I stayed here four days. Here is my summary.
The Front Desk
The front desk staff were a little slow with check-in but they're nice ladies, though. You can get more towels and toiletries at the front desk. Check out was fast, too.
The room itself is spacey and clean. The bathroom looks remodeled and the sheets and comforter look and feel similar to a Hampton Inn or Courtyard Marriott. The water pressure is good. The toiletries smell good.
All rooms come with a kitchenette that also looks modern and has dishes and utensils. I heard you get charged if they aren't cleaned though, even a glass. They have full fridges so you can load up on groceries but the only trash in the small one in the bathroom.
I think our room neighbors some hicks or teens, but I only heard them talking for about ten minutes. Maybe if we put a towel down by the divider it may help. They tried to open our connected door a few times. Jerks. There are a lot of reckless teenage boys here this week.
The room decor seems nice. The TV is a little small though and not placed central to the bed.
The "Ocean Facing View"
There is a balcony and you can see the ocean. By ocean view I think it meant ocean facing. Yes, all 60 guest rooms face the ocean, however most of the view I see is of buildings across the street but the low rises allow you to see some ocean. I get a gross view of the trash from the building in front and the roar of the air conditioner units causing extra heat.
At night there is a lot of noise outside until about 1AM because of the amusement rides, but the noise drops down considerably afterwards, but I'm here on a weekday. The area is densely populated. I didn't realize that when I made the reservation. This is definitely not the remote area I was thinking it could be.
I actually am here on a Living Social travel deal for $99/night but didn't realize there is an add on resort fee that comes to about $42 every two days.
The Free Internet
Ah yes, and the spotty Internet connection leaves much to be desired. Tethering my phone is the best way to go here.
Another big downside is although I am at the end of the hall, I can still hear the murmur of the elevator every time it's in use. The walls aren't thick. Also, don't plan on using the elevator much. Since there is only one and 11 floors of people with 60 guest rooms, it won't be of use. Maids and guests alike share this so forget about it in the morning.
The "Minimal" Maid Service
On day two I noticed the maid service did a minimal job. They made the bed and put some towels together in the bathroom. I'm not sure what else. They didn't clean the toilet, sink surface or shower. They didn't vacuum. There were no new toiletries, still some trash, like the soap wrapper not thrown away and the tub had dirty cloths in it. I guess you have to make it super obvious if you want them to change your towels.
To get them to change the towels I had to pile them all in a heap outside my door. Otherwise, they'll leave them hanging, crumbled, whatever.
They'll leave trash left on the tub unless you throw it away yourself in the one trash can.
On the fourth day I finally asked the maid if she'll clean the toliets and the shower, and if she'd vaccum. She said if they really need it she can. So keep in mind this is not standard to clean your toilets and showers.
Also, they may forget to give you a full towel load. The last night we washed ourselves with hand towels because they never gave us wash cloths.
The grounds of the area aren't well maintained. My boyfriend stepped into a shard of glass washing his feet by the pool. There is a trash smell from the dumpsters behind the buildings near the overflow parking and people also leave trash everywhere. The location is in walking distance of many things, though.
Here are some hints if you stay here to enhance your experience.
1. Get an end unit room on the South side. Better view.
2. Leave a message if you want towels changed, toilet cleaned, tub cleaned, or any other service you may think should come with the room.
3. Wear sandals when washing your feet by the pool.
4. Run your AC to muffle the elevator.
5. Get a higher room to avoid elevator sounds but you need to be ok waiting awhile for the elevator or really like stairs; otherwise get an room lower down and don't depend on the elevator.
6. Know that this is a densely populated area with a lot of junk food and smoking, and trash, and be ok with that.
7. Wash all kitchen stuff thoroughly.
8. Keep in mind the resort fee.
9. Don't depend on their Internet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aqua Beach Inn is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach across from the 14th Ave Pier, the Boardwalk and the ocean. All guest rooms have spectacular ocean views, fully equipped kitchens and balconies. Enjoy our outdoor pool and hot tub, along with our Grille and Picnic area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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