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“I like that the hotel is on the beach and....oh that's it.” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Tides Folly Beach
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Folly Beach
Columbia, South Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“I like that the hotel is on the beach and....oh that's it.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

Pro: Beach front

Cons:
-Customer service similar to that at a self-service gas station.
-Parking is guaranteed for guests...unless someone else parks there. Then you're out of luck. Good luck coming back past 7 PM and parking on site!
-Pool was murky and unclean.
-Pets are allowed, which is awesome, but it'd be cool if they cleaned up the pee in the lobby.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Anonymous T
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
Thank you for choosing Tides for your recent vacation. Please allow me to apologize for not living up to your expectations during your trip. We pride ourselves on our customer service so to hear feedback that is less than stellar is disappointing. Our parking lot is for guests of the hotel first and foremost and whenever a guest has difficulty locating a spot, one of our bellmen is more than happy to assist. The pool is cleaned daily and maintained throughout the day. If one of our four-legged guests happens to have an accident anywhere inside, our lobby men and housekeeping staff are quick to clean it…but this is such a rare occurrence that I cannot recall the last time it happened.

I encourage all guests to please bring any issues they experience to the attention of our management team while on property so we may address the issues quickly and constructively.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Glen Allen, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

Our stay at the Tides was wonderful. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable.Room was bright and clean.Housekeeping was very attentive. Delicious breakfast buffeton the patio and a superb dinner at Blu with a visit from chef Jon.

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Thank Renee B
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Glen Allen, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

Our stay at the Tides was wonderful! The beach front location was great. Sandy beach with nice waves, chairs and umbrellas to rent from friendly staff.Housekeeping was very attentive..always had plenty of fresh towels. Room was clean and bright. Bed was very comfy. Breakfast on the patio was delicious..nice variety on the buffet. Our dinner at Blu was superb. Knowledgeable and friendly waitstaff and a personal visit from Chef Jon that evening. Enjoyed the evening movie on the beach Wed night. We'll be back!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Renee B
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
Thank you for contributing such a wonderful review of the Tides Hotel and Blu Restaurant! Thank you for your compliments of our staff, the amenities, and the cleanliness of our facilities, the food and the unique extras that make us a special beachfront property. I made sure to pass along your public compliments to Chef and he sends his gratitude. I think it’s great that you were able to stay with us on a night we showed a movie on the beach. This is something we’ve loved doing for the community and Folly visitors and hope to continue it next season. We look forward to your next visit to Folly Island!
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Lexington, SC
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

walked everywhere for food/bars/restaurants and music. went for pga golf championship. small rooms, but great modern renovations/pool and beach area. Jay helped us alot with lots of good advise. will stay again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Kim M
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Simpsonville, South Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

I have been going to Folly Beach for 25 years. I now have two kids and still love to go down there. The Tides was a Holiday Inn until it changed hands. We checked in with no problems and hit the pool/beach. We noticed one of the beds was sunken in really bad.

So I called the desk to tell them, they sent a maintenance man up to check it. He said it was the mattress. I told him it was the box springs, he did not listen. 10 minutes later he arrived with a new mattress and took the old one away. Well, the problem was still there. I called the front desk again and talked to the MOD. He insisted that it was fixed and was very condescending to me.

I told him that we would not be able to sleep on this bed. He then told me that he could not change the box springs, or move us. He further insulted my intelligence by offering to knock off 20 bucks for the night. He then told me he would have to have the chief engineer look at it. This is a 200 $ a night room. I told him I would talk to the boss in the morning, I knew he was incompetent and was going to do nothing.

We did speak to the customer service manager, she took are of it for us. When they took the box springs away they were destroyed, really torn up. We finally got a new box spring set, problem solved.

The shower did not drain well, the tub was full by the end of a shower. The bathroom was dusty and did not look well cleaned. The sliding door did not work very well and was hard to open.

All the staff besides the idiot night manager was nice, helpful and friendly. The kids had fun, the beach was great.

So beware if you check in there, the building is old and the night MOD is an idiot.

Coconut Phil

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Philip2112
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Wilmington, North Carolina
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

We LOVED the waterfront location!!! However found the place a little dirty. The staff was very friendly but I do not recommend eating at the restaurant on the property!!! Much better places to eat in the area. However the outside bar is a great place for drinks while watching the sun set!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank ficklepick
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Sarasota, Florida
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138 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

As many others have said, this hotel is fine but tired. Our room is tastefully decorated, beds are comfy, towels plentiful, everything is just fine. But the outdoor hallways to the rooms are dirty and the general look of the hotel (beyond the gorgeous fish tank in the lobby) is that it is time for a freshen-up. The hotel allows dogs and it's a terrific location for families and the rooms overlook the beach -- it's all good. The staff here is excellent, very young, cheerful, genuinely social and welcoming - no grumps. And the restaurant, Blu, (see separate review) is outstanding. It's just time to clean the place up a little. It smells slightly musty in areas. Still - we've had a great time and I'd recommend the hotel.

Room Tip: We were happy to have a room at the end of the hall on the 6th floor which put us farther away from...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank LucyPie
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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
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):
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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