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“Great beach location!” 5 of 5 stars
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Tides Folly Beach
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Center Street, PO Box 68, Folly Beach, SC 29439   |  
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Mills River, North Carolina
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“Great beach location!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

May 2013-had a wonderful stay at the refurbished hotel. Room was refreshing and the new windows overlooking the beach let us leave them slightly open to "hear the ocean". The ocean view was open from the lobby and restaurant as well--a very welcoming lobby.

Bathroom and decor were obviously newly renovated and very nice.

We agreed we definitely would visit again when traveling to Folly Beach.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brian_D_Ross-TFB, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Thank you for this great endorsement following your stay at Tides Folly Beach! We appreciated having you as our guest and we thank you for all your compliments. We are looking forward to many more visits from you to Folly Beach in the future.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is perfect for a stay at the beach - just walk out of the lobby an you are there. The rooms are a bit out of date and could use some refurbishment. Don't go out for breakfast - the Blue restaurant offers a perfect buffet and you will not save much if you eat elsewhere. Besides the staff there is realy friendly. Don't forget your pool/beach towels!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brian_D_Ross-TFB, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Thank you for choosing Tides for your beach getaway! Thank you for your compliments of our service and for recommending Blu for breakfast. I’m glad you enjoyed all of what Folly Beach has to offer and we look forward to having you as our guest again in the future.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

My stay at this hotel with my boyfriend was very nice. We were able to check in early and got upgraded to a King size bed. All rooms are ocean front which was nice! The room was clean and the staff was friendly. Overall I found it a little expensive though. We had just stayed at the Vendue Inn in downtown Charleston and it was a very different feel! - Folly beach was fine if you just wanted to go to the beach and eat but there wasn't much to do other than that. The hotel is in walking distance of some yummy (unhealthy) restaurants so I can't complain about the location at all.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brian_D_Ross-TFB, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Thank you for choosing the City & Beach Package we offer between The Vendue and Tides! Thank you for all your compliments of our facilities and specifically our staff. Folly Beach is definitely and unique beach town and is very different than downtown Charleston so we appreciate you giving both a try during your time in the Lowcountry. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you at each property on future visits!
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

I stayed in July 2013 for 4 nights with my husband & three children (7,5 & 3 yrs). The hotel is in an excellent location if your visiting Folly or Charleston (which are both great places!). The staff are really lovely and the lobby & restaurant are very welcoming and nicely furnished BUT...our room was so disappointing.
You leave the lovely lobby and ascend in the lift to depressing grey concrete corridors which are dirty and have mouldy patches. Our room was very shabby. Lots of wear and tear on show - dirty scuff marks on the walls & doors, peeling paint on woodwork which was quite badly damaged with chunks missing! The room wasn't dirty but it didn't feel clean either. There was also some kind of metal thing sticking out of the top of a wall!! The balcony was pointless as it wasn't wide enough to accommodate a chair & the air con unit was old and loud.
There was a very 'tired' feel to the room and it wasn't a welcoming sight after a long flight & drive from the UK with 3 small kids! Luckily for us we were visiting due to a friends wedding and so didn't spend much time in the room.
The pool is also quite small and if you lie on the loungers by the hotel wall you just get dripped on by the air-con units!

Overall- your paying for the location. It's not value for money, we paid approx $1200 for room only and would not recommend it and will not return.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Brian_D_Ross-TFB, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay at Tides for a portion of your overseas holiday! We appreciate you giving us the opportunity to show you what Southern Hospitality is all about. Thank you for your lovely compliments of our staff, restaurant and common areas.

We have undergone several multimillion dollar renovations over the years in addition to our annual 4-day closure that allows us time to work on other major projects. One of the projects we will undertake this January is to update the corridors on our 9th, 8th and 7th floors with tiled floors like what we have on the 2nd floor. While we have always been and will always be an exterior corridor hotel, we are very committed to making those hallways as comfortable and inviting as possible. I’m sure the author of this review and all reading this response will be pleasantly surprised during future visits!

Please accept our apologies for your room not quite meeting your expectations. While all of our rooms have balconies facing the ocean, we are quite transparent on our website that none of these is quite large enough for furniture. For those wishing to have more ample sitting space, please contact us directly and ask for our “Beachfront” rooms. These rooms have patios and are only available over the phone with an in-house reservations specialist. (The metal thing in the wall near the ceiling is a sprinkler and is there per code and fire safety regulations).

Hopefully we have the opportunity to serve the author of this review again on their next visit to the States and can impress them with our next annual renovation!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

I stayed at Tides over memorial day weekend for my bachelorette party. I could not have picked a better place. I loved the modern décor of the hotel. The pool bar and hotel bar were also great! We are brunch at the hotel and you get a great view of the ocean!
The location of the hotel is also nice. It is walking distance to several bars and restaurants!
The staff was also wonderful at check in and through out the stay!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brian_D_Ross-TFB, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Thank you for choosing Tides for your bachelorette party over the Memorial Day Holiday this year! Thank you for your compliments of our facilities, our staff and for joining us at Blu Restaurant and Bar. We’re glad you ladies had such an amazing time and we look forward to being your hotel of choice for your next outing!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The hotel room and staff were just average. If all you care about is the location, then this is the place for you. I wasn't impressed with this hotel. The hotel pool staff definitely need to learn more about customer service and friendliness. It was lacking by one of the female staff members. I'm not planning to come back to this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Brian_D_Ross-TFB, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us at Tides on your recent trip to the Lowcountry! Our pledge to our guests is “the only thing we overlook is the beach.” Clearly, we overlooked more than that with the author of this review. Your concerns regarding the service you received at the pool have been addressed and all readers of this review will see a marked improvement from the experience of this author. I encourage the author of this review to contact me directly to discuss any more compliments or concerns they may have.
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Kinston, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

I have just returned from a few days at the Tides. This hotel is in a great spot for the beach and for restaurants. The staff was extremely friendly. I would definitely suggest getting a room on a higher floor to minimize the noise from the pool, bar, pier, and beach. The rooms were large and clean with great ocean views. The only negative of our stay was the air conditioner. It was extremely loud and we had trouble sleeping with it on at night. The restaurant is good but eat inside to protect your food from the birds. The porch bar is a great place for an afternoon drink.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brian_D_Ross-TFB, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Thank you for spending a couple of days with us at Tides and for your wonderful compliments of our staff and our on-site restaurant! I’m happy to hear you had such a great time and we look forward to many return visits to the Edge of America!
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Address: 1 Center Street, PO Box 68, Folly Beach, SC 29439
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Folly Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Folly Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Tides Folly Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 132
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As the only full service beachfront hotel in the Charleston area, Tides Folly Beach features 132 classically appointed oceanfront guest rooms, each with either one king-size bed or two double beds. Our Oceanfront Superior Rooms feature private Juliette balconies while our Beachfront Rooms feature semi-private patios with exclusive access to our pool and beach. Every guest of Tides Folly Beach is guaranteed a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. Our on-site restaurant, BLU, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day with a special room service menu and the outdoor oceanfront bar is the perfect spot for a cold afternoon beverage. Check out our brand new on-site coffee shop, Roasted, where We Proudly Serve Starbucks Coffee. The outdoor pool is heated year round. Guests of Tides Folly Beach may also take advantage of our off street parking, fitness center, business center and complimentary wireless internet. Come join us at Tides Folly Beach where every day is another day in paradise. ... more   less 
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