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“Back again for another visit” 4 of 5 stars
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Ranked #125 of 218 Hotels in Myrtle Beach
Cincinnati, Ohio
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42 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Back again for another visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

We have stayed at the Jamaican Motor Inn many times over the past 20+ years. This is a small modest hotel in the style of the 50's or 60's right on the beach. It is sandwiched between the Sea Captain's Restaurant and private beach homes. There are only basically 4 floors of rooms that are on the small side. We have stayed in both the ocean view and ocean front rooms. Too bad the reservation folks didn't have enough info to tell us beforehand that we did indeed have a small kitchen efficiency room this time. The rooms have been updated. There is a small pool (and baby pool) that are clean and nice. We love being on the beach and not having to deal with large crowds. Since it's owned by the Caribbean, you do have access to all of their amenities: pools, lazy river... which is just on the other side of the restaurant.

The kitchen had a very small refrigerator, stove/oven, coffee maker (no coffee) and a microwave. There were pots, pans, dishes and silverware, but for some reason only 1 fork (?). One spot of the outdoor carpet could have used repair (4th floor by the elevator), but in general it was kept fairly clean. There were a few tables by the pool with umbrellas (which are a plus on very hot days) and lots of deck chairs. While it's not large or fancy, the Jamaican Motor Inn has been a lot of fun for us.

Room Tip: Book ahead and try for one of the two upper floors. Even the upper ocean view are a good choice.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 Thank pac54man
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Flintville
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

After getting started off on the wrong foot our reservations were mixed up and discovered it the day before we were to leave, but Crystal or may start with a K Krystal helped us and accomodated us the best she could over the 4th of July Holiday which worked out fine when we saw the room once we arrived. The rooms have all been redone from January until March of this year 2012 and our room was beautiful with 2 double beds, a kitchen a nice bathroom and a perfect ocean view on a great balcony. There were only houses beside of us which gave us a view of that whole side of the beach all the way up to the north side we could see everything all the fireworks going on at their hotels too. This is a very quiet area of the beach and the rooms are very well insulated and our room was next to the elevator and never did hear a thing from the outside. Now what could I say about the pool (s) our hotel pool was great the water was warmer than the carribeans for some reason so we swam in it a lot, the carribeans which was next door is fantastic it is geared for families and there were loads of them there this being a big holiday weekend but still it was not crowded because there was so many pools and so much to do there. The kids love their water parks and let me tell you to see the smiles on your kids faces is worth it. The hot tubs were out of this world, this was the best hotel and total over all experience I believe we have ever had. The Sea Captain Restaurant next door has a Breakfast Buffet that is out of this world we ate there several mornings because you do not have to get out and drive and go right back and get in the water as soon as you are through eating. Their food tastes great they had their omelet maker on duty and he was fabulous it was very reasonably priced and my 4 year old grand daughter loved and ate off the bar which is very unusual but she loved the fresh fruit... As did we all. This place has fabulous beaches better than any we have visited they were cleaner, they were family friendlier, and you could walk forever out into the ocean before it got even up to your hips. Or at our hotel front anyway. Maid service was great they would leave you alone until you wanted your room cleaned one day we were late and she never said a thing, she was very very sweet, we will always stay at this hotel from now on when we visit Myrtle Beach because of location 1st, not only on the Beach but also to all of Myrtle Beach and Area Atractions, 2nd things to do at Hotel, 3rd, the Sea Captains Restaurant, 4th we never had anything not one thing bad happen or go wrong.

Room Tip: Rooms on North Side have a good Ocean View
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank LynetteFlintville
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Collinsville, Virginia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

We started going to this hotel after our regular one was booked due to conflict of schedule with Bike week and Duke Graduation. We go the weekend right before the peak of bike week. The value is good and the rooms are ok. This is a nice place to stay for the value. I am here to sleep, shower and change clothes.My vacation is not in the room. If you want a Spa experience then you will have to pay the big bucks and go elsewhere. But if you want a clean place to unwind and save your money for the vacation things, then this is your hotel. Friendly helpful people, great to deal with. Give them a try and if it does not work out, then find a new place. We have stayed 3 times and will continue until they give a real reason not to.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Lynn B
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Charlotte, NC
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2011

We decided on a spur of the moment to take a trip to Myrtle Beach. We found this place on a hotel deal website on our smartphone, but instead of booking it through there, we showed the front desk the deal. Not only was it $80 cheaper, but they went ahead and beat the deal by another $10 without us even asking. The room we stayed in was ground floor. The carpets in and out looked new, as did the beds and bedding and all seating inside and out. Although the bathrooms and kitchenette looked dated, both were very clean. At night my husband and I sat on our porch for a few hours. We constantly kept seeing security guards making their rounds. I even commented on how happy I was to see that. The only downside is that the have maybe 6 spaces outside the motel, otherwise you have to park across the street. That lot shares with the restaurant next door, so it was VERY tough finding a spot at about 6 on a Saturday night. After reading previous reviews, i'm assuming they've made a lot of updates to their rooms and staff. We'd stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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7 Thank superZ124
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Marion, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2010

First time for my husband and me to go to Myrtle Beach. We tried getting a room at the Caribbean but they were full so they offered us the Jamaican. They said they owned that building too so it would be ok. BEWARE: Every room is privately owned. We found that out after we got there. When we checked in, the room had no soap, lotion and very little toilet paper. They left a little bit of dish detergent. Called the office and they said they would bring some right up. After a walk on the beach and supper, we returned to the room and nothing had been brought. We loaded up and went to the Piggly Wiggly to purchase soap, lotion, etc.

Day two: soap was finally delivered after noon sometime but no plastic cups to drink out of. Thank goodness we picked those up at the store too.

Day three: maid knocks on the door at 8:40. I told her we were not ready. She asked if she could come in to our room to use the phone. Of course I said no. HOW WEIRD IS THAT?

Day four: checking out I told them how dissapointed I was. I wasn't asking for a refund, I just wanted them to know about the maid and no soap. They gave me a refund of $30 which I really appreciated but did not expect nor ask for. My concern was mainly the maid asking to use our phone? If she was cleaning rooms anyway, why not go to an empty room and use that phone?????

Parking is limited at the hotel but they have parking across the street. Good luck with that. When it's the busy season, you won't be parking in either one. We went off season and had a few problems finding a place to park.

If you want something that is cheap, no frills, really don't care how the carpet looks, or if it's been painted in the last 20 years, then this is your place.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank gibbs99
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Mount Holly, New Jersey
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2010

I am ONLY recommending this if you are looking for a no frills, convenient place to stay. This would have been suitable if they charged half the price they charged us. The employees were not very helpful and essentially lie to you - so if you have issues, don't expect good results.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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new jersey
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2009

I wanted someplace right on the beach, inexpensive and clean. The Jamaican was all that. The room was plenty big...(I had 3 teenagers with me), great water pressure in the shower...and the air conditioning was great. The pool was clean and well maintained. The maid service was excellent...anything we needed she got for us with a big smile. We were able to use all the facilities that were at the Carribean Resort next door (pools, hot tubs, lazy river, game room). All the rooms had an oceanview. I will definitely return there on future stays in Myrtle Beach.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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3 Thank saturn1953
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Property: Jamaican Motor Inn
Address: 3006 North Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Myrtle Beach
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Ranked #125 of 218 Hotels in Myrtle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 43
Also Known As:
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Jamaican Hotel Myrtle Beach

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