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“Location and day manager are the high points” 3 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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“Location and day manager are the high points”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Located just minutes away from Charleston, you can see the most beautiful sunrises over the ocean. Then, spend the day with endless choices of activities and restaurants in downtown Charleston. The day manager at the hotel is wonderful. He is very knowledgable about the area, and is very attentive and friendly. The lobby and bar in the hotel are excellent spaces in which to hang out. However, the actual hotel rooms need a serious update. The lack of ventilation in the bathrooms causes terrible moisture buildups after anyone takes a shower. Water runs down the walls and everything in the room feels wet. In our multi night stay, we kept having to request the correct amount of towels after housekeeping had serviced our room. The manager was consistently and immediately responsive, but it was just a daily hassle. The prices for the rooms during the off season are fairly reasonable, but extremely overpriced, per room quality, during peak seasons.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brian_D_Ross-TFB, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, April 15, 2014
Thank you for sharing your experience at Tides Folly Beach with the Tripadvisor community, especially the service you received from Jay! He’s the heart and soul of our establishment and we consider ourselves fortunate to have him as part of our team. Despite the issues that you experienced with the number of towels in your room, I am pleased to hear that he was able to be of assistance each time you were in need.

I am always open to suggestions from our guests on what we can do to add value to our rooms during peak and shoulder seasons as well as any specific “updates” they would like to see so please do not hesitate to contact me directly with your ideas! Our bathrooms are currently fitted with brand new bathroom light fixtures, granite counter tops, towel racks and tubs and feature PURE bath amenities. Bathroom ventilation is centralized by room column and is vented from the roof of the building. There are no individual vent switches in the room as you would find in more modern hotels. The flooring in each room is just over one year old. All rooms come with 32”flat screen TV’s, local art work/photography, mini-frigs, radio alarm clocks and coffee makers with Starbucks Coffee amenities.
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Rating summary
  • 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 March 16, 2014

We stayed over one night on our way to the North in March 2014. The weather was great, we saw people swimming in the heated pool still late in the evening, the fire pits were on and the people sitting and talking at the night. The beach was great at sunset, nearly nobody walking at the natural reserve in the end of the island. The spot was advised to us by the front desk as my husband wanted to take pictures. We walked in the brisk wind and enjoyed the fresh air.

The restaurant at the hotel was good. We had local fresh fish that was new for us and we enjoyed that very much.

We had a great view from our bedroom to the pier that is a great spot for pictures.

The receptionist at the desk could speak Finnish to us that was amazing. She actually came from Estonia and was a delightful person.

Room Tip: With the view to the sea, we slept on the third floor that was 50 yards from the lifts. It was very...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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, April 15, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review following your stay with us at Tides Folly Beach! Thank you for your compliments of our staff, our grounds, and the food at Blu. I have passed along your compliments to Hanna, specifically, and she was thrilled to get her first Tripadvisor mention only a few days into her tenure at Tides! We hope you will be able to come back and see us next time you are in the States.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

Wanted to experience Folly Beach and found Tides to be my best option.
Intrigued by single family houses but realized a hotel room gave me all I wanted and more. An elevator ride to: beach,pool,restaurant,starbucks and short walk to all that Center Street offers.

Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Brian_D_Ross-TFB, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, April 15, 2014
At the Tides Hotel, we recognize that our guests have many options when it comes to accommodations and we are thrilled that you chose to experience Folly Beach while staying with us! Thank you for sharing your experience here and we look forward to being your home-away-from-home on future visits.
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Hendersonville, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We use to stay here when it was the Holiday Inn, it was great then, and it's even a bit better now. All the rooms face the ocean, the higher your room the better the view if you ask me. The rooms are very clean despite the sand, the beds are ok, there is a refrig and big bathroom, it's all very nice. The poor is heated salt water and soothing. The food is pretty good, however, they need to work on how the night restaurant mgr. handles his staff, when it comes to hotel guess. I will never eat in their restaurant again along with several others that were disrespected. The hotel side and staff were helpful, pleasing and professional. Very nice place to stay on the beach.

Room Tip: All the rooms face the ocean, the higher floors have a better view, I think.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brian_D_Ross-TFB, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Thank you for all your compliments of our hotel staff and for noticing the differences in what our property was then versus what it is now. It was a pleasure speaking with you on the morning of your departure and I sincerely hope we will have the opportunity to serve you and your wife on future visits to Folly Beach.

I encourage the other families dining with us that evening to show their support in this forum as they showed their support for our restaurant staff that night and with me, personally, the following morning. Thank you to those people for their third party assessment of the situation and for your compliments as to how our staff at Blu handled everything!
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Manning, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Recently my wife & I stayed at Tides and we took our 2 Yorkie's with us, the front desk asked us if we are military (must be my look) I said yes and the friendly front desk hostess said let me get the invoice adjusted for you. "I see you have your babies with you", more of the friendly staff came over to great us and our babies. There were two young men in the lobby who approached me and asked to assist me with the bag's. Once outside, the young man loaded the cart, and left for our room. We met him at our room and he had already placed everything in our room. We ate dinner in the hotel and the food was great as well. The clean room, ocean front balcony, and the staff made this a very pleasant stay, we even checked out late with no issues. I referred the hotel to by friends at Shaw AFB, we're on the Army side ;-) and my boss's wife went the following weekend. We are returning with another couple in a week or so our selves, we truly wish we had known of this hotel a few years ago.........We Thank You Folly and Your Staff for a pleasant stay and we give your hotel staff 5+, hotel rooms décor & size, view of ocean and cleanliness 5+ as well. The food at the BLU was prepared and presented by a chef who I would've loved to have met to commend him on our meals! Merci" We will be flying back to this area in the near future and I DO plan on having my wife's driver bring her to stay at TIDES, Thank you for 5 star quality care to your guests from the time we get out of our cars till we leave. WE WILL SEE YOU IN 2 WEEKS THANK YOU TIDES. LTC & Mrs. Chasse'

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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, April 15, 2014
What a great endorsement, LTC Chasse, and thank you for taking the time to write this! Thank you for all the praise you’ve given our entire staff and for continuing to stay with us each time you are in town. It is always a pleasure seeing y’all and we’re already looking forward to your next visit.
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Mt Juliet
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5 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Stayed at the Tides Folly Beach last spring and love it. Enjoyed the ocean and sunshine, then visited Charleston on the cooler, cloudy days. The food was excellent, local fare. The staff couldn't have been nicer. Several restaurants and bars within walking distance. Perfect trip.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Brian_D_Ross-TFB, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
This sounds like the perfect reason to get the girls back together for a reunion trip to Folly Beach! Thank you for sharing your experience and for your compliments of Blu and our staff. We look forward to seeing y’all again soon.
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CHARLESTON, SC
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The location of this property is truly oceanfront and is beautiful. Pair that with the amenities and service offered and I would call this a first class experience from start to finish. I will definitely be staying here the next time I plan a trip to the beach.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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, March 11, 2014
First class review all the way, JTMAY! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and for your compliments of our facilities and the service you received. We look forward to your next trip to the beach so please let us know if we can be of any assistance as you plan it!
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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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