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leaf" status which is used to designate resorts of the highest quality ( I have since learned this status has been rescinded).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
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ellington At Wachesaw Plantation East Hotel Murrells Inlet
- Ellington Hotel Murrells Inlet
- Ellington Hotel At Wachesaw East