After reading the negatives written here recently, I feel compelled to write a review of my own. I made last minute reservations for the Caribbean a week before arrival. Our stay was from July 2 thru July7, 2005. This is probably their absolute busiest week, and I was thrilled to get a room with literally no notice for this time of the year.
We stayed here in 2004 which was our first visit, and I wanted to stay a little closer to the action of the Pavillion this year, but hindsight being 20/20, I was more than satisfied with the decision to stay at the Caribbean.
The room was an Executive suite which has 2 double beds in the front room, a galley style kitchen, with newer microwave, an electric range, and larger refrigerator, and then the back room has a double size Murphy bed in the wall, and a single sized sofabed. So the room is designed to sleep 7 people (or 14, if you stack them one on top of another), but that story is for another day!
These executive suites rooms are apparently located in their high rise, which is 14 stories high. We got a room on the top floor. Personally, I found this to be a drawback because there were 6 of us; 4 kids, ages 13, 7, 2 and newborn and then my wife and me. There are 3 elevators for this building, and they are not the fastest, but the waits were not too bad, provided some of the kids there weren't pushing all the buttons so that they would stop on every floor.
They also offer the standard hotel rooms in another part of the building, and then across the street from the main comples, they have rooms that are considered "budget oriented" and they also have a very nice complex that house the 2 and 3 bedroom condos that they offer. While I did not see the interior of these rooms, the condo complex looked new, clean and very appealing.
Considering the 4'th of July weekend, the pools were not overly crowded, nor was the pool deck. The beach was crowded on the 4'th, but the following days we stayed there, the place really emptied out. They have a wading pool and some water activities for little children (my daughter called it playing in the rain), and they have a large pool with deep end, and a lazy river. The rafts for the lazy river are supposed to remain there and are not to be taken into the big pool, but some did it, and there was no enforcement of this rule. Also, someone told my son that while in the lazy river, he was supposed to be on a raft. He wasn't at the time, and many others used it without rafts. Again, limited enforcement it seemed. There is also an indoor pool. This pool is not treated with chlorine, but with a saline solution, if that floats your boat. We never used the indoor pool since the weather was great.
I found the staff to be friendly. I had asked the housekeeper for some extra bath towels and she supplied me with more than enough. Of course, a couple bucks go a long way. I have found that even a nominal tip goes a long way since I believe that most people do not tip the housekeeper.
They have a Tiki bar and a snack bar near the pools at rather reasonale prices. They also have a "Summer Snow" vendor next to the pool that the kids enjoyed.
Our room was clean and looked like it had been updated recently. I look at things like plumbing fixtures to tell me whether or not they are used and abused. Our room was fairly new in this department.
I really have only 3 complaints about the Caribbean, and 2 of them are subjective.
1) We ended up on the top floor. Some may like that. I didn't.
2) The elevators are not air conditioned and were very wet during the day from guests dripping in them after leaving the pool or beach.
3) Parking. Parking is available in a garage (4 or 5 stories) across the street. The bottom floor is SUPPOSED to be for high profile vehicles and is posted as such. However, it is not enforced. We have an 8 foot van, and if there was no space available, we were forced to park in their overflow lot, which is right next door, but still across the street. Some of the vehicles occupying the van spaces looked abandoned, as folks were writing stuff in the thick dust that accumulated on them. They also did not have a parking pass as is supposed to be visible on the rear view mirror.
For me, the parking issue is that when I parked in the garage, the van stayed cool, which was good for the kids whenever we went somewhere. But when many of the vehicles should have been parked elsewhere, and took the high profile spaces, well, it just added a minor inconvenience to us. Space was available elsewhere in the garage since the roof level was rarely filled. Had I fit, I may have parked up there, but the clearance is only 7 foot 4 inches for above the first floor.
Finally, we did walk down the beach and saw some of the places that I considered staying at. Some were in shambles. The Yachtsman is undergoing major beach work and the beach isn't even available to those guests.
There is hustle and bustle near the pavillion, but with it goes riff-raff and other problems that you won't find near the Caribbean, which is a good mile to mile and a half walk down the beach to Pier 14. We walked it, including the younger kids, but I decided to catch a cab back since it was late, and the little feet weren't going to make it. FYI, Cabs don't run on Ocean Blvd, but if you call for one, tell them to pick you up at Withers Alley and your cross street. I got that tidbit from one of the cops when looking for a cab. I found the area near Pier 14 and the pavillion to be generally dirty and smelled of garbage. Not nearly as bad as Atlantic City.
Staying at the Caribbean was a good pick for us. Free coffee & tea in the lobby 24 hours a day too. And a Dunkin Donuts is only a one block walk. Would we stay there again? Absolutely!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on ocean front, the Caribbean Resort & Villas is comprised of four separate buildings: the Dominican tower, the Cayman tower, the Chelsea Villas and the Jamaican building. Our Jamaican building is a four story structure that offers ocean view and ocean front rooms. Our Dominican tower features suites with two doubles or one king bed, an upgraded full kitchen, and living room with a comfortable sleeper sofa and a breathtaking ocean front view. Our Cayman tower offers two-three-and four bedroom condos with various bedding to suit your every need. Our Chelsea Villas our located across the street from the Cayman and Dominican towers. These villas feature two and three bedroom condos (Bedding varies in each unit.) Our guests will enjoy our spacious oceanfront pool deck with indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor lazy river, tiki bar, Jacuzzis and waterpark with an adult-size waterslide and silly submarine. During the summer children enjoy our supervised activity program where they can create crafts and take part in fun games. We are minutes from area golf courses, restaurants and shops. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Caribbean Resort And Villas Hotel Myrtle Beach
- Caribbean Hotel Myrtle Beach
- Myrtle Beach Carribean
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