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Waikiki Village
Ranked #42 of 209 Hotels in Myrtle Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 20, 2009

I booked several rooms for my wedding party. This is a very small older property but perfect for my group. Everyone enjoyed the friendly environoment and the location was ideal. Very clean!!! Some of my wedding party have booked to go back.

  • Stayed: October 2008
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Reviewed July 13, 2009

my husband and I took our great, great nephew, age 7, to Myrtle Beach.......a child that had never seen the ocean or experienced the environment of a week at the beach.......after reading the reviews here, and recommendations from friends that have stayed here since the 70's, we chose Waikiki Village, and it was the perfect vacation for the three of us.......

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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2  Thank RS621
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Reviewed July 4, 2009

Another great visit...Thanks Nancy...the hotel is great, clean and comfortable.
They have the best pool we've seen yet.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 23, 2009

We have stayed at this motel every year for 39 years. We stayed the first time when our youngest child was 2. We even have one certain room that we always try to book if it is available. It is home away from home for us, of course without the stress and work of home. The rooms are very clean and Nancy and everyone in the office always go beyond what is expected to make sure you are happy and satisfied. We were good friends with Nancy's parents as long as they lived. If you had known them, then you would know why Nancy is so special. We feel like they are all family. Now our children and grandchildren come to Waikiki Village for their vacation also. They like it too. There is nothing fancy or extravagant about it, but it is very comfortable and convenient. The price is great and the kitchens are well stocked with utensils. We have checked out a lot of pools on the Grand Strand and have never found one as clean and pretty as the one at Waikiki Village. We like not having to go up and down an elevator to get to or from our room. It's the best!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 8, 2009

I love this motel. It's well kept,cleaner than any place I have stayed during other travels.The rates are very affordable. There is a pool and a Jacuzzi .It is family oriented right down to the cook out area with gas grills and picnic tables.When I was younger and my kids were small it allowed us to vacation for a week every summer and not be broke.We could cook in our room but grilling made it more like home and funner for the whole family. Located one street back from the beach and directly behind the beach access walkway .

Michelle Whitesides
Columbia,SC

  • Stayed: May 2009
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Reviewed October 15, 2008

I agree with all of the others that Waikiki Village is an absolutely wonderful Hotel to stay at. We were going to Parris Island to see our son graduate from Marine boot camp and since we were going to be in SC decided to swing by Myrtle Beach since we had never been there. It was awesome and part of the reason was Waikiki made our stay absolutely enjoyable. I was very sceptical since we are not "travelers" and had no idea what to expect. I just started reading all of the reviews for all of the hotels online and this one had the best (in a reasonable price range). Of course I was still nervous and thinking thoughts of what if the reviews were all written by the owners or friends of the owners. It would be so embarrasing to bring my family there, so far away from home and have it be a bug infested dive. Definately not the case. It was very clean and accomodating. The full kitchens had everything you would need. And yes, just as other reviews said there are 2 TV's!! It felt as if we were at home. There is a grocery store right behind the hotel. The kids always had something to do whether it be in the pool, in the hottub, or across the street at the beach. Unfortunately we only had 2 days there because our vacation was split up between Parris Island and Myrtle Beach and it wasnt enough. We did not want to leave. We are Waikki's newest repeat customers and we are already planning a trip there next year and intend on staying for at least a week!! It was a nice present for my son upon becoming one of the newest members of the USMC family and so happy we did it. Thank you Nancy and Waikiki!!! Please enjoy our pics!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 25, 2008

tripadvisor led me to choose the Waikiki Village Motel in Clearwater Beach because of its positive reviews and value.

My wife and I were there August 15-22, one night in Room 234 and the balance in Room 210. Room 234 and 232 (bottom part of the L) have straight-ahead views of the ocean across the road, and are its most sought after rooms. From the balcony of Room 210 and, I presume, all others along the long L, you can see the ocean.

Nancy was our original contact via the internet and, if memory serves me, there may have been a telephone call on a toll free number that was provided. Before we arrived, Nancy was extremely helpful in providing opinions and responding to our findings wrt restaurants and other things to do. Then and during our visit, she was right on the money with her comments.

We arrived later than expected, but Harry was there to greet us, and also provided us information then and later wrt directions and where to consider eating.

The exterior and interior of the buildings and rooms wouldn't match up terribly well with a number of comparables - you might even refer to it as dumpy; however, the room cleaning almost has a military precision in getting the rooms spotless before noon every day without fail.

The compensating factor is the attention and manner that all its staff give to its guests. Nancy was a continuous help with her suggestions and opinions, when asked, and she has a delightful manner. Larry - not to be confused with Harry, from whom he took over from time to time - brought to mind the 3 Larrys and Bob Newhart - not from a similar manner, but just their names struck me funny. I cannot stress enough what a difference these people and their staff make to the enjoyment of the stay.

The outdoor pool is well maintained, with a reasonably good depth (8' ?) at its deep end. It is located on the inner L of the motel, the open side facing the ocean across Ocean Blvd. The pool is well frequented, but always has room to splay out in the sun or shade on lounge chairs, as you choose. There is also a separate BBQ area where people can have cookouts and sit around with drinks (although it's on concrete and surrounded by the asphalt parking, so must get hot, although it's just steps from the pool).

If you have some time, recognizing that you may not share our interests, my suggestions would be:

- get any all-you-can-eat buffet out of the way early - volume over quality will quench your initial seafood cravings

- you MUST see each of the Good Vibrations and Carolina Opry performances (around 49th Ave N and 17 Bus), and it would be worth paying for the front and centre seating and booking early enough on line to get the best possible seat within those sections - generally same cast members, which one wouldn't think transferable, but incredible production values - sound, lights, talent.

- Alligator Adventure, at Barefoot Landing, is worthwhile and broader than just alligators - last exit heading N into Barefoot Landing from Hwy 17 Bus, House of Blues behind it.

- Market Common, off Farrow Pkwy, which connects Ocean Blvd below the airport with Hwy 17 Bus, is worth a visit for its higher end retail stores and restaurants - Tommy Bahama’s recommended for its slider starters – beautiful presentations, atmosphere and service and large portions, but pricey.

- Tanger Outlet, N of Carolina Opry, immediately E of Hwy 22.

- It's probably a matter of taste differences, but we preferred the (relatively) smaller Barefoot Landing (48th Ave & Hwy 17 Bus) preferable to Broadway at the Beach (21st Ave N and Hwy 17 Bypass). Each have a mix of shops and restaurants. Broadway has a fireworks show 2X weekly - be upwind to avoid obscuring smoke. There also seems to be a fireworks show up the street from the motel at 9th N at the Myrtle Beach Water Park (which also has rides and a ferris wheel).

- Plantation Pancakes, cheap and cheerful, just 2 blocks west at 15N and Hwy 17 Bus, plus several other pancake type places nearby and supermarkets nearby along Hwy 17 Bus.

- get to Mrs. Fish (9th N and Broadway) early in your trip for lunch or supper - not a pretty place, but a huge repeat crowd from the locals.

- We also liked Carolina Roadhouse for its atmosphere, staff and value. The Sea Captain's House is also worth it. Murrells Inlet, maybe 7 miles S along # 17 Bus is reportedly the ultimate place fro seafood. We were to Divine Fish House, but found the entrées pricey. The view, however, is spectacular.

- If you can tolerate or enjoy bawdy humour, consider Dick's Last Resort at Barefoot Landing. You'll likely either love it or hate it, depending on the answer.

- pretty drive (30-45 minutes S on # 17 Bus) to Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island - Cabana Café at the Litchfield Inn - scallop basket or grouper sandwich recommended - owned by Austin’s, who also have a highly recommended restaurant at Pawley’s Island, I believe.

- We didn't go, but Brookfield Gardens at Murrells Inlet was recommended.

- Georgetown (another 15 minutes, same direction) is worth visiting for its early 1700s historic homes and boardwalk waterfront - something like 1/3 of all rice traffic used to go through its ports, resulting in some of the richest American citizens at the time - Rice Paddy Restaurant highly recommended and good value, across the street from next recommended River Room restaurant, which, however, has a water view.

- Charleston (another hour, same direction) is worth visiting for its historic homes on E. Bay and E and S. Battery St, and also to visit its covered City Market Buildings (craft shopping within it and on both sides of Market St) and take a peek at the adjacent and swank Charleston Place hotel and a handful of upscale retailers. At the bottom of the market on E Bay St, you could also go up to the rooftop view and bar of the Market Pavilion Hotel. We didn't go, but we understand Hominy Grill, a considerable distance from the City Market at 207 Rutledge Ave, is recommended. Close to the City Market Buildings for consideration are Sticky Fingers, RibHouse, Hyman’s Seafood Co and East Bay Crab Shack - but ask Nancy!! In entering Charleston, you cross the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, the longest suspension E of the Mississippi.

Much of the above wouldn't have been possible without the advice of Nancy and her crew - we just tried their suggestions. They just made sure our stay was pleasant and enjoyable. We now know why people have been repeat visiting at Waikiki Village for 30 years.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Waikiki Village

Address: 1500 S Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577-4596
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Myrtle Beach
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Myrtle Beach
#3 Best Value Hotel in Myrtle Beach
#21 Romantic Hotel in Myrtle Beach
Price Range: $30 - $100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 43
Also Known As:
Waikiki Village Myrtle Beach
Waikiki Village Motel Myrtle Beach

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