Booked a 3-night stay (Fri-Mon) from the Breakers website for a 1 bedroom Royal Suite in the Boutique North Tower. On the morning of our arrival before even leaving home, the hotel called us to say that there was a problem with the availability of our room. Basically, somehow or another our room was given away so the first night we stayed on the 16th floor and moved the second day to spend that and the third night on the 8th floor in our originally assigned room. They would never say, but Im left to assume that whoever was in our room decided last minute to stay 1 more night so they put us in another unit for Friday night then moved us so that the customers coming that day could have their room. I found all this to be pretty unacceptable considering that we had actually made reservations, not came in off the street looking for any type of availability. It was a major pain to repack all of our bags Saturday morning to move into another unit. We werent offered any type of discount or free breakfast as compensation for the trouble. The only thing they did was move our bags for us while we were down at the beach. The hotel itself left alot to be desired. Nothing "boutique" about it really. Looks pretty blah from the outside. Rooms need upgrading (bedding, decor, television in bedroom was really small) if you ask me. No lazy river, pool was small and only 5 feet deep so you couldnt dive. We spent maybe an hour in the pool the whole weekend, the rest was spent at the beach. They do have an outdoor shower for you to rinse all the sand off before you walk back up to your room and the little bar/grill is nice if you are in the mood for a snack or cocktail. We didnt order anything during our stay but the prices listed on the walls were reasonable. The view from the oceanfront balconies are spectacular - the royal suites have 2 balconies so that was really nice. The larger one is direct oceanfront, the smaller one is at an angle, half of your view is of the angle balconies of the Patricia Grand, you could literally carry on a conversation with the guests of that hotel as they sat on their balconies. Parking deck is across the street from the tower. The spaces are tight, but I have parked in decks with smaller spaces so that wasnt a big complaint, the real horror was not finding a space on the first level and having to go up and down the ramps which were like tunnels and took some skill to not scrape your vehicle on the corners - I feel extremely sorry for all the folks in large SUVs or Towncars!! I am glad we stayed after the Labor Day holiday, I can only imagine the nightmare it would be to cross a super busy Ocean Blvd with a small child. An over the street walkway would be nice (there are hotels on the strand that have these) A couple times the elevators in the parking deck got stuck and we had to take the stairs. They are pretty nasty and it made me nervous having to use them late one night. Broadway at the Beach is only 1 mile from the North Tower and that is where we spent alot of our time so it was a really big convenience for us. It is probably the biggest perk to staying at this hotel. On the morning of our departure, I washed a small load of laundry and threw them in the dryer at 10am. The clothes were still not dry at 11am. An employee came to our room to remind us of their checkout time, I explained the situation with the dryer and she seemed as though giving us a few more minutes for the clothes to dry wasnt a problem. However, as soon as she left, our phone rang and the front desk wasnt as understanding. They literally pushed us out of there and I was forced to stuff damp clothes into my suitcase. Of course they stunk when we got home (4 hour drive) so I had to re-wash them. So I say that a late checkout option (an extra hour is the norm) isnt too much to ask. Ive stayed many many places that offer late checkout (Hilton, for example... at no extra charge even!) We had a great time in Myrtle Beach, but honestly I will probably take my money elsewhere and stay at one of the newer hotels that are popping up on the strand. It wasn't worth the over $124 a night that we paid. There is a really beautiful tower being built just 1 block south of the Boutique Tower. I wish I knew the name of it for future reference!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Strand is a quaint oceanfront boutique resort in the heart of Myrtle Beach, SC. Enjoy a beautiful oceanfront pool, an extra-large kiddie pool for the little ones, private cabanas, swirling hot water whirlpool, and a well-equipped exercise room. The market restaurant is severing piping hot coffee and delicious continental breakfast each morning for FREE for guests. Spacious, convenient, covered parking is also available just across the street. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Breakers Resort North Tower Hotel Myrtle Beach
- Breakers Hotel North