Just returned from 5 nights in MB--a "just the two of us" trip after 25+ years of having kids along for every beach venture. (They would have loved to have joined us, but are both in college.) It had been 15+ years since we had ventured to MB proper, having spent the majority of our Grand Strand time in Cherry Grove when the kids were small, then moving North to Ocean Isle for the last few years.
There has obviously been much demolition and renovation going on in South MB since we were last there, and the Holiday Sands at South Beach is one of those new properties, having opened in 2007.
The hotel/condo is very clean and well kept, and the elevators are quiet, plentiful (4) and fast. There is a small outdoor pool and a small indoor pool, lazy river and large hot tub. The pools are well maintained, but the first time I tried the hot tub, the odor of chlorine was so bad that I had to get out after only a few minutes. Later in the week, I was able to enjoy it without the suffocating chlorine mist. There is a lovely outdoor grass covered lawn, with the most comfortable chairs I have ever seen at a hotel! Being September, we had no trouble accessing a chair any time we wanted one, but during the summers, this could be problematic.
We had a 12th floor ocean view 1 bedroom suite, and it was a spacious, angled suite with a small triangular-shaped balcony and a view of the ocean, as promised. The living area was small, but adequate for the two of us, with a TV, love seat and coffee table, but only one small table lamp--not nearly enough light--but I moved a floor lamp from the bedroom (where there were also 2 wall mounted lamps) to the living room, and this worked nicely. There was also wireless Internet available. A wall bed doubled as the dining room table, but we did not venture to transform table to bed.
The kitchen was small, but with full-size name brand appliances. I was disappointed, however, at the paucity of kitchen 'equipment' available. There was a coffee maker and toaster, but no blender! There were 6 dinner plates, 4 small plates, 6 juice glasses, 4 large glasses, 4 cups, and silverware for 6. A small, very cheap set of pots and pans, but no baking sheet or pizza pan. A glass casserole dish and one small bowl completed the kitchenware. I suppose I am spoiled by the kitchens in the condos and houses we have stayed at in Cherry Grove and Ocean Isle, but a blender and cookie sheet are pretty basic, in my opinion.
The bedroom was large, with its own TV, small dresser and 1 nightstand. I used a suitcase as a nightstand on my side of the bed. We had a king size bed, and one side chair. The bed was adequate, but was uncomfortable by the second night, and the sheets continuously slipped off at the corners--very frustrating. The mattress was fairly thin, and combined with a mattress pad that was not a fitted one, this contributed to the sheets pulling off.
Bathroom was a tub/shower, sink with large counter, and an exhaust fan that worked very well. An additional sink was outside the bathroom, and this was a very nice feature.
Carpet in the living and bedroom, ceramic tile in bath, hallway and kitchen area. All very clean.
When we checked in, we asked about maid service, and were told "there is no maid service, but if you call, they will empty your trash and exchange your linens, but you have to make your own bed if you want clean sheets." Since we were only staying 5 nights, we didn't feel a change of sheets was necessary, and took the clerk's information at face value. However, the next morning, while on the beach, someone did come in and take all our used towels and replace them with clean ones and emptied the trash cans, and this was repeated daily.
Additionally, they vacuumed and made the bed mid-week. We always saw the maid's cart, but never saw or heard anyone, but obviously they were there. And they were much appreciated--we left a tip in the envelope that was conveniently provided.
The hotel was less than half full, but we never heard any noise during the evening. There is a 6 level parking garage, which was well-lit and required a key card to enter. A small restaurant was next door at the sister hotel (Holiday Sands South), with a breakfast buffet advertised at $5.95 (not including beverage), but we never tried it. We were also told we could access the sister hotel's facilities, but again, we did not. There was a small, but nice exercise room, and we promised ourselves we would use the equipment, but somehow we never made it there.
We secured a $49 per night rate from the hotel as an advertised "fall special" (thanks to a tip on TripAdvisor.com), and felt that this was an excellent value for these accommodations.
Overall, a very nice condo with hotel features. Better bedding and more items in the kitchen would have caused me to rate this as 'excellent'. I feel I can recommend this hotel to friends and family.
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