My boyfriend and I stayed here for three nights in late May 2009, after visiting Charleston for four days. This was our first time in South Carolina, and we had heard about Folly Beach from a friend, who correctly described it as a beach town with personality.
The B&B was wonderful. Michael and Christy bought these two small cottages (they actually relocated one of these from elsewhere on the island) and renovated them with very careful taste. Each room is a different theme, and it's evident that lots of thought was put into choosing the decor. We stayed one night in the 70s room, and two nights in the Treehouse Room. Both were fun in different ways-- the 70s room had a round bed (surprisingly spacious!) and a functional 8-track! That room has a bathroom en suite. The Treehouse Room has a lovely canopy bed. It also has a private bathroom (meant to feel like showering in the jungle-- very nice), though the bathroom is outside of the bedroom. I actually recommend the 70s room; it is slightly less expensive, and you don't have to leave the bedroom for the bathroom.
A great perk: the B&B has bikes for you to use. We biked most of the length of the island (not much -- about 2-3 miles!) to a famous lighthouse.
Michael is a generally congenial guy, and we and some of the other guests had drinks with him (his treat-- well sort of; we did pay for the room, obviously) one night, and it was a good time. Ginger, the third employee, is also great, and made sure that all of our needs were met-- and then some. For example, she packed up the extra fruit from breakfast so that we could take it to the beach. :) A small thing, but it was sweet.
Another example of the owners' kindness: Michael drove us to the airport on our last day!
Folly Beach overall was exactly what we were looking for. The water was fairly warm, which was a treat for us New England folk. The one main street has about 10 restaurants and bars, all of them perfect for a beach town -- good food, good drinks, not too formal but not shabby either.
The only downsides of the B&B were definitely overshadowed by its benefits:
(1) The breakfast was nothing to write home about. There was fresh fruit, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but the scrambled eggs and pastries were average. No big deal, though.
(2) In the morning, as people woke up and got breakfast, there was some low-level noise outside the bedrooms. (The Costa Rican bungalow would eliminate this problem; it's a separate building and thus the most expensive room.) Really this was nothing big, and it didn't bother us, but if you're trying to sleep all morning, it might be tough. (Still, we got up at 9 a.m. or later all three mornings)
In sum: fun, charming, cute place.
- 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 b&b
- Beachside Hotel Folly Beach