I've always wanted to go to Charleston and while checking out some packages on Luxury Link, I came across the Vendue Inn. I was reading reviews and one reviewer said the interior queen room was fine. I've traveled extensively internationally and my general criteria for a room: safe, clean, and centrally located. February is low season and I thought we'd get good rates. The rate actually went down on our last day and they automatically gave us the lower rate. I figured the money I saved with the room, I could splurge more on tours and meals (Charleston is a culinary town!!)
Check-in was easy; a bellman was also there to greet us. We self-parked at a garage that's only a block away. We stayed across from the main hotel on the second floor. The room is small but has everything you need. I liked the exposed brick and the red accent wall. There aren't any windows but there is a skylight. The wine and cheese in the afternoon, turn-down service, and the milk and cookies are a nice touch. The chocolate chip cookies were REALLY good!!
Breakfast was also very good. Coffee, juice, and made to order breakfasts. I got something different each day. Bananas Foster French toast, mini Belgian waffles with strawberries, and a bacon/cheese frittata. Service was friendly and efficient.
The downsides are only a few. Our room was right by the ice machine so there was a bit of foot traffic and we could also hear some noise from our neighbors. The building isn't brand new so we also heard strange sounds coming from the walls (we called about it, they said it was probably the pipes). The bed and pillows were a little too soft for me. I'd probably return and get a larger room that wasn't by the ice machine.
Service and location is where this place excels. Robbie, the concierge, called me before we arrived and made dinner reservations for us. Our servers were always friendly and glad to give us recommendations on things to do or places to eat. We enjoyed using the bikes to ride around downtown and the views. The location was steps from the fountain, the Old Market, and the Battery. We left our car parked until we needed it to drive out to Boone Hall. We also checked out the view from the Rooftop. It's probably a better place when the weather is warmer. We also came back after dinner because they had live music. Graham Whorley was great!
All in all, it was a short but pleasant trip to the Holy City! We'll definitely be back. :)
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