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Ellington at Wachesaw Plantation East
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Murrells Inlet
Reviewed October 2, 2012

My husband and I recently returned from a week at this resort which was our 2012 time share exchange thru Interval International. (We had a one bedroom apartment in Phase II) At the time of booking, this resort had "gold leaf" status which is used to designate resorts of the highest quality ( I have since learned this status has been rescinded). Nothing could have been more misleading. The issues listed below are the ones that upset my husband and i the most- there are many more. Please note that NONE of these could have been altered by a complaint to management, at least during the time we were staying there.
-Lack of Privacy- the walls of this resort were so thin we could hear every conversation the family next door had, which ,of course, meant they could hear us. Our "patio" was 4 plastic chairs and a table, which had to be SHARED with the unit next door. It was also the designated smoking area for the units, (no smoking allowed indoors) so whenever the people next door wanted a cigarette that is where they had to go, Oh, and did I mention it was right outside our bedroom?
-lack of natural light- This was a one bedroom apartment. There was only ONE window which opened directly onto the front path.There were no curtains, only venetian blinds, so we had the option of leaving the blinds open and waving to everyone as they passed, or keeping them closed and having the apartment in darkness. The only other source of natural light was a door in the bedroom which opened directly onto the aforementioned patio. It too had no curtains, only venetian blinds. You can imagine how often they were opened. We had to keep the lights on whenever we were indoors, even on the sunniest day, and i needed to use my booklight to read in the evening as the bulbs in the lamps did not provide sufficient light
-lack of attention to detail- everything was just "slapped together" molding was left unpainted, a flat screen tv was installed but left with wires hanging, (and placed below eye height on a partial wall) the pool, while clean, was along the parking lot without even a bush to offer a semblance of privacy. No effort was put into making this
These problems along with a myriad of other small things, ( stained carpets,lack of cabinet space to store food, pool towels that were really hospital grade hand towels,) convinced us that this "resort" is really more of a motor lodge, and is using the fact that it has an on site golf course to fool people into thinking they would be staying in luxury accommodations. There are many other options in the area that offer superior accommodations for less money, and for those that have time shares- don't waste your week. Murrell's Inlet is a lovely area, well worth a trip. Just don't stay at the Ellington

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

This a an excellent resort to come to just to relax and enjoy the ocean and great reasturants. We could have did without the fish smell when you opened the door, but other than that it was a nice little place to stay. This in not really a child friendly place more for couples or the elderly. We really can't complain because we new it was a golf resort, and we had to take a one bedroom because their was nothing else available. My husband is a big and tall kinda guy and the shower was way to small for him. We have never had any problems with this before maybe because it was the one bedroom. We didn't know we would have no washer and dryer which we have never been without before as well. The beds were actually kinda comfy although we really didn't have much time in them with three kids around. I would have liked if the inside pool wouldv'e been warmer, but the hottub was nice. oh yea, We went around a golfing thing so they put us way back in the back of the resort upstairs in the corner....because they said that was all that was available when we had been told we would have a ground floor. We just loved having the free pass for the wonderful hunnington state park!!! That is where we took the kids to play in the ocean, look at wildlife, and they have a wonderful nature museum and so much more!!! If you like to thrift shop I seen alot of those type stores around....as well as the regular beach type stores. There are great places to fish.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 22, 2012 via mobile

The location of the property was very good. Basically 20-25 minutes from all major Myrtle Beach attractions. This was a family outing and I did not hit the lynx but from what I saw the golf course looked very nice and we'll maintained. We stayed in an upgraded 2 bedroom unit on the third floor but I felt the furniture was dated. The bathroom was also a little below par with damage to wall adjacent to shower which was an eyesore. The staff was very friendly and helpful in getting us attraction tickets and directions. Huntington state park is a great place to spend the day with the family and only 5 minutes from the property. Its an access only park so the beach never gets too crowded. Murrels inlet only 5 minute drive and a nice little town with great local restaurants. Overall a nice quick getaway and reasonably priced but probably would not return

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

If you want a vacation where you have a little bit of everything, this is your place. There's the beach just a short drive away, outlets and shopping to satisfy even the most enthusiastic of shoppers, shows for every age, and a resort where you can golf, swim, or just lay back and let the world go by. If you haven't been to Ellington, you've missed something special.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Donna H
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

We stayed in Phase I (3 bedroom) of this property and have to say that we were extremely disappointed. I usually take the more severe ratings on trip advisor with a grain of salt, but when it comes to this property I would actually tend to believe them more than not. We exchanged timeshare points to stay here and I would not encourage anybody else to do the same. For what is paid in annual maintenance fees for our timeshare, much more was definetely expected than what we received here. Nothing was outrageous enough to report to the office, because much of what we experienced is exactly what has been reported on tripadvisor and it is apparent that the owners really do not care too much. Most of my complaints are cosmetic, which I usually do not care about when I stay at a hotel, but when you are staying at a "resort" a higher level of comfort is expected in my opinion. We did not see any bed bugs or cockroaches, but there are quite a few palmetto bugs outside. This place is more of a well designed motel than a hotel as all the doors to the rooms are on the outside. The walls were extremely gross in the unit, some places looking like something was spilled on the walls and not cleaned up and other places where there was missing/chipped paint. The clothes dryer did not work well and usually took us 3 cycles just to dry a small load. The beds did not have fitted sheets on the mattresses, but flat sheets. One bedroom smelled like poop, literally! The dishwasher did not work hardly at all and kitchen utensils are lacking. The shower did not drain well and we often found ourselves standing in 4 inches of water by the time our shower was over (there were two other showers, so not a big deal). The resort ameneties are only available when the activity director is in the office (9:30 am - 4:30 pm) so if you want to rent a bike, movie, crab nets, etc. you have to get them during her office hours because nobody else has a key to the office. The pools are clean, large and warm, which was really nice on the days we just wanted to hang around the "resort". Phase II is supposed to be much nicer and I am guessing that the better reviews are coming from those units. If you are planning on going here and find yourself being booked in Phase I, I would recommend looking elsewhere.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

Stayed here July 2012 on an exchange through Intervel International (II). I was told by II this is one of our lesser properties. OMG, this place should be removed from any exchnage options or come with a warning. Kitchen and bathroom in phase 1 ruled by cockroaches. Coach is ancient and uncomfortable. Furniture scratched, TV -poor pictue and old. Parking designed so first floor porch enjoys exhaust from the parked cars. Walls are so thin that the living roomTV next door could be heard clearly in the bedroom. Murrells Inlet is wonderful, just stay away from Ellington at Wachesaw Plantation East.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

Just came back after a week long stay. Family of 5. We had a 2 bedroom and with the pullout sofa it worked out great. We used all the pools, there is a bar near the outdoor pool and putting area. Husband and son played golf twice at the resort. Easy to get around the area. About 15-20 min drive to Broadway at the Beach. Murrells Inlet was very nice area. Short drive to the beach. Grocery stores and other shopping near by. Away from the congestion of Myrtle Beach. There is a indoor pool and hot tub and right outside is a smaller outdoor pool. Larger pool in Phase I with a hot tub. We walked between the 2, totally fine. We had to buy some sponges and potholders. The dish soap stunk and I brought some dishwasher tabs with us b/c we cooked a lot in the room. Beds comfy and overall pretty clean. My family loved it.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 911 Riverwood Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576-6826
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Murrells Inlet
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Murrells Inlet
Price Range: $74 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ellington at Wachesaw Plantation East 3*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Festiva's Ellington at Wachesaw Plantation East is located in the heart of the South Carolina low country. This former fishing village is home to pristine beaches and a number of magnificent golf courses and is the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina."eweThe resort is nestled in an oasis of moss-covered oaks along the Intercostal Waterway, offering guests a retreat from the high-rise buildings and congestion of the Grand Strand yet all of the glitz and glamour of Myrtle Beach is just minutes away. ... more   less 
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