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The Lodge Alley Inn

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

When going into the Inn you are greeted by a friendly staff. You have valet parking and all the help you need. The room was very nice. The room had natural hard wood floors the old style crown molding, fireplace which we didn't need. Very roomy and spacious. It's in a great location surrounded by history everywhere and within walking distance to everything from shops to eating places. It was a very quiet room. Had a great time visiting Charleston.

The location is this hotel is great. Many restaurants and shops within an easy walk. It is also an easy walk to the cruise terminal. The rooms are nice and clean. The WiFi had good coverage. The courtyard between the buildings is similar to European plazas I have seen. The amenities are limited as compared to other places that offer breakfast or a pool.

We made reservations 9 months in advance-checked in at 4:00pm (so it wasn't like it was the last room available) Our room had 2 windows, one view of elevator doors and the other view of shingles on roof and I had to stand on the night stand to see that! . We I complained, was told the building was over 300 years old and they couldn't MAKE our room have a view and that the room hasn't been updated. There was ROACHES! killed one in kitchen, one crawled behind the phone, and one in bathroom that ran across my foot! When we sat on the couch, it sank so low had to crawl off. And there was a false fire about 9:30 one night that had everyone standing outside until they could check the bldg. This place in downtown and you can walk most places - that's about the only good thing I can say.

We are delighted to have spent four 3-4 day visits at the Lodge Alley Inn over the last 3 years while our daughter attended the College of Charleston. Because Charleston is best experienced by walking, the location is perfect. It’s an easy walk to the Waterfront Park, where we’ve seen the sunrise. We’ve walked to the Battery (where we’ve seen the sunset), the French Quarter, the Historical District and to Upper King. We’ve walked to excellent restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you can get rooftop drinks with good views at the Vendue Inn and the Pavillion Bar at the Market Pavillion. It’s a very good location to do the Gateway Walk. There is valet parking and space to drop off and load the car in front of the building, which is very important in a city where parking spots are often hard to find. The hotel consists of a few buildings that are restored warehouses. All of the rooms we’ve been in are different. Even the studios are spacious, with a gas fireplace and separate living room. The beds are comfortable. The property runs between East Bay and State Streets. There are tables in a very pretty courtyard with a fountain. We enjoyed having coffee or eating there.There are nice plantings on Lodge Alley and in the Courtyard. The grounds and hotel are very well maintained. There is free coffee and tea available on the first floor and at 4:00 pm on weekday afternoons, cookies and sherry are offered. The fact that we've continued to visit the Lodge Alley Inn when there are so many excellent hotels in Charleston is a testament to how much we like it.

Enjoyed our stay very much. A few things about the room prevented this from being a 5 star stay.. bathroom small with low water pressure; no ice maker in fridge; fold out couch needs to be replaced.. bed shot. Kitchen, dining and main bedroom were good although a king bed should be used when space allows and the unit we had allowed it.. had a Queen. All in all we enjoyed our trip and the hospitality of the staff.

We were pleasantly surprised overall by the Lodge Alley Inn. Our room was spacious and very quaint...perfect for Charleston. We enjoyed the courtyard very much. The plantings there were very nice. Two things I wish we'd been notified of...they don't pick up your trash (apparently you're supposed to put it in the hall???) and they don't have towel service.

We are owners here. We bought specifically for this location. Its very old, its quaint. No its not perfect but we adore this place. The location is the very best in the historic district. Service is wonderful. We stay here at least three times a year. Some of the rooms are a bit dark and better lighting would help that. Would love to finally ( after owning for 15 years) see a full length mirror. We joke with other owners that the women stand on the dining room chair to look in a mirror...We still love it here and haven't considered buying into another Charleston location.

I totally love this location. Every room I have had the pleasure to stay in is unique and everything is very clean. The antebellum floors, the high ceilings, the lovely furnishings all add to the ambiance. Upon arrival, the doormen are charming, the front desk folks are extremely pleasant and helpful. The brandy at 4 is a nice way to meet the other guests. The courtyard is beautifully taken care of and the fountain adds to the serenity of the place. I especially like the location as it is central to many wonderful restaurants and pubs. This is truly a top notch vacations getaway.

We enjoyed the location of this hotel, as well as the extra room. Traveling with my husband and 2 children, the kids had a great pull-out sofa with their own TV and fireplace in the living room, while my husband and I were able to enjoy privacy in the bedroom. We had a beautiful 2nd floor room with a great balcony that overlooked a picturesque. You won't be disappointed in this hotel.

We have stayed here many times and are never disappointed. It doesn't matter which building you stay in because all the rooms are beautiful! We have stayed in every building and love how most rooms are different. Although we live the bigger suites for the space, our favorites are the studios in the main building. The brick walls, high ceilings and wide plank floors are packed with historical character. The location could not be better. Once you park your car you can walk to all the things you could possibly want to go to. We also love the courtyard area, especially if you are traveling with other couples. It's a great place to meet for coffee or an evening drink.

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 French Quarter, The Lodge Alley Inn is next to Port of Charleston Cruise Terminal and Charleston 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.

Room options

Suite, 1 Bedroom

Full 1 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Suite, 2 Bedrooms

Full 2 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 6


King 1 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

72% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 438 reviews