My wife and I recently enjoyed a week’s stay at Hampton Inn and Suites on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach during the week of July 13, 2014. We absolutely had a wonderful time and feel this hotel was one of the cleanest, most accommodating, and with the most friendly and helpful staff that we ever encountered at a hotel. There are so many positives, almost too many to mention and we were hard pressed to come up with any negatives.
Our room which was Ocean FRONT on the 6th floor was absolutely beautiful with a direct view of the Ocean from our balcony. One complaint that we have heard is people who had an Ocean VIEW who were disappointed that they did not have full viewing access of the ocean and their primary view was a neighboring room’s balcony. Simply put, Ocean FRONT is where the room faces the Ocean. In an Ocean VIEW room, you may be able to see part of the Ocean but you will most likely need to turn your head to see it and most of your view will be of another guest’s balcony. As I said, we had an Ocean Front Room and the views of the ocean along with the sunrises and even an early evening thunderstorm that lingered over the ocean were spectacular. The room itself was very clean and in excellent condition. There were no signs of any type of wear and tear such as grout peeling in the bathroom or other like issues and everything in the room such as the TV, microwave, coffee pot, fridge, hair drier, etc functioned without any problems. There were 2 rocking chairs on our balcony along with a small serving table which we especially enjoyed. The king size bed was in excellent condition and very comfy. The only complaint we had about the bed was that it only had 4 regular sized pillows. It should have had at least another 2 or more especially considering it was a king size bed. The shower was very nice and the water pressure was excellent given the size of the hotel. The TV although somewhat small worked very well and received many cable channels. Unfortunately though renting movies was not an option nor was there a dvd player. I believe that all hotels should have one or the other. The TV did have audio/video connections however so next time we stay here, we will be bringing our own dvd player.
One thing that can’t be overstated is the fact this this hotel is VERY family oriented…as in lots of kids. This is either a good thing or not depending on what you’re looking for in a hotel. Although it was just my wife and I who stayed here, we are just about at retirement age with grown children as well as grandchildren of our own so the high energy of kids did not dampen our enjoyment and actually kept us entertained as we talked about fond memories of our children when they were of that age. We were told from staff at the front desk that between the middle of June and the middle of August are the most family oriented times and younger aged activity slows down during the other months of the year. I would say that if you are looking for a hotel between June and August primarily for romance and with mostly couples as guests, you may be unhappy staying at this hotel during these summer months. On the other hand, if you are a family with children, you will not find a better hotel environment to keep the little ones busy.
Besides the warm ocean (which was 84 degrees when we arrived) and just steps away from the hotel, there were many pools. There are 4 pools that are totally outside of the overhang of the hotel which 2 were lazy river type, one was a shallow, 1ft deep pool for small children with sprinkler like activities and one was a deeper pool, 5ft at its deepest end. In back of those pools that were built under the overhang of the hotel was another assortment of pools along with 2 large Jacuzzis. With that many pools with different themes and for different age groups, the pools were never crowded. They were also very clean as they were cleaned by a pool maintenance person every morning. On a negative side, what was intended to be a nice amenity by the hotel by providing beach towels as you walked out the door to the pool area or on the way to the beach was unfortunately spoiled by….to put it bluntly…very selfish people! There are lounge chairs that line the entire length of the pool area along with small round tables and umbrellas that had regular chairs under them. Unfortunately, several guests took advantage of this nicety by going out to the pool area very early in the morning, and would drape a beach towel over them as to reserve them so they could have access to them for an unlimited time. I wouldn’t mind if they sat there all day but we witnessed numerous times where people would “claim” their chair, and sometimes as many as 4 or 5 in a row, and not sit there for hours when other guests looking for a place to sit could have used them. We witnessed a couple of families during our stay where they “claimed” a group of chairs early in the morning and hadn’t sat there all day. We hope that management could take a look at this and come up with some solution to prevent people who take advantage of a situation such as this. The area around the pools is very nice with several palm trees and a grassy area with several hammocks and even a small playscape. Another wonderful and convenient aspect of the pool experience was the small outdoor food and beverage trailer where you could buy hamburgers/hotdogs and other lunch type foods and snacks as well as delicious tropical drinks with or without alcohol that were very low priced for the amount you received. Best part was that you didn’t even need any money as you could charge it to your room. Note that there are no indoor pools.
The most pleasant surprise at the hotel was the breakfast that was offered buffet style each morning from 6:00 to 10:00. We thought we were just getting a continental breakfast when we made our reservations. How wonderfully surprised we were to find that the breakfasts provided were much more than that. Besides 2 waffle making machines where you make your own waffles, the kitchen staff provided different breakfast foods each morning. There was always some variation of eggs, bacon, breakfast sausages, French Toast, home fries, biscuits and gravy. And though I didn’t try any, my wife said that the oatmeal offered every morning was the best she ever had. Also offered every morning were bagels, muffins, cereal, fruit, a juice/drink machine, and coffee was always fresh and available throughout the day. The seating and rooms available to eat your breakfast down in the lobby were many. You could either eat your breakfast while sitting at a table, on a rocking chair overlooking the ocean and pool area, or on one of several leather couches while watching TV as you ate your breakfast. My compliments to the kitchen staff who were not only efficient but were pleasant and friendly as they brought out food. In regards to the lobby area where you also ate breakfast, it was a nice quiet place to go during the day if you needed to get out of your room or away from the activity of the beach and pool area. Besides the comfy chairs and views of the ocean, there were also cupboards filled with board games, books, and puzzles. If all this wasn’t enough to keep the little ones busy, there is also offered a children’s play activity group. I would even say that the lobby area was much like an inn, very comfy, comfortable, and roomy.
One thing about our stay at Hampton Inn and Suites that we found a bit of a challenge was during dinner time in finding a place to eat or get takeout close by to the hotel. Of course there are more places to eat than imaginable within a short drive but if you didn’t want to leave the hotel by car and were looking for an eating establishment within walking distance, you won’t find many on S. Ocean Blvd. By the end of our trip however, we discovered New York Style Deli a couple of blocks up from the hotel on S. Kings Hwy. Just follow 17th Ave up to S. Kings Hwy and it will be on your left. A mom and pop type of establishment that made you feel like you were in New York. A great place for homemade subs, sandwiches and soups and not more than a 15 minute walk from the hotel. You could either eat in or take out. You will find other eateries on S. Kings Hwy not too far from New York Style Deli but we really loved that place. We just wished they delivered. By the way, ordering from one of the places that you will receive flyers from slipped under your hotel room door is not a good idea. We ordered a pizza and wings from Giovanni’s and it was a big disappointment.
In regards to the ocean and beach, I feel the need to warn people of the potentially dangerous rip currents that exist at Myrtle Beach. As wonderful as our trip to Myrtle Beach was, unfortunately the thing that we will remember most of all was the tragic death of an 11 year old boy who drowned the day before we were to leave. Hundreds of people including ourselves gathered on the beach late on a Saturday afternoon to watch a search by the local police for the missing boy. After about an hour or so without finding him, they called for a Rescue Coast Guard Helicopter which was also unsuccessful. We were all witness to the suffering mother of the boy who waited on the beach in obvious pain and distress just hoping for good news. We later learned the following day from a report on the internet that the boy was finally found in the middle of the night and had drowned. Our hearts goes out to this boy’s mother and family. Because of this, I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t offer some suggestions and advice when swimming off Myrtle Beach especially with children. First of all, even if the surf looks rather calm, never underestimate the power of an undertow there. It was the calmest day of the week when this boy drowned and the waves were probably no more than 1 to 3 feet. Most importantly, don’t rely on the lifeguards there to protect you. Even though this boy went missing after the lifeguards left late in the afternoon, my wife and I talked all week about how inattentive they were while on duty during the day. There is one lifeguard stationed about every 100 yards. They are there from about 8:00 and leave at 4:00. All they have with them for life saving devices is a small orange float. They didn’t have any type of surf board or a small row boat. And to make matters worse, the lifeguard at least in front of our hotel was responsible for setting up close to 50 rental chairs and umbrellas along the beach. Every morning he would set them up and at around 3:00 in the afternoon, he would begin taking them down. Each process would take about an hour. As we watched him doing this from our balcony, he was totally oblivious of anyone in the water. Also, regarding any warning flags for high surf, rip tides, etc, we saw only a very small flag alongside the lifeguard station which unless you were within a few feet, you could not read it. Whether it’s a lack of funding or just poor planning, the lack of protection provided on Myrtle Beach where tourism is so vital to the area is inexcusable. If you search the Internet, you will find that drownings at Myrtle Beach are much too common. In short...watch your children! Do not rely on lifeguards because just knowing that they are there can only provide a false sense of security.
I could go on and on about how much we enjoyed our stay at Hampton Inn and Suites at Myrtle Beach. From the friendliness of the entire staff (thank you Ginny at the head desk for letting us borrow a couple of sand chairs), to the cleanliness and beauty of an ocean front room, to the breakfasts, etc, etc, this was the nicest vacation we ever took. Unfortunately it was marred by a tragedy where we can only hope that because of it, some changes will be made to the lifeguard practices on the beach so at least the loss of this little boy will create a positive outcome in helping to save the lives of others. We still plan to return to Hampton Inn and Suites next year and honestly feel there is no need to look any further for something better in Myrtle Beach. This hotel really is as good as it gets especially for the price of accommodations. The only thing that could make it better is if it had a restaurant located within the hotel. They do a GREAT job with breakfast, why not dinner? Don’t hesitate to stay at Hampton Inn and Suites, Myrtle Beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach-Oceanfront hotel, located directly on the beach. Our Myrtle Beach hotel is located just two miles from Myrtle Beach Jetport and minutes from local attractions like Market Common, Broadway at the Beach, Coastal Grande Mall, and Myrtle Beach's new 'Sky Wheel'. Our two-story lobby with pine floors offers beautiful Atlantic Ocean views. Start your day right with Hampton's free hot breakfast(R) and enjoy views of the ocean. If you're on the go, be sure to grab one of our Hampton's On the Run(R) Breakfast Bags, available Monday through Friday. Enjoy a gourmet blend of coffee available every day, all day. Sunbathe and swim in one of our two lazy rivers, three outdoor and four indoor pools at our Myrtle Beach oceanfront hotel. Our beachfront playground is great for the little ones in your family. ... more less
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