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The Vendue Charleston's Art Hotel
Ranked #14 of 61 Hotels in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 28, 2013

The web photos seduced me and here I am. I was very disappointed when we arrived mainly due to the shabby conditions. The place needs to be better maintained, carpets are very dirty and the furniture needs to be cleaned. Overall it was not nearly what I envisioned. The topper was when
I nicely mentioned all of this to the concierge and he tried to use some remodeling as an excuse. I would rather be at a Hampton inn they are at least clean and well maintained.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

To start with, the location is great..you can walk almost anywhere you want to go from here and we did. Arriving early, we dropped off the car and the luggage and started out...with excellent luncheon recommendations from the staff. Arriving back several hours later, we were shown to our room which was generously sized and comfortably appointed. The staff is wonderful...very friendly, helpful...and they really seem to like their guests. In short, they are not being nice to you because they have but because they want to! Milk and cookies in the lobby in the evening were a nice touch and breakfast was excellent...many selection and nicely prepared. After checking out, we left the car and luggage and picked it up later in the day..which many people seemed to be doing. The hotel is very attractive, comfortable and welcoming...I look forward to another visit.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We live just outside of Charleston on one of the Sea Islands and wanted to spend a few days in town without the long drive home each evening. We chose the Vendue Inn because of its central location and a recommendation from a friend. Charleston is known for its friendly people but we were blown away by the attentiveness of the Vendue's young staff and their exceptional service. Our quiet spacious second floor room overlooked Vendue Range and was filled with natural light. The room had a working fireplace and was furnished with a comfortable king bed and a sitting area with a desk and chair. The ensuite bathroom had double sinks and a large modern shower. The accommodations were perfect for our needs. As stated by others, the location is convenient to East Bay restaurants, two parks, and the historic district but is only ten minutes walk from Upper King. We come to Charleston frequently just to walk the town from end-to-end and found the Vendue to be an ideal location for walking tours to the Battery, Ansonborough, Wraggsborough, or King Street and beyond. After a long day exploring the town, we sat at the rooftop bar, had a glass of wine, and relaxed. We were treated like family and would like to thank everyone for making our stay exceptional. We are especially grateful to Jerry Kerwin the
Assistant General Manager. On our next staycation, we will return to the Vendue.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

First of all the Vendue Inn is just that...an Inn. If you are looking for a hotel feel, this isnt the place.
Structure is very old. Our room was situated above the lobby and you literally hear everything,....starting at 7am when they are setting up for breakfast. The entire back of the property backs up to an ally,.....you hear late night talking, bottles breaking, noise. at 2am...a motorcycle was revving its engine at 230am. People in neighboring room....you hear them too.
housecleaning crew constantly in the elevator that the guests use...hauling dirty towels.

Bathrooms are nicely finished...but small. Good location to Bay street restaurants, but a decent walk to King Street-8-10 minutes easily.

Overall this place has charm, but it is noisy,.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We came here for our five year anniversary and there were flowers in the room when we arrived per my husband's request. The service here is incredible. The location CANNOT be beat. The breakfasts are wonderful and chef-prepared. We truly felt at home and so loved staying here. We look forward to another trip here soon and continue to recommend it to all of our friends and family.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

The Vendue Inn is a charming small hotel with a slightly B&B feel. Our room was on the ground level, but still quiet. The bed was huge and the bathroom even more so: the enormous tub and luxurious shower were perfect for the first night of our honeymoon, after all the stress of a big Charleston event and non-stop entertaining. The Vendue Inn is centrally-located and minutes' walk from the best restaurants, like Magnolias, McCrady's, SNOB and Husk, but it is tucked onto a quiet street with a park next door that extends all the way to the battery. We felt a world away from the wedding crowds. It was a great place to start married life!
We did not get to indulge in the rooftop cocktails, for which Vendue Inn is known, but our friends from Paris staying there for the wedding loved it.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Combining business with pleasure, my husband and I had just two days to enjoy our first trip to Charleston and splurged on one night at the Vendue Inn, in order to maximize the time we had downtown, without driving. What a lovely place in a great location in a charming city.
Briefly, here's what made it a great place to stay:
Outstanding staff: Nicky at front desk and Mark at curbside gave us a warm, friendly welcome with a complimentary upgrade to a lovely room in the main building - 4 poster canopied bed and gas fireplace, with lots of light pouring in the two windows facing Vendue Range. Large room, tastefully decorated, accessed through a mini-parlor. Very spacious and private - no problem with the noise other reviewers have mentioned. The bed may have been a feather bed and therefore too soft for my liking, but was authentic to the surroundings. Nicky remembered us by name the next day, asked if I enjoyed the spa, bent over backwards to get me driving directions and time estimates to two different local sites, as I was departing (thanks also to Melissa, I hope I got your name right, who also cheerfully assisted with that)
Afternoon reception: surprisingly big array of sweet and savory bites to eat presented on beautiful "vintage" china. Good variety of cheeses, and a delicious twist on sliced strawberries in balsamic (slivered red pepper, very good). Two more warm, friendly staff members served us wine, chatted with us about travel, restaurants, Charleston, and facilitated conversation with other guests, too, so it was a nice social hour. Don't miss it.
Complimentary breakfast: find your way to the lovely Colonial-period decorated breakfast room on the Vendue Range side of the building. Skip the croissant sandwich, it's nothing special, and have something else - good menu options available. (BTW Charleston has fantastic bacon everywhere I went, including Vendue's breakfast.)
Location, location, location: both days, I started at Vendue's front door and followed 2 walking tours (the original (?) walled city and then the battery/historic home area). Both began within a few blocks of the Vendue Inn, and at furthest distance, were no more than a leisurely 1/2 hour stroll, and there is so much to see going to and from. Plus Vendue Range is just one mini-block that runs between the main street, Bay Rd. and the waterfront park. So a lovely pier is just a 2 minute walk out the front door of the Inn and is the north end (I think I've got that direction right) of the park running along the water all the way down to the Battery and the historic homes. Go there after the manager's wine reception and enjoy the late afternoon sun setting. Big "porch" swings on the pier let you gaze at the water, while the sun sets behind you. Relaxing! The city market (last minute shopping for souveneirs, anyone?) is, in fact, just a short stroll away, as is the Earthling Day Spa (not to be missed). We walked to every restaurant we ate at, many are right on Bay Rd., but we strolled further to enjoy Hank's seafood (by the way, I read some middlin' to fair reviews of Hank's - we disagree, it reminded us of some our favorite big open- room Chicago spots that we love, and the food was very good - the service outstanding) and Jim&Ernies (something like that) great bbq.
So you can see that I really enjoyed my short stay. Vendue Inn's location is excellent: its staff genuinely friendly and hospitable.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 19 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401-2129
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > French Quarter
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Charleston
#11 Family Hotel in Charleston
#12 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#12 Luxury Hotel in Charleston
Price Range: $194 - $487 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Vendue Charleston's Art Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Recently named #1 Hotel in Charleston and #9 Hotel in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure 2017. Charleston's Art Hotel, The Vendue, is located in the city's historic French Quarter just steps from world-renowned galleries and boutiques. The hotel features 2-3 rotating exhibits per year, allowing guests to explore and discover art from around the globe. Innovative cuisine, enticing art displays and panoramic rooftop views collectively inspire guests at every turn ... more   less 
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