Charleston is beautiful and the Vendue is a lovely Inn converted from a vintage, 18th century, warehouse. While it is high in the charm and convenience factor, it really doesn't qualify as a historic bed and breakfast. I would say it falls into the category of a really slick townhouse style renovation with hotel style rooms. There was some confusion for me with their classification of rooms; "Historical, Classic, Traditional". I guess you just choose the size bed you want, and go from there. Supposedly, all the rooms are different, so you will not necessary get the room pictured, ever though you choose that room style. Mine was a "Historical King with Fireplace Suite", on street level. Nice windows, but you had to draw the blinds anyway for privacy and noise. The room is where I began to find fault. Having been to several B&B's, my room was more like a standard hotel room, certainly not a suite, with hotel furniture, albeit upscale. Seating with three hard chairs was very uncomfortable. Disappointing. The gas fireplace did work, but it would kick on and off with the room thermostat. So, if you were enjoying a book while watching the fireplace, be prepared for it to turn on and off regularly. Annoying. The bathroom was half as large as the bedroom, actually a little too big with a single sink, and a ball and claw tub that was modified for whirlpool. I never tried it. I used the glass enclosed shower, however, no hot water on the first day. None in the entire bathroom, as a matter of fact. I did complain and finally had some warm, not hot, water by the next morning. I never could get hot water from the trickling sink faucet. Again, very disappointing. Breakfast, if you joined their "Loyalty Club", was served each morning on individual tables in one of three small, tucked away, dining rooms. It would have been nice to have breakfast in the roof top restaurant that the Venue touted for lunch/dinner. Oh, well. I have to admit that the staff was very pleasant and always willing to help. The "Loyalty Club" also provided valet parking, which is a must in Charleston. This was not free. however. I thought the price was a one-time member fee of $18.00, but it was, in fact, $18.00 for each day of your stay. Prices for the rooms at the Venue are pretty high, even by Charleston standards, so you might want to shop around. The city is loaded with gorgeous houses that really do qualify as B&B's, but you have to book way in advance. That was my first mistake. Good luck.
If you can, prevue your choice of room before you commit. They run the gamete here.
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Firstly, I agree the room classifications are presently not the standard inn offerings. This is in part due to our historical origins and in part due to our renovation project. Our future design is customized to each room, but the variation in rooms will persist. Ultimately, we will have a more consolidated room portfolio.
I have asked our engineer to further investigate your comments concerning the hot water and water pressure. The described scenario regarding the fireplace is unique insofar as I cannot recreate it, but thank you for bringing it to our attention. We do take all these issues seriously and regret these shortcomings.
Furthermore, I would like to clarify the parking in our neighborhood. We offer to our guests a self-parking option in a city garage for $14 an evening or valet for $18 an evening. In comparison, our closest neighbor charges $20 an evening for valet. Our Loyalty Club members do not receive a discount on parking, but they do enjoy a full breakfast each morning as well as our other amenities including an afternoon reception, complimentary beach cruisers, evening turndown and freshly baked cookies each evening.
We do appreciate all comments, whether they be critical or laudatory, to improve upon our future guests’ stays. I thank you for the kind words regarding our staff’s pleasant demeanor and do hope you visit again.
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