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Tides Folly Beach
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Folly Beach
Ledyard, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Off season great buy”
Reviewed November 4, 2011

Off season rate, very good value. Ocean side room, dead quiet only the relentless ocean waves and wind to put you to sleep. Excellent wi-fi access, good clean rooms,comfy beds, nothing terribly fancy but great view.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, November 16, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Tides Folly Beach. We’re glad you had such a great relaxing trip to the Edge of America and we look forward to your next visit!
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

We stayed here over the summer (August) with our two teenage kids. From the reviews, we expected a lovely, newly rennovated beachside hotel. What we found was an old, moldy, smelly Holiday Inn that had some rennovations to the common areas. In fact, the elevators had new tile on the floors, but NO AC!!! We were told that they tiled over the AC vents in the elevators - - now that's skilled workmanship! If they rennovated the rooms, they certainly did NOT do the one we stayed in -- the room smelled like mildew, the beds were old and saggy. . . Although we enjoyed the beach and the town was cute, I would NEVER stay at this hotel again! I honestly have no idea how anyone could say this hotel was "great" or "excellent."

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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3 Thank Jeannie J
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, November 16, 2011
The experiences shared about Tides Folly Beach are as varied as the guests we have the privilege of serving day in and day out. We are committed to providing an outstanding, oceanfront beach vacation. We will provide caring, gracious service that will draw guests back to rediscover the magic of Folly Beach. Our pledge to our guests is “the only thing we overlook is the beach.” It is unfortunate that we did not meet that goal with the author of this review. I believe our body of reviews speaks volumes of our commitment to customer service excellence and fun beachfront experiences. Should any issues of inconvenience arise during your stay, please do not hesitate to bring them to our attention immediately and we will work diligently to ensure you have the best beach vacation possible.
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
Reviewed November 1, 2011

A last minute trip in October with great weather, uncrowded beaches, and a city full of good food. It was a a great time. Very relaxing. Great staff. We were allowed a late checkout. :) I would totally stay there again.

Room Tip: Ask for a top floor, that's for the view!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, November 16, 2011
A good ole time is what we are all about here on Folly Beach and we are ecstatic that you experienced it here at Tides! Folks tend to underestimate just how beautiful and laid back this island is in the fall so thank you for sharing this with the Tripadvisor community. We are anxiously awaiting your next visit to the Edge of America!
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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2011

Stayed at the Tides Folly Beach and had a wonderful time. Requested a top floor at the time of our reservation online for our anniversary, and they were actually able to give us one, and congratulated us upon our arrival. Location was fabulous and the price was quite reasonable, especially considering it is the only beachfront hotel we were able to find in Charleston. Rooms were beautiful and modernized, clean, with a great view of the ocean and pier, although our room did smell a bit musty. Right on the beach, just a few steps to the ocean. Pool are was also very well done. Only downside was the hotel restaurant, although fabulous and probably high quality, might be too pricy for a family but for our purposes it was great.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank ejmd82
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, November 16, 2011
Thank you for choosing to spend your anniversary with us at Tides Folly Beach and for dining at Blu! It was an honor to be a part of this very special occasion and it was obvious to us that the two of you are very happy. We work hard to honor every special request so I’m glad we were able to fulfill your request for a top floor room. Thank you, again, for being our guest and we wish you many happy anniversaries to come!
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Greenville, North Carolina
1 review
Reviewed October 29, 2011

My wife and I went to Charleston for our honeymoon. We stayed at Springhill Suites by Marriot which was right on the river but the hotel was dingy and although listed as non-smoking, the smoke made us both sick. So w went exploring and found the beach. My wife walked into the hotel and asked about their rates. We packed up all our stuff and stayed at The Tides for the rest of our trip. It was amazing. The view was awesome- we woke up to the sunrise over the water but if morning isn't your thing they had dark curtains to keep the sun at bay. The front desk staff was friendly and very helpful when my wife got sick. They found us a doctor and printed directions! We ate breakfast at the hotel on our last day and the food was very... mediocre. It was way overpriced for a breakfast only slightly better than most free breakfasts at other hotels. We didn't try lunch or dinner. Resturaunt service was slow but they were friendly. As far as the rooms, everything seemed modern and more importantly clean. Small mini-fridge so don't plan on packing a lot of food (like what we had leftover from the wedding). The balcony view toward the ocean was great. The fresh air flowing through the room was great until somebody on the second floor lit up a cigarette and we could smell it from our ninth floor room (the ocean breeze hits the hotel and apparently travels upward). Problem solved by closing the window until the person got done smoking. Overall a great experience and I wish we would have stayed here for our whole trip. It was close to downtown Charleston for all the fun stuff that we wanted to do but it was nice to stay in the nice relaxed enviornment of Folly Beach.

Room Tip: All rooms are ocean view but I think the higher floor was amazing.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank fireant250
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, November 16, 2011
We are thrilled you found a home in Tides Folly Beach on your recent trip to Charleston! We are all glad your wife is feeling better and that, despite the hiccup, you both had a very relaxing getaway. Please accept our apologies for Blu not living up to your expectations. It is always our goal to provide a flavorful menu and excellent customer service and I know if given a second chance, we would be able to turn your next dining experience into something special. I encourage the author of this review to contact us directly with any further feedback and we look forward to their next visit to Folly Beach, South Carolina!
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Burnsville, Minnesota
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11 reviews
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Reviewed October 26, 2011

My husband and I were looking forward to this beachside hotel. The location is wonderful but the hotel needs more attention. Our bathroom needed to be unplugged. Shower, sink and toilet plugged or drained slow. Air conditioner unit was loud and was finally replaced. The staff did help when we called. The bed was very comfortable. The cleaning help was a wonderful set of woman. Cynthia was always nice to greet every morning. Our room was very clean once she was done. When you look down into the pool, wow it is so dirty. I realize it is end of season but if you do not want to maintain it shut it down. I wish so much that this experience could have been better.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank SunshineJS
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, October 28, 2011
Thank you for being our guest at tides Folly Beach and for sharing your experience. Please accept our apologies for the inconveniences you encountered with your plumbing and your air conditioning unit. We understand those things can mar an otherwise great vacation getaway. We appreciate your understanding and I am happy that we resolved each issue quickly for you.

Our outdoor pool is cleaned daily before 9:00am. It is up to code and the water is clean and sanitary. As I am typing this response, there are several people enjoying the pool. The physical structure of our pool, inside and out, is older and will receive a significant facelift in the coming months. This will take care of all perceived cleanliness issues in this area.

Thank you, again, for choosing to stay at Tides and we sincerely hope we have the opportunity to serve you on future trips to the Lowcountry!
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Hamburg, New York
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Reviewed October 25, 2011

We stayed at the Tides for a short vacation in October. The location is fantastic. You are steps from the ocean. I can't think of anything negative to say. Our room was kept immaculate by the cleaning people. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. Great Tiki bar. It was a very enjoyable vacation. We definitely plan on returning to the Tides.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank noble3771
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, October 26, 2011
Thank you, so much, for choosing Tides Folly Beach for your quick getaway and for telling everyone about your experience here on Tripadvisor! Thank you for your compliments of our staff, in particularly our housekeepers. They all work very hard and appreciate having their efforts recognized. We look forward to your next visit to Folly Beach!
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Property: Tides Folly Beach
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
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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):
Only nine miles from historic downtown Charleston, Tides Folly Beach is located along one of south's most beautiful beaches, offering breathtaking views and a laid back vibe. Tides is the ideal destination for your next Charleston beach vacation, wedding or get-together with friends, family or business associates. ... more   less 
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