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
My wife and I stopped in Charleston on the way back from Florida and made the decision to stay at The Vendue. Upon checking in, there was complimentary champagne or wine and our room was upgraded, the on site restaurant, "The Revival" was awesome, my wife and I also enjoyed the various pieces of art that were displayed throughout the hotel. Although this was our first time visiting and staying in Charleston and just for one night, based off of our experience at The Vendue, it surely won't be our last.
Arrived at the Vendue Inn for a “get out of town” overnighter. Mark greeted us when we arrived, provided a very thorough, informative, and welcoming tour, and showed us to our room. I’m not sure what Marks title is, but he is one fine ambassador for the Vendue Inn. The room was wonderful, the champagne and sherry was a nice touch, and we lucked out with great January weather on the Rooftop Bar. We’ve stayed here before and we are always pleased.
This was probably our very favorite stay in Charleston. The rooms were beautifully appointed, the furniture was unbelievably comfortable, the artwork & decor was amazing and the food was delicious. We definitely recommend this hotel.
I really like this type of hotel experience, very boutique small and personalized. Some of the highlights about this hotel are the gas fireplace, the free bikes, the rooftop bar is gorgeous, and the milk and cookies are such a sweet touch. This was our second time in Charleston, and from now on we will stay at this hotel without a doubt, what other hotel has secret rooms with free wine?!
We stay in the Vendue every time we travel to our winter home in the low country, and we are never disappointed. It is older, but it works and it is much more interesting than any other hotel. The staff are helpful and competent, even proud of the Vendue, and it is comfortable and convenient to everything in Charleston. They update and modify every year, so we never tire of staying here. They have a great bar, wonderful breakfast and coffee in the mornings. It is much nicer than any hotel in Paris or Lisbon. Five stars.