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“A View with a Condo” 4 of 5 stars
Review of SurfMaster By The Sea

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1690 North Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach, SC 29576   |  
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
1 review
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“A View with a Condo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Unit 304 was wonderful-spacious for 2 Bed. 2 Bath; nice kitchen (however needs to be "stocked" a little better), hot water was good, mattresses better than most rentals where we have stayed before, and the best balcony ever. Balcony in itself like any other, but the view was fabulous. It was definitely a "view with a condo." Sunsets and sunrises were awesome. Took some great photos. Besides the firecrackers every single night, it was basically pretty peaceful. Hopefully that noise would not happen all year round, and we realize that is to be expected on the 4th of July. We also realize we were visiting a state that legalizes fireworks-that's probably the biggest reason for all the firecrackers all week long. That was new to us.
Anyway, we appreciate having a place to have a memorable 4th of July holiday. Thanks to the owners and to Garden City Realty.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

I also stayed at Surfmaster, in condo 904 at the same time in June 2012 and I didn't noticed any new carpets in the halls, unless the person was talking about Surfmaster 1.
We went with another couple and loved our condo, it was updated, and well stocked and our linens were included in the condo price.
Had enough comfortable furniture to seat 8 people.

The only thing wrongs I found wrong was that the traffic areas of carpet could use cleaning, I would like to have had a mattress cover on the bed and glass furniture tops were not cleaned.

Owners should be proud of the condo they rent out!!

Room Tip: 904 is the best value for your money with great view of beach!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Easley, South Carolina
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

Have stayed in units 904 and 511 at Surfmaster Garden City Very updated - cleanest condos I have ever stayed in. View is beautiful. If you look at virtual tours of unit 511 and 904 you will be very impressed.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GARDEN CITY BEACH, SC
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

This is my favorite condo complex on the South Strand but unfortunately, the units are not being kept up to par for the rental prices. My husband and I come down every year for the Month of April and it is becoming very difficult to find a nice clean up to date unit to enjoy. Much of the furniture is getting old and not comfortable, including beds. The carpets are not being kept shampooed or replaced as needed and and a lot of routine maintenance seems to be being neglected. I don't mind paying a decent rate for a nice clean comfortable unit but when staying a month, they are also not stocked for any cooking. Please fix up these great units. I do enjoying staying down here once a year for the month of April. And let us know if you are an owner are are interested in renting every year for April. Our email is skmfwm@yahoo.com. We prefer a 2 or 3 bedroom at SurfMaster or Once Ocean Place on the lower floors.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

This was our 2nd year at Surfmaster & was just as good as 08/2010. Friendly staff that was quick to react to a couple of issues that we brought to their attention. Overall, unit 807, is about a 8 out of 10. Afterall, Surfmaster is over 20 years old and some deterioration is to be expected. Well furnished and comfortable.

One negative: BR with a double and single bed could use new mattresses and box springs. Daughter and SIL complained about them.

Mike

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

Surfmaster is still an excellent condo rental site well maintained, great location, good parking, etc. We stayed in 910, which was well functioning - good AC, water, etc. No issues checking in, pool was clean, lifeguards cool, people friendly. In our unit the big downsides were a hard bed in the master and no cable in the second bedroom. The TV in the second bed was so old it couldn't even connect up to a DVD player. Only 1 ceiling fan in the unit. Not a bad condo, however, just needs a slight update.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, North Carolina
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

1). Lack of internet is HUGE issue - need to resolve limited or no connectivity.
2). Upon arrival, AC was set at 80 degrees! No instructions on how to adjust. Repairman told me there's an override button, but after he left, never could locate it - very frustrating.
3). Refrigerator is in need of repair. Ice machine had to be fixed upon arrival. Shelves are broken inside fridge and freezer. No water filter, water tastes horrible (so does ice). Drawers don't stay on track, thus difficult to keep fridge door shut and temp inside gets warm.
3). Dishwasher's bottom shelf will not slide in and out well and is a back breaker everytime it's loaded.
4). Drains in both bathtubs have old, loose drain openers/closers making it hard to drain the tubs.
5). Outlets in the master bathroom don't work.
6). Leg on desk in one bedroom was just propped.
7). Front door locks are horrible! Look like they've been jimmied.
8). Lightbulb over stove needs replaced - need phillips screwdriver to replace. When asked fridge repairman if he had screwdriver, he did, but refused to let me borrow it to replace the bulb myself, said he was only there for appliances. Therefore, poor lighting while cooking the entire stay.
9). No instructions on how to use the DVD player - switch from tv viewing & back.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about SurfMaster By The Sea

Address: 1690 North Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach, SC 29576
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Garden City Beach
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Garden City Beach
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Surfmaster By The Sea Hotel Garden City Beach

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