The Inn is a wonderful old beach house, with two full meals provided daily.
Comparing our recent stay with prior ones, we've concluded that perhaps the other guests with whom you are sharing the inn make all the difference in the experience. There are just eight rooms, and as other reviews have noted, no sound barriers between them. We really did feel like we were hearing the conversations of our neighboring guests, although I can't recall ever having had this issue previously. So perhaps if you have guests who are sensitive to or respectful of this situation, quietly traversing the common areas, quiet in their rooms, it can be peaceful. On the other hand, if guests are loud or children are running around untended, it can feel anything but restful.
Similarly, if everyone recognizes that there are just a few shared amenities, and is respectful of sharing these things with other guests, it can be very enjoyable. On the other hand, if one group treats the inn as their own beach house, loads up the chairs, porch and common spaces with their wet beach clothing and towels, and consistently occupies the remaining amenities, it doesn't leave much for the other guests to enjoy.
Unfortunately, our most recent experience did not allow us to make much use of the shared amenities or to find quiet in our room. So it wasn't the renewing, refreshing beach time we had hoped for. However, under different conditions, a stay here can be delightful. And it did seem like the families who had use of the amenities or whose things were scattered about were having a great time.
Because you don't know who your fellow guests will be or what their values are, it's hard to know what to recommend, except perhaps just to know in advance that the experience can vary, and that you really are staying in close proximity to and sharing amenities with the other guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pelican Inn is an historic ocean front B&B located on beautiful Pawleys Island, SC. Come slow down and enjoy morning walks on the beach, afternoons in the hammocks, and cocktails on the marsh porch. We serve a full complimentary low country breakfast and lunch for our guests daily. ... more less
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