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“Gorgeous view, but stay somewhere else if you can (F303)” 3 of 5 stars
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Port O' Call
Wild Dunes Resort, 5757 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms, SC 29451   |  
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Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Gorgeous view, but stay somewhere else if you can (F303)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

Our family (mom, dad, and 15 month old) stayed in a one bedroom, one bath condo (F303) in late September 2011. Complex is old and run down with peeling paint, rotting windows, missing shingles, front screen doors that barely closed, and a dirty elevator. Our condo appeared to be recently updated with tile floors, new interior paint, and newer appliances. The bathroom, however... the tub/shower had a new tile surround, but the tub itself was gross. The caulk around the tub was molded and the tub in dire need of re-glazing. Perhaps the mold was due to the fact the fan didn't work. The tub was also very small and had shower doors instead of a curtain. Our unit had a screened porch and upper level widow's walk overlooking the beach. Both looked very weathered. The interior carpet leading to the widow's walk was stained and a musty odor from the attic permeated the upper level. The kitchen was cramped but functional, though the cabinets also had quite a musty smell. Bedroom was fine except for only having airy curtains that made it impossible to darken the room. (Not good when traveling with a toddler in need of naps!) Unit was average clean, though we did wake up to a dead cockroach on two occasions.

Wild Dunes is a "gated" community on the north end of Isle of Palms. Beach in Wild Dunes was not crowded. Charleston is a good 30 mins away in traffic. Nothing within walking distance of Port O'Call except the golf course. Chain groceries, drugstores, discount retailers, etc can be found 15 minutes away across the IOP Connector in Mt. Pleasant. Sullivan's Island where you find Fort Moultrie is also a good 20 minutes away.

Places to eat in Charleston and Mount Pleasant are abundant - fast food, sit-down chain, and many independents. There are a few independent restaurants in Sullivan's Island and IOP as well.

We booked through Beachside Vacations. Had no problems with them.

Love the Charleston area and probably will be back. Just not sure we'll stay in Wild Dunes again as it was a bit of a drive to anything. Pretty sure if we do, it won't be at Port O'Call...

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Greenville, SC
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

This was a family vacation and I am not exaggerating.

This place is dilapidated, run down, needs major exterior work and so much more.

Pros: Great beach, easy access, decent but dirty pool, Wild Dunes, can see the ocean, nice bike paths, easy to reach restaurants by car, Charleston is 30 minutes away in traffic. Decor is sort of updated.

Cons: Dirty, doors and windows are rotten, pocket doors don't work, shower doors are so disgusting they need to be replaced, shower tile is in bad shape with bad repairs done to it, attic access door fell off the wall, the upstairs balcony door is so rotted it won't even close, pull out sofa is missing springs and we had to put sofa cushions under the mattress to get out the sink holes, the chairs in the living room look cool but are impossible to sit in, the bar stools are so loose they rock, the elevator smells like the trash can next to it, the toaster caught our toast on fire (the realty company did bring us a new one), the outdoor fan is rusted without a cover for the bulbs and is about to fall off the ceiling, and feral cats in the parking lot.

I would never stay here again. Cock roaches were expected, but this place is a dump.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Columbus, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2010 via mobile

Same as most people, a little worn but asked for 1 bedroom beach front got a 2 bedroom same price. Comfortable bed, lovely views and sound of sea to send you to sleep. Could use some small fixes but I loved the beach and proximity to Charleston. Stayed in I 301 port o'call.

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clarkesville, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

This is a condo in the gated Wild Dunes part of the island. It is a dated/worn complex that they have tried to maintain. Our unit was 301B and looked to have been recently updated with fresh paint, furniture, appliances, tv, etc.....which was nice. The views from the porch and rooftop were great. Loved the pool, very clean, and the wild dunes area. Booked through Resortquest, and they were very helpful and provided good service. Did not like waking up to cockroaches on the floor each morning, and the occasional ones seen during the afternoon. Will definitely be back to Isle of Palms, great beach, good food at Morgans at the Marina and at Poe's on Sullivan's, and an easy drive to Charleston.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2010

My family and I stayed in G101. It is newly remodeled and very nice!! The view was great from our room and if you are looking for a quiet relaxing vacation this is definitely the place. Beautiful. Can't wait to go back!!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2009

Got a great deal on C202 for a few days in August. We've stayed at the hotel in Wild Dunes before but wanted a condo with ocean view this time for a reasonable price. That is what we got through Island Realty.
Location of Port O Call is great, close to Mt. Pleasant (where we ate a lot), close to Charleston and close to IOP Harbor where we took a crab trip (great).

The pictures on the website make the unit look great. Nice colors, nice style, hard wood (laminate floors). When we got there, we realized the owners had put some effort into it, but I was expecting more. For example, there are gaps between the dishwasher and cabinets, so you see the nasty stuff behind it. Same thing with the fridge. The tub/shower had cracks, floors made noises - we could hear the people above us walking, the sliding doors to the patio required two hands to open b/c they were old; etc...

All that doesn't really bother me that much, the biggest issue for our family is that we found 4 Palmetto Bugs (giant cockroaches) in the unit the first two days. It was just really creepy and hard to get over. I know we're at the beach, it's to be expected etc., but we've never had a problem with this before in other places. Kind of ruined it for us.

The outside of the units need a lot of work. The floor was very dirty around the elevator and our unit, door was filled with dirt and grime. The elevator was a mess, no air, windows all grimmy.

Pool was great, never crowded; beach was great. Bike paths are great, very quiet place.

I realize each unit is individually owned; I could have done a better job of finding one I guess; but the outside of the units are all the same - they need work. I imagine the owners pay a lot for upkeep, but they are not getting their $ worth in my opinion.

I'm really not that picky. We just like clean places. This one looked clean in the photos, but when you are there you feel like it's not. I guess for the price I got what I paid for. I would return to Wild Dunes, but would try a different condo complex next time.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Springfield, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2009

My husband & I stayed here the last week of April. We couldn't have been happier with our choice. The location was outstanding if you like some privacy. We had unit F303 which faced the ocean. Beautiful sunrise to watch each morning, and beach in this area of WD is not so crowded. Unit was decorated satisfactory, however, it showed a little wear. This is to be expected since it is a rental unit. Unit was very clean and we appreciated screened porch overlooking the beach. We'll be back!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Port O' Call

Address: Wild Dunes Resort, 5757 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Isle of Palms
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Specialty lodging in Isle of Palms
Also Known As:
Port o` Call Hotel Isle Of Palms

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