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 booked five rooms for our friends to celebrate a birthday. The service from the Vendue was above and beyond what we expected. We were greeted outside as we pulled up to the hotel and offered valet parking. A surprise was the ability to check in early. We were given a glass of champagne and a brief "tour" of the facilities. Lovely breakfast included and an afternoon fine arts wine reception. The location is wonderful and each boutique room is different. We had superb service.
We just got home from our fist trip to Charleston SC and were amazed at the staff, management and rooms at The Vendue. From the time we were greeted checking in and met with a glass of champagne to our departure, every person we came in contact with went above and beyond to make sure our stay was enjoyable. We had a beautiful room and a toasty fireplace And were even treated to a complimentary bottle of champagne for our anniversary!
On our second day we were met by Matt the manager and he spoke with us like we were old friends. I asked him about area restaurants and he of course mentioned the one in the hotel. I was a bit skeptical as there are so many great restaurants in Charleston. But we decided to give it a try. Out of the three nights that we spent in Charleston, we ate in the restaurant 2 of 3 nights. We were more than impressed. They also have great wine selections. We are already planning our next trip. We want to take our daughter and her husband to visit The Vendue.
The staff continuously went out of their way to make us feel at home. One example, Alayna, at the front desk, boxed up some of the hotel's famous chocolate chip cookies for us to take on the road. Just had some - yum.
The hotel and people that work there are extremely accommodating. The location is within walking distance to all the attractions and restaurants in Charleston. Parking is available and the rooms are excellent. Ask for 302 0r 202 room numbers if available.
My husband and I were disappointed in the Vendue Inn. We have stayed here in the past, travel to Charleston often and have stayed at several of the area’s top hotels. We had hoped that the rebranded and redecorated Vendue would be an improvement over the former charming but noisy and quirky hotel.
It simply is not a top tier hotel. The furniture in the room is not high quality, there is not a single comfortable seat in a premium king room, there is no paper or a pen in the desk, the edge of the baseboard in the bath just wasn’t clean.
On the positive side, the location is wonderful, staff pleasant, new “art” lobby fun, (but not particularly comfortable). The bath is a generous size and the toiletries are nice. The free breakfast was a nice enough continental spread, but not exceptional.
With some of the reviews and awards the Vendue has received lately, we were expecting much more.