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
This hotel’s location is the best- walking distance to lots of restaurants and galleries, but quite at night. It’s next to the water, perfect for afternoon stroll or just sit while enjoying the view. The hotel itself shows some wear and tear, some stains on the carpet, wallpaper is peeling off, but it didn’t bother me because the bathroom looks modern and clean. There was no complimentary water bottles or no tea/coffee maker in the room. But I did notice the hotel put water/coffee/tea in the lobby.
Upon arrival, we loved the location! Most of the staff was extremely friendly. Mark, the doorman was EXCEPTIONAL for our entire 2 night stay.
The rooms are eclectic and old but very clean! Our room was so pretty and we were pleased. Drinks at the Rooftop are a must.
Getting into it
🎈Mark was wonderful, attentive, polite and helpful.
🎈The room -Beautiful and nice and great AC
🎈Room was old/rustic (pretty) but very clean!
🎈the bed-very firm (difficult for us)
🎈zero water pressure at any time. Literally the shower head was half a trickle. Very difficult to wash hair and rinse
🎈This morning, lost hot water in the middle of a shower. Called front desk and they were immediately on it!). But we didn’t stay to get it fixed.
🎈Television brightness setting was very low and no way to change it. It made watching tv difficult. Luckily, we weren’t there to stay indoors.
NO WATER PRESSURE
The interior rooms are in a 200 year old building across from the main hotel and it smells like it. Our room was very stuffy and had filthy carpet. Difficult to get to our room, stairs and no elevator
The Vendue is a lovely hotel and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Beautiful artwork all over the hotel. The continental breakfast is wonderful and we loved the live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. I don't want to forget the milk and chocolate chip cookies treat at night! The view from rooftop bar was great. The Vendue is right in the middle of historical Charleston. Easy walking to restaurants, shops and Waterfront Park. Highly recommend this hotel!
The Vendue has a great location in the center of downtown historical Charleston, very near Rainbow Row. There is no free parking (valet service is $25). Our stay was okay, but our bedframe was broken. I didn't notice it until the morning after as the beds sit about 4-6 inches off the floor. It DID seem that there was a 'tilt' to it, but since it was king size and we were together on the opposite side it was of little consequence. However, when I brought it to the attention of the concierge in our building as well as the concierge at the main building they did not seem concerned... a little disconcerting as to making me wonder what kind of problems DO they consider consequential???
They also offer cookies and milk in the evening. Trays of cookies and an open pitcher of milk was placed in our entrance way with no attendant nearby. Anyone could have entered into our building and helped themselves or even worse, could have despoiled the milk with anything... They need to rethink this 'perk'...