Let me start out by saying that I knew going in that this place was going to be iffy and I took a chance knowing that I might regret it and I sure did. My trip was planned at the last minute and there was nothing available that was decent and under $300 a night anywhere around Charleston including Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, etc. since it was in season and a weekend night.
The other reason that I booked a room here was because of the glowing reviews on another website. I should have done more homework b/c now I see some pretty bad reviews on here but I was pretty desperate to find something and spent about 3 hours searching online before finally just giving in.
So anyway, we stayed in the Shabby Chic room and the floor is so uneven that you find yourself stumbling, which is not good b/c the room is so small that you barely have enough space for two people to maneuver. Imagine an extremely small bedroom with a full size bed, dresser, sink, toilet and tub all or just go to their website and see the photos. I had to sit sideways on the toilet to not bang my knees on the toilet paper holder. While I saw the photos myself beforehand, it still was crazy to see a toilet that literally sits out in the bedroom with no privacy whatsoever.
The mattress was very uncomfortable and really needs to be replaced. It is very soft and springy to the point that it bounces you up and down with the least amount of movement. On the bright side, the manager was very nice and welcomed us. She was helpful and made a fairly good breakfast in the a.m. before we departed. My review of the inn is in no way a poor reflection on her, it just is what it is. The inn also has free beach cruisers for you to use, which is very cool.
I understand that Folly Beach is old school and laid back and so on and that is the appeal to a lot of people. However, I just can't imagine how anyone could possibly think that any of the rooms here are worth paying $200 a night for. I looked at the 70's room and the Treehouse and they are not much better, if any. I didn't see the Costa Rican room which is in a separate building from the house and other 3 rooms.
If you take the rooms out of the equation and just look at what else the inn has to offer, you come up empty. This inn is not on the ocean, has no view of the water, is extremely small and to have to ask your spouse to leave the room in order to have privacy while you use the toilet - I mean there is just nothing outstanding about this place at all and for $200 a night I expect much more. I would never, ever consider staying here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Beachside Boutique Inn, located in Folly Beach, SC. just 10 miles south of historic Charleston. We have uniquely different accommodation options available, from private cottages to a gorgeous Master Suite named 'The Kings Tower'. Bicycles, beach chairs, beach towels and a continental breakfast are some of the amenities our guests enjoy! Come stay at our our Boutique Inn with the relaxing atmosphere of the beach (just a short walk away), restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. With our quirky and quaint rooms, we create a sense of days gone by to our guests, a time that was much simpler, when a cold glass of tea on a hot summer's night & an evening of shagging with your sweetheart was all the rage. Pack a bag, throw in some flip flops, a swim suit & leave your worries behind! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Beachside Hotel Folly Beach
- Beachside b&b