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The Vendue in Charleston, SC

The Vendue in Charleston, SC

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The Vendue is situated in Charleston's historic French Quarter, and is comprised of two charming boutique hotels housed in a collection of warehouse buildings dating back to the 1780s. The peninsula's only hotel dedicated to the arts, in all forms, The Vendue is itself as much a destination as the many points of interest just outside its entryways.

History

Established in 1780.

The Vendue is a combination of two unique boutique hotels - 19 Vendue and 26 Vendue - located across the street from one another. 19 Vendue is housed within five historic warehouses dating back to 1780 that have been combined to form one hotel. 26 Vendue is a combination of two historic warehouses dating back to the 1800s. Due to the historic nature of the buildings, no two rooms are alike and each is decorated with different period reproduction furnishings or true antiques.

The Vendue was renovated and "reborn" in 2014 to create Charleston's first and only hotel dedicated to the arts - in all forms. Over 300 pieces of original art have been installed for our guests to enjoy. Our main exhibition space covers the entire public spaces of 19 Vendue.  Additional installations are on display in all guestroom corridors, the public areas of 26 Vendue, and within our Gallery guest rooms.

The Vendue also offers three distinct dining experiences:  The Drawing Room, The Rooftop, and The Press

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.04

Address: 19 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC, 29401
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Comments (79):

1. Regina S.
The view was lost. Now it's found! The bar lost it's original view because of new condos but they built up and the view is back. Drink prices are reasonable and the appetizers are filling. This place draws in all different types of people but the one thing they seem to have in common is that they're local. Strange for a hotel bar, but it's true. No worries about it being outdoor during the winter. This place has great heaters for year-round enjoyment.

08/02/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Remi L.
Great location. Amazing breakfast!  Get the biscuits and gravy.  Not too big but oh so satisfying.  Staff friendly, but concierge seemed to be having an off weekend. We stayed in fireplace room across the street next to the pub.  Great bed and bedding! Big bathroom. Missed the cookies but would definitely recommend as an alternative to the chain hotels in the area.

02/03/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
3. Jason A.
Let me start by saying that the bedding was by far the most comfortable I have ever experienced. The king-sized bed was amazing! Staying here had a number of excellent perks: conveniently located along the Charleston waterfront; free cruiser bikes; free WIFI; express access to the rooftop bar; and they have free breakfast and a afternoon snack (both of which we never tried). I had a chance to visit a few other rooms in three of the Vendue buildings. Our room was located in the main building and was the nicest of the three. IMHO, I'd say go for the main building. The room was quiet and well-cooled. The staff, while kind of young, were friendly and helpful.

09/06/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Scott C.
Vendudes in khaki, pleated as all hell

The Vendue is a pretty classy historical joint, with vintage elevator and all.  I wanted it to rule, but the ayes didn't have it.  Nice big patio on the roof and plenty of cocktails, but some displeasing building blocked the bulk of the view, tragically.  Didn't stay there but they tell me it's nice.  In short, a good place for a mojito if the no-see-ums aren't out in force.

17/01/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
5. ashly s.
I am an experienced traveler and I have NEVER encountered such a rude, arrogant, unaccommodating staff as when I visited the Vendue Inn.  I traveled to Charleston for a girls trip with 5 other women and we booked our trip through Expedia.  When making the reservations we purchased 2 identical rooms each with 2 queen beds and there were to be 3 people per room.  When we arrived at the hotel we were pleased with the charming decor and were excited to see our rooms.  As the bellhop took us to our friends room we went inside and it was just as we expected, 2 queen beds, lovely decor etc.  We were then taken to the other room where my mother, sister, and myself were to stay.  The room had only 1 king bed, was poorly decorated, and was dark and dingy.  We were disappointed and informed the front desk that we were supposed to have a room with 2 queen beds.  The AGM on duty, Jerry, was the most arrogant, condescending, egotistical person I have ever come across in the hospitality business.  He told us that when we reserved our room through expedia that the 2 queen beds were merely a request, not a guarantee.  Our itinerary specifically stated under Room Type:  2 queen beds.  I've booked through Expedia several times and have NEVER had this problem.  Why would we be expected to know that this is only a request and not a guarantee??  Jerry then offered us an aero mattress which we declined since we did not travel all the way to Charleston and pay for a room at a boutique hotel to sleep on the floor on an air mattress.  He then informed us that there were no other rooms available and that the hotel was 100% booked for that night.  We then offered to stay in the room for the night and then switch rooms the next day when a larger room became available since asking 3 adult women to sleep in one bed is absurd.  Jerry did not accept this offer but told us he would be happy to SELL us a larger room.  He expected our party to have to pay for a larger room when the hotel was the one at fault and we were the ones being inconvenienced.  
Our party told the staff that we would be going to lunch down the street and asked that they have something worked out when we returned.  As we were in the middle of our lunch Jerry came into the restaurant and sat down at our table and told us that since there was nothing they could do for us then they were ASKING US TO LEAVE THE HOTEL!  Not only were they asking the 3 of us that were unhappy with our room to leave but they were asking the other 3 women in our party to leave as well!  Jerry told us several times that he didn't need our business because he could sell our rooms in an instant and that he wouldn't be paying for our expenses at another hotel either.  The entire time he was smug, condescending, unapologetic, and not to mention unprofessional by showing up at our lunch to embarrass us!  We then asked to speak to his manager, Sue, and he informed us that he was "just as important as her" and there was no need.  We eventually convinced him to get her on the phone and although she was unapologetic and  unsympathetic with our situation as well, she did offer to pay the difference for our stay at a Holiday Inn.  At this point we were so defeated and in complete shock that we had just been kicked out of this hotel that we accepted the offer for the Holiday Inn.  They were not even willing to find a hotel of comparable value and character.  Someone looking for a charming boutique hotel will obviously be disappointed when having to settle for a generic Holiday Inn!  
This experience completely overshadowed our entire trip and our idea of southern hospitality.  The managers at this hotel are in the wrong business since they are obviously clueless about customer service.  I am still in complete shock about how we were treated and by Jerry's behavior as an AGM.  If the Vendue Inn is at all concerned with improving their customer service and making their guests happy they will never accomplish anything with Sue and Jerry in charge.  They repeatedly blamed us as well as Expedia for the situation and accepted NO fault of their own.  You couldn't pay me to go back to this hotel as long as both of them are still employed there.

25/08/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
6. Gretchen S.
Listed as a "B&B", but more like a vacation rental, this well situated suite was a great home base for our weekend away. We are not big fans of B&Bs- as the owners generally seem to be too involved and we enjoy more privacy, but this place is much more like staying at a good friend's apartment. The Inn was steps away from the river and just off Bay Street. We had the suite located on Vendue, The bed was comfy, the room was light and airy and supplied all of our needs comfortably. Jean, the manager, greeted us out front and directed us to the public parking garage nearby. We had wine, cheese and crackers waiting in our room and best of all were the bikes available for our use. We sure made great use of these - Charleston is too big to walk everywhere but perfect to ride through! Small drawback- the hotel across the street has a hopping late night bar that was quite noisy- drunken girls screaming in the street in the middle of the night- yikes! Another odd thing that I think is more about Charleston than this lovely Inn is a strange smell that seems to come up from the sewer- oh my! It actually woke us up in the middle of the night. Imagine each of us staring at the other thinking it was some "bit of undigested cheese" of whatever. It is an old town and all but damn! BUT, I cannot fault the Vendue Suites for that and we would be happy to stay here again.

06/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Lady B.
Great little inn.  Charming, amazing location, pretty rooms of a good size with amazing beds, nice amenities and bathrooms.  The breakfast that's included is so good you'll want to jump for joy, but the delicious cheese grits will weigh you down so you don't fly away.  Amazing staff, fun little wine and cheese reception every day, good value, nice joint.  Will definitely go back!

07/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Joseph H.
The benefit of staying at the Vendue Inn is that it's one of only three downtown hotels that allow pets.  I've stayed several times and the first few were in the suites and it's okay.  The rooms are a good size in the suites but I got a queen last time and it was about the size of a large closet with a 19" TV to match.  The floors were dirty and the bed was uncomfortable.  So why would I give it three stars?  Because the staff, location and breakfast are very good.  If you enjoy traveling with your dog then this downtown hotel is the best value, just opt for a suite.  If I go without my dog I like the Doubletree at Market St.

18/06/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
9. Val V.
So I'm giving the Vendue Inn 4 stars mainly because of the great location and the good service.  

Let me start with the check in.  So, probably my fault but I had booked and "interior queen room" - NEVER BOOK THAT ROOM!.  When we were brought to the room by the bellman it literally looked like a jail cell.  There was enough room for a queen bed surrounded by brick walls.  NO windows!  Talk about claustrophobia!  Anyway, we called the front desk and they moved us to the King Suite which was a huge upgrade.  Unfortunately we were staying for 4 nights and they didn't have a room available all 4 nights so we have to move to a jr suite(really a regular room) half way through our stay.  They were very nice about it and the poor bellman came back to move all our stuff.

The rooms were nice, bathrooms outdated, but comfortable beds.  Very quaint and definitely old world charm.  I think you can't really avoid the "old world charm" in Charleston.  

The location was great.  Right downtown, walking distance to restaurants and bars and right on the harbor front.  

For the money I would stay again and recommend to others.

15/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Janet G.
My Husband and I recently went to the Vendue Inn for President's Day weekend and we absolutely loved The Vendue Inn as well as Charleston, SC.  Between the wonderful staff that is super hospitable (always a warm smile, eagerness to please, so professional and so darn nice;-), to the deeelicious Full Southern Breakfast each morning, to the awesome Afternoon reception (the crab dip and chicken salad dip was soooo yummy), to the big ole cookies and milk each evening and finally to the too adorable for words Charleston Chews with nightly turn down service each night, we have never experienced such luxury, romance, kindness, beauty, and delicious gourmet at ANY resort and we travel often to many different destinations.  This is hands down the best Bed and Breakfasts we've ever stayed.  The Bed was so posh and luxe, the room so romantic.  They leave no stone unturned and we can't wait to go back.  It's our new favorite Bed and Breakfast, ultra-luxurious and our new home whenever we visit Charleston, SC in the future.  In fact, we are now considering relocating to Charleston, we loved it so much and The Vendue Inn plays heavily on that decision.  We loved everything about it.:)

25/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Jennifer M.
Pros: great location, excellent service, has the feel of a small intimate inn, comfy beds, good breakfast, and the afternoon wine tasting is a nice touch. Cons: the queen rooms are very small (we were in the building across the street); walls are thin and you can hear everything in the hallway; the plantation shutters let in tons of light in the am, which is not great if you want to sleep in; and the down pillows are terrible. We used a special on Expedia and paid about 2/3 the normal room price, which I think was about right for what we got. I wouldn't have been happy if we were paying full price.

04/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
12. Zabrina R.
We stayed here last week to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary. We loved the location, it was in walking distance to most everything we wanted to check out. Robbie was a great help in getting a hard to get dinner reservation for us, but one thing I could not overlook was how I felt we were treated by the manager. At the wine and cheese reception she over looked our table  after greeting everyone in the room and did the same thing at breakfast the next day. It does not seem like a big deal, but did make me feel a bit strange and didn't lend itself to the warm hospitality I was hoping for being in the South. Our room was beautiful, but I felt that it was not as nice as it could have been for paying well over $300. The free bikes were awesome and my hubby and I enjoyed a relaxing bike ride around the downtown area. Overall, not what I had hoped for from a hotel that bills itself as "catering" to guests in a romantic setting.

19/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
13. Dave S.
Wish you could give 3.5 stars...because that's right about where the Vendue Inn is. Pretty good by not amazing. After hearing from everyone we had to have a drink on the roof deck, we were disappointed to see how casual it was with with old furniture and people smoking everywhere.

Hotel itself was nice, we found the staff very helpful (we had to move rooms because of a crying baby next to us) and you can't beat milk and cookies every night in the lobby!

21/11/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
14. Ron R.
We arrived at the Vendue on Aug 5th for a 2 night stay, and was greeted by the warmest attendants you could imagine.  They parked our car and we didn't see it for the next 2 days because everything we wanted to see or eat was within walking distance. Our room was nicely appointed, but rather small for our tastes. If you sit on the sofa to watch TV you have to look up at an angle which eventually started hurting our neck because the sofa was only about 5 feet away from the sofa and over the fireplace.  Bed was comfortable and inviting. My problem was finding german roaches in the bathroom, the kind you usually find in a dirty restaurant.  They immediately upgraded us to another suite.  The upgrade was very nice, and newly redecorated.  However we also found roaches in that suite also.  But since we were leaving the next morning we stayed the night without asking for a room change.  Breakfast was just ok nothing to shout about.  I had the croissant with sausage, and potatoes.  The potatoes were bland and not freshly cooked, but they were rubbery and barely warm. They should  try making fresh potatoes not frozen.  Overall our stay was good, and the staff was accommodating, but I don't think I'll come back..

18/08/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
15. Kristi S.
Capture the essence of Charleston while feeling at home at this beautiful Southern charm.  

My room was a quaint step back in time and extremely comfortable.  Breakfast is scrumptious, and the service is wonderful.  Milk and cookies served in the evening are a real yummy treat and a nice touch    There is a rooftop restaurant that frequently has live music.  Waterfront Park is just outside the door; it is a locally cherished spot downtown for strolling, enjoying the sunset, and harbor gazing.

07/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Ann Marie D.
I want to give this place 5 stars, but the parking can leave something to be desired. My room was amazing. - It was very well appointed and the most was made of the space. I booked an interior room as I was only staying for the night. I was on the second floor, though the room did not have a window there was a skylight, which let the natural light into the room. The floors in the bedroom and bathroom were beautiful old hardwood. The bathroom was modern with a jacuzzi tub/shower.
The staff was amazing- they were friendly, they were concerned, and they went out of their way to make sure my stay was enjoyable.
The food was good, I enjoyed the complimentary breakfast. I had a glass of wine at the Manager's reception and I wish I had remembered to go for the evening cookies!
The location is great- right off East Bay, right by waterfront park. Close enough to walk to all the great shops and restaurants. I would highly recommend Vendue Inn for a stay in historic Charleston.

23/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Joshua M.
Looking back at my books I realized that the Vendue Inn double charged us for an extra night. It's been too long to dispute the charges, but I'd definitely check your statements!  We were charged a full 267.76 more than we should have.  LAME.

11/08/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
18. D N.
nothing but good things to say here...staff was beyond awesome, room was great with ton of character, hot made to order bfast in the morn... old world southern charm at its best. Warning...if the W is your idea of awesome, this isnt your place...if history, charm, and the staff making you feel like an old friend is something you might want to try...then this is it.  btw- location...perfect. great coffee house around the corner (the meeting room) and great eats close...cypress and snob!

04/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Fernando P.
Well... I'm forced to write my review here since Hotels.com refuses to post the review I sent them weeks ago.  

Let's just start by saying that, my wife and I decided to go to Charleston, SC to celebrate our 4th year wedding anniversary.  Based on the reviews in that same website, we picked the Vendue Inn to stay during a long weekend between 6/25/10 and 6/28/10.  

I sent an e-mail in advance asking staff to give us a quiet room, away from elevators and main entrances.  They responded back saying that they could show us what they had when we arrived.  The fact is, when we did arrive, this apprentice of concierge, Tim, greeted us with the customer service skills of... well, I can't seem to find the right word for it.  He told us we had been placed in a room across the street (not in the main building, and with no elevators), and when I said I was told the day before that we would be shown the different rooms available, he said "well, this is the only room we have for you".  Knowing myself, I just bit my tongue and did not keep pushing the issue.  We were tired after driving from Miami, and we just wanted to take a bath and get some rest.

The room was tiny, nothing like the pictures posted in the website, and the ridiculous thing was that, having asked for a "quiet room", we soon found out the ice machine was a mere 10 feet away from our door.  So, throughout the weekend, we could hear people getting ice pretty much every half-hour, even during the night.  The icing on the cake was that the last two days, they put someone with a dog in the room next door... I lost count of how many times I had to call the main building to have the situation taken care of.

On the bright side, the restaurant and the restaurant staff were outstanding.  We had dinner our first night there, and they treated us like royalty.  The food was out of this world, and the service, just impeccable.  Specially Charity, our waitress: the sweetest girl, ever.  Also Matt, who waited for us in our last breakfast there, was outstanding.  There was, however, this clear disconnection between the restaurant staff, and the rest of the hotel's.  It looked like the latter have never been training for customer service, ever...

In sum, an OK place with an outstanding restaurant, but very poor customer service level in the hotel's staff.  When staff in any establishment look at you like you are coming from Mars as soon as you complain about anything, there is something definitely wrong with it... And like I said in the review that Hotels.com never published (no wonder we got "lured" into this hotel by looking only at good reviews...), I do recommend the restaurant, but I DO NOT recommend the hotel.  There are far better places in Charleston, SC to stay in.  I won't deny that the Vendue Inn has a great location, but sometimes, that's not everything one could be looking for.  I rather be treated like a real customer, and not as an "inconvenience".  For sure we will never go back there...

06/09/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
20. Brent J.
Was a great central location to explore Charleston and definitely had an old world charm.  The room was a little small, but the bed was very comfortable.  Not a great place to stay if you want to sleep in.   With the hardwood floors you can hear everyone walk by your room.  However, the staff was really nice and the brunch in the morning was great.  The best part was that they have free use of bikes to explore the area.  Definitely would stay here again.

18/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. Mop P.
friendly, accomodating staff with good service.  they can get you reservations at restaurants around town.

nice breakfast and wine&cheese hour & the oatmeal cookies at night were really good. great location with good restaurants and fountain park/pier nearby. riding bikes around Charleston is a great way to explore.

rooms are nice but try to stay in the main Vendue not across the street where the rooms are small and everything can be heard through the walls. pretty old bathrooms but clean. very comfortable beds.

price can get a little high but maybe because we were there during a festival.

07/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. M. C.
This place capped off our recent "Southern Tour" (Savannah, Hilto Hean, Charleston) and proved to be a fantastic base for touring beautiful old Charleston.
Location is absolutely perfect (although the late Friday night noise from the Rooftop Bar across the street may prove distracting; bring some earplugs). The room overlooking Vendue Range is where we stayed - but the other two rooms would work well for two couples or a family of four (they have full kitchens).
Jean is a gracious hostess that really will make your stay enjoyable - and she's a fun person to talk with.
Not to be missed: Fleet Landing, tours of local gardens, walking E. Bay and King Streets (stop at the Bull Market), have dinner at Magnolias.
Have fun!

24/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Scott P.
Very nice bed and breakfast in the best location to stay in Charleston. The breakfast was delicious, plentiful, quick and the service was excellent. The hotel had more to offer than we could enjoy. Complimentary breakfast every morning, wine in the afternoon, milk and cookies at night and free use of bicycles to explore the area. The hotel also has a nightly turn down service where they'll bring you ice, bottles of water and chocolates. The staff was extremely pleasant and helpful. We stayed in a King Suite. The bed was fantastic, such a good night sleep. There was a flat screen television in the bedroom and a larger flat screen television and fireplace in the suite. The shower was small and hard to get the water temperature just right but there was also a nice tub and an abundance of towels. We loved this bed and breakfast. Honestly this place spoiled us and caused us not to take a chance staying anywhere else when in Charleston.

18/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Jenni H.
Planning on visiting Charleston for a summer wedding, I found Vendue Suites on another site listed as a B&B. We wanted to avoid the typical antique and lace-type B&B; this place was more of a relaxed apartment rental, with all of the amenities of a B&B! Of only three units in the building, we stayed in the one-bedroom, which had great big windows that opened to Vendue Range, right off of East Bay St close to Waterfront Park. When we arrived, Jean did an excellent job welcoming us with a tour, a fully stocked room of food (including wine in the mini-fridge!!), maps and tips on where to visit and the best ways to get there.

Our favorite part of the location was that the (free) trolley picked up and dropped off right down the street from the Suites; you could visit anywhere in historic Charleston from the trolleys, which saved us many sweaty walks.  There is coffee, juice, cereal, and pastries in the room for breakfast, and only a short walk to some great restaurants (check out Magnolia's and Poogan's Porch), the local market, and bars at night.

Other reviews suggested that there was a bit of street noise at night, but we never had a problem. The price was a bargain for the great service and stocked room. If you are planning a trip to South Carolina, make sure to call Jean and stay here! I will be back!

07/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. The W.
Small B&B feel. It's like staying with family. They don't use the word "no" here. They go out of their way to make sure your trip is perfect.

18/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
26. Mungee M.
My husband and I enjoyed a romantic getaway at the Vendue Inn.  The staff could not ave been more helpful in attending our needs - a truly personal touch.  Southern hospitality at its finest!

05/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Debie W.
This was one of the best hotel experiences I've had in a long string of hotels. The staff were friendly and eager to help. There was always someone at the concierge desk, so no need to hunt someone down for service or information. Housekeeping service was good. The room wasn't huge, but plenty big for us. It was quite modern in spite of being in a great historic building. There was even a whirlpool bath! The buildings are really nice. Because these are old buildings, nothing is cookie cutter which makes it much more homey setting than a large hotel where every corridor is the same as every other. There are nicely decorated, compfortable little seating nooks scattered through out. Milk and yummy chocolate cookies were put out in the reception areas every evening. Since it was my birthday, they sent a bottle of champagne to the room! The inn is in a great location right down near the harbor in the French Quarter with easy access to the best restaurants and sight seeing. The Library Restaurant was a little out of our price range, but we did have a very nice breakfast at the Inn. We loved it!

23/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Jamie M.
The highs and lows of the Vendue combined for a solid 3 rating with my husband and I constantly answering the question, "would you come back?" With "yes, but..."
The highs: the valets. Always attentive, friendly and ready to help. The staff in The Library and at breakfast: helpful and knowledgable. The Director's Reception: if you get there before the food runs out. The location: within walking distance of everything--park your car and forget about it.
The lows: THE ROOM: exposed brick wall rendered the bathroom cold. Fixtures didn't match and the paint job was sloppy. Housekeeping: the price tag from a previous guest was still on our floor at check-in. Trash wasn't emptied on the second day. We felt like the room wasn't throughly cleaned. Wireless didn't work at all in our room. We could have wireless if we went to the lobby.

22/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
29. Scarlett J.
LOVE THIS PLACE and will go back again and again!

Where do I even start? Let's see...
-Breakfast included. And it's not skimpy. It's delicious, and the portions are more than a normal person could eat. And the coffee is delicious, and FRESH orange juice... the belgian waffles are fluffy and light, the eggs are cooked perfectly, and the bacon is thick and tasty. Yummmm
-Cookies and milk at 9pm? Yes, please!
-Service is PHENOMENAL. Valet parking, bell hops, waitstaff, cleaners, etc... all want to help you and keep a smile on your face.
-The rooms. Who cares that there isn't a window? I didn't! The rooms are beautiful brick, some with modern decor and some are traditional old south decor. BEDS ARE AMAZING. Feather beds with fluffy pillows and comforter. And the bathroom is a nice size, big shower, good water pressure.
-Great location. Could it get any better? nah. Right on the water and 1 block from the market.
-CLEAN. Enough said.

Can't wait to visit again!

17/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Kristie W.
The location is really fantastic. Virtually 1-2 blocks away from all the good restaurants we dined in, a few minutes to the city market, rainbow row, the battery, etc. When we arrived, we were very warmly greeted and given a tour. The bellhop and young man at the desk were most gracious.

The nice touches included ...
- the hotel decor (gorgeous antique frames with old paintings in them, holiday decor and tree, fire places, mini lounge/library, breakfast dining areas had old-world charm)
- rooftop bar/restaurant - offers great views of the city and I'm told they offer live music although no one was playing the night we were there.
- complementary wine, fruit and cheese in the early evening
- delicious and incredibly warm, freshly-baked cookies with cold milk in the late evening
- bath salts in the bathroom
- complementary wi-fi
- complementary breakfast.
- complementary bikes for the guests! Wish we could have explored the city via the complementary bikes but didn't have time!

That said, the breakfast food was just OK (my husband's breakfast sandwich tasted a bit stale like it had been prepared the day before) and the service during breakfast could have been better (I was never offered more juice and my mother had to keep asking for re-fills for her hot water).

Now the rooms. We stayed in the rooms that were part of the Vendue Inn across the street from the main hotel. I'm not sure how these rooms compare to those in the main building but we found our rooms a tad small and lacking some character. Grant it, these were rooms with queen beds so you'd naturally expect them to be small but it was all they had left. We could hear the room next to us taking a bath or running the shower. The view looking out of the bedroom window was rather off-putting (an unsightly power plant). But the beds were incredibly comfortable and the bathrooms were clean, sizable and very well-appointed.

We did very much like the separate sitting area with fireplace that the Vendue across the street from the main hotel offered. They also offer coffee and an impressive assortment of hot teas during breakfast time in this area.

Would definitely return but would opt for a larger room.

01/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Jenny U.
A beautiful place to stay. Gorgeous rooms and very comfortable beds.  Extremely  helpful, friendly, competent staff.  The Roof Top Bar was a great place to gather at the end of the day. Best martini ever! And in the morning, we were served a delicious breakfast. I will definitely be back and will recommend Vendue Inn to all my friends traveling to Charleston.  Thank you for an experience I will remember for a long time.

27/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Gary W.
Vendue Inn is a quaint and stylish inn right next to Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston. The free breakfast is very good and ranges from cold cereal to full fledged pancakes, French toast, or omelettes. There is a wine and cheese hour in the afternoon along with milk and cookies in the evening. My wife and I had a queen size room that was rather small but very 19th century decor. Being a large man (6-2 275) I would probably use a king size room next time, although a queen size would probably be fine for a man smaller in stature.

15/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Kris O.
Its surprising to see the mix of reviews on here for Vendue Inn as my experience was nothing like those posted.

My Vendue Inn stay was probably  one of the best hotels I've ever had.  First of all, we got upgraded. Cha-ching! Beautifully decorated room located not on the main Vendue but across the street. It had a spectacular bathroom and a bed I want to take home.  They also have complimentary breakfast (which is not your typical sausage, eggs, bagel), free bikes to take around town, wine-happy hour, and milk and cookies.  If you go upstairs they also have a great rooftop bar!

We switched to Mills for our last night in Charleston, and was thoroughly disappointed bc we didn't get that special attention from the staff.

03/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Halle T.
I stayed at the Vendue Inn for New Years Eve, where we had a King Suite with jacuzzi.  The building(s) are beautiful and the location can't be beat.  But I found our room pretty dated and in need of an update.  I was especially disappointed with the bathroom, which looked as though it was remodeled in the mid-80s.  

They got the big things (bed, tv) right, but still need to work on other upgrades before I'd stay here again.

03/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
35. John Y.
One of the best hotels I have been to. Vendue Inn doesn't have a check-in counter, but they do have something quite unique, a check-in desk where I sat down and received warm welcome from the staff. The bellman then showed me the way to my room. This is different from any hotel I stayed at before. Our room was with hardwood floor and exposed brick wall, the bed was comfy. I especially like the spacious bathroom. At night it was quiet and I had a wonderful stay there. This hotel is located a little away from the busy side of the downtown center, it is about 15 minutes from Charleston Place which is surrounded by many restaurants. This hotel is steps away from the beautiful waterfront park.

03/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. David A.
The Pros: Super helpful and friendly staff; great downtown location near the water; clean.  Breakfast included (nothing to write home about but it's warm and free).

The Cons: Tiny rooms, lacking a bit of charm, somewhat noisy during the day.

We got a good rate, however, so the price was right.  Not sure how much better in terms of price / quality one can do in Charleston.

29/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Linda P.
I didn't eat here, just came in for a drink. Really neat place. Very typical old charming Charleston which is great. The bar had good drinks and good prices. I would definitely look into staying here next time I stay in charleston.

30/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Mimi C.
One of the best and secret places to stay in Charleston. It's right downtown and right off the water. Within walking distance to anywhere you'd like to eat. Really quick 15 min drive to the beach. Inn keeper was super helpful, very sweet, and great about offering local tips.  Brought us fresh towels and breakfast every day. Would absolutely go back here to stay.

05/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. Tiffany B.
Vendue Inn is a truly beautiful hotel with a ton of charm. We used them as one of three hotels to host our wedding room blocks for our out-of-town guests. They were flexible and so kind to work with through the whole process.

I really appreciated that they didn't put me in a position where I had to formally guarantee rooms. Instead, we had an informal agreement that allowed me to hold 10 rooms at a time for my guests to reserve rooms at a reduced rate. Once those 10 were full, we could add rooms as necessary until the hotel was full. It was a fantastic, no-stress way to handle room blocks.

The Thursday night before our wedding, we hosted a "welcome reception" at Rooftop Bar at Vendue for people who came in for the long weekend before our Saturday wedding. They were incredibly accommodating for that event; they were responsive and flexible as we worked out how we wanted to handle the bill for that night and overall just worked to accommodate anything we needed. In fact, that night it was incredibly windy and being in the wall-less part of the bar would have been uncomfortable. When we arrived, they'd taken the initiative to move furniture to the "sheltered" portion of the bar and created a lounge almost for us! It was wonderful.

The only things that are a bit inconvenient are that they don't offer WiFi (just hard-wired Internet -- it's free, but slow) and the hotel hallways can be quite noisy. Overall - great experience working with them; I'd do it again anytime!

10/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Rachel L.
Stayed here with my girl friends one night in Charleston.  The room was so cute and very unique.  The rooftop bar was so FUN and a must see, beautiful views.  The staff was GREAT.  If I ever go back to Charleston I will choose this hotel again.  The best part was the free bikes you can use for the day!  You check them out right in front of the hotel and can ride all around the city.  Everyone kept asking us where we rented our bikes and we told them they were included with the hotel.  I highly recommend the Vendue Inn and hope to make it back for another stay.

31/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
41. Spleen M.
An amazing hotel.  We stayed in the King's Suite.  It was rustic and charming.  A large king bed with little stairs to help you climb in.  Two chairs by a fireplace.  A jacuzzi tub which was just okay, but at least there was one.  Great decor with brick walls and an old painting over rustic furniture.  Truly an amazing hotel!  Fit nicely with the charm of the town.  And they also give you complimentary sherry!

The only downside: the TV screen was dim and you couldn't turn up the backlight.  But I didn't come to Charleston to watch TV.

09/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Victoria L.
I had been looking forward to our "getaway" for quite some time, making the reservations months in advance for dinner and a two-night stay, more than happy to pay the $350 per night rate with the impression it would be nothing short of an exceptional experience. Long and short of it, found The Vendue to just be a "Meh" experience. We could have saved ourselves the time and money on this one...

Breakfast in the Library was lackluster. Sure, lovely chandelier, but the intrigue stops there. The service was in dire need of attention and the food OK. When I asked our attendant what type of bacon came with the eggs, her response was "regular" bacon. When I asked about the sausage I was told "regular" sausage. Are you serious? You have 12 items on your menu (at most!!) and you have no idea what you're serving? Here's a pointer... offer to find out. Coffee service yet another sloppy experience, pouring it with such rapidity that it sloshed on the table with some splashing on my clothes. Wow. I won't even touch the manner in which they cancelled the dinner reservations or the lack in communication on their part. After the breakfast experience, maybe a blessing in disguise.

Now the room... another blah moment. Bed was clean, bathroom clean - nothing remarkable when I think back to more recent stays in hotels/inns/b&bs comparable to The Vendue in cost. The room was microscopic and the noise level is significant, muffled conversations from other patrons filtering into the room as well as noise from outside.

The location is OK - within walking distance of some nice spots. Then again, there are several other hotel options for consideration that are 1. Not as expensive 2. Feature more amenities and space and 3. Likely participate in sone sort of rewards program for us frequent travellers.

Similar to other reviewers... sure, the cookies and milk are cute, wine and cheese hour a nice touch, but not worth the $350 a night.

I teetered with the rating. If I could, would be A 2.5, but a 3 in my opinion too generous.

In summary, I bid you adieu, Vendue. This is where we part ways.

09/11/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
43. Katrina C.
Vendue Inn is located in the perfect location of downtown Charleston. The staff was beyond pleasant and always ready and willing to assist with anything. The room was beyond charming, but I was a little disappointed when it came to the bathroom - I tried blow drying my hair and the outlet wouldn't work with it. There is a blow dryer that comes in the bathroom, which I also tried using, but did not work either. Ultimately I ended up using one of the outlets in the bedroom, which was fine, but a little inconvenient.

One of the most fun things about being in Charleston is riding bikes. The Vendue Inn has bikes there to take out and enjoy the town with!

In the morning you are seated in the Library restaurant for breakfast, which I was so looking forward to, but it turns out their daily complimentary breakfast is a pastry, if you want anything more than that you must pay for it.

In the afternoon the Vendue Inn hosts a social hour for the guests that includes great wine and assorted hors d'oeuvres.

You certainly shouldn't miss the delicious fresh baked cookies and milk that are served promptly at 9pm.

Overall I really loved staying here. The location really added to its charm and I would love to return

10/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. Natalie C.
You couldn't ask for a better location..  Right in the French Quarter off of East Bay..  Close to everything!!  You can also rent bikes and bike around the whole city if you choose.  Will definitely be staying here next time we come into town.  Breakfast was AMAZING!!  I had a sausage egg and cheese croissant with the breakfast potatoes and my boyfriend had the chef's special which was apple cinnamon french toast..  Seriously it all was too die for!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  We had an interior room which was very clean and very cute.  Warning, walls are thin.. not bad if a normal couple are staying next to you, but if you get a couple fighting then you will definitely hear every word that is exchanged.  

The staff was amazing and I was so sad to leave.. Can't wait to go back!  Our room with taxes was just over $200/night and $16/valet per day or $12/self parking per day

LOVE this place and highly recommend staying and experiencing the charm!

Also, wanted to note that we stayed across the street, not in the main B&B.  Not sure what the difference between the 2 are.

16/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
45. Ines C.
Went over a month ago, so low season (don't know if it would've been as perfect during spring or summer). I called 2 days before our intended arrival date and asked if we could move our reservation to the next day, rather than charging us the full price of the room (hotel 48h cancellation policy) the manager happily changed the reservation and upgraded our room since there were rooms available.

Staff and room were lovely. The complimentary wine and cheese in the afternoon/evening and the delicious (also endearing) cookies 'before bed' were a very nice touch. Complimentary continental breakfast was very good and a reasonable amount of food, in my opinion, but there were well priced extras if you were in the mood for something more substantial.

Would definitely return if I ever visit Charleston, especially with low season prices!

25/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. Devin D.
This review is for Private gatherings only. The person responsible for booking the parties, Alex Krall, is not helpful or flexible at all. The views are beautiful, so they must not need the group party business. If you have a large expense account and a budget is no concern- I'm sure it's great.

21/09/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
47. Dianna R.
My husband and I stayed here on a recent trip to Charleston for a friend's wedding. We really enjoyed our stay at this inn and here are a few reasons way:

First off, location, location, location! I don't think there is a poorly situated place to stay if you are in downtown Charleston; however I particularly liked the fact that this place was right smack dab in the middle of all the great dining places and bars. It made going out and trying that delicious southern food that much easier :)

Also, the service here is exceptional. The concierge was really helpful in scheduling activities and transportation. Being a bit Type A, I already had a few things planned before our trip (i.e. some dinner plans and activities). However, while in Charleston, the concierge was incredibly helpful in organizing the rest of our vacation (including transportation and reservations) so we could maximize our time in their fun city. I think on my next visit I am going to leave all the planning up to the Vendue folks :)

Also, the breakfast (which is complementary) was better than I expected. I don't see why anyone would choose to pass this up! They also offer a cheese and wine hour along with milk and cookies in the evening. Unfortunately, my husband and I missed these, but there is always next time...

Finally, this place is just so sweet. It has a very anitque-like, elegant decor. Oh, and if you are looking to get a great view of the city, check out the rooftop bar. My husband and I came here for drinks and appetizers one night, and LOVED IT. I hear that if there is a line outside, you can flash your Vendue room key to the bouncer and he will let you jump ahead...5 STARS :)

21/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. Jennifer M.
I can't believe I have not written a review for my favorite hotel in Charleston. I have stayed there about 5 times now, in a variety for rooms, and absolutely love it. From the  person helping with bags, to the front desk, to the concierge, everything about the Vendue is A+ customer service. Some people complained about the interior queen. The description is on the website-if you want a window, go pay 250 more per night across the street. The interior queen is cozy and well appointed, the regular queen is good, and the fireplace king is my absolute favorite. The last time we were there we talked to the front desk about room options for us for our upcoming wedding. Not only did they describe the best ones, they also took the time to show us.
Oh! And don't forget about the afternoon reception and breakfast. Even though you have to join the loyalty club, they're still free (and delicious). Can't wait to stay again in October!

30/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. Rochelle G.
I stayed at the Vendue Inn for a recent trip to Charleston, and I had a great experience. When we checked in I was surprised to see that there was no big front desk like most hotels, but instead there was a small office room where you sit down at a desk and check in. Afterwards the bell hop gave a tour of the hotel as he escorted us to our room. We stayed in the King Suite I believe, I think it was room 202. You also have yo use actual keys to get in the room. It adds to the charm of the room, but it kind of sucks to have to carry around a huge key, and you can't keep it.

I was very pleased with the room. I was afraid that the room might look old and dirty, since all the hotels in Charleston have a historical charm. But the room was a good mix of historical and modern. There was a fireplace, with a bottle of Sherry on the mantle. On the desk there were flowers, candy and champagne (I believe the flowers/candy/champagne came with the romance package). The bed was a 4 post bed with a canopy. There were steps on each side of the bed to make getting on te bed easier, but I was able to get on the bed without the steps. The bed was very comfortable. The bathroom had a hot tub and an individual standing shower. The room also had 2 robes in the closet and an umbrella that could be borrowed. The hotel also had complimentary usage of bikes, but I didnt take advantage of them.

In the morning they have complimentary breakfast, Its not buffet style like most hotels, they actually seat you and take you order. In the afternoon they have a cocktail hour with wines, cheese, crackers and fruit. In the evening they have cookies and milk, which were soooo good. They also have an evening turn down service in the room.

As for location, It is right next to the water and walking distance of the sights downtown.

The staff was all very friendly and helpful.

23/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. Cory B.
Great location, great service and fabulous interior decorating in the main hallways. The only thing that needs work is the valet situation. We circled the block twice and no bellman stood outside- perhaps an opportunity here to improve.

29/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
51. Amy F.
Friendly staff. Good character. Attractive rooms. Good location. Fruit water when you walk in during the day. Milk & cookies at night.

Only cons--- Free bikes need to be better maintained. Shower curtain in our room was in need of replacement.

28/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Tara J.
This is a cute hotel in a convenient part of Charleston, but the money was not worth the hassle of dealing with management and staff, or the quality of the room we were given. I stayed here with part of a bachelorette party of 10, split into three rooms. Prior to arriving, the front desk staff had multiple problems with our booking - they somehow switched room reservations, cancelled one, and mixed up credit cards. After calling twice to confirm (on our own initiative - they never called me to confirm), they got it right.

When we arrived for our stay, we made clear that the bridal party wanted the largest king fireplace suite room available, so that we could host events in our room. The front desk staff said that our group had booked two of those rooms, which were exactly the same, except that one had a private entrance. We decided that would work for the bridal party, and took it. The room did not in fact have a private entrance, but a side entrance to the building nearby that also gave access to several other rooms. More importantly, the other king fireplace suite was much larger than ours. After talking to manager Alex about the mishap, he said he couldn't do anything for us other than move our belongings to the larger room and give us a free breakfast, which was not what we wanted. We wanted an explanation for the multiple mix ups, but never got one.

In addition to the administrative mishaps, the room itself clearly had recent spackling over holes, but was never painted over, which looked cheap. Yes, there were free milk and cookies at night, and the Rooftop bar has a great view, but those weren't worth the money. The only redeeming factor of the hotel was an employee, Crosby. He acted as our personal tour guide, coordinating car service and helping us sightsee/bar-hop. Find him, and he'll make your trip excellent. Otherwise, steer clear of this hotel, which was not worth the $350/night room charge.

13/08/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
53. Connie H.
Best bed ever! The bed was so fluffy it was like sleeping on a cloud. We stayed in a interior room, so it had no windows which was great, so there was no beam of light waking us up in the morning. We liked the room so much we stayed another night. We even tried to stay another night but they were completley booked. The Rooftop Bar had some interesting cocktails but not much of a food selection.

27/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
54. J S.
All I can say is WOW. The Inn is beautiful, charming and romantic. Order the Gendron croissant sandwich at breakfast and the Blue Ridge Manhattan from the drawing room bar made by Johnny. Alternatively, try his created drink, the "docent."  It is as delicious as appropriately named for a drink from this art-loving hotel.  The 4 pm wine and cheese reception is also not to be missed. Mostly though I was extremely impressed with how hard all of the staff worked to make sure the guests had a wonderful stay.  I will come back to this hotel again and again. Charleston is an amazing spot and this hotel is definitely la creme de la creme. It is worth every penny. Book it immediately.

09/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
55. Jason Z.
I'm giving 5 stars for the excellent service I enjoyed during my stay. When I arrived, the manager spent significant time with me to resolve a potentially costly issue I was having with Expedia. Service was also great in the general run of things - friendly bell service, valet, lobby greetings, bar tending, housekeeping, room service order.

I chose the hotel for its great location in the heart of things. For that very reason, I'd worried that the nights would be noisy - but that was not the case and I slept great every night. Comfortable bed and tasteful furnishings in my room (215). Vendue was a warm and hospitable place. I'd come back.

19/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. Isie Bee Z.
Did not provide  a5 star experience. First given a room without windows. I didn't even think this was legal. Then placed in a room that was not completely cleaned. Did they think we could not tell. The tv or cable did not work.
Some staff helpful.
Bikes for free but in need of repair.
Not 5 star and yet snobbish

28/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
57. Alisha S.
Love, love, love this hotel.  Will not stay anywhere else in Charleston.  Location was perfect - on water, away from major touristy area yet walking distance to almost everything.  Staff was friendly.  Rooms were very pretty, clean and spacious.  No complaints whatsoever!

22/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
58. Shay H.
The Vendue Inn offers the type of service that I've never experienced before and may never again. Everybody is just so warm and inviting and truly interested in making sure your experience is the best. The hotel itself is beautiful, they have 2 separate buildings and we had a room across the street from the main lobby. I can't remember how old the building is but we were told about it while being taken to our room and it was fascinating, the building has a rich history. The room was beautiful, the use of the old brick walls combined with some updated features was stunning. And the bedding, oh I really can't say enough about it. It was so plush and comfortable. My husband and I wanted to write down the brand of the feather(?) bed to see if we could purchase it for our home, but unfortunately we forgot.

We were upgraded to a fireplace suite, which was great until I tried to sleep. Unfortunately, that night it was extremely windy, so windy that the pilot light in the fireplace kept flickering and I'm such a sensitive sleeper that it made it difficult to sleep (we could not find a way to turn it off) .So my advice here is just if you are a light sleeper like me, you may want to opt for a room without a fireplace.

Also, I should not forget to mention: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! You can walk to basically anywhere in downtown Charleston and you are right by the pier. We would definitely stay here again.

06/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. Ron M.
My wife and I stopped in for a late night dinner. We each got a burger and both thought it was the best one we'd had in a long time. Simple yet different and delicious. A surprisingly good meal just off East Bay. Service was stellar too.

02/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
60. James V.
If you can disregard the facts that this hotel is staffed with amazingly friendly people and located just steps from both Waterfront Park and the City Market, then you're basically looking at your run-of-the-mill upscale boutique hotel.  But you know what, that's okay.  The room service was great, and it was nice to be treated like "somebody" for a few nights.  We'll be trying out the complimentary bicycles on our next stay!

25/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
61. Cheryl M.
My fiance and I stayed at The Vendue for a couple of nights at the beginning of June.  They had just completed a big renovation and the place is beautiful!  When we got there, they had actually given us a complimentary upgrade in our room.  It was across the street from where you check in.  The room was great with a historic feel to it and very spacious.  Loved the rooftop bar with views of Charleston!  Loved the extra things such as turn down service in the evenings, a complimentary wine/snack reception each evening and a welcome note on the pillow when we arrived.

Only cons - we had to wait a while to get our car from the valet a couple of times; also they neglected to bring one of our pieces of luggage to the room and we didn't notice until we were in the midst of getting ready to go out.  If we hadn't experienced these things, it would have been 5 stars.

14/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
62. Rion H.
Always wanted to visit Charleston. Finally decided to stop by on a trip from NYC to Florida. After some researched settled on this hotel. No regrets. A bit pricey but beautiful rooms. Nice restaurant. Friendly staff. Great location. I will be returning.

21/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
63. Jim J.
We stopped at The Rooftop and had a few glasses of wine with friends. It was very relaxing and a great view of the city!

25/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
64. Lynn G.
My boyfriend and I just returned from a wonderful trip to Charleston where we stayed at The Vendue. What a beautiful property, and in the perfect location to see everything in the downtown Charleston area! The staff are extremely helpful and the hotel is very pretty. They showcase local art in the area and have a small art gallery in the hotel where you can stop into and chat with the curator. They also have wine and cheese everyday in the gallery at 4pm and do fresh (delicious) cookies and milk each night at 9pm. Great hotel!

02/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
65. Jaime A.
My husband and I just spent two blissful nights celebrating our anniversary at the Vendue Inn. We were pampered, respected, accommodated, given chocolates on our bed each night, a bottle champagne to celebrate with, and beautiful art to admire. I hope we have the opportunity to return some day!!

22/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
66. Melanie L.
Great environment. Unfortunately had a terrible service.

We sat at the table upstairs near the bar. No one greeted us for a solid 5 mintues, so the boys went to the bar to get our drinks. 5 mintues later, with the boys still at the bar getting drinks (it was a packed bar), a male empoyee brinks us a drink menu.

When the boys return, a server finally came over and said we are not allowed to sit there and order drinks from the bar. OK,  with us all being in the service industry (one an owner, one a manager, and all others bartenders) we understood and said we would transfer our tab and order all drinks through her, Breanna.

Long story short, I ordered another champagne after I finished my glass my boyfriend got me from the  bar ($10). I had two more, so a total of 3 at the table. We get our bill and my drinks were $51 total. My boyfriend who doesn't drink and runs a bar asked her why my drinks were so high. Her explanation really ticked us off. She said that since we didn't specify which one, it was their policy to to pick that specific brand. Mind you that brand ($17 a glass) wasn't even on the menu!!! We know in the industry you always serve house or well unless the customer specifies.

We spoke with the manager who fixed our bill and apologized for the service. If she is still there, just beware she will upsale you without even asking your permission.

July 2014

31/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
67. N. E.
Very mixed experience for us here. The short list:

Pluses:
-Location
-Friendly check-in experience
-Reggie, who showed us around and brought our bags to the room, was awesome
-Roof top bar, despite the rain, was totally great
-Lovely bathroom and bath products

Minuses:
-We had an East Bay King. The view is worthless - you look out on a parking lot.
-I'm highly allergic to down. Not only the comforter but the mattress topper were full of feathers. Had an allergy attack in the middle of the night that lasted 36 hours and severely bummered our vacation. Don't usually ask about this when booking hotels - I will now.
-Front desk staff at check out was awful. Didn't even ask how our stay was. I was very disappointed in their work.

Bottom line: too expensive for a Monday night in the off season. Would not return.

01/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
68. Kevin B.
A must stay!! Pricy but worth it... Excellent customer service, clean rooms, all updated.. Awesome rooftop bar to watch the sunset and moon rise..
   Thank you to the entire staff for a great experience!! Will be back! Oh btw "Ed" was a big reason we choose this hotel! Great at what he does!!

10/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
69. Dave T.
Our stay at the Vendue was exceptional. We called the hotel before booking to get a run down of the different room options. There are two buildings located across the street from each other, 19 vendue and 26 vendue. We were told that number 19 had just been completely renovated so we decided to stay there. I asked about the room and requested a California king room and that we would prefer a corner room as that had four Windows and looked amazing online. When we arrived, we were greeted by a doorman who was exceptionally nice as were all of the staff at the Vendue. When checking in, they confirmed that they had reserved the room we requested so we went up to the room. Upon opening the door, we found a gorgeous room with fireplace and a brand new bathroom. It was very clean and decorated beautifully.

The hotel is located along the river and close enough to everything the city has to offer. After spending a day touring the city on foot and or on the free bicycle they provided, it was nice to come home to the quieter water side area with a walking park next door. BTW, all of the bicycles appeared to be brand new.

We only ate at the hotel for one breakfast which was delicious and not all that expensive. We did spend quite a bit of time on the rooftop bar which was staffed with very nice bartenders.

The lobby area was just renovated and doubled as an art gallery. There is a coffee shop on the first floor that serves Starbucks, muffins and other such items.

What more can I say...we really enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back to the Vendue.

27/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
70. Gino T.
What a fantastic hotel! This one has roughly 44 rooms on the north side and another 44 rooms directly across the street. From the time you check in, it seems that the entire staff knows your name, and addresses you by it every time they see you.

The portion on the south side (where we stayed) is a four-story building, with the top floor being reserved for a very busy bar with supposedly one of the best views in the city. (We would have to say Charleston must not have many great views.) The bar seems to stay very busy from 4:00 PM-midnight, when it closes, and it's very difficult to find a table.

The location is about as close to ideal as one could hope for, being 50' from East Bay, home of many of the hopping bars and restaurants in the city, virtually all within a 5-10 minute walk.

The hotel's rooms (south side) are all different sizes, and floors are not level--the "Charleston Lean", as they say. (I thought I just had more to drink than I thought I had.) The hotel is not inexpensive, but it's worth a splurge. Only faults are 1) no safes in rooms, and 2) virtually impossible-to-find self-parking (we finally gave up and used valet).

21/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
71. Patrick L.
Amazing service! My wife and I visited in March and booked the interior queen room. We were celebrating our anniversary and upon arrival, the staff had upgraded us to a king room with a fireplace and windows (the interior queen did not have any!). The staff was very friendly, eager to help with any questions we had and showed the artist actively working on his art in a room within the hotel. The room was perfect, comfortable bed, beautiful brick in the room and fireplace. It was close to everything we wanted to see, especially since you want to walk when in Charleston. When we visit Charleston again, we will definitely stay here!

23/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
72. Aiden A.
Yes, this place is on the expensive side.

Yes, the building is old. (It's historic Charleston after all)

Yes, you should still stay here if you want to vacation in Charleston.

Once you arrive you will NOT need your car.

Walk to countless amazing bars and restaurants or take the free bikes out for a spin up to the aquarium.

You will be 50 ft from waterfront park which features fountains, gardens, and a huge pier complete with amazing porch swings. Stop for a Gelato on your way back and your night will be complete.

Check out the rooftop bar, the exquisite original art (featuring an in house artist), and have some wine and cheese at the daily 4pm managers greeting.

Turn down service at night, the best southern hospitality, and the best location in downtown Charleston make the Vendue the primere hotel in the historic district.

We loved every second of our stay.

01/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
73. Hannah S.
Ok so we came back here after I left a review saying we wouldn't. I thought it would be a great idea to give this place another go especially because I kept getting such great recommendations. It just still was overly disappointing.
Again, when it comes to their customer service, they are amazing. They were super helpful when booking the room and went all out with helping me surprise my boyfriend by going and picking up Blenheims and cinnamon rolls to be in the room when we show up. That's amazing and would never expect a hotel to do that.
Last time we were here there was construction across the street for the new building. Now that is all complete and looks amazing. Since I knew they were having a big New Years things at the bar upstairs I decided we should stay at the older location across the street where we stayed last time. Since we had issues with noise we thought it would be best to book an upstairs room this time.
That didn't help. Now that the construction was done on the other side of the street I guess they were fixing up this building because every morning starting at nine they were construction noises that we heard, wouldn't be a big deal if they just told us because I would have booked for a room across the street. Also New Year's Day a practice fire alarm went off at 8:30am, not ok. Overall the rooms are just very badly insulated, everything from the room next door and in the hallway can be heard loudly, I could hear the girl in the next room peeing.
We asked for our bedding to be changed and we left around 11am, we came back at 3pm with a little note on the bed saying that she was sorry but she had to throw the sheets in the laundry and will come back when it's clean. How does a hotel not have enough spare sheets. It was awkward to come back because we couldn't just lay around, so we left the hotel and went walking around even though we preferred to just relax.
If this was a motel somewhere that I was paying $50 a night I would be ok with all these things but I do not believe that what we paid should just be for the excellent front desk staff, it should be for the overall experience.

02/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
74. Sandy H.
My husband and I booked a few nights for our anniversary and were blown away by the hotels amount of Southern hospitality!

Originally,  I reserved one night for an Interior Queen.   About a month before our visit, I called to add another two nights but that room was already booked. For $20 more a night I could reserve an Interior King which was fine. It was reassuring to receive a confirmation email when I added nights to my stay.

It was busy when we arrived at 3pm to check-in which is normal. The nice part is, they unloaded our luggage while we waited and informed us about the parking garage. The staff was so welcoming and helpful during the check-in process. When we were escorted to our room I was pleasantly surprised to see they had upgraded us to an Exterior King! It was a spacious room with a working fireplace, partial brick walls, beautiful wood beams, a closet, and bathroom with tub and walk-in shower. Way back when I made the reservation I mention it was for our anniversary, but I did not expect a bottle of champagne and two glasses to be waiting for us when we came back to our room the first night.  The second night we received chocolate covered strawberries and a card wishing us a Happy Anniversary. We felt very spoiled!

The Drawing Room is an intimate dining room that features seasonal and local menu items. The smoked sweet potato ice cream was impressive. They also have a beautiful bar area with some upscale cocktails. Definitely worth the experience.  

The hotel itself is luxuriously decorated and in a very convenient location near the water. During our stay consierge was glad to help us book reservations and answer questions about the area. At the 4pm reception, they offer wine and snacks while you mingle with other guests. Then at 9pm they offer delicious chocolate chip cookies and milk (they go quick). If that wasn't enough, they have a turn down service and leave little chocolates on the bed. We really didn't want to leave. But the checking out process was easy and quick, thanks to the competent staff who billed us correctly.
It is exactly this kind of detailed service and seamless transition throughout our experience that makes this place so memorable.

08/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
75. Kacey C.
We recently stayed three nights (my boyfriend and I) in 26 Vendue across the street and had a mixed experience.

Both properties are gorgeous, interesting artwork, great location by Battery Park, etc.

We used our car every day and took advantage of the valet. The immediate surrounding area is highly touristy. Valet parking is $20 a day.

Service was hit or miss to be honest. The front desk staff were friendly and attentive, and even fetched us forks when we came back from a late dinner and a few boozy hours. Housekeeping came at odd times and one afternoon tried to clean the room after it had been serviced (we popped back in to change clothes). There seemed to be little structure to housekeeping on the side we were rooming. Notably, while checking-out, the bellman took his sweet sweet time retrieving the car even after we expressed we had somewhere to be.

Our room was handicap accessible and the window overlooked a street/gravel lot. The exposed brick and the wood floors were lovely, but the room needed a little TLC. I don't know,  we were in a handicap accessible bathroom, but the shower stall was a definite letdown. Good shower head at least! And the robes! Noise wasn't so much an issue but it was present.

We ventured to the rooftop for a pre-dinner drink and promptly left. The boisterous drunk college-aged guys made us turn away real fast. For all the talk about the rooftop it was eh, fairly common rooftop environment.

We probably wouldn't stay there again. There are enough boutique hotels and such in the area.

27/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
76. Megan G.
I stayed at the Vendue Inn back in 2011 for almost 2 weeks when I moved to the area. I was across the street at 26 Vendue and chose to stay there again this time because it is a little bit less expensive than staying at 19 Vendue. When I stayed here in 2011 I had a beautiful large queen sized room with exposed brick walls and a bathroom with the same and a large soaking tub. There was also a wonderful free breakfast included for each night you stayed.
Now, the Vendue is run by a different company and it's apparent. I'm not sure if they remodeled the rooms to make them smaller so they could fit more in, but my room was tiny this time. The bathroom, rather than being open and beautiful with tiny and dingy. The new management has also gotten rid of the amazing breakfasts for guests. They do still have hour's dourvs and milk and cookies from 9:00-10:00pm every night. While the Vendue has always been a beautiful place to stay, it now feels stuffy and pretentious instead of open and friendly.
I would recommend staying somewhere else in town if you are looking for a romantic place to stay in Charleston.

07/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
77. Lee H.
We stayed here recently and felt we got good value for our dollars.

Pros:
Great location
Unique property
Free breakfast
free wine/snack hour - People were very friendly and we met a lot of interesting fellow travelers!
Great customer service

Rooms - There are two parts to the hotel - the main building with a beautiful marble lobby and bar and art gallery - This is where you go to access the roof top bar which was also nice.  This building is sleek and sexy.

Our rooms were across the street in an older facility - Still very nice and eclectic but not as swank as the main building.  We had an inner room that had beautiful exposed brick walls and an old fashioned bed with ornate headboard.  However, the room didn't have any windows and that is not my favorite way to stay!  Nevertheless, we didn't stay in the room much anyway...had lots of sightseeing to do!  

The wine and cheese hour was in our building.  There was also an artist studio who created art in our building.

I recommend this hotel if you like historic hotels and boutique vibe.  If you would prefer more modern rooms, ask to stay in the main building.  If you want to save money and have a more eclectic environment, go for the second building.

Wish we could have stayed longer!

12/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
78. Tara T.
My (new) husband and I stayed at the Vendue for a week to relax/unwind after our wedding weekend. This was our first time in Charleston- very quick/easy drive from the airport. From the time we flew in - and flew out, it was pouring and very cold, which sadly was just our bad luck, but it meant we got to explore things in and around the hotel that we might not have otherwise (and it is a good excuse to go back)! The hotel did have large umbrellas for guest use, which was very handy, as this was not something we packed! We loved the  various unique artwork scattered about the property. I definitely wish I could have taken a few home!
Our room was beautiful. It was just up the stairs and above the resident artist studio. Large/very cozy bed with a fireplace and large windows. The bathroom was a tad small and didn't love the shower (tub with glass wall made it feed cramped for me) - however no problems with functionality. The staff was great, welcoming and accommodating. They even sent us up a bottle of champagne on the second night to help us celebrate. We did have complimentary valet, and even a $50 credit to use at the restaurant or starbucks/coffee shop every morning. We didn't end up using all of it - as we only used it for coffee in the mornings, but it was a nice touch!
The location was perfect - and we were able to walk most everywhere (even with the rain).
At check out- minor issues with getting charged for valet (after initially being told it was complimentary), but they fixed it with no problem/questions before we even left for the airport.
We definitely recommend and will hopefully be back!

16/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
79. Michael F.
We stayed at the Vendue recently and it turned our trip around. We had booked several nights at the end of our trip because we couldn't afford the Saturday night rate, which may have been higher than normal due to the Wine and Food Festival going on. We had booked an Airbnb reservation for the beginning of our trip because it had a better rate, but it just wasn't quite ready to host guests to put it politely. Subsequently, we just didn't feel comfortable so we called the Vendue to see what our options were and even on a busy Saturday night they got us a room and worked with us on the price since they knew we were on a budget. I know we were lucky a room was open, but they still worked to get us a room (actually an upgrade from where we were going to be) that was comfortable, clean, and priced right. Harris helped us the most so you're in good hands with him, but everyone at the Vendue was extremely helpful and courteous. The location is also great for going anywhere downtown and still being just off the beaten path to have some quiet if you want it. And the little touches they provide round out the experience- complimentary coffee at the coffee shop, milk and cookies every night, getting to the front of the line to go to the rooftop when it's busy - and they add up to create a home-y experience.

Overall a really nice place to stay while you're exploring Charleston and they'll do their best to take care of you. Will be staying with them next time I'm in Charleston.

10/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0