Best things about the hotel - relatively new, great beach and pools, with wonderful waterslide area for kids. Padded chaises by the pool (2 w/ umbrella) are available for rent at $25 per day (or was it $30?) - came with a bucket of ice and water, with fruit kabobs late a.m. Beach was very clean, had excellent surf for kids to safely bodyboard, and had an attentive lifeguard right in front of the hotel (only one on a very long stretch of beach). The beach was relatively quiet compared to stretches further to the south visible from our 9th floor room. One thing we learned - don't bother taking innertubes or floats for the beach - a city ordinance requires a leash so bodyboards/other things don't get swept out to sea. They're fine in the pool though.
Rooms were adequate and clean, but maintenance issues already apparent via cracked ceilings and scuffed doors. No balconies on majority of rooms (except for those on the end of the building). However, our room faced south and was on the east end of the building, so we had a good view of the pool, beach and fireworks nightly from our room (pretty but noisy).
Two concierges in the lobby most of the time - so someone was always available and helpful, with one making tee times for my husband. Covered parking is available just past the conference rooms, so valet service really isn't necessary at the $15 per day they quoted. As for food, we just ate at the pool bar (decent but pricey).
As for the area itself, it was just one long stretch of bumper to bumper traffic, buffet restaurants, themed shopping centers,T-shirt shops, strip joints and miniature golf. My 9 year old daughter had a great time, but we won't be going back!
- 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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