Charleston/Isle of Palms - Boardwalk Inn 4**

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Charleston/Isle of Palms - Boardwalk Inn 4**

laneydmd
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September 21st, 2003, 9:10 pm #1

This is a very nice hotel. I stayed there this weekend for a night, and hated to leave. Unfortunately, I did not get it through Priceline, so I paid $156 with my AAA card. We got a junior suite, which was great, but I saw a standard king room, which was also very nice.

The downside: there is no registration desk like many hotels. There are two small desks so you may have to wait for a bit to check in.

There are no newspapers available in the lobby. They have a deli about 100 yards from the hotel, which is still within the resort where you can get a bagel and a paper.

You do not want a villa room. They are as small as a closet. I heard from several guests who had them this weekend, and the consistent complaint was about the claustrophobic room.

If you get a room at the Inn, you will love it. Don't worry about an ocean view, as there are none, but the area is so pretty that it does not matter.
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mjb2006
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October 30th, 2006, 1:31 pm #2

A couple of additional thoughts:

No hot tub anywhere on the property. There are multiple pools.

Room is fairly standard king size room - not all that special and not very well constructed - walls are somewhat thin, can hear others plumbing noise and the heater/fan is pretty loud.

There is construction adjacent to the Inn - likley will take 6 to 12 months to complete. Backup beepers galore during the day.

Beach is very nice and people are very friendly.
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August 24th, 2009, 3:23 pm #3

We stayed at the Wild Dunes Resort Friday 8/21/09 to Sunday 8/23/09. Paid $105/night via Priceline bidding vs about $250 on Travelocity and $279 direct on hotel site.

http://www.wilddunes.com/charleston-accommodations.php

The Wild Dunes area of Isla of Palms is a gated access area. There are homes, condos, etc scattered throughout the area. We stayed at The Village of Wild Dunes which is a pretty new accomodation kitty corner from the Boardwalk Inn. The beach basically faces South here so the Village is just inland to the NW of the Boardwalk Inn and kitty corner to the SW of the tennis area if you look at an online map service, South of Grand Pavillion Blvd where it intersects Palmetto Dr. next to the pond. We saw two gated entrances to the property. The first across from the intersection of 46th Ave and Plam Blvd and the second further north off of Palm Blvd just past 56th Ave (turn left). This 2nd entrance is closed for entry if you come back late.

Our Priceline reservation did not state whether we were staying at the Boardwalk Inn or the Village. We just happened to check at the Village first and found we were in the Village Building B 2nd floor South facing. Check-in is 4 pm but we arrived just before 1 pm. After searching they could not find an open room so they took my cell number and called us when our room was ready...a little before 3 pm. We drove over to the Morgan Creek Grill at the end of 41st Ave at the isle of Palms Marina and had a nice lunch outside w/ water views.

I'll just state generally from the Valet & Bell Staff, Front Desk, etc all staff were excellent and friendly. There is outside self-parking and free valet covered parking at ground level under the building. Since we would be going back and forth to the beach and needing access to the car for umbrellas, boogie boards, etc. the Valet staff told me they would park the car near the elevator nearest our room! I gave them the key and kept the remote control. This worked out great...car stayed cool and I still had access.

The room ("Guestroom"...they have several room options) was very nice with 2 queen beds with down comforters. A/C was quiet and digitally controlled. Bathroom was nice with quality tile work and a separate toilet closet. Hair dryer. Flat panel TV with DVD player. Clock radio with CD player. Free wireless internet access (and wired as well I believe, but I didnt' mess with that). Safe in closet. Small fridge. There was however no balcony and no ocean view and strangely no mirror in the bed/hall area. There was a full length mirror on the back of the bathroom door.

I walked into a room across the hall while it was being cleaned. This was more like an apartment. Full kitchen with full fridge (granite counters), sitting area, King bed in side room and balcony overlooking the Plaza area.

The Plaza is a walkway/open area between the 2 Village buildings. There is a salon, market, restaurant, tables and rocking chairs for sitting, pond w/ turtles and guitar player one night. Hudson's Market has general neccesities, sandwiches, ice cream, etc. (free popcorn). We ordered Pizza to go (very good) Friday evening and sat in the Plaza area to eat. The Lettered Olive is the restaurant. We didn't try it, though they did make our Pizza we were told, and is billed as family friendly w/ indoor and outdoor seating.

Beach side of the Boardwalk Inn is the boardwalk to the Pavillion and the beach. They had live music Friday evening. The beach is wide and nice. We had great surf, fun not crazy, as hurricane Bill was passing well off shore. There are umbrellas for rent or bring your own. The beach was active but far from crowded. We found some nice shells as well. There are 2 sand rinsing showers near the beach and 1 beach volleyball court. They also have surfboard rental and a few other beach items. It was August and the ocean was quite warm...we loved the beach. We didn't spot any dolphins.

There are two smallish pools on the Pavillion near the ocean which we found to be crowded...they should really be larger. There is also a pool just behind the Inn which is technically for Inn guests only (not Village). We liked this pool and did not see the smallish sign till we were leaving. Its a calmer feeling pool and not one where you'd let the kids go wild. The large pool is near the tennis area. It was not crowded. Lap pool from 8-10 am, general play till 6 pm and the lap pool from 6-8 pm. They have a blow-up slide from 12-5 pm. It is a wet slide but not connected to the pool. My young kids loved it.

Bike rental is under the proshop of the tennis facility. Again, super friendly and we did a nice bike ride over to Morgan Creek drive where it turns into Waterway Island Dr. where you have a nice view of the salt marsh, golf course and boat piers along the creek. You can ride on the beach, but as it was nearly high-tide we were not able to do this. We saw 2 alligators in canals during our ride.

The tennis facility looked great w/ a pro shop and clay courts in nice shape. They have various clinics and activities and you can rent a ball machine. I tried hard to take advantage of this but we were just too busy for me to get away. Your stay at the resort includes 1 free hour of play but play must be after 12 noon. I never saw the courts crowded. The pro shop shuts down by 5 and the courts are wide open for walk-on with just a few people playing. Rental racquets are available. There is a kids play park tucked next to the courts.

Near the tennis courts is a Deli which is next door to the golf pro shop (which is around the corner from the large pool) From what I saw the golf course looks interesting, but I did not play.

Final comments: It was nice that so much was within walking distance...dining, tennis, bike rental, golf and of course the beach. I found the room quality at the Village to be very good and comfortable. I did not see a room at the Inn (the lobby are was nice w/ chess/checker tables) so cannot comment. I know it is older but I read somewhere (did not verify) that an Inn stay includes a complimentary breakfast and evening "manager's reception".

The only time we drove was to go to the Banana Cabana for dinner Saturday evening. Not high end by any means, but had outdoor seating w/ dune/ocean view, decent food and live music (guitar player/singer). Family friendly and has a boardwalk out the the beach for a little after dinner stroll. This is off Ocean Blvd just past the 14th ave connector (517). There is a large pier nearby that I assume one can fish from.

Check out is 11 am. We drove to Sullivan's Island to check out an art gallery but most things, other than restaurants, were closed on Sunday. We spent some time at Fort Moultrie (at entrance to Charleston Harbor across from the more famous Fort Sumter) before heading home. Very happy w/ our last minute getaway.
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September 11th, 2009, 1:17 pm #4

We just returned from Wild Dunes as well. Great place. Athiker hit everything, we also asked to stay at the Villages as it was only a year old and still looked new. Great room, we did request a balcony and loved that. Be sure to ask for a balcony. Also another tip, free coffee at the Boardwalk Inn lobby so just walk over vs. paying for a cup at the Villages. Pools were small but the Bridge pool at the boardwalk inn was very nice. We ate breakfast at the lettered olive once and it was ok. Most reviews said to eat outside of the hotel and we did. Huck's was amazing seafood, Poe's Tavern on Sullivans Island was good but too many bugs and the smell of Off overpowered the food. Valet parking and wireless was free. A $1 charelston tax is added nightly. Charelston loves to tax things...9.5% sales tax and 14.5% liquor tax. Free 1 hour of tennis/day was fun. $8/hour bike rental was not bad. Friendly staff, would return next year.
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April 23rd, 2013, 8:59 pm #5

We booked two rooms for one night (4/19/13), since we were passing through Charleston. Rooms in downtown Charleston were too difficult to get at anything less than $400, so we won rooms for $175 each at the Wild Dunes. 
Thirty minutes outside of Charleston, we entered the gate off Palm Avenue and the guard directed us toward the Boardwalk Inn. This is a huge beach resort with two golf courses, several restaurants and hundreds of condos. Our rooms happened to be in the Boardwalk Inn, and each room was spacious, comfortable and clean with two queens and balcony. Valet parking is mandatory and free. The staff was very professional.


If you have a car and don't mind the thirty minute drive to Charleston, this is a great hotel.
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