• Tides Folly Beach

Tides Folly Beach Review

Tides Folly Beach The Folly Beach area is a destination spot for many who come to vacation in South Carolina. Everything one could possibly want is in proximity to the beach and the local merchants and restaurateurs support the beach atmosphere so that the entire community offers an oceanfront experience with a boardwalk feel. Long days rife with the tropical scent of sunning oil and refreshing dips in the ocean melt into steamy nightlife or fun-filled family time.

The most popular hotel in the area is of course, the beachfront the Tides Folly Beach with nine floors and 132 rooms, offering ocean side balconies, spectacular views and all the salted sea breeze one could desire. Consistent with the casual ocean theme, the lobby at the Tides Folly Beach invites guests into a whimsical world of underwater seascape with lighted columns and oversized saltwater fish tanks. Blu, the hotel restaurant and bar, continues the watery theme with coral and driftwood accents and sea grass furniture for both indoor and outdoor seating all with a view of both the ocean and the Folly pier.

Tides lobby    Tides front desk

Tides Folly Beach, perhaps due to its recent multi-million dollar renovation, boasts high numbers for seaside weddings thanks to its prime beachfront location. Couples take their vows in the open air and sunshine or perhaps under the fiery sunset and retire to the hotel for the reception celebration where cocktails and perfectly prepared menu awaits. Both wedding guests the special couple will find suitable rooms for the nights prior to and following the ceremony so riding home to comfortable rest after the celebration is no more than a trip in the hotel elevator.

Rooms are outfitted with either two full beds or one king bed and pullout couches, rollaway beds and cribs are available for family accommodations. And as a pet friendly establishment, even the family dog will enjoy the welcome at the Tides Folly Beach. First floor rooms offer a private terrace on the beach with a pergola and upper rooms offer guests private balconies where smoking is permitted. Each room is planned for guests' convenience with handicapped accommodations, complimentary coffee, a television, refrigerator, microwave oven and guest-controlled room temperature.

Whether one is a guest at the hotel or not, Sunday morning brunch can be enjoyed listening to acoustic guitar at Blu and the day's activities are planned while sipping a bloody Mary or a mimosa. The hotel offers a variety of activities and comforts for beach living: double beach chairs and umbrellas rentals are available for the most comfortable beach day and jet ski rentals for the more adventurous beachgoer. After the beachcombing and shell collecting is done for the day, evenings will also be enjoyed at Blu as the night-tide comes in on a wave of reggae or blues music.

The winter season is no less desirable at the Folly Beach Tides. In addition to all the interior amenities: 24-hour room service, complimentary WiFi in every room, a full cardio fitness center, heated oceanfront pool, ocean side dining, and the best nightlife in the area, romance can blossom with long walks on the beach and the beach is a prime location for runners serious about winter training for those spring marathons. Just nine miles from all that downtown Charleston has to offer, The Tides, Folly Beach lends the best of both worlds, the natural beauty of the beach life, a seasonal hotspot for sun and fun as well as the culture and history of Charleston with a wide selection of museums, galleries, shopping, tours, and restaurants.

For its unique oceanfront location, unstuffy and laidback feel, views, amenities, service and accommodations, the Tides Folly Beach earns a fun 3+ diamond rating and is definitely recommended for a beach time stay.

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