We stayed a week at the Paradise Resort, and overall it was a very enjoyable place. Some issues surfaced, but some may have been because we didn't book directly through the hotel. We actually used a company called Global, who apparently are a type of middleman for condo rental. Using them caused some problems with the hotel. None were insurmountable, but several were irritating.
Let me cover some generic things first. We had a 1 bedroom, 1 bath and it was nice. Not luxurious, but definitely comfortable, and far above adequate. We had a great oceanfront view from the small balcony, and loved that part. The unit came equipped with a dishwasher and washer/dryer. Those were nice touches. The condo was clean, and in good repair. While it was a one bedroom, it also had a pull out couch and a murphy bed, so more guests could easily be accommodated.
One thing about the outlets. The upper plugin along one wall operated off a switch near the murphy bed. Not the outlet itself, just the top plugin. I've never seen this anywhere else.
We did not use the restaurant, but it seemed busy at breakfast, and we did hear the food was good. Don't bother with the Tiki Hut near the pools. The drinks were fairly pricy, and were pretty well watered down. That was not just our opinion. There is a good "barfood" (pizza, wings, etc.) restaurant at Mako's just north of the hotel. Mako's and "Nassau Ned's" ( a couple more hotels to the north) have better drinks, especially if Mario is batending at Ned's.
The Lazy River was a favorite with the kids, as were the pools. The beach is good sized, with plenty of room to spread out. There were chairs and umbrellas for rent, but we did not use them.
The location is good, espcially being right on the beach, but it was not terribly close to other attractions. If you are wanting sites such as Alabama Therater or Carolina Opry, you will have to drive several miles north. And, don't depend on having your parking space when you return. The garage is fairly small, and rather tight. There is also extra parking outside across the street.
The biggest drawback were some unhelpful staff members. By using Global, or other agents for that matter, some staffers were just short of rude. "You'll have to ask Global" was a frequent response. Examples: wifi. The rooms have them, but you need to get the password from the desk. The response when I called was, "ask Global" and a hangup. The Global rep had to call the desk and "remind" them to provide the info. If you rent through the hotel, calling room-to room is simple. Dial the floor #, then the room number. If you go through an agency, you have to call the actual phone # for the room, and the hotel does not have a listing of those. If you are lucky, someone has written the # on the phone, as ours was. Otherwise, you need to call from your room phone to someone with a caller ID equipped phone, then write down the #. Agency rented rooms do not have daily cleaning service, nor will they empty the trash. This info we knew about ahead of time, so was not an issue. Just be aware these situations may arise.
Only a handful of the staff were less than pleasant. The majority were very helpful, and did everything they could to make the stay even better. We would return, and even use an agency. We would just be prepared for a few possible hassles.
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Hotel Myrtle Beach
- Paradise Myrtle Beach