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Dayton House Resort
Ranked #30 of 209 Hotels in Myrtle Beach
Reviewed 25 August 2011

Great location, good hotel, clean, very roomy, nice beach...Had a great time.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

A friend and I stayed in an oceanview room with 2 double beds. There was a small kitchenette but it was sufficient for making breakfast each morning. An apartment-size fridge was very useful! The bathroom sink was open to the room but around a corner so still afforded some privacy, with the toilet and shower in a separate room. We were on the 2nd floor and found the view to be great even this close to the ground. We could lean on the balcony rail and see the fireworks down at the Skywheel area. We were directly over one of the pools but with the sliding door closed we rarely even heard the kids having fun. The beds were very comfortable.
Check-in was fast and friendly. We lost a t-shirt that was drying the rail and one of the front desk staff helped us locate it in the lost and found area. Check-out was equally fast and trouble-free. Our room attendant was very efficient and considerate. I rarely leave a tip but I had to tip this hard-working lady. Great job to her! Sorry I am not good at remembering names.
All of the pools seemed clean and there were always staff around if assistance was needed. They give out wristbands at check-in so that only resort guests are using the pool and lounge chair areas (grassy) and the staff does walk around to check for the wristbands, but they were always respectful.
In general, the property seemed a bit dated but we didn't find any faults during our stay. The price was very reasonable and we liked the central location. We always found parking, but the area wasn't very crowded so I don't know about parking during peak season. They have multiple parking lots and a garage and they do check for the parking hanger they give you at check-in.
This is a great property and we would stay here again.

Room Tip: I would always get an oceanview balcony room. Sitting out there each morning and evening was great!
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

Just spent three nights in an end room king suite. We had a very nice experience.

I don't know what qualifies something as a resort in Myrtle Beach, but it's not like a resort in Mexico or the Caribbean. It's a hotel that is in various buildings, with several pools and a snack bar. There are four beach front buildings, the suites building is the furthest south. Across the street from the suites building is the West Building, which is not beachfront. Parking is limited, but they do allow you to drop off and load. There are several luggage carts that make the process easier.

The room itself was very clean and quiet. Because it's an end room you don't get the noise of people getting off/waiting for elevators, or even just walking by. The room layout is sort of strange - you walk right into the bedroom, which is a decent size and has a very small, dark closet, two end tables, a bureau and a flat screen TV. The bed was comfortable, and there is a nice window that looks right out to the beach. The room gets very, very dark at night so it was good for sleeping. I will add that the air conditioner was possessed. It made a lot of noise, but only occasionally, so we just slept through it. At least it drowned out the snoring.

After the bedroom, you walk through a doorway into the tiny galley-style kitchen. To the right, inside the kitchen, is the door to a small but updated bathroom with a big tub. Then you walk into a very large living area that has a small 2-seater couch and an arm chair, another flat screen TV, and a dining table with four chairs. There is also a full-sized fold out wall bed, which looks sort of strange when it's closed, but is probably pretty useful for families.

The view from the living area is great. As far as I can tell, all the king end suites are on the north side of the suites building, and the way the building is set up you cannot see the south. But you have a very nice view of the ocean front and all the way to the north as the balcony wraps around a bit.

The room would be good for larger families, or for two couples who are okay with sharing a bathroom and common space. There are doors at each end of the kitchen that close off the sleeping/living areas, so it's private as long as no one from the opposite end needs to get outside or to the balcony!

The amenities are also nice. The best feature of the hotel is definitely the yard and the tables. People were "saving" them but there were still plenty available throughout the day. The main pool was usually pretty crowded but most people were just kind of lounging in there so it wasn't a party scene. The snack bar serves typical snack bar food (pretzels, hot dogs, fries, nachos) but also serves beer and alcoholic drinks. They were reasonably priced (between $4- $6) and not terrible.

The hotel seems very intent on making sure the resort is clean and that only registered guests are using the facilities. Every morning they were out cleaning the yard and the pools, and throughout the day someone walked around emptying garbage cans. You are given a plastic wristband that snaps on and off, and are asked to wear it while using the yard and the pools. They really do walk around several times a day and check, so sneaking more people into your room than you are paying for isn't going to be very useful unless you plan to swap times who can use the pool.

The beach itself is just "ok". It looks nice from the room, but it's full of broken shells, and most of the day in order to get into enough water to swim you have to walk on the shells, and it HURTS. The waves are also pretty significant and there isn't a great shallow area for kids to play in unless you only go in at low tide. I got banged around pretty good and I'm not a small person. There are lifeguards, but they didn't seem to care what people were doing. It is a nice beach for walking on during low tide, however, and has a nice flat, packed surface.

The resort is about 8 blocks north of the "action". It's not a long walk, but the sidewalks are extremely narrow, and there is only a joke of a bike lane (but no where to lock up bikes once you get down to the boardwalk area). We brought bikes and didn't even bother to take them off the truck because there was just nowhere to use them. If you are used to the Virginia Beach boardwalk, this is NOTHING like it. We had an ok dinner at a restaurant down there, but nothing special. Lots of arcades and things directed towards children and families.

The resort is also about a mile from Broadway at the Beach, which is a huge outdoor mall/entertainment area. It's definitely worth a walk around. All the restaurants are cheesy and overpriced, but there's a lot of people watching to do.

We paid about $120 a night with a AAA discount and were satisfied with the value. If I were to go to Myrtle Beach I would stay at the resort again - but I think we'll stick to Virginia Beach. The sand is nicer, there are more options for walking and bicycling and I like the smaller hotel feel as opposed to giant multi-building resorts.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

I've been staying at Dayton House fairly regularly with my family since the mid 80's as a child, and now I'm continuing the tradition staying there with my wife. I'm going to be honest: these people leaving negative reviews have to be the type of people that absolutely cannot be pleased no matter what. I've stayed in all 5 buildings over the years, and while the Main building and West building are the oldest, they are not ran down by any definition. Older does not equal bad. The buildings/rooms and grounds are kept to the highest standards of cleanliness and condition. We actually stayed in a 2 room side view in the main building this last time, July 2011, and it was plenty spacious and nice. We're planning on staying in the suite building next summer, and I'm sure that will be a very pleasant vacation as well. Just do yourself a favor if you've never stayed at Dayton House and pay attention to the VASTLY overwhelming positive reviews and take the minority bad ones with a grain of salt. HAPPY VACATIONING!

Room Tip: Call them if you need a specific need. They have always been more than accomodating. Friendly too!
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank William F
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

Aier conditioner was very loud and came on / off about every 5 minutes. Kept waking us up. Nice beach but I'd recommend visiting in May or September if you don't want lots of kids. We never went in the pool once.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

Was there with my wife snd baby, summer 2011.
The rooms are spacious and clean. A little old but very well maintained. Service is great and so is the locations. Loved the lazy river, variety of pools, and the direct access to the beach. Had a blast.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

My husband and I (age 31 and 37) have stayed here at least 5 times in the last 5 years, and it's always great! We've stayed with other family members too, and the stay is always perfect. Rooms are very clean, comfortable, and well maintained by staff. We've never had a noise problem from other guests and management is ever present to insure that guests feel safe and secure. Our favorite feature is the huge grassy area right on the beach next to the pools - the lounge chairs, tables & umbrellas are awesome! And the saltwater pools are fabulous! I have recommended this hotel again & again to friends and family, and have always heard the same great response after they stay at the Dayton House - cannot be beat for amenities and location, the perfect place to relax & get away!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 2400 North Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577-3243
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Region: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Myrtle Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Myrtle Beach
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Myrtle Beach
#24 Romantic Hotel in Myrtle Beach
#27 Family Hotel in Myrtle Beach
#33 Business Hotel in Myrtle Beach
Price Range: £51 - £98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dayton House Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 328
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dayton House Resort has been creating generations of family fun for over 50 years and counting! Located oceanfront in Myrtle Beach, SC, the resort offers guests a relaxed, uncrowded, family atmosphere. The most popular amenity is a two-acre oceanfront tanning and picnic lawn filled with yellow-umbrella covered picnic tables and lounges. Other amenities include two indoor pools, a large zero-entry outdoor pool, lazy river tube ride, three Jacuzzis, John's Restaurant open daily for breakfast and lunch, the Yella Umbrella poolside bar and grill (seasonal), business center with computer access and coffee service open 24 hours, guest laundry, fitness room, ATM, vending machines, and complimentary on-site parking. The Dayton House is also centrally located in walking distance to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, the Myrtle Beach Sports Center, and one mile to Broadway at the Beach and the boardwalk attractions. ... more   less 
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