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“Decidedly average but met our needs” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Schooner Beach & Racquet Club

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Schooner Beach & Racquet Club
2.5 of 5 Condominium   |   7050 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577   |  
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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
“Decidedly average but met our needs”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

We stayed here in August 2012 with our two kids (5, 7). The place looks nice from the outside but inside it is very average - really dated. That said, it is right on the beach with a pool and hot tub, and in a good location for exploring the area (although a little north of many attractions).

Check-in (and check-out) were a breeze. The front desk staff was always helpful and friendly. Luggage carts are available. We got a beach-facing 1 bedroom on the 3rd floor right in front of the elevator and stairs. The room is quite odd in that the master bedroom has a window facing the HALLWAY. I mean, wtf? Who wants a window into the hallway? The drapes in that window were kept shut at all times. The stairs are steel and made a loud noise when stepped (or jumped) on by pounding feet. Luckily the hotel was very quiet by bedtime.

Unknown to us, the one bedroom suite comes with a small (large closet-sized) bunk-bed room. This was a huge bonus as the kids got to share the bunk beds instead of us having to open and close the pull-out sofa every day. That said, the bunk bed is ancient and squeaked horribly with any type of body movement (particularly on the top bunk).

The room is quite dated but is clean and relatively comfortable. There are ample pillows and blankets for everyone. We did get 4 "pool" towels for our stay. But we were told not to use them on the beach (so we bought cheapo towels that we left behind). Also, there was once-a-week "tidy-up" service. And bath towels could be replaced a couple of times a week.

The appliances were small (expected in a small kitchenette) but all worked properly. Our room didn't come with enough bowls however for all of us, though. Weird.

There were optional activities to sign up for during the week (e.g., water aerobics, sand art, BBQ, etc.). The sand art and BBQ cost a few dollars.

The Schooner is a "voluntary no-smoking" establishment. So you can guess how well that is followed. Unfortunately, our neighbors always seemed to be smoking on their balcony which made it impossible for us to enjoy ours.

The pool was small but clean. The hot tub was nice (but a little too hot). It was closed one day for maintenance. Also, there is a sign that kids under 14 are NOT allowed in the hot tub (regardless of parental supervision). I thought that was a little unfair as my kids like the hot tub as much as we do.

Beware that the early-morning lounger "reservations" were going on here. I'd see loungers untouched for hours except for the towel placed on it earlier. I really despise this practice.

The "gym" is mostly a joke - an elliptical and treadmill and an all-in-one exercise machine. The laundry has 3 washers and 6 dryers. A wash cost $1.50 (30 minutes) and the dryer $1.00 (40 minutes for a regular load). The front desk sells detergent (at $1 per) and fabric softener if needed.

Loungers and umbrellas are available for rent on the beach from the lifeguards. A half day is $15 or $20. I never got them for a full day. believe a weekly rental is also possible.

Starbucks is a couple blocks north as is the terrific River City Cafe (great onion rings and burgers). A Food Lion is a few minutes drive for groceries and there are too many beach stores on N. Kings Highway to name just one.

All-in-all it was an average (2.5 or 3 star) "resort". Rooms really need to be updated. They did have flat-screen TVs though (Dynex brand!). :)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Atlanta
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Total disappointment! The trip was for my son who had just undergone three eye surgeries. Imagine my horror having to clean the place after we arrived. The silverware was filthy. The Beds bits us, the air conditioner leaked soaking the carpet and we had to open the room door just to access the vegetable and fruit bin in the refrigerator. The apartment contained too much furniture as we had to put the coffee table on the patio for the duration of our stay just so we would not trip over it using the rest room at night. The pool was full of bugs and the hot tub desperately needed cleaning. Okay it has a great beach access and the outdoor patio chairs and tables were lovely. The people were very nice and the location was great, but the place was the pits. This place was definitely not a 3.5 star try a 1.5.star. Management should consider closing it and renovating the units to be more family friendly as one bath room really stinks for a family of four and it stinks even more when it is located off of the kitchen!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SPMResorts, Public Relations Manager at Schooner Beach & Racquet Club, responded to this review, June 20, 2012
Dear Shawn,
We apologize for the problems you experienced on your recent visit. We strive to ensure each and every guest has a positive experience. We have looked into this unit, as well as some of the issues you mentioned in your review. We routinely have the property inspected for bed bugs and pests, and this unit was inspected and approved shortly before your visit. Additionally, our maintenance staff continually cleans the pool to remove any debris or insects, so we apologize you experienced a problem in that area. We work hard to ensure each guest is greeted with a smile, and are glad you had a positive experience with our staff. Thank you for your review, and we hope your son is recovering nicely from his eye surgeries.
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Ronkonkoma, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

Location, Location, Location!! We were on the 4th Floor and had a beautiful ocean view. All rooms in this 6 story hotel have a balcony ocean view. We had an efficiency kitchen which was fine for the 2 of us. The hotel needs refurbishing which they were doing at the time on the outside of the building. The staff was great and very helpful with suggesting activities. Also very quick with any problem in the room. Running toilet was repaired, mildew smell, and stuck door lock. All were fixed immediately. We were in the quiet area of Myrtle Beach which was fine with us and centrally located within 15-30 minutes of everything. Since it was Biker week we were especially glad to be away from the busy area. They could use a bigger and newer pool but the beach was only a few feet away. The one elevator was very slow for some reason. We chose to walk down the stairs. Great location.

Room Tip: Better view on the upper floors.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SchoonerI, Manager at Schooner Beach & Racquet Club, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review. We really appreciate your kind words about our resort and staff.
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012 via mobile

The rooms are spacious and each unit has a great ocean view. You can walk out to the beach right from the hotel. We stayed for a week during a time when they were doing very loud construction. I understand that construction is unavoidable, but they would start at 8 am, right outside your room!!! That's just too early. It was so loud you couldn't stand to be in the room. Other then that, our stay was lovely.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SchoonerI, Manager at Schooner Beach & Racquet Club, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to give us your honest feedback. Our exterior construction has finished. We hope that you will consider staying with us again.
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Charlotte, NC
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

We have stayed here several times with no complaints. We LOVE the rooms, the view and most of the staff, especially Kay Todd...she is the SWEETEST!!! Now JACKIE and BETH on the other hand, that's a different story. Very rude and condescending!

Room Tip: 5th floor and up give you the best view. Make sure your bedroom is facing the ocean.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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SchoonerI, Manager at Schooner Beach & Racquet Club, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
We appreciate your feedback, and will address your concerns at our resort so they do not occur again. We hope you can visit us again soon.
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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2011 via mobile

We won't exchange here again. However, staff was very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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We are sorry you did not enjoy your stay with us, and thank you for taking the time to express your concern about these issues.
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

I visit MB every year with friends (for spring break) and we normally stay on the southern end of the beach but due to availability during St. Patty's Day week, we ended up at the Schooner Beach and Raquet Club this year. It was obviously off season so the pool wasn't open and we didn't really go out to the beach but the location was still great! The laundry room was clean and the gym was adequate.

As for the room, it was OLD! There were water stains on the wall from an old leak, what appeared to be mold inside the glass of pictures on the wall, rust around the air returns and a strange clicking noise when the air/heat kicked on (loud enough to wake us up in the night). The furniture was also very outdated and not very comfortable. Overall some paint, updated furnishings and a little elbow grease to clean up would do wonders for this property.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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We appreciate your feedback, and have addressed your concerns so they do not occur again.
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Additional Information about Schooner Beach & Racquet Club

Address: 7050 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Myrtle Beach
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Myrtle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Schooner Beach & Racquet Club 2.5*
Number of rooms: 50
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