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Castaway Beach Inn
1717 South Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 (Formerly By the Sea Motel)   |  
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Ranked #43 of 53 hotels in North Myrtle Beach
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Loved the stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

If you are looking for a small, family friendly hotel with a pool, lazy river (80 degree water), and oceanfront view and access to the ocean than you have the perfect place in By The Sea. It's not upscale, but affordable, quiet, and has just what you need to enjoy the beach that you came to see. The stay is not all about where you stay, but enjoying the location and atmosphere. We are a family of 4 and haven't been to the beach in 3 years. When we came down this past week we wanted to spend most of our money on the activites and food around the beach. By The Sea wasn't too expensive and the management there was on the ball. Anything we needed help with or fixed they were right on it. It's little things like missing drain stopper, needed towel rod, loose handle to the patio oceanfront lookout, but nothing that couldn't be fixed if brought attention to. It was built in 1960 so it's got some wear and tear to the building but you'll have that with time. Noone can help the salt corrosion that happens down at the beach. The pools are always cleaned in the morning before 10 so you have all day to play. The beaches aren't filled with shells so it's soft to step on. The water is like any other part of the beach and it has a few jellyfish, but plenty of shells to pick up. I can't say anything negative about this place.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

This oceanfront motel is family owned and accepts pets in a limited number of rooms. It reminds me of old school hospitality. They even still use real keys! The bedcovers are delightfully tacky and carpet is worn, but the room was clean. Our blessing was we got the last room, 2 queens ocean view with an efficiency kitchen to boot, for 100 bucks! Amazing at high season on the north beach, which is quieter than the strip 20 minutes away and tends to cater more to families. Ask about discounts. So if you're looking for friendly service and a refreshing, clean swim, this could be the place.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

very nice places to stay. took my little girl and she had fun. the room was very clean and I always had what I needed. I was on ocean side very nice housekeeper ,I think her name was sean she cleaned room very good and very friendly lady.i will be back I felt right at home, and that means a lot.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

i had such an amazing time here very friendly very clean great location i def will be back this place made my weekend i could not think of any other place that i would rather stay when i come to the beach staff was great always someone to help me clean pool mrs jackie was amazing cant wait to come back

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Had a nice affordable getaway with family. Rooms had everything we needed and kids had fun in pools and beach.Had a lazy river and pool. Had oceanfront room with a private balcony, and the view was wonderful. Good value.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Do not stay here. We aren't fancy people, we do stay at motels and mom n pops, but this was ridiculous. Location was great and rooms, pool, lazy river were clean but the room had a chemical/bug spray smell that never went away. Old damp carpet. Mold in bath. Could hear everything outside and next door rooms We never care about fancy stuff, just clean places. It was pretty clean though. Water heater broke, had no hot water for 2 days. They finally decided to buy a brand new tank, while installing, broke the gas main. Filled us and our room with natural gas. The whole hotel had to evacuate. Fire trucks blocked 2 ml radius. They only refunded 1/2 a night. Not a happy vacation. Price was good for on the water location but that was it!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, North Carolina
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

A Duke Alumni week-end, really don't you think you would have been told this when booking.
Beer can in pool and parking lot. Partying all night. When I complained to the front end staff I was
told that they have been coming for 20+ years and they paid an extra $5000 and could do what
they wanted to do. Guess my $130 for an old dirty room didn't count for anything. I will NEVER
stay here again. They advertise as a family place. I had my nieces with me and they could not
even get in the pool unless they wanted to swim with the beer cans.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Castaway Beach Inn

Address: 1717 South Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 (Formerly By the Sea Motel)
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > North Myrtle Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 On the Beach Hotel in North Myrtle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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Also Known As:
By The Sea Hotel North Myrtle Beach

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