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Ellington at Wachesaw Plantation East
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Murrells Inlet
north carolina
1 review
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“2nd time not a charm, not giving 3rd chance”
Reviewed 25 April 2007

1) housekeeping

1a) floors
last year, we lodged this same complaint with the front desk at the beginning of our week. walking barefoot on the indoor floors caused our feet to become black on the bottom within just a few minutes. we personally mopped the floors and the problem remained. the front desk said that the indoor floors must be sealed with something black. this is disgusting, especially with small children (one of ours is still crawling and his clothing is now stained black).

1b) laundry
i know the sheets are washed en masse, and they may not even get folded prior to landing on the beds. but when someone puts sheets on a bed, i couldn't imagine they would miss a marble-sized ball of gum just below the pillow. yet that's what i found when i pulled the comforter off the bed (it's hot in south carolina, no need for a comforter).


2) mattresses

hard as rock. this, in conjunction with the dirty floors, makes me wish i had just saved my money and gone camping as that would have been just as clean/comfortable, and i would have not have expected anything different.

3) wifi access

despite paying extra for wifi access, i was unable to stay online for more than about 5 minutes at a time. after getting kicked off the vpn, i had to wait until the signal returned and then login to a web page again before starting back up the vpn. wifi was down for a day - server crash, these things do happen. the signal strength bounced between zero (no connection at all) to 13% according to my tools; moving between rooms did not seem to affect the signal strength at all; simply sitting on the couch would show the range between zero and 13%. i called the front desk and was told two things:
a) i could come to the front desk with my laptop for a better signal
b) they had no control, as a contractor handled the networking piece
my answers:
A) i didn't pay for a week's worth of wifi to sit at the front desk
B) they have complete control - they pay the contractor. if they tell the contractor to fix the problem and the contractor does not, they simply stop paying the contractor. the contractor will eventually figure out how this works.
a maintenance worker paid me a visit later (our tv went out too) and said each building has a pair of access points installed. he wasn't sure where they were located, but they apparently either were not able to cover the entire building or were having problems of their own. the worker said he could bring by a spare access point, but never did. in the end, i turned off wifi and used my cell phone as a modem (14.4kbps) and had a reliable connection. the in-room wifi was a complete waste of my money.

4) grounds
the grounds were gorgeous. the pools were nice; the indoor heated pool was a big plus, as the outdoor pools were pretty cool at this time of year and the kids really wanted to swim. the provided towels were missing 3 out of the 4 days we swam, so don't bank on them being available for you.

5) surroundings
huntington beach state park is wonderful. lots of wildlife, close enough for decent photographs. the beach is clean. well worth the low admission price; none of the headaches associated with the main beach (tons of people, expensive vendors, etc.) ... if you like nature and a quiet vacation, this is a great place to spend your time.

  • Liked — distance to huntington beach
  • Disliked — in-room cleanliness and wifi access
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 August 2006

Interval Internaltional rated this a Five star resort? Not sure why the location is good convenient to Myrtle Beach, many golf courses and beautiful Huntington Beach but the units are not maintained well, broken drawers, floors filthy, carpet damaged. Pool area offers little shade, no towels, many broken umbrellas and lacks atmosphere.

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  • Tips/Secrets — none
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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North Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2006

This was our first visit to our timeshare. We were so excited and all of the pictures and the previous tour had been wonderful. Unfortunately, when we checked into our room we discovered that we had a much, much older unit than the "model". The staff was less than helpful and just had that "you're stuck now" attitude. We seriously regret being scammed into purchasing this property. I recommend that anybody thinking of coming here have them show you pictures of the unit that you will actually be in - it may be dramatically different than what you are expecting - and you certainly can't go by the pictures!

  • Liked — Beach is close and very nice
  • Disliked — Much older unit and not at all like the one I was led to believe that we would have
  • Tips/Secrets — Find another property for vacation or at least be well-informed before coming here - you may end up with less than acceptable unit(s)
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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9 Thank kelmist
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Tuscaloosa, AL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2005

We were signed up to take a timeshare 90 minute tour. Our sales rep. was excellent, she went beyond the sales rep. duty. We have 2 small boys and she helped out with them as if she was apart of the family. Even though we didn't buy a timeshare and told them this from the start. They were excellent! Our rep. took us to the Huntington State Park, toured through the Huntington's house. Our tour ended up being around 3 hours, but most of 2 1/2 hours were spent under no pressure and just getting to know the Myrtle Beach area. It was a blast and I would recommend that if anyone was interested in timeshare purchasing that this be their first stop. They see you as a person, not just as a profit.

  • Stayed April 2005
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Property: Ellington at Wachesaw Plantation East
Address: 911 Riverwood Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576-6826
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Region: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Murrells Inlet
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Murrells Inlet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Ellington at Wachesaw Plantation East 3*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Festiva's Ellington at Wachesaw Plantation East is located in the heart of the South Carolina low country. This former fishing village is home to pristine beaches and a number of magnificent golf courses and is the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina."eweThe resort is nestled in an oasis of moss-covered oaks along the Intercostal Waterway, offering guests a retreat from the high-rise buildings and congestion of the Grand Strand yet all of the glitz and glamour of Myrtle Beach is just minutes away. ... more   less 
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