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The Lodge Alley Inn

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel is very quaint and undergoing some renovations. We are in the center of town and walking distance to the main attractions. Last time we were in Charleston, we were in the outskirts and had to drive in but the hotel made everything convenient. I was surprised by the parking fee and the rate but we were in the downtown area. I would recommend to valet the car if you need to retrieve your car because the pay as you go lot, you are charged upon entry and exit. The room we were in needed some love and we were not quite happy with it. We found out it is due for rennovation in the next few months. If you go, inquire if your room has been rennovated lately. The hotel itself is charming and there are some great restaurants nearby (kids loved the pizza place across the street). I voiced my issue with the room with management and they did the best they could. Would have rated it higher 4.5 and we will return.

The Lodge Alley is our go to in Charleston because we have a time share there. It’s time for an update. Rooms and carpets are getting pretty tired. If your looking for smiles, and southern hospitality,unfortunately your in the wrong spot.

If you have any allergy to dust or mold, stay away from here! The moment we got off the elevator on 2nd floor the musty smell hit us. After one night I developed a terrible cough. And every time we spent a few hours in the room I was sneezing & coughing like crazy. Needless to say it was not an enjoyable time & I will not stay here again. Dining room carpet looked very old & was the dr table.

This is a great place to visit. The room was so cute. I dislike having to pay to park and wait for the valet. You don't really have a choice. The hotel itself is nice and the staff was very helpful and friendly. You can also have sherry and cookies each day at 4:00 ish.

Excellently located for walking to Waterfront Park, The Market, Battery etc! Lots of great restaurants are walking distance. The property used to be cotton warehouses back in the day. Heart of pine floors and brick walls. Property is landscaped nicely with a fountain in the courtyard along with wrought iron tables and chairs.

Lodge Alley Inn is wonderful...beautiful...historical...and located in the heart of Charleston Market...Historical...Shopping...Dining Districs. You can WALK to any of these with an easy stroll. Lodge Alley is a wonderful location.

Came with my friend who is an owner for a birthday trip. Got in to town in the evening. Asked for good place to eat, was sent walking to a restaurant that was closed for renovations (should keep up to date on these things in my opinion). Got to room which was beautiful, but the under lining on one of the box springs was ripped and hanging out from under bed, and the refrig door wouldn't open without tipping over. We requested maintenance who came while we were gone & they left our room door standing open when they left. They also misplaced our car, didn't tag it properly, we had to hunt for our vehicle on our own ($20/day parking fee keep in mind!! ) the biggest issue with this hotel is in the main building. The noise from the 3rd floor for the 2nd floor guests is Tremendous! We were woken up at 4:30am by the people upstairs. Management was disappointingly dismissive of our concerns. The good points with this property is that it is very convenient to all the must area of the area

We have always loved this property and have stayed here many times. It's very charming because it is so old and it's in a great location. This time, however, our room (#220) was extremely noisy from people walking and talking in the hallways, workers, and most especially what sounded like a garbage truck and a recycling truck right outside our window early in the morning. Very annoying. We have also tired of the lofts. Seems like we always get a loft. The spiral staircase going up is very steep and very narrow and I think we are getting too old for that! Even the bellhops won't go up! The only bathroom in the one-bedroom unit is upstairs. On a positive note, the employees are very nice. The bellhops are friendly and have been there forever. We remember at least one of them, Rodney, by name. He is very kind and accommodating. The front desk crew is also very accommodating. There is a guest lounge where sherry and cookies are served at 4:00 every weekday. There is a small library in the lobby. And in the guest lounge there is always a nice coffee and tea service as well as a privately-located computer for guest use. There is free wi-fi. We love the location because it's close to so many nice restaurants. You should be aware that there is a $20/day charge for parking. Also, I am a little visually impaired and the room was a little dark for reading, especially as the day became later. We requested help with this, but got no place. So, pluses and negatives, but I think it's time to consider another place to stay. They do have a new place on King but it's not as convenient to restaurants we like.

Once stayed here frequently when the time shares were available and offered at govt rates. I fear those days are gone now as Charleston has become such a popular destination and rooms are hard to come by most of the year. If you can acquire a reservation however, you wont be disappointed. Much nicer than a chain hotel.

Staff was great! Location is excellent. A lot of things to do within walking distance. Hotel needs a lot of renovations. Walking down the halls you can tell this is a very old building. Door entries are not square, you can actually see inside the units at the top of and bottoms of the doors. This means no privacy! We had the one bedroom loft with a spiral staircase. The unit was huge, so huge they stuck a dresser down stairs just take up dead space. This unit needs A LOT of renovation! Kitchen cabinets don’t close, closet doors in the kitchen don’t close. Appliances are outdated. Bathroom sink and commode are so low to the ground my 5’3” wife complained! Cannot be for ADA reason as there is a spiral staircase to get to the loft. There is a spot for a washer and dryer but it doesn’t come with one. The only bathroom is upstairs. For some odd reason, they put us next to room that was being renovated! Workers using a lot of heavy/noisy construction tools. We came back to take a nap and that wasn’t happening. With all these rooms I am wondering why they would put us next to a room under construction. They have a new property on King Street. It is a modern property. Downside, Points are going to be really high!

195 E Bay St Charleston SC

Hotel highlights

  • Close to College of Charleston
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Laundry facilities
  • 24-hour front desk

Located in Historic Charleston, The Lodge Alley Inn is next to Port of Charleston Cruise Terminal and Waterfront Park. Each of the 84 rooms at this 3-star aparthotel includes a kitchen, a fireplace, and a balcony. Located centrally in Charleston, it's also close to College of Charleston and USS Yorktown.


The 84 air-conditioned apartments feature kitchens and balconies, and there's space to spread out with dining areas and sitting areas. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and 32-inch LCD TVs with cable channels and DVD players. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, and pillowtop beds with premium bedding ensure a restful night. Other standard amenities include fireplaces, iPod docks, and coffee makers.

Property features

A local mainstay since 1773, The Lodge Alley Inn offers free WiFi in public areas, a computer station, and free newspapers. If you drive, self parking is USD 14 per day, and there's also an area shuttle for a fee. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, a garden, and a fireplace in the lobby.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

72.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 467 reviews