This is a great place to stay in Charleston. It is in a very convenient location for all the shopping and restaurants. It is a short walk to the Waterfront Park and for younger people would be a beautiful stroll to the battery and the historic houses in downtown Charleston.
We had 2 rooms. A 2 bedroom loft and a studio. The 2 bedroom had the bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. The living room, kitchen, and dining room were downstairs. It had a full kitchen with a dishwasher in the unit. It had plenty of plates and bowls for eating in if you wanted.
The studio was very nice. It was more typical of a hotel room. It had a kitchenette with a microwave and small refrigerator, In between the bed and the living room there was a gas fireplace giving you a feel of having a bedroom and living room (See pictures).
Both rooms were very clean and very comfortable. The grounds were beautiful. The staff and especially the valet's are very friendly and helpful. Parking is $11/day for owners and $14 for non-owners. It is worth the price as parking is scarce in downtown. As an added perk everyday at 4 PM in the lobby they serve complimentary cookies and sherry.
As far as some of the other bad reviews are concerned about the place being outdated, the reviewers obviously do not understand the theme of the place. It is located in historic Charleston and the decor is supposed to reflect that. Also this is not a hotel. It is a timeshare and some of the services usually associated with a hotel are not included, such as housekeeping unless you choose to pay for the service. My guess is many people stay here for the very cheap teaser rates and get mad at the high pressure sales tactics in the sales meeting that they have to agree to attend to get the cheap rates. If you rent from a Bluegreen owner or are an owner yourself, you do not have to go to the sales meeting (I never go despite all the goodies they throw my way). Keep that in mind.
Cons: In the 2 bedroom loft the stairs are VERY high and steep. If you have mobility issues, you may want to consider a studio. The other con is their is no fitness center. That would be nice. If you are traveling with children, there is no pool. So you will need to find other ways to entertain them.
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- Also Known As:
- Lodge Alley Hotel Charleston
- Hotel Alley