The Tides Folly Beach is a solid mid-range hotel that is notably clean and modern. A recent facelift can be seen at this waterfront property in each of the 132 rooms, decorated with bright colors, bamboo headboards, soft blue walls, and flat-screen TVs. Rooms are oceanfront and offer balconies that are slim but do have impressive ocean views. One perk here is the outdoor heated pool (open year-round) with plenty of lounge chairs. Some guests complain about a lack of amenities; there is no on-site spa and the fitness center with just four cardio machines is underwhelming. The city is a short nine-mile drive away, making the Tides an ideal pick for couples or families looking to break up tours of historic Charleston with days on the beach.