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Myrtle Beach has a 60-mile stretch of sandy beach with a mile-long boardwalk. This leaves a lot of room for hotels and resorts with sea views and direct beach access. Being near the water is rarely the cheapest way to stay, but this South Carolina beach enclave has hotels in a range of price points with varying amenities, so it won’t be hard to find the hotel you want for the vacation budget you’re working with. Here are the seven best hotels we think really stand out for families looking to spend a few days out at the beach, based on whether you want….
…To be away from everyone else
Doubletree by Hilton Myrtle Beach sits right next to Myrtle Beach State Park, a little bit apart from the main strip of beach hotels. It has three outdoor pools, including a kiddie area, and a lazy river. There are also two indoor pools in case you get that dreaded rainy day. Families will appreciate onsite laundry facilities, microwaves, and refrigerators in the rooms. Some rooms have balconies with views of the beach or the hotel’s lawn. There’s a pool bar and a restaurant onsite in case you don’t want to go very far for a bite eat. And it’s dog friendly!
…A waterpark next door
North Shore Oceanfront and Sand Dunes Resort & Suites are sister hotels that have complementary access to a shared waterpark. The waterpark is the main attraction for families with its sprinklers and water playground for little kids, soaking bucket, slides for older kids, and a lazy river. There’s also a regular pool and small indoor pool. The two hotels also share a glow-in-the-dark indoor mini-golf course. Rooms are beachy hues of blue, yellow, and sand. Between them, the two hotels have a pizza place, a fish shack, two bars, and a restaurant for grabbing breakfast.
…A lot of room
The Cottages at North Beach Resort & Villas have one, two and three bedrooms that can sleep up to six people, plus a driveway or garage attached to your cottage. Living rooms and full kitchens help families to feel at home, and most of these small homes come with a small lawn or balcony. Enjoy all the amenities of North Beach Plantation, including six pools (one is indoors), whirlpools, an onsite restaurant, and a spa in case you have a chance to grab some adults-only time. It has beach access and is a few miles outside of town; ideal if you want a quiet getaway.
…To be near the Intercoastal Waterway
The Marina Inn at Grand Dunes isn’t on the ocean but it has a marina, golf course and tennis courts onsite, as well as views of the Intercoastal Waterway. Take the hotel shuttle to a private section of the beach, hang out by the outdoor infinity pool or relax in a whirlpool. The indoor pool is sizable, and the hotel has a restaurant, coffee bar, and two bars onsite. It also has easy access to a greenway and trails that run near the waterway, handy for family walks and for parents who like a morning jog. Several rooms have two bathrooms, an extra that families can really appreciate.
Not every family likes sprawling resorts. If you prefer something smaller, that still has plenty of amenities, book The Strand, A Boutique Resort. It’s a beach-front hotel with an outdoor pool, hot tub, and sauna. There’s also a restaurant, coffee shop, and pool bar. And the room rate includes breakfast, a rarity in resort areas. Larger rooms have a kitchen sink and microwave and suites have kitchens and washer/dryers. Rooms facing the beach have nice terraces, and there is a public terrace as well.
…A good value
The Dayton House Resort has a lot of amenities and rates are often lower than at nearby beachfront resorts. The outdoor pool is sizable, with plenty of chairs. There’s also a kids pool, lazy river, and hot tub, with a pool bar right nearby. Between the hotel and beach is a large lawn with more lounge chairs and restaurant tables. The hotel has an indoor pool, too. Recently renovated rooms have soothing tropical colors, mini-fridges, and microwaves; some have full kitchens and dining tables. Plus, parking and breakfast are included in your room rate.
…A good budget option
Palette Resort Myrtle Beach by Oyo is one of the new generation of streamlined budget hotels that offer the key amenities everyone wants and skip the extras you can live without. Rooms are compact but regular rooms are brightly decorated with mini-fridges, microwaves, and bathrooms that aren’t teeny tiny. There’s an outdoor pool, common lounge where guests are encouraged to hang out, and easy access to the beach. The boardwalk is about a mile up the beach. Best of all, it’s not unusual to find room rates under $200, which is hard to come by if you want a view of the ocean.
Eileen is a long-time journalist and the founder of FamiliesGo! She has traveled to five continents and loves everything about America’s South-East coast, especially the beaches.
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