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“Beach Location, Location, Location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tides Folly Beach

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Tides Folly Beach
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Folly Beach
South Carrollton, Ky
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349 reviews
90 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Beach Location, Location, Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

This is a very nice hotel right on the Folly Beach, with the wonderful restaurant, Blu. Very wide outdoor dining space overlooking beach & pier. Has fire pit tables for cool weather. Small pool but in perfect shape. Ocean view rooms well-decorated with comfy bed & couch, medium-sized bath. Unfortunately, balcony only for standing, no table or chairs. Can walk to many restaurants, bars & shops.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank WorldTravelers1218
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us on your recent visit to Folly Beach! Thank you for your wonderful compliments regarding our facilities and Blu Restaurant & Bar. Your feedback is very much appreciated and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit to the Charleston area!
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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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Tennessee
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136 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Our spacious room was on ground level with a semi-private tropical garden. This place was out of this world! The staff were extremely polite and helpful. We will be back! Close to the water. Easy to locate. On premises dining also available. The fishing pier is practically on the property!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank gldave
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay in one of our newly renovated beachfront rooms on your recent trip to Folly Beach! These rooms are in very limited supply and it pleases me that we were able to secure one for you and your family. Thank you for your compliments to our staff and we all look forward to meeting you again on your next vacation!
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Bolivia, North Carolina
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143 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

This is our second stay. My wife and I came last year for her sister's birthday last year - and again this year. We didn't realize before hand - but on our arrival Main street was blocked for a Folly Beach Saturday afternoon event. To my pleasure there was still plenty of parking available at the hotel. The check in process was wonderful. It was a pleasure to be greeted by two friendly staff members. The room view was as advertised - ocean view. The room decor and amenities were great. We reserved on website - and got manager $99 special. Although you prepay - the check in and check out process is very efficient.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank BrianS612
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Thank you for continuing to stay with us each year! We enjoyed your company and are pleased to hear that you had such a memorable time again this year. Thank you for your patience with regards to the traffic and road closures during your stay. The “Taste of Folly“ festival is extremely popular and a January tradition on our island. We look forward to impressing you all again next year if not sooner!
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Charlotte, NC
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64 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

My daughter was off for a 4 day weekend and we decided to go to the beach for the night. I found a great Manager's price on Tides website and we booked a Saturday night stay. Everyone was very friendly and extremely helpful. I can't remember the last time all the staff I encountered at a hotel was soooooo outstanding in service and the view...wow!

My only two complaints would be the Wi-Fi and the carpeting in the room. We were on the 8th floor and the Wi-Fi never worked. I tried it in the lobby before I left to make sure it wasn't me being a bonehead and it wasn't. I filled out a suggestion form for them to boost their Wi-Fi service hopefully they'll listen. The rug I was surprised because I know how much they normally charge for the rooms and I read on their website that they just did "spring cleaning". I felt like I was in a college frat house with burnt and destroyed rugs from too many parties. Maybe that's next on their maintenance to dos.

But overall, thanks to the wonderful staff and great location my daughter and I hope to make it an annual winter trip and we'll book here again.

Room Tip: Just in case they don't up the Wi-Fi try 6 floor or lower and from what I was told at the front...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank love_nsc
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us at Tides Folly Beach during your daughter’s 4 day weekend. We are very pleased to have been a part of such a wonderful getaway. Thank you, also, for your outstanding endorsement of our staff!

This past January (2013), we undertook our annual renovation project that included replacing the flooring in every single room. All king bedded rooms received hard vinyl flooring while all our rooms with queen beds feature brand new plush carpets. We also replaced all the bath tubs and showers with brand new bath fitters and fixtures. We also replaced our king mattresses and box springs. In addition to these major renovation projects, we repainted all the corridors and stairwells and touched up the rooms and furniture. It is our hope that the changes made will improve all our guest’s experiences within the hotel.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience you experienced with our Wi-Fi network during your stay. We installed brand new, overlapping, Wi-Fi signal boosters throughout the hotel this past year to prevent hiccups in the guest wireless service. As we all know, this technology is not perfect and problems do occur. Thankfully, we have had no such issues reported since the time of this author’s visit.

Hopefully, you and your daughter are able to make the trip down to Folly Beach each winter and we look forward to welcoming you both back when you do!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

We stayed at the Tides for an evening on December 23rd, 2012. We were greeted warmly upon our arrival and the lobby was very inviting. It gave the feel of a five star establishment, especially with the fantastic view and poolside amenities. Did I mention the view? Just beautiful!

We took the elevator upstairs to our room. When we got off the elevator, I felt like I had been transported to a Daytona Beach motel just off the strip. We were outside. For lack of a better phrase, I'd say it was a 'mullet' experience. Business in the front, party in the back. We were in full view of an oyster festival that was taking place at the local bars across the street. Which isn't all bad, depending on what kind of experience you were looking for.

The rooms could really use an upgrade. We had two rooms which were adjoining. My linens were clean but had a few moth holes in them. The bed was very comfortable but obviously very old. Considering it's a pet friendly hotel, there was no evidence via smell of any pets ever being anywhere in the hotel. The carpets, however, were stained and REALLY use a change. Paint in the bathroom was chipping and there were other cosmetic issues. But it felt really clean, which is what mattered to me.

We were gonna go out and find something to eat but decided to eat in the hotel restaurant. And let me tell you, am I glad we did.

I had what was one of the most wonderful dining experience in my life at this restaurant. No kidding. A lot of it was because of the waiter, Jason, making every choice on the menu sound so delectable!! SIT AT JASON'S TABLE! Anyway, the food was absolutely 5 star, much of it sustainable and organic. The fish was caught that day. Absolutely delicious.

Overall, this hotel is a B- but the restaurant and view make the overall experience an A+

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Iamtmonie
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Tides Hotel on Folly Beach to be your home-away-from-home this December! Your compliments of our staff, common areas, cleanliness and restaurant are all greatly appreciated as is your feedback regarding updating/renovating our guest rooms.

This past January (2013), we undertook our annual renovation project that included replacing the flooring in every single room. All king bedded rooms received hard vinyl flooring while all our rooms with queen beds feature brand new plush carpets. We also replaced all the bath tubs and showers with brand new bath fitters and fixtures. We also replaced our king mattresses and box springs. In addition to these major renovation projects, we repainted all the exterior corridors and stairwells and touched up the rooms and furniture.

It is our hope that the changes made will improve all our guest’s experiences within the hotel and improve our grading, in the opinion of the author of this review, from a B- to an A+!
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Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
40 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

We stayed over Christmas and thought it was fine. We didn't use many facilities nor did we eat at the hotel as we used it purely as a place to sleep and spent the days with friends who live near by. Had a fantastic view - we were located on the top floor. Only complaint would be a strange smell in the elevator...couldn't quite work out what it was though.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Kathy H
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
We are so glad you had such a pleasant stay over the Christmas holiday! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience here with everyone and we hope to have the pleasure of serving you and yours on future visits to the Lowcountry.
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Statesville,NC
Level Contributor
82 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

Upon arrival you could tell the place was going to be nice. Service was good, view and location exceptional. Location is a small beach community, so if you want a view and to be able to enjoy the beach this is a great place. Overall a great value if you are coming for the beach. Nitelife and dining are minimal. Folly Beach is not Charleston. So don't expect it to be . Only major flaw is parking which seems limited.

Stayed January 2013
Helpful?
Thank CuriousTraveler3
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TidesFollyBeachGM, Manager at Tides Folly Beach, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
At Tides Folly Beach, we understand the importance of a strong first impression so we are thrilled that you enjoyed not only our services but your ocean view and everything else our island has to offer. Folly Beach is a very unique place with an eclectic assortment of restaurants, bars, shops and sites so we encourage everyone to come experience it for themselves!
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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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