My girltriend, dog and I spent a few days in Myrtle Beach and decided to stay away from the action of Ocean Blvd, and were we lucky we did. Not only did we stay in a less high paced environment, our spot had grassy areas where we could walk our dog, plus it was Senior's week when we went. Unbeknownst to us, the city caters to and promotes underage high school partying all week long. Fortunately we did not stay amongst such chaos, and it was nice to get away from it all when we retreated to the La Quinta.
The La Quinta is moderatley priced. Make sure you call the hotel direct and haggle with them on the price of the room. Any hotel will price their rooms arbitrarily, so it is a good idea to call the hotel itself, as other online sites aren't always the way to go.
For some reason the hotel didn't seem that packed the time we were there, but they put us on the third floor (which was fine, but the elevator sounded like it was going to break down at any minute, and it gave off a raunchy smell), so we took the stairs each time. The hotel was wonderful if you are traveling with a dog! They certainly were pet friendly. There is a large grassy area out front of the lobby and doggy clean up bags are also available.
The best part of the hotel I would say is the location. It is off the strip of the beach, which for some would be the way to go, especially if you have a pet. Broadway at the Beach was a very cool place, dozens of restaurants and tons of shops and other stores. I would say Broadway at the Beach is a must see in Myrtle Beach. We have City Walk Orlando here which is a part of Universal Studios, and I must say that I enjoyed BATB much more. Oh yeah, the free breakfast was pretty good, a much better variety of items than you will oftentimes see in a continental breakfast.
Regarding the beaches, if you want a touristy feel on the beach then go down by the Pavillion. However, if you would like a much more intimate and slower pace, I would strongly recommend heading a few miles south to Surfside Beach. It is much less crowded, almost like your own private island, and you can enjoy cold beers there without any trouble.
Overall, our trip to Myrtle Beach was memorable, I just wish it wasn't Senior's Week when we were there. For the life of me I can't fathom why such activity is condoned.
Pros: location, price.
Cons: refrigerator turned off and left over food was in it, elevator.
Would I come back to the La Quinta: probably.
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