I stayed at the Island Vista from Dec 13 through Dec 17th of 2012 and here is my review. The hotel from the outside looks like a top notch 5-star hotel it's only after noticing some of the smaller details that makes you wonder if there is more meets the eye. Some of the things I noticed were: The employees always stood right by the door that exits out into the parking garage to smoke. I am not a smoker and I do not wish to smell your smoke nor walk directly through it. And the parking garage spaces are really quite small. I feel very sorry for someone who's driving something larger than a mid-size sedan. On the inside of the hotel it's very nicely decorated for a couple whom may be looking forward to a nice weekend together at the beach. This hotel is not for kids nor for anyone who has kids. The hotel has 2 outdoor pools which we were informed are heated. I guarantee you these pools were never heated. The indoor pools which are only 3.5 feet deep were luke warm and the hot tub on the inside was never really hot either. The hotel had a problem as well with the outdoor hot tub so I was not able to try it. The hotels lazy river was extremely lazy in the case that it never functioned correctly. There were round floats in the water that barely moved. The hotels indoor pool area is done in a cave or dungeon type decor which does not work for this hotel and possibly no hotel ever. The indoor pool area was really dark and the lights that did work were really poorly placed. The waterfalls that are stated in the description never worked and when they did it was one or the other. The main water fall only worked on the second day after speaking with the front desk staff and the smaller of the waterfalls work briefly the first day. Also, the indoor pool area had secondary rainshower type heads that branched out from a tree which never worked near the main waterfall location and only one that worked was the one in the kiddie pool which at best is meant for really small kids.
The bedroom I had was really compact, small, and cramped. It had an over-sized chair in it with a large king bed. Also, there was a smaller sized chair which I thought after first glance of this room was overkill. The room does not feature any sort of table for putting food or other items on. I've stayed in other hotels in Myrtle Beach that had king beds in them and they were able to handle the space a lot better. And not to mention that the bed itself was on wheels and squeaked a lot just by barely moving. I would feel greatly disappointed if I stayed here in the summer time at the rates this hotel would charge. The rates in the winter were the best in the area but not if you have kids or want to enjoy the pool at all.
That being said the front desk staff was really friendly and helpful they were always willing to speak or call out to maintenance to see if anything could be done. The view from the hotel is really nice and it was very quiet the entire time we stayed there.