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As an iconic summer beach destination, Myrtle Beach is a family-friendly vacation spot known for its pristine beachfront, outstanding golf courses, amusement parks and nightlife. Most of the area’s accommodations consist of resort-style hotels that are situated near the sand and the picturesque boardwalk, but you’ll also find smaller budget digs and independently-operated properties scattered throughout. Here are the best hotels in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Best Overall: Island Vista
No matter what brings you to Myrtle Beach, the Island Vista is an excellent choice with top-notch accommodations, friendly service, and a fantastic location on the beach in the heart of Ocean Boulevard. The 149-room hotel features plenty of amenities like two swimming pools, a lazy river, kids splash area, and hot tubs, plus a Tiki bar and café and ocean-side massages in a private cabana. Rooms have a minimum of 264 square feet with tropical British West Indies décor, private balconies with ocean views, luxurious bedding and granite baths. Several dining venues serve Southern-style breakfast, seafood in a sophisticated setting, or home-made pizzas (that can be delivered to the room).
Best for Romance: Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
Couples seeking a romantic getaway in Myrtle Beach should consider the lovely Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. Rooms have a minimum of 435 square feet of space, with private balconies overlooking the marina, pool, or the golf course, spacious baths with tile countertops and glass-enclosed showers, cotton bath robes, and Tommy Bahama amenities. Couples can enjoy dinner at the elegant Waterscapes restaurant serving sustainable fare, or enjoy cocktails at the Beach Cabana Club. Relax in a lounge chair with poolside service, or select an in-room spa treatment. Guests can also take in a round of golf at the seven-hole course along the Intracoastal Waterway, or play a game of tennis.
Best Luxury: Ocean 22 by Hilton Grand Vacations
The 220-room, Ocean 22 by Hilton Grand Vacations is an ideal luxurious escape located right on the beach in the Grand Strand. Suites have chic beach décor featuring full kitchens with stainless-steel appliances, refrigerators and dishwashers, plus spacious baths and separate living areas. Guests can enjoy a frosted cocktail at the pool bar in the lobby lounge bar with elegant, artistic décor and soaring ceilings. The marketplace offers paninis and other basic dining selections, or guests can take a stroll to several nearby restaurants. Travelers can also go for a refreshing swim in the indoor/outdoor pool or utilize the “no green fees” at several nearby golf courses.
Best Business: Hampton Inn Myrtle Beach – West
If you’re traveling to Myrtle Beach on business, the Hampton Inn Myrtle Beach West is a solid choice. The 81-room hotel is further away from the beach scene, but near Coastal Carolina University, next door to Legend's Golf Resort, and across the street from Tanger Outlet shopping mall. A business center with free Wi-Fi, as well as one small meeting room is available. Clean, comfortable rooms have large work desks, microwaves, mini refrigerators, and a free hot breakfast buffet included in the price. Or, if you’re in a hurry, grab-and-go options are available during the week. There’s also a fitness center and outdoor pool for unwinding after a long day.
Best Budget: La Quinta Inn and Suites Myrtle Beach North Kings Highway
During the off-season, there are plenty of hotel deals in Myrtle Beach, but for a comfortable and consistently affordable hotel, the La Quinta Inn and Suites off North Kings Highway is your best bet. The 83-room hotel is located in a quiet, residential area less than two miles from the Atlantic Ocean (Cherry Grove Beach) and is very popular among pet owners and budget travelers. Modern rooms have pillow-top bedding, free Wi-Fi, comfortable work desks and a breakfast buffet is included in the rates. There’s also an outdoor pool, fitness center, and free parking. TripAdvisor members noted that a Friendly’s restaurant is just across the street with miniature golf next door.
Best for Families: Dunes Village Resort
Myrtle Beach is full of hotels that cater to families, but the Dunes Village Resort tops the list. The centerpiece of the oceanfront resort is a 30,000-square-foot waterpark with a 250-foot long lazy river ride, a massive swimming pool with water volleyball, hot tubs, a kids’ splash area, and even a submarine. Kids have their very own club with arts and crafts, treasure hunts, and other activities, while adults can head to the spa with everything from classic massages to cupping treatments. A variety of room accommodations are available ranging from studios to four bedroom condos; all with full kitchens, sofas, separate living areas, and fantastic views. Several restaurants and cafes are on the property including an excellent breakfast buffet.
Best Nightlife: Fairfield Inn Myrtle Beach Broadway at the Beach
If you’re in Myrtle Beach to experience the nightlife, Broadway at the Beach is the city’s trendy nightlife hotspot and the 111-room Fairfield Inn puts you near all the action. From rowdy bars like Fat Tuesday to piano bars and comedy clubs, there’s no shortage of nighttime fun just steps from the hotel. Rooms have premium bedding, a minimum of 315 square feet of space, views of the pool or Broadway at the Beach, and a hot breakfast buffet included with rates. Guests can take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or whirlpool and the beach is just one mile away. Parking is free.
Best Views: Seaglass Tower
Soaring 20 stories over Ocean Boulevard, the 136-room, Seaglass Tower (part of the Ascend Resort Collection) has sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and the beach. Each of the apartment-style rooms has floor-to-ceiling window walls throughout for stunning vistas in the bedroom, living, and dining area. Rooms also include balconies, full kitchens, and sofa beds. Guests can soak in some rays on the sun deck, relax in the heated indoor pool or outdoor pool, and play ping-pong or shuffleboard. The hotel has direct access to the beach and is centrally located within walking distance to restaurants and bars along the boardwalk and the famous Skywheel.
Best Inn: Aqua Beach Inn
If you’d prefer a smaller hotel to the sprawling, brand-name resorts, then consider staying at the independently-owned Aqua Beach Inn. The 60-room hotel is not directly on the beach but is centrally located in downtown Myrtle Beach near the 184h Avenue Pier and Boardwalk, just one block from the Skywheel and Jimmy Buffett's Land Shark Restaurant. Rooms are simple but adequate with granite countertops, refrigerators, stovetops, cooking utensils, and microwaves, plus views of the ocean on private balconies. Guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, however, there is no gym and parking is limited. TripAdvisor members appreciated the affordable price, convenient location and friendly staff.