So I'll start with the good, move onto the bad and finish off with a few other thoughts. It's going to be long, but stick with it and you'll see a decent review.
My wife and I spent a week in the Palmetto tower, July 21 - July 28. We have no children and are relatively easy going. We've traveled quite a lot for a couple of 25 year olds, but I wouldn't consider ourselves "snobby" travelers. Give us a comfortable bed and something to do during the day and we're pretty happy.
Location, Location, Location. Can't beat the location, walking distance from the boardwalk and a bunch of restaurants and there is a pickup for the shuttle to Broadway at the beach right out front (that's right, there's a free shuttle at Broadway at the Beach, don't walk).
The front desk staff was great, we had an issue at the beginning with our door keys and they fixed it right away and we didn't have another issue. They also called a cab company for us just to see how much it would cost to get from Broadway to the Breakers after the bars.
The 5 resorts, it's pretty sweet to have the option to go to a few different pools.
There is a DJ playing music by the pool from 12 to 4 which is pretty nice (although this will fall into both the good and the bad). He did a pretty decent job of mixing newer and older music as well as the different genres as well.
The beds are not terrible as far as hotel bedrooms go.
The kitchenette was well worth the extra slight bit that we paid. Comes with dishes, pots, pans, compact fridge, cups and silverware. Microwave and oven were useful too. Allowed us to eat breakfast and lunch in the room so we could save money there.
The drive in was AWFUL once you hit 501. This is obviously not something that the hotel has any control over, and therefore was not factored into the rating, but it's something people should know about. This portion of the drive took about 2-3 times the amount of time it should. Be prepared to deal with bumper to bumper stop and go traffic until you hit US-17 once you are on 501. You would think that with as popular of a vacation spot as Myrtle Beach is that they would have a few more ways into the city...and maybe they do and it's just us stupid tourists that take 501...?
The pillows were absolutely terrible, they are just basically flat pieces of foam that are really pretty uncomfortable. Bring your own if this is not the style of pillow you want.
Good luck finding a pool chair if you don't get out there by around 8:30. There are signs that state that towels on chairs that are unattended before 9:00 will be removed, but it's an empty threat.
Our air conditioner couldn't keep up, we had it at 65 degrees and it never really felt cold in our room. Also it couldn't seem to keep the humidity level down as everything in the room always felt damp including the bed which was kind of gross.
Ice Box (the DJ) was pretty funny...at first...but after the third or fourth day of the same jokes it gets a bit old. Personally I would rather then play music from 10-6 instead of just 12-4, maybe bring in 2 DJ's or have the one you have work a full day, but more music would be nice.
The pools can get pretty crowded, parents don't control their children. The pools by the north towers seemed to be relatively secluded and you can still hear the music, but the lazy river and the pool right in front of the DJ (which is the only one you are supposed to have alcohol by) were always packed. There are children always swimming, jumping in and other things with the lazy river which makes it not so much a lazy river, more of a chaotic mess.
Parking is a mess, quite possibly the worst designed parking structure I've ever seen. If you have a truck, SUV or even a full sized car good luck getting in and out of your parking spot. If you try to park after 11:00pm, good luck finding a spot, you'll be in the gravel lot.
Things that probably only really bother me:
There is apparently no such thing as cold water from the tap at this hotel. I may be the only person who likes to take a cool shower (especially when you're in 110 degree heat outside all day), but it was luke warm at best. If you want a hot shower, that is no problem.
The bathroom fan sucked air, but not enough. Bathroom fogged up like crazy even with my cold as possible showers.
We had a good time and it was relaxing. I don't think we would go back until we have children, but if you have a family of more than just 2, it's probably a great place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With a perfect oceanfront location, convenient central location, long-standing tradition of having only the finest staff and service, ultra-modern and varied accommodations and super-fun activities right on the grounds, The Breakers Resort is the perfect location for a family or golf vacation. Planning a meeting or wedding? Our oceanfront location is the ideal spot for your special event. The resort is within walking distance of the the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and a variety of restaurants and shops. Voted 2009 Best of the Beach - Overall Hotel the Breakers Resort has been a visitors' favorite for over 70 years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Breakers Hotel Myrtle Beach
- Breakers Myrtle Beach
- Breakers Resort Myrtle Beach
- Breakers Resort Hotel Myrtle Beach
- Breakers Hotel Myrtle Beach South Carolina
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