Stayed at this hotel during a mostly-rainy week in July. The hotel lobby is impressive. The staff is exceptional. They take the term Southern Hospitality to the next level. Having an on-site coffee shop (Starbucks) was wonderful. The rooms are very clean, but reek of horrible lemon (?) air freshener. I asked the front desk to make a note not to use whatever it was, and it was fainter the next day. Upon arrival, it was unbearable. The views from the room were spectacular. We were on the 9th floor (highest) and it was beautiful. The room decor is beachy. Do not expect luxury, that isn't what you're going to get. It's clean. It's comfortable. The bathroom tub flooded no matter what. There was a crack somewhere that caused it to leak. The bathroom door stuck (probably due to humidity). One of the two elevators was out for most of our trip. The elevator repair man happened to be in our elevator one day and said they had to order the part. He also said the hotel called him immediately. Since he was an outside contractor who was explaining the situation, I take him at his word.
The pool is not as nice at it appears in photos. A little worn and over-run with children. The view almost makes up for it. Plus they have complementary sunscreen and water-this hotel does "the little things" very well. However, one major drawback to the pool would be the kids. Obviously, people have kids. However, the hotel's laid back vibe works to its disadvantage here. If you are without kids, this is not the pool you are going to relax next to with a drink in hand. Instead, you will be plagued with cannonballs and screaming kids. Suggestion alert/solution: I think the hotel should have a policy about "horse play" in the pool for the safety of the kids and the enjoyment of the other guests. There is no lifeguard on duty, which isn't a big deal. However, someone should be ensuring pool guests are behaving in an appropriate manner. Other guests remarked that it was difficult to enjoy a dip in the pool without being splashed. Indeed, I went to the outdoor shower to cool down after a rambunctious (and unsupervised) child canon-balled next to my face. This hotel needs to have a policy like other hotels with pools do. This is a lawsuit/potential nightmare waiting to happen when bratty, unsupervised child cannon balls and hits head/hurts self/kicks another guest in face.
Overall, this is a good hotel. Would I stay again? I'm not sure. Would I recommend it? Yes. I don't think there's anything horrible about this hotel that warrants some of these out there reviews. Don't go in expecting luxury. Go in knowing it's clean, comfortable, and the staff is fabulous.
- 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