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The Palms Oceanfront Hotel 2.5

Isle of Palms, Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina

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  • Located on the beach
  • Restaurants within walking distance
  • Some rooms have ocean views and balconies
  • Small on-site pool
  • Freebies include Wi-Fi and a basic breakfast


  • Self-parking available for a fee
  • Not all rooms have windows facing the ocean
  • Rooms have outdated furniture and need renovation
  • Guests have to bring their own pool towels
  • Far from Charleston tourist attractions (25 minutes away)

Bottom Line

The Palms Oceanfront Hotel is a 68-room, beachside budget property located on the Isle of Palms, about 25 minutes outside of Charleston. Although there are a few restaurants within walking distance, there aren’t many other tourist attractions nearby besides the beach. Balconies that face the ocean have great water views, but all rooms could use an upgrade.

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An aging oceanfront property that could use an upgrade

The four-story Palms Oceanfront Hotel is a value property located in a quaint island town. The hotel sits directly on the beach and is located across from a red-bricked town square with benches and a flag pole. There are no restaurants on-site, except that the hotel does serve free continental breakfast daily in the lobby. The venue’s public area offers a few sets of tables and chairs, with wicker and earth tones a prominent part of the decor. The lobby also has a flat-screen TV and computer for guest use.


Located on a quiet island where the beach is the main attraction

In the middle of a quiet island village, The Palms is located directly on the beach. There are several restaurants within walking distance, like Coconut Joe’s Beach Grill & Bar, located next door, and the Sea Biscuit Café, found a block away. The city of Charleston is about a 25-minute drive away. Hotel staff members offer recommendations on sightseeing packages to the city, including kayaking through Charleston’s waterways, dinner at The Boathouse, a visit to Blackbeard’s Cove Family Fun Park, and trips to historical locations.


Rooms and furnishings need updating

Rooms at the Palms Oceanfront Hotel have outdated wood furniture, beds with tropical print pillows, mini-fridges, and microwaves. Overall decor and furnishings could use a renovation, and guests have complained about cleanliness. Bathrooms are small and have white countertops and sinks, with some appearing to be stained. Rooms close to the elevator are noisy. Even though the hotel is located right on the beach, only some of the rooms have an ocean view; others face the street or neighboring buildings. It may also be worth considering the 50-room Seaside Inn next door.


The beach is the main attraction, and that's about it

The biggest perk to staying at The Palms is the beach. However, if the plan isn’t to spend hours on the sand then there’s not much else to do. The hotel has a small swimming pool, but guests must bring their own towels and there are only a few deck chairs. Free breakfast is served each morning and self-parking is available for a fee across the street from the hotel.

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1126 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms, Coastal South Carolina 29451-2281, United States

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