The Vendue Inn exceeded all of my expectations. My husband and I spent two nights at the Inn Christmas weekend for our anniversary. This was the first time to the city and we were lucky to find this little gem in downtown Charleston. From the time I made the reservation with Nikki, to check out, I can't say enough good things about our stay.
Nikki was an absolute doll and very patient with me over the phone explaining what our options were regarding rooms as well as a delight to meet in person. Larson, our bellhop was more than helpful getting us settled in. And Robbie, the consierge? was just as pleasant, helpful, and patient in recommending restaurants and things to do. He even called the week prior to our arrival. I was very impressed.
The moment we stepped into the lobby it took me back in time. This is not an upscale chain hotel, but a very upscale, historical inn or boutique. Very classy and elegant.
As a loyaly member (when you book directly with the hotel rather than with other popular travel sites) you are automatically enrolled. As a member you receive additional amenities, (i.e. a complimentary breakfast). We actually chose breakfast from a menu and were served on white linen table clothes (rare these days). Breakfast was delicious. While having breakfast the first morning we were seated next to a window. We looked out and what looked to be snow blowing, well, it was, not the real stuff though. On Saturdays, a snow blower is used by the Inn adding to the charm. What an added surprise to add to the holiday atmosphere. What hotel does things like that???
Prior to visiting, some of our friends who know the city well, recommeded restaurants. Some over and over. While The Library Restaurant (located inside the Inn) was not one of them, we decided to try it. The dinner there on Saturday night was superb. I highly recommend it. I'm from New Orleans where you can't get any better food in the world, but the chef there was excellent. Each course presented was better than the next. I must add the small (8 tables, I counted), but intimate setting was very romantic and reservations are highly recommended. I actually saw people walk in to dine, but were turned away regretfully due to being filled up. Book early.
Oh and I forgot to mention, a cheese and wine reception given by the manager is every afternoon (missed that), but the cookies and milk offered each evening were delicious.
The room we had was across the street which Nikki told us about added to the historical flair of the inn. I hesitated at first, but went ahead and booked it. While we reserved the smallest queen room it was very clean, comfortable and cozy even with a skylight, A fire was burning in the annex lobby and coffee and teas were served each morning. These buildings are old warehouses and date back hundreds of years, but are refurbished with modern conveineces? which add to the charm of what I would consider to be old Charleston. So if your wanting the Marriott or other upscale chains (nothing wrong with that) where each hotel and room looks about the same then I'd advise you to book at those places, not here. Nice room to come back to where you can relax and lay your heads after a day of touring Charleston. Next time, we plan to experience another room as each room is different from what I understand.
Honestly, I've read some of the negative reviews listed here and know people and hotels are not perfect. It's too bad they had a negative experience, but for the life of me I've asked myself if they stayed at the same Inn as us. We received superb services.
This is my first time writing a review and know is's rather lenghty, but wanted to give a picture perfect image of our experience. I do read reviews when I'm searching for hotels, some are good and some are bad, but with the experience we had at the Vendue Inn, the only other recommendation I can give is DON'T HESITATE, BOOK TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Also Known As:
- Vendue Hotel Charleston
- Vendue Inn Charleston Sc
- Vendue Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience a rare blend of genteel warmth and exquisite luxury that is uniquely our own at The Vendue Charleston hotel. Offering upscale services, amenities and attentive service, our boutique hotel in the historic Downtown French Quarter of Charleston features a prime location with the best of the city at our doorstep. ... more less
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