I leave detailed reviews, so be prepared! We found a VERY good rate ($29.00 on bookit.com) and decided to book the room, even though it didn't totally meet our normal standards when we travel.
We got into town around 10 AM and around 11 AM, decided to stop by to confirm check-in times. My first "greeting" from the staff was two women who were standing in the middle of the driveway just chatting while I was half pulled in, car halfway in the street with cars trying to get around. After a few moments, she yelled "You weren't gonna hit me were ya?" as she barely moved out of the way for me to pull in. She walked on, and I shrugged that one off, although not pleased with it.
The young gentleman at the front desk was VERY polite and accommodating in letting me know that check-in was 4 PM, and where the room was in my girlfriends name, she would need to do the check-in process. I expected this and didn't bother to say anything else, but he volunteered a parking pass so we could go ahead and use their lot without having to pay for municipal parking, as well as giving us a call when the room was ready. We took full advantage of that, parked, and went straight to the beach, my cowboy boots, blue jeans, and all. We grabbed lunch at the "hotel restaurant" (The Patio) across the street, and received a call around 1:30 that our room was ready.
We were in room 526, middle building with the exercise room, can't remember the name of the building at the moment. The age of the building is VERY apparent, and elevator is in desperate need of sprucing up, but it got us up 5 stories (to the top) no problem. Our room was adequately clean and odor free (given beach standards), fresh linens that were actually soft, and a totally clean bathroom (seemingly a rarity for us).
We found out balcony door to be a crack open, but chained. The door plate on the locking mechanism was not flush with the door due to the screws being stripped out. The screws stopped the door from shutting all the way, and it was obvious this was broken and should be fixed (easy 5 minute fix), and was able to make it work when we used it. I let the front desk know, but no repairs were made while we were there.
Guest Services gave us a call while we were getting ready for dinner, asked about our stay so far and if we needed anything. We asked for an extra set of towels for a shower before we left the next morning, and had them in about 15 minutes or so.
Later that night, we visited the indoor pool and hot tub, and for the most part it was enjoyable, until somebody spotted a HUGE hairball floating at the top once the jets were off. I haven't seen 5 people get out of a hot tub that quickly in my life.
I slept like a baby that night, but then again, I had been awake for about 40 hours with a short two hour nap at a rest area on the way in. Still, no complaints in that department.
Throughout the two days, we did see bags of dirty linen and trash in the hallways for prolonged periods of time, with no housekeeping to be seen in the process of taking care of it. And I also saw two large bins labeled "trash" on the side outside our building, never used, never moved in the over 36 hours we were there. Maybe you'd want to use them for their obvious need? Just a suggestion.
Check out was easy, but only one person manning the front desk at 11 AM (Check-out time) made for a brief wait. In the time my girlfriend checked out, I had pulled the car from across the street, parked, loaded our luggage, grabbed a drink, and returned the cart as she was just finishing up.
All together, not a totally bad stay, but like I said, you get what you pay for. $45 total after taxes, and if we got that deal again, I'd stay there, but I wouldn't pay much more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the new, completely renovated, Palmetto Shores Myrtle Beach; centrally located to all the amenities the Grand Strand offers. No matter what season you visit, there will be tons of activities to keep you busy. You’ll find wide spans of pristine sandy beaches outside of our three oceanfront towers where our guests have a wide range of options from ocean-front rooms and efficiencies all the way up to 4-bedroom suites. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Palmetto Shores Oceanfront Hotel Myrtle Beach