Among the many lodging choices along the “Grand Strand,” the Blockade Runner stands out as a property with value, view, and amenities. All rooms have a great ocean view; the rooms are large, well furnished, and convenient to the sand and surf just outside the door.
The Blockade Runner is easy to access from the major highways leading into the area. It is well situated in regards to restaurants and grocery stores. Parking is available near the lobby entrance. It is also outside, but near, some of the main “touristy” areas.
We spent one week at the Inn and enjoyed the entire time. The property is not new, but it has aged well. It had everything we needed for an enjoyable visit. We had a one room efficiency apartment with attached covered deck, cooking facilities (including stove, refrigerator, microwave and all the needed pots, pans, and utensils). It was less than a football field’s length from our room to the water’s edge. Only a line of low dunes separated the inn from the sandy beach. The Inn appeals to a range of demographics: from college age to “seniors “as well as couples and families with children. We also found the Inn to be remarkably quiet during our stay.
A small, on-site restaurant called “Mimosa’s,” is located just off the lobby. We ate there the first night—largely for convenience—but enjoyed it so much we went back on another occasion. The menu is limited, but the food was good and the prices reasonable. (They also have an outdoor dining area).
The Inn is owner-operated and provides a nice, personal touch. The owner is on the job on a daily basis and takes a special interest in the needs of guests. All the employees we encountered seemed to go out of their way to be friendly and helpful.
I really have nothing negative to report about Blockade Runner. We were pleased with housekeeping services, with front-desk contacts, and with the value that came with our moderate room rate. Our needs were met quite well and at a fair price.
A minor quirk exists with the Blockade Runner. The ground floor (and the elevators leading to this level) are actually several stair steps above the lobby per se. Guests, with luggage carts, have to use outside ramps to get to the first-floor elevators.
I would definitely consider a return visit. My only hesitation is not the inn itself; it is the travel time from Mississippi that is the problem. Basically, it is a two-day trip in both directions.