I reserved a 1 BR condo at the Sands in NMB and ended up being the only person on the property for both nights I was there! No other guests, no staff, no nobody! It was unusual to say the least.
I booked the stay through Kayak - the rate was REALLY good, The unit itself was very clean and pleasant, if not a little bit dated. I didn't really care for the unit's layout, with the bath not connected to the bedroom, or the tile floors in the living/dinig/kitchen (I would have preferred more carpet, as there was in the bedroom). The bath itself was also very small. Other than that, the supplies and furnishings provided - including a full range of toiletries - was nice, as were the two flat screen tv's, one of which also had a built in DVD player.
Checkin was pleasant, albeit I had to check in at the Peppertree Ocean Club 20 blocks away. I'm not sure what would have happened had I needed help with anything from staff, when I checked out in the morning it took me almost two hours to raise anyone by phone at the front desk, to let them know that the only soul on the property had left.
The location is good - across the street from the beach in a great part of North Myrtle Beach. There is a great rooftop pation with a partial view of the water, and a nice enough outdoor pool. I believe this would be a great place to stay in the summer time, even though it is not directly oceanfront. It was an okay place to stay in the dead of winter, though I'm still wondering why Festiva - the property management firm - would have just one unit occupied, rather than change my reservation to the Peppertree Ocean Clun property with which this property is partnered.
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