Loved the room across from main Inn and toured art gallery. Sherry and Bennie wafers were a nice touch! We also enjoyed breakfast and coffee the next morning in main Inn. Would definitely recommend.
We spent a night there on our way to another city and had a nice time at This hotel. It’s a funky artsy friendly hotel and the staff did a great job ! The room was cool with the brick walls and although the shower had some black stains in the grout it was fine . Comfy bed . Otherwise it was clean and tidy.
Cold water for you after walking the city and the simple breakfast was nice . Rooftop bar was fun and the location was perfect. Very welcoming !
I would recommend again !
We are frequent visitors to Charleston and have stayed at numerous locations throughout the years, some in the downtown area and a few over toward Mount Pleasant. We spent three nights at The Vendue this summer and the experience was awesome! If you're looking for a downtown Charleston location where you can really be in the thick of things, then this is the place. We parked the car on the day we arrived and didn't pick it back up again until we were ready to check out. Everything you could possibly want is right within walking distance. There are plenty of great restaurants nearby, Waterfront Park is right down the street, and a short stroll down East Bay Street puts you on the Charleston Battery. The hotel itself is beautiful and the staff members that we interacted with were very hospitable. The continental breakfast was superior compared to others. The room we had was comfortable, and the small touches, like the turning down of the bed in the evening, just made the stay that much more enjoyable. We were frequent visitors to the roof top bar, which was a great place for an afternoon cocktail after a long day of walking. This was our first time staying at The Vendue and we will definitely be returning for another visit.
We've stayed at the venue several times and have never been disappointed. Always treated so we'll from everyone there. We were offered an up grade,which was great. The free breakfast was an added bonus. Won't stay anywhere else. The location is perfect,never got in our car the three days we were visiting charleston.