I stayed at the Myrtle Beach Marriott resort in June of 2014 with my wife, my 16 month old, and my three year old. This was our first time to Myrtle Beach and I have had good luck with Marriott so we decided to stay here. It is on the north side of the beach away from everything (yet really close by driving) so the beach was not busy at all. Marriott classifies this as a resort but I would say it is somewhere between a resort and a standard hotel. There is no shopping, actitives or other things that make it a resort. It is just a hotel with a big pool area. So other than swimming at the pool or the beach there is nothing else to do at the hotel. I did not see anything for planned excursions, etc that you normally find with ocean resorts. That was sort of a let down. The property does have a game room where they have Nintendo and XBOXs set up but they were always broken or not turned on so they were pretty useless. There is a ping pong table (can't use it because of the wind), a bean bag tops, and a small one family basketball court. One thing that was the most shocking is that this place closes really really early. The beach chairs (that you have to rent per Myrtle Beach code) go away at 4:00. If you are out there they give you the boot. This makes the beach pretty much cleared at 4:00. The pool area has a full bar that makes all the resort style drinks and also food. There is pool waitress service as well and the chairs have a flag you can pop up for service. However, this all closes down at 5:30. They also start shutting down all the umbrellas and other features of the pool area then. So around 5:30 the pool area is closed down. It is so strange. The pool area is set up in four areas. There are the general chairs around the pool. There is a hammock section where there are eight hammocks anyone can use. There are more quality double lounge chairs with umbrellas that you can rent for $30 a day and then there are two private pavilions you can rent for $100 a day. Each pavilion comes with couch seating, two lounge chairs, a private hammock, free water in a cooler, and a $14 fruit plate. It also has a roof so there is a lot of shade. I rented a pavilion for my entire trip. What really annoyed me though is that guests would come over and start using my hammock, which was RIGHT next to the seating, etc. – even though there were hammocks free in the hammock area about 25 feet away. Imagine that you are in your own private area with your family and then there is some guy sitting with you. One pavilion I can see how people may mistake the hammock for being public (even though it is away from the other hammocks) because one side is against a walkway but the other hammock you either have to walk across the inside of the pavilion to get to it or hop a 3 foot wall and fence to get to it. The pavilions are clearing marked as being reserved for X family, too. I had to ask the waitress to boot the people whenever they would hijack my hammock. This was annoying because you felt like a tool, but hey, I'm paying $100 a day for that hammock. And the kicker was that there were always hammocks in the hammock area free (which the hammock area was nice, big, and under trees as well). So, if you rent the pavilion make sure you put a bunch of stuff on your hammock to keep hammock hijackers away. I would totally recommend getting the pavilion. It makes it nice to keep your stuff private and away from everyone, espeically if you have a stroller, etc. There are two pools and they are nice and warm but they are not zero entry so they are not good for little kids who can't swim because they are 3'-5' deep. If you have a little kid you will have to float around with them or they can sit on the steps. The entire pool area is surrounded by landscaping so you cannot see the ocean at all from the pool area. I have never seen this before and it was a big bummer and took away from the ocean feel. While there are signs saying the property is smoke free there where people smoking. Smokers, please keep your cancer to yourself and your family. Once thing that was another bummer and I was hoping would not be true is that the ocean, because it is the east coast, is green. It's not blue. If you see any photo's of the property with blue water it's been altered. This isn't the property's fault obviously but it took away from the ocean feel. It was more like it was a lake resort on a great lake like Erie. The waves are very high and there are always about three-four waves going at once. This makes it so that you really can't stay in the water because you are constantly bashed. This part of the ocean isn't really good for little kids. Sure there is the beach where they can play but you might as well stay home and let them use a sandbox. Again, not the property's fault. I purchased the full ocean room and was upgraded to a corner room. You do not want a partial ocean room and you definitely do not want a non-ocean view room. The property is a rectangle with the shortest side providing the ocean view. The corner rooms provide full ocean out the front with a balcony and then a side wall (that opens up, it is really cool) to the partial ocean view. The partial ocean view is at an angle. Your view will be of some houses, another hotel, and the beach. The room was larger than the typical Marriott room and having both walls opened allowed the air to pass through the room which was nice. The only bad part is that if someone decided to smoke on their balcony your entire room filled up with smoke because it got sucked in. When this happened I would go out to my balcony and yell to quit smoking. The bed was comfortable and was their Marriott Dream bed. It is foam with pillow top. I noticed that a few reviews where of people saying the room was worn down. A travel tip is to reserve the most expensive room. The cheaper rooms have more people going through them. This means that the room gets really worn down. The more expensive rooms have less people going through them and are therefore nicer. One thing I would like to call out is how good the room service was, especially Tony. The food was good and perfectly cooked. The fish was great. When you called and gave your order you only had to say what you wanted ONE time. They knew the menu through and through and if it came with something they would ask you. There was no confusion or anything. It was PAINLESS. Room service was fast, professional, and made the stay great. Tony, one of the waiters was very pleasant, very thorough, and nice to talk too. The best room service I have ever had (and I get a lot of room service). I would probably go back to this Marriott if we go back to Myrtle Beach because of the location away from everything. Down by the boardwalk where most of the hotels are looks like a chaotic mess.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is oceanfront, located in the upscale Grande Dunes community. Our guests enjoy the many amenities our AAA rated four diamond hotel has to offer! Consider championship golf, tennis,a work out in our fitness room, swim in our indoor or outdoor tropical ocean front pool, visit our on-site European spa or relax and enjoy the simple but priceless pleasure of sitting on our pristine beach and soaking up the South Carolina sun. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Resort At Grande Dunes Myrtle Beach Hotel Myrtle Beach
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