The State Park was full so we rode around Ocean Hwy, looking for a cheap place to stay. Saw the sign at Beachwalk- $39 oceanfront and $29 SV. As we turned in, we looked at each other and said "what do you think?" The doors to the rooms were all battered and even at 2 pm, it was dark in the parking lot! But we went in anyway and talked to the clerk. She was very nice and polite, told us there is a $10 deposit in addition to the room charge but it would be refunded when we checked out. There was a notice on the counter that toilet paper is $1 a roll, but she explained that there are a lot of people living there and the fee is for them, to encourage them to buy their own paper products. So we paid and as we were heading to our oceanfront room, I told my friend we were staying at the Bates Motel. We were on the 2nd floor and it looked like an army had attacked the door, but it was solid and once we got in, we saw there were 3 locks on the door! And there were marks on the door like someone had used a screwdriver trying to open the door. That threw me- if they were on the outside of the door I could understand it- someone was trying to break in! But on the inside of the door??? Anyway, the room was extremely run down. I think the carpet was put down in the early 50's, but surprise- it was clean! At least after I had walked on it with white socks on, the socks were still clean. We pulled the covers off the beds, checking for signs of bugs- and we found nothing but clean sheets- nice sheets too! The bedspreads were worn but the sheets were clean. The pillows were fluffy too and held their own during the night! The bathroom was clean although there were no drain covers in the sink or bathtub. The towels were clean and soft and white. There were no pots or pans for the kitchen so it was a waste but the refrigerator worked great and kept our drinks cold anyway. However there was only one light- in the kitchen- so at night we had to use our flashlights to change the TV channels. Remotes were available in the office for an additional $5 deposit but they didn't have one that would work the TV in our room. No big deal- we were at the beach and didn't really need TV anyway! The pool did look bad but there was another "pool" a few yards away- the Atlantic Ocean- so we weren't too concerned about that. The door to the balcony opened fine but when you shut it- it sounded like a prop in a haunted house! There was no phone but who uses landline phones anymore anyway? Cell phone reception was good here but they have no wireless internet access. Like I said before- who cares? We were at the beach! Night came and we kept flashlights handy, looking for bugs. Never saw one- not one bug on the walls, the floors, or in the bathroom! And I checked several times during the night too! The mattress was good, although the one on the other bed sloped off to the right. It was bigger than the box spring and that may have been the problem. The AC/heat unit was new and worked fine. The curtains were clean but worn out. Still, looking out during the night to see the moon shining on the ocean made everything worth while. This is not a new building. It is old and worn out but when we were there anyway, it was clean and bug free. The people I encountered in the office were nice and friendly. Bottom line is that there are newer, more modern places to stay. They are also a lot more expensive! You get what you pay for, and we were pleased with our stay. Would we go back?? Next time the State Park is full and we can't get in-- YES! We will check Beachwalk out and hope the rates and the rooms are the same as they were this trip!
- Also Known As:
- Beachwalk Hotel Myrtle Beach