We've frequented MB for years. We spend about 5 - 6 weeks a year here. Being hardcore beach bums, we've never considered staying someplace thats not on the beach. We weren't planning on coming down in March this year, however we saw this week at the Broadway Plantation on eBay for cheaper than dirt cheap, so we took the opportunity to stay for a week for next to nothing, and visit our favorite restaurants and shows.
Arrival and check-in - Gated entrance. Guards were always pleasant. Front desk staff was rude, indifferent and non-helpful. They treated me like an inconvenience. I observed 3 front desk agents helping people with check-in. They were all robotic and sullen. Did not see any of them smile. Not at all welcoming (isn't this the "hospitality" industry?). 4 of the 5 times I interfaced with the front desk, it was like that. To get your parking pass, they make you go to another desk. That person was very friendly and smiled! Maybe thats because she wanted me to go to a timeshare presentation. In all fairness though, there was no high-pressure to attend the presentation. She took "no" for an answer the first time and kept smiling. Half of our 2-bedroom lockout was not ready until after 5:00, but the other half was ready on time.
Accomodations - Absolutely fabulous. We were in a recently renovated building and our suite showed absolutely no wear. It looked brand new. We had a 2 bedroom lockout (even though we didn't need it), which is basically 2 1-bedroom suites. Be aware when booking a 1-bedroom suite that there is a difference. The small ones have no balcony, small living area that overlooks the parking lot, small bedroom with Queen bed, standard bathroom and kitchenette. Very nice, but small. The larger side, which we primarily used, was awesome.
Based on the number of cars outside it appeared our building was pretty full, but we heard very little noise from other units. Very nice kitchen which was adequate for most cooking. There was nice cookware and a blender. There was only 1 skillet though. Needed 2 to cook breakfast, even for just 2 people. Luckily, we could hi-jack one from the other unit. The frig had an icemaker. There was a small bottle of dish soap as well as 2 dishwasher paks. There were paper towels and enough washing detergent for 1 load in the small washer/dryer. There was a breakfast bar with 2 stools in addition to a dining room table that seats 6. The sofa was fairly comfortable, the chairs were just so-so. An ottoman would have made them more comfortable. There was a large flat screen TV (both units) with smaller ones in the bedrooms. All TV's were on a swivel. There was a Bose stereo in both units. There was a large jacuzzi tub and vanity in the master bedroom. Then there was another vanity in a room attached to that, with toilet and walk-in shower in yet another room. So this 1-bathroom villa was almost as good as a 2-bathroom. There was no makeup/shaving mirror in the large suite, but there was in the small one. The balcony had 1 small wooden table, with 4 matching wooden chairs. They were o.k., but not the most comfortable. The screened balcony overlooked a pleasant pond (artifically colored blue), with a fountain, ducks and turtles. There are plenty of trees around, so there is a lot of privacy on the balconies. The in-room safe was large enough for my laptop, purse, small electronics and more. The internet access was lacking. The speed was so slow at times that I gave up. Seemed to be best early in the morning. Maybe a bandwith problem? Cell phone reception was good.
Housekeeping - The accomodations were very clean. Only a few small problems, which could happen anywhere. On the small side of our unit, there was a beer cap on the floor and what appeared to be jelly on the table. No big deal. The real important things like bathroom, bed and linens were pristine. Our balcony furniture was completely covered with what appeared to be plaster dust (the same color as the building). I'm thinking it was a result of the recent building rehab and somebody forgot to clean it. There is no daily housekeeping with the exception of a mid-week towels exchange. Guests are instructed to leave their towels in a provided blue bag outside the door if they don't want the housekeepers to come in. The housekeepers will then leave clean towels in a clear plastic bag. Thats what we did, however the housekeepers tried to come in anyhow without even knocking. Glad we had the safety lock on. Then they went into the smaller side of our 2 units, and locked the door between the 2 units (they were only supposed to be exchanging towels, not disturbing anything else). Luckily we had the keys to that unit over on the other side, or we would have been locked out.
Unlike other reviewers here, we saw NO BUGS. Not one.
Recreational facilities - Very nicely-appointed pool area. Chaise lounge chairs were sturdy and comfortable. They laid flat but did not sit up completely straight. All pools were open (except for kid's water park) on our first full day there, but 2 of the 3 were closed the rest of the week. The pools throughout the entire property are only 3 or 3.5 ft deep. There is no place to really swim (unless you aren't very tall), or do water exercise. One small corner of the pool that the lazy river dumps into is 4 ft. There is a miniature golf course, tennis court and basket ball. There is an activities desk poolside where you can get towels, water noodles, miniature golf equipment, balls and more. They have baskets of plastic pool toys for kids. There is even a poolside billiards table. All of this is no charge. I would have preferred if the pool area was non-smoking, or at the very least "no cigars". Many of the buildings are a little distance from the pool, and you have to drive there.
The beach - Let's be real. This is not the place to stay if you want to spend much time on the beach. If your beach activites are limited to a walk, then you're good. The worst that could happen is that you park a block away in the Boardwalk parking garage. But if you want to actually go to the beach for any length of time, here is what you will experience: You will pay to park, and might have to park as far as a block away in the garage. You will have to either schlep your own chairs, pay a beach service $20+ a day (plus tip) for a couple of beach chairs and umbrella, or just use a blanket on the sand. There are no public bathrooms (that I know of).
We left Sheraton Broadway Plantation a day early to spend a few days at a beach-front facility with good pools.
If you don't care about the beach, and shallow pools are o.k. with you, then I would call this one of the best places to stay in Myrtle Beach.
- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Broadway Plantation Hotel Myrtle Beach
- Sheraton Broadway Plantation Hotel
- Sheraton Hotel Myrtle Beach
- Sheraton Myrtle Beach
- Sheraton Broadway Plantation
- Sheraton Broadway Plantation Resort
- Sheraton Myrtle Beach Sc
- Myrtle Beach Sheraton
- Sheraton Broadway Myrtle Beach
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