Folly Beach Hotels: Where to Relax & Unwind in Paradise

hotel poolIf you enjoy going to dive bars in your flip-flops, start looking for Folly Beach hotels.


Folly Beach is a city on the South Carolina island of Folly Island. It features breathtaking ocean views and lovely spots like Folly Beach Country Park and the Folly Beach Fishing Pier. It’s no wonder it is one of South Carolina’s most popular tourist destinations. Southern Living even listed it as one of the South’s best small towns, especially for its hippie vibe. Its exquisite cuisine is another draw, with many freshly caught seafood dishes.

I personally spend day trips from Charleston to visit here.

That said, if you plan to stay here, you have more than a few options to choose from off of a list of Folly Beach hotels.

Read on for the top hotels in Folly Beach.

Regatta Inn

Regatta Inn is in a convenient location, overlooking the Sunset Cay Marina and close to the county park. Each of the brightly decorated rooms has a view of the beach, river, or hotel gardens. Standard guest room amenities include:

  • Flat-screen televisions
  • Minifridges
  • Gas fireplaces
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Soaking tubs in the bathrooms
  • And coffeemakers

The hotel’s informal dining area serves free home-style breakfast. Drinks and small snacks welcome guests back in the afternoon. Pay extra for procedures and massages at the hotel spa.

surfers walking past folly beach hotelsWater’s Edge Inn

The charming Water’s Edge Inn is on West 2nd Street, close to the center of Folly Beach. In each individually decorated room, there is a whirlpool tub, a television, and free Wi-Fi. Some of the rooms have fireplaces, porches, or balconies. Guests can also stay at one of this hotel’s private villas. The hotel’s restaurant offers a complimentary breakfast of locally sourced ingredients. Happy hour cocktails are another draw. There is free parking and a 24-hour hot tub open to all guests.

Hotel Folly

The owners of the Hotel Folly have lived on Folly Beach for over 20 years and are one of the top luxury home builders in Charleston. They combine their love of Folly Beach with their high standards to create Folly Beach vacation rentals that are:

  • One-of-a-kind
  • Historic
  • And luxurious

They preserve Folly’s historic cottages and bungalows and restore them as if they were their own homes. Their finishing touches feature fine details from floor to rafter. All their units are pet-friendly, as all their accommodations accept dogs. Every room at the Hotel Folly has a window that overlooks the tranquil Folly River. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sky turn vibrant during breathtaking Folly Beach sunsets.

Book a room with a deck or balcony area to take full advantage of the breathtaking views of the sunset over the Folly River.

Beachside Boutique Inn

Folly RiverThis hotel is best described as whimsical in style. The Beachside Boutique Inn is in a leafy area of town just four minutes from the pier and two miles from Folly Beach County Park. Here, guests can enjoy:

  • Porches or decks
  • Coffeemakers
  • Mini-fridges
  • Cable TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • And private bathrooms in the colorfully furnished, quirky rooms

An upgraded suite includes a whirlpool tub, sauna, and an outdoor shower. Guests can also stay in cottages, some of which have loft bedrooms, at the hotel. Guests have access to a games room, and the hotel provides a complimentary continental breakfast.

Folliday Inn Folly Beach

The two-star Folliday Inn Folly Beach is an excellent choice for travelers on a tighter budget. It is on a quiet street close to the pier and the beach. In a relaxed decor with wood paneling, the rooms have cable television, free Wi-Fi, microwaves, and coffeemakers. If you choose an upgraded room, you will also get a separate kitchenette and sitting area. Visitors can enjoy a heated outdoor pool, a sundeck with loungers, picnic tables, and a shared barbecue area.

Tides Folly Beach

restaurant at one of the folly beach hotelsThis 3-star hotel is the most well-known of Folly Beach hotels. After all, this solo high-rise is hard to miss on the drive into town. It is a modern hotel in a prime beachfront location off South Carolina Highway on Center Street. The pier and the county park are both within walking distance. The majority of the modern rooms have ocean views and a patio or balcony. Room amenities include flat-screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers, and minifridges. Room service is available for overnight guests at Tides Folly Beach. Guests can also access the gym, seafood restaurant on the main floor, and heated outdoor pool. For an extra fee, the hotel’s restaurant serves a buffet-style breakfast to guests each morning.

Now that you’ve picked from the Folly Beach hotels, plan the rest of your trip

With the hotel out of the way, be sure to check out what things there are to do on Folly Beach.


Or checkout our guide to Isle of Palms hotels, if you’re still undecided on your beachfront hotel choice.


Folly is close to the rest of Charleston, SC. So as far as having a beach vacation while enjoying one of the best cities to visit in the world, you can have your cake and eat it, too.


And Folly Beach isn’t even your only option for islands and beaches near Charleston!


A few others to check out while you’re here include:

Be sure to read our guide to attractions, activities, and other things to do in Charleston, SC, for all this and more!

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