My family and I have been staying in Myrtle Beach/North Myrtle Beach for the past 10 years or so. We generally try to stay in a different condo every year, and this year we selected Avista Resort. We are a family of four (mom, dad, and two adult children). We have stayed in Crescent Shores, Ashworth, Anderson Ocean Club, Mar Vista, etc. and we have high expectations for our vacation stays.
I originally selected this "resort" because it had a restaurant and bar (two, if you count the pool bar, as well as the 4th floor bar) and was close to Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. I've seen a lot of reviewers comment that the location of this condo-hotel is bad. This is not true. It is in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach, and not too far of a drive to Barefoot Landing. If you want to travel into Myrtle Beach, stay there, because it's a pretty hefty drive in mid-summer traffic and certainly not worth the headache.
First, check-in was really no different from any other place we have stayed. During the summer, it's crazy, especially on the weekends. The staff was very friendly and the "valet" people didn't push us to unload and get out too much. Carts were fairly readily available, although the wait for elevators was a bit long. The one thing that I did not like was the staff immediately went on a timeshare spiel...not my thing. There were also people coming in and out for the timeshare speech throughout the first weekend we were there, which doesn't appeal to me given the price we paid for our three bedroom oceanfront condo.
The room...well...personally, not resort quality in my opinion. There was blue carpeting in the rooms (I mean, it's a beach place- sandy, hello!?!- so blue carpeting wasn't a great choice). There were stains on the carpeting, the stopper in the drain of the third bathroom wouldn't stay up (who wants to lift that out and see the mold/mildew??), two of the burners on the stove didn't work, there was a taco chip sitting on one of the windowsills from check-in to check-out (even though they cleaned every day), the springs were way off in one of the couches, the carpeting was cut and installed poorly, and the lock to the sliding glass door was broken. I can, however, say that as soon as we called the front desk about the broken lock on the door, within 5 minutes a worker was in the room to replace the lock. There was a washer/dryer combo in the room (we always use these to dry towels and wash clothes mid-week) that took 4 HOURS to wash and dry. Plus, the machine was confusing to work, and would lock and not open without a magic touch (no no no, not my precious clothes!!!). The views from all of the bedrooms (we had an end unit) were absolutely fabulous, and certainly one of the benefits of this place. In fact, I said throughout the week that this place certainly has potential, but not without a few updates and changes.
The pool/lazy river area was pretty nice. It was very expansive, and with proper upkeep, would make this a great place to stay. First, I know that times are rough, but the pool chairs need to be replaced. I found myself reserving a pool chair daily at about 8:30 AM so that I could get one that didn't need repairs (I know, it's not allowed, but what can I say!?). Additionally, the chairs were SOOOO close together and dangerously close to the pools!!!!!! The pools were cleaned daily, but generally not until after the pools were technically to be opened. If the pools are supposed to be open at 8, then the workers should be done cleaning by 8, in my opinion. The pools were very small, given the number of people that were staying at the condo-hotel.
The pool bar was a nice touch, but the drinks were expensive. I got some fruity tropical drink with a bit of Bacardi, and it cost $9.24...needless to say, that was my last pool bar drink!
The rooms were cleaned daily, and the housekeeping staff (whenever I happened to meet them in one of my many trips back to the room for a drinks/potty breaks) were always friendly.
The rooms themselves were fairly noisy. Every night, it sounded like there were little kids jumping around upstairs. Also, I'm not sure if it was the washer/dryer combos or the dishwashers, but something made random "waw waw waw" noises throughout the day and night. I actually began to think maybe the room was haunted, but I think it might have just been an overworked/outdated water system or something.
The parking deck was the worst out of any of the places I have stayed. It was downright dangerous!!! If you have a larger car, park on the higher floors, just expect it to take forever to get back down to the ground floor.
I'm sure I missed something, and if you made it this far through my review...great...I do feel that the Avista "Resort" has potential, but as is, it certainly isn't a resort. Last year, I stayed at the Anderson Ocean Club Resort and Spa in Myrtle Beach. THAT was a resort. I stayed in a three bedroom condo, with a nice kitchen, a working stove, a SEPARATE washer and dryer, granite countertops, double sinks in the master bedrooms, etc. and paid the EXACT SAME PRICE. While the price has raised in the past year at the Anderson, because of the addition of a pool bar, if I'm going to stay in a so-called resort, I'd rather it be the Anderson, or any other place in North Myrtle or Myrtle Beach. Not a bad stay, but not a great stay. If you have high expectations, as my family and I do, don't stay here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of North Myrtle Beach's newest oceanfront condominium resorts. Extraordinary features and architectural beauty combine to offer visitors the ultimate vacation experience. A condo to suit your every need and provide the finest experience possible; this is what differentiates between an average resort and the Avista Resort. As one of the first guests to have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of our new resort it will be our pleasure to serve you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avista Myrtle Beach
- Avista Hotel Myrtle Beach
- Avista North Myrtle Beach
- Avista Hotel n Myrtle Beach