We just returned from a 4 night stay at The Surfside Beach Resort. I chose that hotel mainly because of the proximity to restaurants, bars, the ocean... I had read many of the reviews so I felt comfortable with my expectations.
The staff couldn't have been more friendly and accommodating. We didn't have any special needs or requests so I cannot report about how attentive they were.
Our room was clean and had everything we needed. Although there was a coffee maker, we chose to get the coffee in the lobby each morning. Our room had an ocean view with a balcony. Ours overlooked the pool and parking lot, as well as the ocean and the bar across the street. It was fun to sit and watch the world go by. The air conditioner worked great, keeping our room cool under the most hot and humid weather.
The elevators are extremely slow and often stinky. The stairwells, however, were very clean.
The pool area was small, but very clean. It was heavily used during our stay by many guests. I loved that they left the pool open until 11pm. Many hotel pools close earlier. I do think that on especially busy days they might have an employee monitor the pool area. There was a group of shady characters in the pool area with a full cooler of beer. (Full disclosure: I brought a beer or two down to the pool area, but kept it discrete). There were quite a few children/families also in the small pool area. These 4-5 men were sitting in the hot tub having a grand time. So much so that one man had to be assisted to a car because he was so drunk he couldn't walk. (I watched the whole thing from the balcony. It was sad and entertaining at the same time). Some of the other men who were with him got in a truck in Scotty's Beach Bar parking lot and left. I can't help but think that none of them were guests at the hotel. Although I'm sure it's difficult for a hotel to staff a pool every day, I would have felt more comfortable had I thought that someone was monitoring the shenanigans.
Scotty's Beach Bar is right next door. It had potential to be a great place, but I just didn't get a great feel for it. Trucks/motorcycles came and went throughout our stay. They would stop, run in and leave minutes later. It just felt odd. We went over for an early evening beverage on Saturday night and just didn't love the place. I wanted to love it, but it just has a shifty feel. Not everyone felt that way, though as the place was booming on Friday and Sunday afternoons.
We were pleasantly surprised by the diner next door to the restaurant. We had a delicious breakfast there. Also right next door is a place for great ice cream, and a little gift shop. (We didn't discover the gift shop until the last day).
So all in all it was a good trip. I realized that Myrtle Beach has the same type of creeps as my hometown... maybe a few more. That discovery made me a little sad. I do, however recommend the Surfside Beach Hotel.