We stayed here early April 2014. Location is great, but that's where the "good" list ends.
We were in a traditional guestroom with a view of the "courtyard", which was occupied by an electrical transfer station. Granted, when we reserved a room at Vendue we didn't exactly place a high priority on having a room with a view, so my statement above regarding Vendue not being a good value is largely exclusive of this attribute. But still. A power station? No view at all would have been a better option.
Room size is an embarrassment considering the rate we paid, and the ownership has done a fantastic job of masking these spatial shortcomings in the images presented on the website. We simply did not have space to operate within the room. No shelf space for toiletries in the bathroom, limited floor space in the room proper, and insufficient "storage" space for clothes, etc. We just couldn't help but feel like we were in a dorm room, and as such we had to rekindle our organizational creativity. It was frustrating to say the least.
The common spaces in the hotel are dated and poorly-appointed. Carpets are in dire need of replacement, as is made apparent by the extensive wear and staining. Sitting rooms are a study in "close, but no cigar". For every appealing traditional feature in the room, you can find a negating feature in the form of an industrial ceiling tile or poorly-hidden speaker wire. No amount of complimentary cookies can mask this.
Staff was friendly, though at times bordering on nosy and intrusive with regards to our plans as we headed out the door to take in the city. During our three-night stay we got to the point where passing the front desk (positioned directly in front of the main entrance) felt like running the gauntlet. Sometimes less is more, guys. If we want your recommendation, we'll ask for it. Otherwise, butt out and let your patrons explore the wonderful city of Charleston at their own speed.
Vendue just falls far short. They have a great location, yet have managed to ruin an otherwise interesting historical structure by filling it with weak interior appointments, excessively syrupy service, and cramped accommodations. An extremely poor value.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Vendue Hotel Charleston
- Vendue Inn Charleston Sc