My husband and I reserved a room from Friday night to Wednesday morning in September 2011. Our first night we decided to drive to a concert in Newberry SC and stayed in a room there. Upon arriving on Saturday morning at Tides Folly I had teased my husband stating that we were staying at Bob's Motel on the beach. Told him that it was only $30 per night and he kept asking if I was crazy. I told him that it was a family owned motel and that it was part of a Travelocity deal. He was really sweating bullets. When we arrived in town, drove down the adorable street leading into the tiny town and drove up to a gorgeous high-rise hotel. Slightly out of place for this party-hippy-vibe type town. It was like a ruby set on a gorgeous sterling silver ring. Both are gorgeous and stunning but put together makes for a beautiful combination.
We stopped at the end of Center Street after passing bars, hip eateries, souvenir shops, outdoor activities shops. Here gazing up at this high-rise, my husband (I think with a tear in his eyes said "Do we turn right or left?" I told him to drive straight ahead into the Tides parking lot.
He said "ARE YOU KIDDING". He was quite pleased not to be staying at Bob's Motel. He was more pleased to be staying at Tides Folly. The first person we encountered was Sara at the reservation desk. The room was ready and they were so pleasant and eager for us to be there. We went up and were very pleased with our room. The room was obviously recently renovated. The decor was contemporary and the view was incredible. It had a Juliet balcony which was just big enough to place a couple of chairs on it. The a/c ran great, they must keep the pet rooms separate from the regular rooms and if not there was absolutely no indication that pets had ever stayed in our room. All were non-smoking rooms to boot. The room had a wonderful flat screen TV, HBO, pay per view new movies, and a very informative channel related to the hotel, Charleston, Folly Beach and popular activities and restaurants. I had Sunday Brunch downstairs at the BLU. It was delish. I had never had Chantilly cream with berries. The food was varied and all was very delish. The only thing that the waitress had to do was to fill my water glass but evidently that was too much to handle. I deliberately left a minimal tip and when I went to the restroom I mentioned to her to please save my table and my water. Upon returning, the table was dirty and my water gone. No problem, I just moved outside to a pool side chair and asked for another water. This was the most negative moment of our stay. Since it was mid September it was less crowded on the beach and around the pool. There was a formal wedding on the beach that night. People swimming in the Atlantic. The pier next door was lit all night and was stunning. Room service was good. The room had a small fridge, a hair dryer and lots of large fluffy towels. The beds were soft and scrumptious. It was a wonderful stay, especially for the view and the nice treatment. Upon checking out, Miranda helped me with my flight check-in and boarding pass. All the people who worked at the hotel seemed very happy and were extremely professional and friendly. South Carolina, folly beach in particular has a friendly southern hospitality hotel with a gorgeous view of the Atlantic.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tides Folly Beach Hotel Folly Beach
- Holiday Inn Folly Beach
- Folly Beach Holiday Inn