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“Mediocrity is not OK” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sea Watch Resort
Ranked #34 of 207 Hotels in Myrtle Beach
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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58 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Mediocrity is not OK”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

My wife and I recently stayed for seven days at Sea Watch Resort. This was our 3rd visit to this hotel and we have seen a definite downward trend. i have listed both pros and cons of our experience.

Pros:
Good location. Central to both North & South Myrtle Beach attractions
Plenty of pools, hot tubs, & lazy rivers Good temps in hot tubs & pools
Friendly staff
Adequate parking
Competetive pricing
Good beach access
Good road out of town, (highway #22)

Cons:
Mistakes in reservations (Promised Deluxe King with washer/dryer) . This was never explained by management. Settled for two double beds because there were no King deluxe rooms available. Washer & dryer are Important when you don't take enough clothes for entire stay. (Ref: confirmation #233348)

Uncomfortable beds - Room 1209. Very soft, very old matresses. First night was not a restful experience. Contacted management next a.m. and was offered same room on a different floor. However, the bedding was not any better. I was offered a room, (#711) in the South Tower which was a regular king bed. The bedding was acceptable but the front room was noticeably smaller. Needing a good nights sleep we moved which was an effort that took 2 hours of our vacation time.

Uncomfortable furniture - The couch in the living room area was extremely uncomfortable. We had to use our bed pillows to sit as not to sink to a point where it was difficult to get up from sitting position. Simply cheap furniture. The same couch was used in both rooms.

Malfunctioning equipment - Our microwave oven woke us up very early one morning with a series of continuous beeps. The beeping noise could not be stopped. This not only woke us up but also our neighbor who thought it was a fire alarm. I had to unplug the unit which was accessed through an overhead cabinet. I doubt this will be fixed as I found a note inside the microwave which explained the same problem from a previous tennant.

Obvious neglect - Rusting very noticeable on refrigerator, major surface damage to bathtub. Very poor lighting in bathroom, (needs new fourescent bulbs).

Unreliable maid service - Did not get service for two days. I called later the second day, I got a quick response but she did not leave any towels and had to place second call to front desk.

Conclusion - Vacations are for fun and relaxation without any surprises. I will be shopping around next time for better quality and I won't mind paying a little more to get it. I am going to stay away from rental condos as the owners will not maintain their property to reasonable standards. Preventative maintenance is obviously not a part of the their operating policy. There are a ton of places to stay on the Grand Strand. If you choose to stay at Sea Watch, I recommend that you verify you reservation details prior to arrival. Also, inspect your room before checking in as you have the right for refusal. It is also advisable to have Internet access to check similar hotels for immediate availability if you need another place to stay.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Bob D
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GeneralManagerSWR, General Manager at Sea Watch Resort, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
I appreciate your review and feedback on the pros, and especially the cons, of your vacation. We work very hard to provide an outstanding vacation for all of our guests and it is important to our continued success to know where we need to improve. I hope you will return to Sea Watch and would be honored to personally handle your next reservation.

Kathy King
General Manager
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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

Although my husband is from Myrtle Beach, it was a first time for both of us at this resort. From the time we got there, we were both already planning our next trip. The rooms, easy access to the beach, and accommodations were amazing. Definitely the place to get rejuvenation and relaxation especially if you want to spend some time with your spouse. We loved it and will definitely be back. Might I mention also how beautiful it was and how friendly the service for those we came in contact with:)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Connie E
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GeneralManagerSWR, General Manager at Sea Watch Resort, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Being a home away from home destination for our guests is one of the highest honors we can get! I am so glad that you enjoyed your vacation and thank you for the compliments about the staff. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again in the near future.

Kathy King
General Manager
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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

This is the second time we've stayed at the Sea Watch Resort in Myrtle Beach right after Labor Day. The rooms are clean and the beds pretty comfortable. The oceanview is wonderful and relaxing. We stayed for four nights and the only complaint we had was that there wasn't enough towels one day and the maid forgot to make the bed on one occasion. As far as the maintenance staff was concerned, they were right on the money! We had to call twice regarding the in-house safe and within 5 minutes, someone was at the door and corrected the problem.

As far as the beach goes, it is clean and the water warm and wonderful! I would recommend bringing your own beach chairs if you don't want to pay the $35 per day use of the resort's, as that could add up to serious money. We forgot ours but "roughed it" and sat on towels that we bought -- no complaints here!

All in all the resort's location and amenities are a great value! Would consider going back again for a third time!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Mickey H
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GeneralManagerSWR, General Manager at Sea Watch Resort, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
It sounds like you had a great vacation! Thank you so much for your repeat business and hopefully we will see you for many more vacations to come!

Kathy King
General Manager

The beach chair rental and lifeguard service is provided by a private company separate from Sea Watch Resort.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

This is an amazing place to replenish your "batteries"....The sound, the smell and breeze from the ocean is like a soothing balm to both body and spirit......The staff were more than helpful..how could they
not be.....in such a beautiful place...i know many friends that leave the States to go to the Islands.....I've told them they have the "Islands" in their backyard!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank JCarlgren
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GeneralManagerSWR, General Manager at Sea Watch Resort, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
"Refreshed" is exactly what a vacation should be and it is nice to know that Sea Watch Resort was a part of your fun-filled time at the beach!

Kathy King
General Manager
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Belmont, NC
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

I would highly recommend this resort to families, friends of all ages. This resort was clean and prompt on room cleaning, and anything almost we needed. We have visited other resorts at South Myrtle Beach, and, the beds were hard, the lay of the beach was totally changed. In this area, the beach was wonderful in all aspects. More like we used to remember the beach and ocean years ago. It was convenient to shopping, dining., which made this a plus for us.

Several resorts have changed, or haven't improved on room, beds, tv's, and cleanliness. I would give this hotel a 5 star.

Room Tip: We loved the 12th floor we were on in the North Tower. We hope to bring our family from out of town...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Sandra A
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GeneralManagerSWR, General Manager at Sea Watch Resort, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Thank you for such a wonderful recommendation on Tripadvisor! We look forward to exceeding your expectations on your return visit with your family.

Kathy King
General Manager
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Stuarts Draft, Virginia
Level Contributor
53 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

The resort is really nice with great pools, hot tubs, and lazy rivers. Good location. The staffs really nice. The only issue I have with this place is that when you go to the beach and have your own umbrella, you have to stay behind the paid umbrellas. During our stay, the umbrellas were setup at high tide, so there was not much beach behind the paid umbrellas. Everyone is packed together and then there is a stretch of 50 yards with just sand until you get to the beach. It is strange to me and not a lot of fun being packed together.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Scott W
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GeneralManagerSWR, General Manager at Sea Watch Resort, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Thank you for your patronage as a returning guest and for the compliment about the staff. In order to not obstruct the lifeguards view of the ocean they ask that umbrella's stay equal to or behind their stand. Although this can limit the space to sit at high tide they are looking out for everyone's safety. We look forward to serving you in the near future.

Kathy King
General Manager
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Greensboro, North Carolina
Level Contributor
56 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

We have stayed at Sea Watch several times over the years for family get togethers. The grounds, pools, hot tubs, and general appearance are excellent and well maintained. They are constantly working on something. Unfortunately, this unit - 304 in the South Tower - left a lot to be desired. We had an awful ant problem that was discovered the first morning when we found the counter top covered in ants. The master bath toilet needs a new flapper so the tiolet tank refilled itself about every hour which was a major issue during the night, there was not a frying pan, no oven mits and we found out at check out that we were suppose to get fresh kitchen towels and dish clothes every morning which we never received. Bath towels had to suffice. We called maintenace abouty the ants and the toilet. They sprayed around the kitchen but the ants were back the next morning. We just kept all the food in the refrig and smashed ants whenever we were in the kitchen. By the last morning the ants were even in the bedrooms. Obviously a serious problem. We were told at check out that an outside exterminator would be called in - did not help us. Maintenance adjusted the chain on the toilet rather than replacing the flapper so some nights my husband slept in the living room. All of these issues are unit specific. Although the unit has granite counter tops, the carpet is torn and the furniture is stained. Some of the problems we had were specific to the unit, not the complex. I did not demand to be moved because we had 5 people that would have to pack up and one was 88 years old. We had requested North Tower since that was where the rest of our extended family was staying. We were told at check in that they could not accomodate our North Tower request - the reservation was made several months ago so I do not understand why a unit was not put on hold. When I told them that one of our party was 88 and would have trouble navigating from the South Tower to the North Tower, the answer was to give me a brochure on wheel chair rentals. This is not good customer service.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Marysk
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GeneralManagerSWR, General Manager at Sea Watch Resort, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
It is always upsetting to hear that we failed a guests expectations of their vacation at Sea Watch Resort. I sincerely apologize for the lack of customer care and the unsatisfactory unit conditions. I hope you will give us another chance and I would like to personally handle your reservation.

Kathy King
General Manager
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Property: Sea Watch Resort
Address: 161 Seawatch Dr, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572-5370
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Myrtle Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Myrtle Beach
#28 On the Beach Hotel in Myrtle Beach
#37 Romantic Hotel in Myrtle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sea Watch Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 275
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