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.
- 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:
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