Not ever writing a review about a hotel before, but using TripAdvisor to pinpoint where we stayed, I needed to let everyone else know what I found.
My family, 7 of us booked a 3 bedroom condo. We arrived early due to a morning flight. Once at the hotel we were informed that our room was not ready. I requested a room as soon as possible due to my handicapped mother. The staff told me to check back in within the hour. At the hour mark I checked in at the front desk with a lovely woman, Tracy. Tracy was very polite, courteous and very professional. She was able to locate us a room and get us situated hours ahead of normal check in. Thank you Tracy!!!!!!
Our room was very spacious, clean and well stocked. We had cookware, plates, cups, glasses, silverware and all kitchen appliances. This all came in handy. Our group doesn't go out to breakfast or lunch. We visited the local grocery store, (go early or late to beat crowds), picked up breakfast / lunch supplies and we were able to "cook" in all week with no issues. The hotel provided dishwashing soap for dishwasher.
Day to day our group alternated between the beach and pool area. Claim "your" pool chair early or you will hard pressed to locate another. I'm an early riser, so claiming "my" spot was easy at 6:30AM. Most chairs / lounges were claimed before 8:30AM. The hotel has signing saying no reserving of chairs, but it's not enforced. It's really a non issue, I seen no one complaining. You might not get the exact chair you had yesterday, but you sat close by. The only issue I seen is the groups or families who rearrange an entire section of chairs to accomodate themselves. Including moving "your" chairs to get themselves more shade tree space.
The pools are fine. Nothing real fancy. Depth 5 feet to shallow wading area. Lot's of kids! Lot's of little kids! No lifeguard so parents must keep track of their children. It's noisy, but hey it's a family resort. If you only want adults at your pool, you need to go somewhere else. During the week you have two different people playing music near the pool bar. Nice touch! Not knowing their names, they did an excellent job! The pool bar was great, food and drinks, and the mango flavored frozen Mai Tai, WOW! It's a little pricey but heck your on vacation! The also have people walking around with menus so you never have to leave your pool chair! It was HOT this week so a frozen drink while cooling off in the pool was wonderful!
Having traveled to Myrtle Beach many times, the resort seems it's the closet to the ocean than many other hotels. This was a plus with my handicapped mother. Having her walk the shorest distance possible was great. Also having her transverse the fewest amount of steps was good too. Also the pools are equipped with handrails in the pool itself to aid in a handicapped person entering and exiting the water. Again, Nice Touch!
Reading some of the other reviews, people complain about the parking garages. Sure they're small and tight. But they have strategically placed mirrors which aid you around those corners. If your a competent driver, take your time, go slow and you won't have any issues. Back in to your spot! Like the sign reads, "It's easier"!
Island Vista was great! No issues, no problems, book your trip without hesitation!
Another fantastic trip to Myrtle Beach!
Thanks again to the staff! Especially Tracy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reopened in May 2006, Island Vista features brand new luxury 1,2,3 and 4-bedroom suites set in a quiet residential neighborhood. These new facilities compliment the long established traditions of Island Vista - from a warm reception by our familiar friendly staff to a relaxed, unhurried atmosphere. Featuring award-wining dining in the oceanfront Cypress Room, indoor/outdoor water amenities, exercise rooom, oceanfront pool bar and grill (seasonally). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Island Vista Myrtle Beach