We stayed here for 3 nights in May. This is a budget hotel, through and through. The pictures on the hotel website are misleading. The rooms look newly renovated and they are, at best, tired.
We stayed in an executive oceanfront suite. There is a small bedroom when you first walk into the room with two double beds. Very old beds with ugly old bedspreads. The bathroom is just outside of the bedroom. Small but does the job and the water pressure in the shower was awesome.
Next, there is a narrow one-sided kitchen. Full refridgerator, microwave and stove. It would be a huge challenge to do any real cooking in here as there is really no space for that. Oh yeah, and unlike the picture of the kichen online, there were no wine glasses in the cupboards.
Then there is a small living room which has a balcony looking out to the ocean. I didn't mind this room. There was a small dining table, couch, chair and also a double? murphy bed that pulled out of the wall.
Walls are paper thin. Got woken up in the middle of the night twice by our partying neighbours. You would have thought that they were in the same room as us. I have never, ever been in a hotel with such thin walls. You could hear every word they were saying.
Most of the guests here are partying teens or big groups of families who could otherwise not afford a hotel room had they not been splitting the room cost three or four ways. I was even starting to wonder if some of them weren't actually living there.
The breakfast was not good. I am surprised by some of the reviews saying that it was. The "hot" breakfast consisted of toast and butter (no bagels or cream cheese), canned fruit cocktail, some cereals and then there was a small station where a server, either pleasant or surly, depending on who it was would dish out one small ice cream scoop of scrambled egg, 2 sausages, a tiny spoonful of potatoes and a premade waffle. There was a big sign saying you could not go up twice. Now I am no big breakfast eater but I would have preferred a bit more eggs and sausage since I don't eat toast, canned fruit cocktail, cereal, waffles or potatoes. Make sure you have your room key and your bracelet to won't be served.
As for housekeeping, we kept the place very tidy - beds made, dishes washed, cothes picked up and electronics safely stored away so all they had to do is come in, wipe down the counters, replace the towels, take the overly generous tip and leave. I can report that they wiped down the counter, took the towels and overly generous tip and left. I called "guests services". First off, they really need to rename this "service" considering the surly $#@hole that answers the phone. I politely explained that housekeeping had come and gone but had not replaced the towels and asked if someone could come by. I didn't think that this was a big deal. Anyway, I'm sure this guy was giving me the middle finger over the phone. Seriously, I know it. It took two more calls and a couple more middle fingers before he bothered sending someone by with some clean towels. This was at least 4 hours later.
The outdoor/indoor pool was fine as was the hot tub.
The best part of the hotel was the location. Oceanfront. We loved getting up early and going down to the beach looking for washed up treasures like jellyfish, little fish and shells. What a beautiful beach.
My family loved our first trip to Myrtle Beach but we won't be back to Monterey Suites.
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- Also Known As:
- Monterey Bay Hotel Myrtle Beach
- Monterey Bay Resort Myrtle Beach