I attended a seminar at this hotel and it seemed like a typical "business" hotel, with the exception of the beautiful pool area and beachfront location which made it more resort-like. It took about 15 minutes for them to locate a room for me when I checked in; I was starting to worry they had overbooked. I had reserved a king but they gave a room with 2 queens and I was told it was an upgrade to an ocean-front room. I didn't care whether I had 1 or 2 beds in the room so that was no problem and I was pleased to have a view of the ocean. I wouldn't call it ocean front since it was at the side of the hotel. As many other reviewers have noted, the "balcony" is non-existent -- it's a sliding glass door to nowhere with about 5 inches of space. They could have saved money and just installed windows. Maybe they plan to add balconies at some point. It would be nice to sit outside to enjoy the view. The true ocean-front rooms -- those facing the beach -- did have real balconies.
The room was as expected for a higer-end hotel -- comfortable bedding, nice toiletries, hair dryer, iron, coffee pot, refigerator in the room. I did have a problem with housekeeping one day. It was after 3 and they still hadn't cleaned the room. I called the front desk and was told that they didn't clean the rooms unless you requested it. That seemed ridiculous to me and I asked why the room had been cleaned the previous 2 days without a request. I don't really understand what the deal was with this, obviously some miscommunication somewhere, but they did send someone to make the bed, take out the trash, and bring new towels.
The location was somewhat isolated -- you definitely need a car if you ever want to leave the property. There were no shopping or dining options within easy walking distance. The hotel has1 restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus you could eat dinner at the bar and lunch at the pool. The menu among all of these places was quite similar and on the expensive side. Breakfast seemed especially high, with the best value being one of their two buffet options priced at $13 or $15. But with tax and tip, you're easily approaching $20 per person. I was surprised at the number of families eating breakfast and wondered whether there was a price break for children. However, the breakfast buffet was excellent with a wonderful spread of fresh fruit, breads, cereal, an omelet station, mini Belgian waffles, etc. The service in the restaurant was wonderful.
The relative isolation of the hotel is to its benefit when you're on the beach. Because there are not a lot of hotels nearby, the beach is not very crowded and you can easily have the beach virtually to yourself by walking a short distance in either direction. The pool area at the hotel was beautiful and seemed to have a sufficient number of lounge chairs available. I sat there for awhile one day but grew very hot. For some reason, they have planted trees and shrubs between the pool and the beach, so you can't see the ocean while you're sitting at the pool and it also blocked breezes, They also have a hammock area and it was relaxing to lay there and hear the ocean, it would be nice to also be able to see it.
I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again, depending on the cost. Since I was here on businees, I had a conference rate which I think was almost half the regular rate. I would not pay the regular rate of more than $300 to stay here -- I'd rather be at the Hampton Inn and Suites which is not quite as high-end but certainly adequate and a better value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes is an oceanfront hotel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina located in the upscale Grande Dunes community. Our guests enjoy the many amenities our AAA rated four diamond hotel has to offer! Consider championship golf, tennis, a work out in our fitness room, swim in our indoor or outdoor tropical ocean front pool, visit our on-site European spa or relax and enjoy the simple but priceless pleasure of sitting on our pristine beach and soaking up the South Carolina sun. ... more less
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