I waited awhile to write this review to insure I was giving the best review for my experience and to make sure others have a memorable experience as we did. I booked our room online 2 weeks before we arrived for our 3 day 2 night stay in Myrtle Beach Aug 31- Sept 2nd, 2010. This was the week where a hurricane was predicted to possibly land in Wilmington, NC but by-passed us. I did not look up any reviews previous to any of my trips. We are in our late 20's and early 40's. My husband has never been and I've been many times to the area in the past. This is by far my best experience in a resort hotel after staying at the Yachtsmen and other condos in Garden City, SC. It is conveniently located to many restaurants without the craziness of the more popular parts along the main strip of Myrtle Beach. My husband is a PGA professional and said many local golf courses are within 15 minutes driving distance. Other attractions such as Ripley's Myrtle Beach Aquarium was within 10 minutes driving distance.
We arrived a few minutes before the 3pm check-in and was pleasantly asked to wait in the lobby until they were ready, since there was a few families as well waiting. There is a Time-Share representative across from the check-in desk and he was quite pushy, but not repulsive once told that 'we are not interested'. The two front desk clerks checked us in quickly (within 5 minutes) and gave us a map of the property, directing us where the elevators were. It's a bit confusing on where the elevators were located since there are many seating areas, gift shop, restaurant, arcade and many entrances to the various pool attractions. There were two operating elevators, but the north elevator seems much faster to respond.
We stayed on the 8th floor, right in the middle of the hotel. We had a very standard but spacious 2 Queen bed room with ocean front balcony. I added pictures of the room so you can get a first hand glimpse of what we saw. The air conditioner was not loud or noisy, nor did it have any musty smell to it while in the room. The heater also worked on the one night where it dipped down into the upper 50's adn we had it on for a few hours. The carpets were very clean. The tv had very limited channels to view, but it was a nice 32in 720p. The alarm clock works and had the correct time. The bed linens were changed and did not appear to have any sign of bed bugs on the pillows, chairs, comforters, sheets, mattresses or box springs. The mini kitchenette area was clean with the exception of the toaster, which had a few crumbs in it, that could have been easily turned upside down and shaken into the garbage. The coffee pot was clean and came with two ceramic coffee mugs and coffee samples. I took advantage of the coffee samples every morning and evening. The front desk staff gladly handed over handfuls of sugar packets since the standard sample packs were not enough. The mini fridge kept our drinks cold. On the front of the mini fridge was a 'happenings' calendar for the hotel or area and a restaurant menu for downstairs. We didn't test out the microwave since we have no use for it, but it was clean inside. The bathroom towels were pure white with no stains. The vanity with the mirror and sink had been updated, but the door to the bathroom, tub, tiles, showerhead fixtures, and caulk were mostly moldy, rusted, corraded and looked very unsanitary. When we went out for dinner, before coming back to the room, I bought some Ajax with bleach and a scrub brush to make sure I made an attempt to clean it myself before we showered. The shower curtain liner was brand new and had zero signs of mildew. It was the only time where I would rather bathe in the ocean. LOL! Other's might really be offended at the site of it. The toilet was updated as well with no water stains. The lighting in the bathroom was poor quality, but I think it was to hide what was in the shower. LOL! I spent most of my time on the balcony enjoying the ocean view and smell of the salt water. The room was cleaned by the maids every day and we were given fresh clean towels, both days without being asked. Overall, it was a great room for our short stay.
We took advantage of all the pool amenities downstairs at various times and spent all day on our last day making sure we were pruney enough and soaked up enough sun. There was something for everyone there! The lazy river had many tubes where you can grab and go. The two hot tubs were always crowded with adults. The kiddie pools were age approaprate for toddlers. The uncovered pool was heated and big. There were two pool service agents testing the waters at all times to assure the quality of the water. There were MANY lounge chairs, but all were taken by the time we came down at 9am and didn't grab a set until 2pm. The area stays crowded at all hours and is very noisy if you are not use to a family atmosphere.
When you get tired of all the kids at the pools, you can walk 50 feet to the ocean where there is a line up of two rental wooden chairs and umbrella for $8 for the whole day on the beach provided by the hotel. We took advantage of this on our first day and enjoyed it. It was kept reserved under our name all day and no one dared to sit in it. Lifeguards are on duty from sunrise to sunet.
The gift shop was very small and pricey, but had a good variety. The resturant was empty every time I passed by. The outside bar was busy, but pricey for drinks. If there was free breakfest or the resturant served breakfest, we did not know about it. We usually went out for breakfest at one of the local pancake houses. We also went out for lunch and dinner at other resturants around town.
There was limited parking spaces on the property out front, but across the street was two privately owned open parking lots for Ocean Reef guests only and you are required to hang a pass (provided by the hotel) on your rear view mirror daily and nightly or you were towed.
Various pools, the ocean front room with balcony, ocean, beach chair rentals, family atmosphere, convenient to everything Myrtle Beach has to offer
bed linens needs to be updated to 2011, the bathroom needs to be renovated and cleaned enough to look "PURE", replace the pushy Time Share guy (a retirement home should be in his near future)
Both me and my husband look forward to returning back to Ocean Reef this coming August/September in 2011 and we are bringing our 2 year old daughter this time! Can't wait!
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Reef Hotel Myrtle Beach
- Ocean Reef Myrtle Beach
- Beach Myrtle Ocean Reef Resort
- Ocean Reef Sc
- Beach Mrytle Ocean Reef Resort Sc