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“Out of this World Charm and LOCATION”
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Lodge Alley Inn
Ranked #41 of 61 Hotels in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 9, 2011

The resort sits right in the historic district and the location is worth more than gold. This was our first trip to Charleston and we found the resort location to be perfect for walking one block to the waterfront harbor/park. We brought our bikes along and rode down to The Battery, Rainbow Row, Kings Street, and the visitor's center.

The resort is very small in terms of what you usually think of as a resort. There are about 90 rooms. Each of the 3 buildings was a former warehouse that stored corn and cotton. Some of the rooms still have the original brick visible. Some rooms overlook the courtyard with a lovely fountain...great for a late night glass of wine. Do know that each room is different meaning you could book a 1 bedroom and get 650 feet or 800 feet. Some one bedrooms have a loft with an extra half bath, some don't. Be sure to ask the exact specifics of YOUR room (footage and set up) that you have been assigned. We had a 1 bedroom suite about 800 square feet with a full kitchen. It was beautifully decorated and had plenty of room and supplies. Know that the studios only have a partial kitchen (no stove or oven, but do have a microwave and small frig). We could hear creaking in the floors, but that is the charm of the place and its ambiance. We could also hear the neighboring unit's children at times.

I would not say the resort is "child friendly" as there are no amenities for kids. There is no pool. Sherry is served every day at 4:00 and that was a real treat. Folly's Beach is 15 minutes south of the resort. We purchased a 2 day Heritage Pass from the Vistor's Center that allowed us to visit 9 historic places/museums - We loved Drayton Hall Plantation (included in the pass) and Middleton Plantation (grounds only included in the pass). The Charleston Museum (also included) and lots of historic houses that we rode our bikes to were also included. We would highly recommend taking the ferry to Fort Sumter and also a trip to the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier (Patriot's Point). We also took a carriage ride on Classic Carriage Tours ($17/great deal and fun time- check them out for pricing online as you can save a few bucks reserving online).

The only parking option at the resort is valet parking - $12/nonowners and $6/Bluegreen owners per night.

We saw lots of couples at the resort and very few families with children. Overall, the resort was fabulous and the room accomdations were great!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Roscoejddd
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

Great place to stay down town Charleston wlaking distance to all the historic attractions like Market Street, Waterfront Park, and countless resturants

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

This is our second stay at the Lodge Alley Inn and I must say that this place gets more charming with each stay. It is located right in the center of everything. Although most people say this is just a place for adults, you can take older children here, as they will enjoy the history this places holds.

The rooms are adorned in older decor but this is a positive for this resort, as it is older and fits right in with the theme of the area. We stayed in a one bedroom and two bedroom so we can only speak of the layout of these two units. In the one bedroom the entrance takes you either upstairs to the loft bedroom, where the master bath with shower/tub are located. You also will step down into a sunken living area, which has a pull out sofa. Again, you will step down into a sunken kitchen and dining area. Off this area is another bathroom with just a sink and toilet. Overall, this unit was very comfy. The kitchen is equipped with all that is needed to cook a meal and/or bake.

The two bedroom unit has you stepping in the living area, where a small kitchen area is also located. The dining area is located in the living area, with no separation, but still cute. As you proceed up the stairs you are taken into the two bedroom area. One bedroom has a pedestal queen sized bed and the second bedroom includes two standard beds, with a bathroom centrally located to both bedrooms.

Overall, this area is just wonderful! If we would have had more time we could have seen more but this was just an overnight stay for us.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

I found an AWSOME deal for a 2 night stay at this place, and I am extatic that i did. This place is awsome. We had a full kitchen, living area, and upstairs bedroom. It was perfect for my partner, and mother and father. Spacious and great. Service is top notch. Its right downtown close to everything. The city market, parks, and restaurants. No need to drive anywhere once you come here!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 4, 2011

we stopped in charleston for a 3 day pit stop on to another vacation. the place was very cute, romantic, and quaint. i found the staff helpful and friendly. no problems there. we stayed in room 354, it was cute and charming. however i smelled a faint mildew smell upon entering. the kitchen was REALLY outdated. we ate out a lot so it didn't bother me, but i wouldn't have wanted to cook in that kitchen. when i reached for a glass for water, it was dirty. the bathroom was decent, but when you shut the door, there was really dirty grouted tile in the corner. the toilet was very slow flushing, which worried me, we had to call maintenance right away because it started to clog when we first got there. maintenance fixed it, but it still was slow.

the bed was cute, it was the replica of the southern "high" bed. the sheets didn't really seem fresh. they didn't smell fresh, and they weren't crisp like they should be at a hotel.
one morning we woke up to some huge bug on the wall. my husband killed it, and then we didn't see any more. i mean, it IS the south. those bugs are everywhere.

overall, it was a nice stay.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 21, 2011

Park you car and walk. local to plenty of sites to keep busy. spacious room with nice kitchenette.

CON:: Very noisy. Old building has no soundproofing i guess. squeaking floors are heard whenever anyone walks in your own room, up stairs or next door. fairly annoying.

CON::: parking is a daily charge and wifi is outrageously expensive. pain in the pocketbook.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 12, 2011

The biggest positive to this hotel - and the reason to return is the location. Right on Bay Street, walking distance to absolutely everything. We were there for the Spoleto Festival and loved being able to walk to a restaurant and then pop back in and change clothes for the event that night and walk to the event location. We were in a two story townhouse with only one bathroom for four people - in a two bedroom unit that could theoretically sleep six if you used the pullout sofa. The rooms each had one queen sized bed and the smaller room had only one bedside table and one lamp on the table - definitely not enough light. There was a good suppl y of amenities, from coffee and tea to shampoo. And a well stocked kitchen. However, the unit was very poorly maintained.

We were actually in two units, having to move from one to the other after three days. We knew ahead of time that this would be the arrangement but were surprised to see that neither unit was well maintained. The first one had not been cleaned well - there was debris all over the floor and the rug on the first floor. Apparently it has been painted insdie recently, as there were paint spots all over the floors in both units. The doors swelled in the humidity and heat, to the point where we could not get into the unit one night and on another night we had to heave against the door with all our might several times. They actually had to call a locksmith the night we could not get in. He said that when we pushed against the door hard, the lock went into a nonresponsive position and the key would no longer work on it. He pulled it back towards him and the key worked and then we heaved against it to open it. There is a back door but it is locked and has no door knob. They were unable to find a key for that door so we could not get inside while waiting for the locksmith. The key cards also demagnetized on occasion. We were not offered any compensation or perks for these inconveniences. When we were moved, they did take care of moving the luggage but we could not get into the new unit for several hours - which is not really understandable. Since everyone had to be out at 10:00 am. Why could they not clean the other unit right away and let us get in?

The wifi is $7 per day and there is a free computer (which is crawling with people) in the main office. There are very helpful concierges onsite during the day and a friendly staff. The pullout sofa was OK for one person - would have been quite uncomfortable for two. We were asked to sit in on a timeshare presentation, but they took no for an answer quite gracefully. We had an excellent meal one night at Amen and a soso meal again the next, with a snotty waitress. SNOB and Noisy Oyster were also very enjoyable - but we went only once so cannot comment on their consistency. Every event we attended at the Spoleto Festival was fantastic - hghly professional and high level productions. Charleston is a charming city with much history. We would return there in a heartbeat and be happy to stay at the Lodge Alley Inn at a decent rate. It is sure hard to understand why they take such poor care of such a potentially wonderful facility!

Room Tip: Try not to be on the street - that can be noisy.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Lodge Alley Inn

Address: 195 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401-2126
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > French Quarter
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#32 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
Price Range: $219 - $352 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lodge Alley Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 93
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