We rented unit 912 in the Renaissance Tower from Smith Rentals the week of 8/14/2010. This was our first trip to Myrtle Beach and quite honestly we were a little nervous about staying at the Myrtle Beach Resort because of all the negative reviews. Smith Rentals has a special rate that if you stay 7 nights, you only have to pay for 5. Therefore, the rate for our unit was probably $300 or $400 less than others in the building. With this in mind, our expectations were not that high.
Upon arriving at the resort, the security guard was friendly and efficient. We saw security personnel going and coming alot during our stay. They do a good job of making their presence known around the resort. The resort felt safe and secure day and night.
The first thing we noticed was how well landscaped, clean and beautiful the grounds of the resort were. Crepe Myrtles, palm trees, and lots of lush vegetation were everywhere. There were always people working on the grounds. They do a great job. The parking lot for the Renaissance Tower is separated from the building by a small man made lake. Others have complained about the distance they had to walk from the parking lot to the building, but quite honestly, we loved walking across the bridge. There was so much nature in that small area. There was a pair of white swans that lived there along with ducks, turtles, fish and even a rabbit. We couldn't help but stop and watch them each time we went to the parking lot.
The Renaissance Tower, built in the 80's is beginning to show its age. The furniture and decor in the lobby are dated and faded and the wall paper was coming off the wall in a few places. However, the resort staff kept it very clean and despite its age, it was welcoming when you came in. We did not see trash in any of the hallways. There is alot of traffic here as this is where the 3 elevators are. The elevators were very crowded and busy the entire time we were there. We never had to wait more than a couple of minutes so it wasn't a big deal. There was also a laundry, game room, hot tub, sauna, convenience store and a deli on the first floor. We used the laundry several times and the washers and dryers functioned well.
We were so pleasantly surprised by our 2 bedroom 2 bath unit. We opened the door, expecting the worst and were welcomed by a fresh clean smell. The living room had a comfortable sofa and love seat along with wicker side tables and coffee table with matching wicker tv table, The dining room contained a glass and rattan table with six chairs. The kitchen was furnished nicely with quality pots and pans, bake ware, a blender, toaster and microwave. Although the refrigerator functioned, I think it will need to be replaced soon. The ice maker worked great though. Granted the dishes and flat ware were a mish mash and weren't very pretty, it served its purpose. For the rate we paid, we didn't care.
One of our biggest fears was that the air conditioning would not work. Again, it worked perfectly our entire stay. Because the master bedroom is a lockoff unit, it had its own separate air conditioning unit which we used as well.
One of the bedrooms had a queen size bed that was in good condition and very comfortable. The other bedroom had twin beds which were in good condition and our boys thought they were comfortable as well. Both bathrooms had new looking shower curtains, new light fixtures and were freshly painted. There was plenty of hot water and good water pressure.
The rest of the unit had been freshly painted as well with nice accent colors. New light fixtures were in the dining room and kitchen. Granted, this was definitely a rental unit. There were no personal chochkies around collecting dust. We prefer it this way.
As others have stated, the view from the south facing side of the tower is Ocean Lakes Campground. At an angle you can see the ocean. We enjoyed both. We are not campers so we enjoyed watching all the activity below. Apparently the teenagers there like to cruise in their golf carts at night. Very cool. And always, there was the view of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.
The unit had a long balcony with access from the master bedroom and the living room. The owners provided only two old broken plastic chairs. It would have been nice to have been able to sit out there and enjoy the view. (again great rate, we didn't really care.)
The resort has four nice outdoor pools and a couple of indoor pools as well as a childrens water park. All were clean and well maintained. Very family oriented.
The only negative thing we can say about our experience at this resort was that there were so many people smoking on the beach and around the pool - all of the pools! There is nothing more disgusting than wet cigarette butts on the ground around the pool not to mention the stench of a cancer stick blowing in the wind. The beach IS very crowded as others have stated, especially at high tide. This we would not have minded had there not been nasty cigarette smoke blowing in our faces all the time. We encountered several times a mother or father holding a baby or toddler with a cigarette dangling out of their mouths - so low class and pathetic.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay here, although I'm not sure we would return. We had the chance to explore Surfside Beach, which is non smoking, Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island while we were there. The further south we drove from Myrtle Beach, the less commercialized it became and more natural looking it was. I would recommend staying here if you could get an exceptionally good rate like we did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Myrtle Beach South Carolina Vacation Rentals and Myrtle Beach Condo Sales The 33 acre gated oceanfront Myrtle Beach Resort offers privately owned vacation condo rentals with nearly 700 feet of white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters directly on the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to 24 hour gated security, we offer a lazy river water park featuring a 375 foot lazy river and wet deck, four outdoor pools (one beach front), two indoor pools, three health spas complete with steam rooms, saunas and jacuzzis, combined with four of the Grand Strand's finest lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, and Free wireless internet access to offer every guest a vacation to remember. Top this off with The Quarter Deck Oceanfront Bar and Grill and The Galley for pizza and ice cream and we have all you need without ever leaving the grounds! Myrtle Beach, SC has been selected the "Best Family Beach" by the Travel Channel. Amusement parks, water parks, restaurants, live entertainment, museums, nature preserves, and outlet shopping combine with over 100 golf courses to provide options sure to please every family member. You will find events and entertainment all year long at The Myrtle Beach Resort. In addition, during the summer months the resort has a Children's Activities Program to help keep the kids entertained without leaving the comfort of the resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Myrtle Beach Hotel Myrtle Beach
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