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“Unless you love the smell of curry and hookers, I would never ever consider going near this place.”

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Carolina Lodge Ridgeland
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Ridgeland
Reviewed March 19, 2013

By far the worst place I have ever stayed my entire life.

1. The lobby: Reeked of curry! No, not the "hint of something cooking" kind, but the "I vacuum the disgusting carpets with curry seasoning" kind. That is the only thing my friends could smell on me when I came back to the car. That smell alone made me want to vomit. Which probably would have made the lobby look nicer and more tolerable.

2. The room: where to begin? I don't mind if a hotel room is outdated especially if I am getting a good deal to stay there, however outdated and disgusting is a problem. There was a full size refrigerator- that did not work. So all it pretty much did was take up valuable space in the room. However it did hide some of the filthy stained carpet so I suppose it did in fact serve a useful purpose. Next to the non working fridge was a microwave...sitting on the floor. They really couldn't put it any place other than the floor? Anyplace? On second thought, it also hid more of the filthy stained carpet so maybe useful after all. The sheets had stains and a varied assortment of unidentified particles (crossing our fingers that there were no bed bugs or anything worse). I'm sure the comforter has never been washed and I would be surprised if the sheets were any better. The carpet was just disgusting. There are no ways to adequately describe it. Also, the lamp in between the beds had 2 seperate lights: one normal and the other fluorescent pink (which I'm guessing is the mood lighting for the soon-to-be-mentioned clientele-see 4.) The only highlight of the room was that someone had drawn a likeness of Bart Simpson on the nightstand and the "cleaning crew" was to lazy (or non existent) to notice and remove it.

3. The bathroom: Here's a fun one! The towels smelled stale as if they hadn't been washed in about 3 decades and were very stained. The sink and the shower had scum and stains all over them. There was hair in the bathtub and large water stains on the wall paper. It was the only time I felt worse getting out of the shower than into. We sacrificed a pair of flip flops because we refused to stand in the shower tub because it was so nasty. When the shower is turned on and the bathroom heats up, it begins to emit a smell so vulgar that beats out the smell of freshly curried carpet. The showers were short if for no other reason than you can only shower as long as you can hold your breath.

4. The Clientele: The Carolina Lodge (and the people in the room next to us) gave the impression of a rent by the hour establishment. We got no sleep during the one night we stayed there because the thin walls allowed the lofting moaning sounds and the banging of the headboard from the next room to come through. As we drove through the parking lot we could see other vehicles with out of state plates signaling that we weren't the only ones who actually believed that a room you rent should be held to some sort of standard.

I may make it my personal mission to get this place shut down. I'm leaving this review at every possible place...it was really that bad!

For the record, Trip Advisor is making me rate this place with at least 1 out of 5. I would never consider giving it such a high review. Terrible does not even begin to describe it.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Chelsea C
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Although the price was great and the reviews on this site were fine, this is not a place I would ever stay at again. Our family booked only because of this sites reviews; very wary of a good deal. Keep in mind, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. This was a nasty motel. If it hadn't been so late I would have left to find another place. As soon as I walked in I had to turn down the comforter so I wouldn't look at the white smear and burn hole. I dont know if the sheets had been laundered and can only hope they had. It was too small of a room for two doubles. The bathroom was disgusting with obvious layers of scum in the shower/tub (we would not shower). The base of the toilet was gross as was the base of the walls (wallpaper peeling with water stains). The property is aged and it shows big time and is in need of a total revamp. I had nightmares about bedbugs and can only hope there weren't any as well as any other critters there. This was the worst place I have ever paid to sleep, but I guess one really does get what they pay for.

Room Tip: don't go here at all
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank buddahchild
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

For those of us who make long driving trips on I-95, Carolina Lodge is a good value for a place to spend a night. We paid a flat $40.00, arriving about 9:30 p.m. on a Friday in late June. Check-in was quick, and the large room offered two queen beds, full-size refrigerator, microwave, and coffee-maker (we didn’t have time for TV!), with plenty of room to maneuver. The WiFi worked well, and unlike expensive hotels, it was free. We heard no noise from either other guests or the highway. Although some will find the Carolina too “old-timey” for their tastes, the place was clean and the towels surprisingly “plump.” The air-conditioner cooled well and was quieter than many such units in more upscale motels. My wife and I will not hesitate to stay there again if our itinerary puts us in Ridgeland at stopping time.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Stephen S
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

Spent one night here while passing through on business. Quick check in. Property is all ground level rooms. Room was basic, but clean and comfortable. Fair channel lineup on the TV, lots of sports channels. Coffee maker, hair dryer. AC worked well and had a wireless remote for it which I thought was very convenient. Had a full size fridge. Bed and pillows were comfortable. The room is paneled, not painted and even though it's a light colored paneling, it gives a dark appearance to the room. There was adequate lighting though for reading, working, etc. Wi Fi worked well. Good water pressure and temp in the shower. Property is far enough off the road that there was nearly no highway noise. Overall, a very good value for the dollar and I'd stay here again. As a side note, there's a BBQ restaurant with a buffet about 1/2 mile past the hotel, very good BBQ!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled on business
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5  Thank rocknrun
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Reviewed March 13, 2012
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  • Stayed: March 2012
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Additional Information about Carolina Lodge Ridgeland

Address: I-95 Exit 21 & Highway 336, Ridgeland, SC 29936
Location: United States > South Carolina > Ridgeland
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Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Ridgeland
Price Range: $47 - $51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 45
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