Well, My fiancee & I decided to take a summer trip to Myrtle this year. We had never been, & it's been over 3 years since I've visited the beach at all, needless to say, we were very excited. When I first came across the Bermuda Sands Motel on the internet, I was amazed with the prices- very skeptical, automatically thinking "this is too good to be true"..........which it was. I looked at all of the pictures on their website, and the motel looked very decent, and like a good buy. I talked it over with my fiancee, & we decided to book the hotel. Starting out, we were going to book a pool view efficiency room, which consisted of 2 double beds, a full kitchen (fridge, microwave, stove, etc), & bathroom for June 28-July 2. Our total stay was set to cost approximately $402.00, which we both found very reasonable. A few days before our trip, we had a family emergency and had to crack into some of our vacation money for travel expenses. Therefore, I called the hotel as soon as we got back & asked if there was any way we could switch to a cheaper room. They said it was no problem at all, and had us switched immediately, the staff member on the phone was very friendly. He switched us to a Side view room (side ocean view), with one double bed, a fridge, microwave,...Well, My fiancee & I decided to take a summer trip to Myrtle this year. We had never been, & it's been over 3 years since I've visited the beach at all, needless to say, we were very excited. When I first came across the Bermuda Sands Motel on the internet, I was amazed with the prices- very skeptical, automatically thinking "this is too good to be true"..........which it was. I looked at all of the pictures on their website, and the motel looked very decent, and like a good buy. I talked it over with my fiancee, & we decided to book the hotel. Starting out, we were going to book a pool view efficiency room, which consisted of 2 double beds, a full kitchen (fridge, microwave, stove, etc), & bathroom for June 28-July 2. Our total stay was set to cost approximately $402.00, which we both found very reasonable. A few days before our trip, we had a family emergency and had to crack into some of our vacation money for travel expenses. Therefore, I called the hotel as soon as we got back & asked if there was any way we could switch to a cheaper room. They said it was no problem at all, and had us switched immediately, the staff member on the phone was very friendly. He switched us to a Side view room (side ocean view), with one double bed, a fridge, microwave, & bathroom for a total of $294.00.
On arrival, we went into the office to check in obviously. After paying the due balance left, we were told that for each room key requested, it would be $5. So, if we wanted one key, it would be $5, 2 keys would be $10, so on and so on. We only got one, and also the keys weren't the key cards that 98% of hotels use now.. they were the actual metal, bulky keys.. & claimed it was that way for "safety reasons"...whatever, haha. We didn't think anything of it. We recieved a parking pass..of course, I'm not sure what for, because there wasn't any parking at all. They had two parking lots on each side of the motel, both very very small, and basically had to fight for a spot with other guests. You had to drive all the way into the parking lot to see if there were any spaces, and then when you find out there aren't any, there isn't any place to turn around..leaving you no choice but to back out into oncoming traffic on Ocean Blvd.
Anyhow, we were told if there wasn't any parking available, that there was a vacant lot across the street the guests were welcome to use. The first day, we arrived at 4 pm when everyone was out on the town or whatever, so we had no trouble finding a space. When unloading our luggage, we had an extremely hard time finding the elevator. My fiancee lugged our bags up I believe it was 5 flights of stairs, a total of three trips back and forth. When trying to unlock the door, we had to push the door and turn the key, which is really hard when you have a million bags in your hand. When we got into the room, we were absolutely dumbfounded. It was smaller than my bathroom at home. We barely had any space to move. After about the first hour of unpacking and what not, we were okay with it because after all, we weren't going to be spending much time in the room anyway, just sleeping there.
SURPRISE! we finally found the elevator........ even though I honestly wish we hadn't. It was just around the corner from our room. I'm pretty sure it's the only one in the entire building though.. because it took forever to come to our floor everytime we used it. We stepped in and even though I didn't smell the urine that everyone else complains of, it was disgusting. There was water everywhere from the pool and beach and what not, and no one had been cleaning it.. there were candy wrappers, empty juice boxes, chip bags, etc etc all over the floor..so nasty. They should also really invest in some concrete inside the building rather than carpet everywhere. I mean, with kids running in and out of the hotel nonstop after coming from the pool/ocean, and keeping the carpet wet constantly, it's going to smell bad.. If you're going to carpet the entire place, atleast keep it clean. There was even carpet on the "balcony"...who does that?
Also, they were doing construction on what seems to look like a restraunt. They're building a restraunt literally on the pier that is next door to the hotel.. I mean, RIGHT beside it. They started out very early every morning.. Normally at home I am awake by atleast 9, an early riser. However, on vacation, I was hoping to sleep in atleast until 10 since it WAS vacation & our time to relax. I believe they were out there every morning with their loud trucks and tractors by 6:30-7 AM.. it wouldn't have been so bad, but they had the trucks out there in reverse almost the entire time making the extremely loud "beep, beep, beep" noise, for about 2-3 hours straight.... needless to say, we were up by 7:30- 8 almost every morning of our stay.
The first thing we did after arrival was head to the beach, and that was the best part of this place. It didn't even take us 6-7 mins to walk down to the beach. We were right on it, and it wasn't crowded at all, there was a lot of space.
The pool was a different story. The lazy river was actually really nice, I wish the water would have been colder. After laying out in the sun for 2 hours, no one wants to hop into a hot pool. The concrete that was around the pool.. umm, I can't quite explain it, but it was gross. I didn't even want to walk around barefoot, I kept my flip flops on almost the whole time when walking around. It needed to be pressure washed in a terrible way. However, there were plenty of chairs and what not to lay out on, and the parents were really good about watching their children. The indoor pool/ hot tub was right next to the lazy river. It was extremely clean, once again, the concrete was a different story. It was even worse because it was inside, and wet, and what does that equal? mold. The ceiling was rusted and gross. There is another small area beside the indoor pool right in front of the court yard where they have a few additional chairs to layout on in the sun, very nice. The hot tub was kind of small, I won't complain though. Some 10 year olds kept messing with the temperature controls on the wall day after day, and would turn the heat of the water all the way up, it was unbearable to even sit in for longer than 5 minutes.
The first night in the room... The air conditioner was VERY cold, which is great for us because we like to keep our home almost freezing, lol. I did have about two fleas jump on me though, which is obviously from whoever had stayed in the room before us, they had pets. It was nasty. We complained to housekeeping, and it was taken care of within an hour. Also, our neighbors were extremely noisy. It was an older woman, and an older man.. and three teenagers, screaming and laughing at 1 in the morning.
The 2nd night in the room- We had decided to go out to a late dinner, we left the motel around 8:30, and arrived back around 11:30. We walked into the room, and immediately smelled ciggarette smoke from next door. I kind of brushed it off and thought "whatever", it wasn't a big deal.. i was prepared for it, I had brought air freshner in my bag just incase. I walked into the bathroom to change into my pajamas and brush my teeth, and our bathroom just completely REEKED of marijuana.. once again, surprise surprise, our neighbors bathroom in their room is aligned with ours, so we automatically knew where it was coming from. As before, I grabbed the air freshner, and brushed it off. People are there for a vacation to have a good time, and I wasnt interested in being a snitch.
I didn't get pissed off until about 2 in the morning, we heard a large BANG against the wall and 2-3 people laughing so loudly, it woke me and my fiancee out of a dead sleep. I'd had enough. I called the front desk, complained, and the man who answered the phone told me he'd take care of it and check it out. I immediately received another call from him within 10 mins, he told me that he demanded they quiet down.. and as for the marijuana smell? they claimed it was a black & mild cigar..... hahaha, yeah, okay. I was 16 once too, I know what it smells like.
Still, I was mad that they had even booked us CLOSE to a smoker's room, that is so unbelievably inconsiderate. The man advised me that he had an oceanview room open on the highest floor up (5th or 6th floor- can't remember), with 2 double beds, no efficiency, and that he could move us up there for the rest of our stay with no charge, & we were very pleased.
I had no trouble with housekeeping at all, our maid's name was Ella, I believe, & she was great. She arrived around the same time everyday, and whenever we came back from where we'd went for the day, our room was always spotless. We had tracked a lot of sand in from the beach, and she did a wonderful job of vaccumming, and we always had plenty of towels.. never had to ask her for anything!
The remainder of our trip was very enjoyable. The hotel was so close to everything in Myrtle to do. You can take a right out of the parking lot and go down about 2 mins to the main strip where the majority of all the "ripley's" attractions are, along with shops, restaraunts, and a few clubs/bars.
We were about 2-3 mins from North Kings Hwy, which is where majority of the restaraunts & beach shops are. We were also about 8-9 mins from "Broadway at the beach", where there is the "Ripley's Aquarium", Hard Rock Cafe, Margaritaville, Joe's crab shack, and so much more. All of the shops were so cute, and very much decently priced. North Myrtle Beach & the North Myrtle Beach area was about 15-20 mins up the road if you just stay straight on N. Kings Hwy, that area is a little more expensive, but is far from breaking the bank.
In conclusion, I wouldn't necessarily reccomend this hotel to honeymooners, a large family, or a couple just seeking a romantic getaway, because this is the wrong choice.
However, if you are short on cash & are in desperate need of a last minute beach vacation, this is the place. The pricing was very reasonable, & I believe the cheapest I had come across in the entire two months of searching. I would not reccomend anyone stay here longer than 2 nights, because you will most likely be miserable. If you are like us, and just needing a place to sleep, and nothing more, this is it. You really can't beat it since it is so close to everything, & literally RIGHT on the beach. Our view of the ocean was absolutely amazing, and you are right next to the pier where they do fireworks all year long for certain holidays.More
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