First I want to note that we did not spend the night at Vendue. We cannot comment on things like breakfast or comfort of the room. This review is based only on our tour of the Inn and the guest rooms prior to booking our stay.
My husband and I were in Charleston for a 1-night romantic stop over during a 2-week road trip. We liked the area so much we decided to stay an extra night. We had booked our first night at a fantastic Inn in the same neighborhood as the Vendue - we used airline miles for that night. When we decided to stay a 2nd night, there were no airline points rooms left in our Inn, so our option was to pay $399 for our 2nd night in the same terrific room, move to a smaller room for $249 or move to another Inn. We loved where we were, but before committing to $400 for 1 night, we thought we'd check out one or two other Inns in the neighborhood.
As B&B owners ourselves, it is fun to try different places to learn how other Inn's work. The Vendue sounded interesting on-line and reviews were generally positive. One review had suggested looking at the room before booking - which was a great idea since we were already in town. We went out for a jog and stopped by the Vendue for a quick look before booking. (As an aside, Charleston is a fantastic jogging city!)
At the Vendue, we met with a receptionist, explained that we were interested in staying, but wanted to see the hotel and the room we'd stay in before booking. She reviewed the rooms that were available and the rates. My husband and I chuckled (uncomfortably) when she mentioned that they had a room that was an "interior" room with no windows. What? I've heard of that on cruise ships, but not hotels. We asked to see a King suite that was in the $250/night range - with windows. No rooms in that range were clean for us to see, but there was a $399 room we could look at to get a feel for what we could expect. Perfect. An apples-to-apples comparison worked for us. I was expecting something at least equivalent to the room we had the night before at the other top-rated Inn.
Holy smokes! Thank you to the reviewer who suggested looking at the rooms in advance. Our trip to the room felt like we were in a tired Inn more than a refreshing one. The elevator was small, dark and old; not quaint, historic old, just plain in-need-of-a-renovation old. The elevator opened to the dark narrow hallways of the guest floor. There was an odd, musty smell and just an old outdated feel. The guest room was small along with an equally small bath. The room was clean, but a bit claustrophobic....and this was the $399 room. What did the $250 room look like I wondered.
After the room tour, there was no question - we would not be staying at the Vendue.
When we returned to the first-night Inn and confirmed we were staying a 2nd night, they discounted our room rate to $269...a bonus. We enjoyed a full apartment, large bedroom, huge modern bathroom, spacious private den, full kitchen and private deck with breakfast delivered to our room (included). There was just no comparison. I don't think it would be fair to note the name of the other hotel on this review, but look for our 5-star review here on TripAdvisor for an amazing and very romantic Inn in Charleston.
As for the Vendue, the location is terrific but there are definitely alternatives that offer roomier, newer and more romantic accommodations. If you're able to check out the room in advance, we'd recommend you do. Our rating is Average. "Disappointing" would be a better review rating, especially since we didn't stay the night.
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As you pointed out, we are a much different property then the condo-style apartments you had the opportunity to stay in on King St in the shopping section of town.
To provide some insight to our property, we are comprised of eight historic buildings in the French Quarter of Charleston adjacent to Waterfront Park. These buildings date to the 1830's, built by one of Charleston's famous statesman, Samuel Prioleau.. Each room of the Inn is slightly different than the other in size and décor. We find it to be it is one of our charming qualities.
Also, I wish you enjoyed all of the amenities the Inn offers to each guest. We serve a delicious breakfast in the hotel with a wonderful staff each morning. Our highly complemented bell staff always provide a detailed tour of our property and happily provide advice for any query. Some of our guests after enjoying a ride on our complementary bikes, return in the afternoon for a reception that includes wine & hors d’ oeuvres.In the evening, guests enjoy recounting their day over fresh baked cookies and milk.
As an historic property in Charleston, it is not too uncommon to have windowless rooms. We do have 6 interior rooms that are our most economical choices for the savvy traveler who still enjoys the extra amenities the Inn has to offer.
I wish we had a little more time with you to plan your stay to Charleston. I am sure we could have found you an accommodation that fit your wants and needs with us.
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