My husband Rodney and I had the pleasure of spending two nights at the Carolina Lodge during a recent brief trip to Barnwell City. We needed a comfortable but affordable hotel in the Barnwell neighborhood, and we were attracted to the favorable reviews for Carolina Lodge. I have to admit we were a little skeptical of any establishment with such overwhelmingly positive reviews, but I'm here to tell you: it's all true!
First and foremost, the location is excellent, within convenient walking distance to the shopping area and restaurants. We spent our entire time exploring the immediate neighborhood. Next on the list are comfort and cleanliness. The towels and bed linens were of very good quality, and the entire hotel was clean -- breakfast area, lobby, etc. Now, let's hear it for professional, attentive staffing. The front desk staff folks were a joy to deal with — knowledgeable, welcoming, helpful — and all members of the staff were personable and industrious. Clearly, everyone who works here enjoys working here, and that's not so common these days.
Now for the extra special features. We were traveling light (no laptop), so the owner of Carolina Lodge let us use his laptop, where we were able to have FREE access to the Internet and our email accounts - no hassles or hidden charges.
Without a doubt, though, the best "amenity" at Carolina Lodge is the resident cat. Note that if you're accustomed to staying in corporate hotels or franchise establishments, you might find the rooms and bathrooms at Carolina Lodge to be a bit small, but hey, this is Barnwell — you'd pay dearly for those larger spaces. What impressed us was that, although the room and bathroom were small, everything you might need was right there: nicely designed rooms, adequate surfaces for toiletries and accessories, a tiny fridge (just right for beer wine and little food), and a large flat-screen TV.
All in all, we had a great experience staying at Carolina Lodge, and we've already recommended it to several friends who are considering trips to Barnwell. We'll definitely stay there on our next trip to Barnwell - and the next one, and the next one!
- Rodney Anderson Jr. | September 06, 2012