Myrtle Beach is a fun and affordable family beach vacation. It’s reputation for being affordable also makes it especially popular in these economic times. We stayed there for ten days over the 4th of July weekend, which is the busiest weekend of the year for them. Upon our return home, we claimed that trip to be one of the best beach vacations we have had to date!
We stayed at the Sheraton Broadway Plantation, (from $229) which is not on the beach (not even walking distance to the beach) however, we absolutely loved this location! You see, most of the hotels on the beach have wimpy pools and amenities. They must figure that since they are on the ocean, who needs a big pool? And for many people they are right. But, being afraid of riptides, and sharp broken shells (of which there are both on Myrtle Beach), we actually prefer a swimming pool for a relaxing way to stay cool and play in the water. The Sheraton Broadway Plantation is a time share community, and like most is open to the public. The nice thing about these properties, is that they are like condos with full kitchens (save money on meals) and have resort-style amenities like multiple pools, and awesome pools at that! The location was actually perfect for us because we spent a lot of time at Broadway at the Beach (right next door) and seeing area shows like The Carolina Opry and Pirate’s Voyage (resort pools and lazy river till 4, attractions after 5pm). These attractions were a very short drive away, and we didn’t have to deal with beachfront traffic every time we left our hotel.
That said, if oceanfront hotels are important to you, there are several choices and the quality varies greatly! Here I’ve listed several family hotels that are on the beach (not across the street) along with their star rating and lowest nightly rates. Feel free to click on each of these and read the traveler reviews for more details.
Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort: 4-star, from $68.80
Traveler review: “This hotel is located on the beach across from an amusement park. It has a small lazy river a spray area and a good size pool all located on the beach side on the hotel. It is a great location for children who like amusement parks. You can purchase a wristband ticket to the amusement park for $25 and its good all day and night. You can leave and return as long as you don’t remove the band. This is a GREAT deal. Most anything you like to do is within walking distance. Overall…this is a pretty nice to stay.”
Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort Spa At Grande Dunes: 4-star, from $179.95
This 2,200-acre, plantation-style Marriott is located on the beach, one mile from Carolina Opry, and approximately 10 miles from Myrtle Beach International Airport. The hotel is also five miles from Broadway at the Beach and NASCAR Speed Park, six miles from Ripley’s Aquarium and Myrtle Waves Water Park, eight miles from Barefoot Landing, and 20 miles from Brookgreen Gardens.Hotel amenities include the championship golf, tennis and fitness center, tropical beachfront pool with waterslide, European spa, indoor pool, gift shop, laundryroom, and cocktail lounge.
Best Western Plus The Carolinian Beach Resort: 3-star, from $94.94
Charming, clean accommodations and friendly service all within a short drive away from Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Barefoot Landing, and Tanger Outlet Mall. Choose from condo units or efficiencies. Heated lazy river with a view of the ocean, a hot tub, an exercise facility, and an outdoor pool.
Dayton House Resort: 3-star, from $64
Family oriented oceanfront resort centrally located featureing Myrtle Beach;s largest oceanfront lawn, over an acre, filled with yellow umbrella covered personal picnic tables. Each table has four chairs and two lounges, creating a wonderful beachfront setting for couples and families. Add to this another acre of oceanfront pools and decks, including Myrtle Beach’s first walk-in swimming pool, an indoor pool, an indoor-outdoor pool, three indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a kiddie pool, and a lazy river tube ride.
Patricia Grand Resort Hotel: 3-star, from $76.45
Relax on our oceanfront pool deck or float your worries away in the indoor lazy river. Other resort amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, outdoor kiddie pool, kids camp program. Oceanfront and oceanview rooms, efficiencies and suites that feature cable TV with Free HBO, clock radios, hairdryers, coffee/tea makers, irons and ironing boards.
The Caravelle Resort-Carolina Dunes: 3-star, from $58.67
Designed for families and golfers, the resort has a coin-operated laundry, a grocery, a game room, and complimentary supervised childrens activities in summer.Located in a quiet hotel zone north of downtowns traffic, families are attracted to this hotel for its pools and beachfront locale. Golfers come year-round. Water attractions include a complex with a 65-by-30-foot pool; a childrens pool; a 40-foot childrens lazy river pool, and a 15-person spa tub–all sheltered in winter by a translucent roof. Adjacent is a seasonal, outdoor, 100-foot oval lazy river pool and a 15-person spa tub. A solarium offers a year-round, 45-by-12-foot pool paired with a four-person spa tub. Outside, another four-person spa tub provides open-air soaking. With the exception of the three-bedroom condominiums, all accommodations feature balconies offering ocean views. All accommodations provide either a full kitchen or a kitchenette that includes a four-burner range, a microwave oven, a full-size refrigerator, a toaster, a coffeemaker, and comes with dishes, glasses, flatware, and cookware.
Camelot By the Sea: 3-star, from $89.94
At Camelot by the Sea enjoy all the comforts of home in the of our spacious studio, 1, 2, or 3 bedroom suites, all non-smoking and oceanfront. Guests will also enjoy a variety of on-site water activities including a 90 foot indoor pool, 60 foot outdoor pool, 200-foot indoor lazy river, kiddie pools and hot tubs, and kids camp program. The price includes the property’s resort fee.
Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort: 3-star, from $170.05
Hotel amenities include the gift shop, fitness center, indoor pool, nine outdoor pools, four spa tubs, hair salon and day spa, Azalea’s (casual dining), Omaha Steakhouse (oceanfront steakhouse), complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, and weekday evening reception with beer, wine, and mixed drinks. All two-room suites feature refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers, two TVs, two telephones, voicemail, dining/work tables, living room sofa beds, wireless Internet access (fee applies), and private balconies.
Marriott’s Oceanwatch Villas At Grande Dunes: 3-star, from $206
Spacious two-bedroom, two-bath villas featuring private balconies, full kitchens and separate living and dining areas and offer ocean or garden views. Ideal for families or groups, villas feature separate bedrooms and a sleeper sofa in the living room, comfortably accommodating up to eight guests. Choice of several restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, an impressive selection of nearby golf courses, a fitness center and more.
Hampton Inn and Suites Myrtle Beach Oceanfront: 2-star, from $118.15
The Hampton Inn Suites Myrtle Beach is near Grand Strand, Family Kingdom Amusement Park, and Mt. Atlanticus. Features an indoor pool and an outdoor pool. Onsite parking is complimentary. The guest rooms offer coffee or tea makers and feature cable TV. The amenities in kitchens include refrigerators and microwaves.
There are so many more than these ten (plus the non-beach resort where we stayed), but if you stick with this list, you won’t be disappointed in your stay. Do you have a favorite Myrtle Beach hotel? Share it in the comments below!