We just returned from a week stay at the Peppertree Ocean Club. I can’t imagine how everyone gave this place rave reviews. This was by far the worst hotel/motel we have ever stayed in. I would say it is more comparable to a Super 8. The place is not much to look at from the outside. Even less to look at from the inside. It states that is has been completely renovated. I guess with the exception of our room. The furniture was all stained (and I don’t just mean a few stains here and there). Stained to the point that we did not want to sit down of the furniture. We placed a sheet on the couch. Didn’t bother to sit down at the dining room table. The furniture was old and the finish was all worn off. The floors were disgusting! We actually went out and bought cleaning products and scoured the whole place. I guess that’s why they provide you with a vacuum, mop and bucket. I couldn’t believe that this was a Fairfield Resort because we are Fairfield Timeshare owners in Newport, RI and usually their resorts are impeccable.
We were in a 1 BR 1 BA (Unit 309) which was the size of a studio which they converted. The bathroom was miniscule. Barely enough room for me, my husband and 3 yr old son. We almost left the first night, but decided to rough it out. It couldn’t be any worse than camping. It does have a full kitchen, but everything is miniature size. There are 1BRs that are larger that have a Jacuzzi tub in the living room, but ours wasn’t one. Also the ceilings are very low. I am 5’ 7” and I could touch the ceiling with the palm of my hand, so maybe it was 6 ½ feet tall which also gave the impression of being even smaller (but it was extremely small).
The pool area was nice. Nothing fancy, but the pools were cleaned daily as were the 3 hot tubs. There are two large outdoor pools and 3 hot tubs as well as a small playground for kids. There’s also a couple of picnic areas with tables and a large stainless BBQ grill. There was also a large indoor pool and hot tub which were clean as well. There are ice machines located on the 1st, 3rd and 5th floors. Daily linen exchange on the 2nd Floor is open from 9-4. So you could exchange your towels as often as you like, which was a big plus.
The location of the hotel is really Cherry Grove instead of North Myrtle. There is much less hustle and bustle and not so crowded as there are more private homes in this area. Of course it is located directly on the beach which is very convenient and our room had a small balcony overlooking the ocean. It is also15 minutes from Calabash where you can find great seafood restaurants.
The hallways and elevators were terribly filthy. I don’t think anyone ever cleans these places. I’m sure that’s why the floor in our room was so filthy. Also the sliding glass doors and windows need to be replaced as they are double pained and the seal must be broken because they are so filthy you can hardly see outside of them.
Some good restaurants to go to in the area are Chianti South (real Italian food) located on 17 in Little River. It is pricey but worth it. The best buffet by far was Ocean Garden Buffet. They have tons of seafood, Chinese and cooked to order Mongolian food. It was only $10.95/pp $16.95 if you wanted to include crab legs. Preston’s buffet was awful and much more expensive! A great small Italian place called Benito’s. Great Italian, not expensive. The best pizza I have ever had. We had the Fra Diavolo Pizza which has shrimp and hot peppers and it was excellent. Also the Veal Saltimboca was delicious. There is also the Atlantic Pancake House located just a couple of blocks down the street from the hotel which serves a good breakfast. And right across from that is a Bargain Beachwear place that has all the touristy and beach stuff you ever want and cheap prices.
Barefoot Landing is close by (as is the alligator adventure). I liked Barefoot Landing better than Broadway at the beach. It is not such a nightclub scene and they have higher quality shops.
All in all Myrtle Beach isn’t our type of vacation as we are more low key kind of people. But our 3 year old son had a blast. I think next time we will try Hilton Head. However if we do go back to the Myrtle Beach area we would definitely not stay at the Peppertree Ocean Club.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Peppertree Ocean Club, a Festiva Resort, offers a fabulous vacation experience for those who like to relax at the surf's edge by day and hit up the Grand Strand scene by night. Many units have oceanfront views with private balconies, allowing you to sit back and take in the sweet ocean breeze. After a day of soaking up the sun, you can find plenty of restaurants, nightclubs and a variety of entertainment just a few blocks away from the resort. The Ocean Club will welcome you to your home away from home any time of year. ... more less
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