Family Resort In Review – Ocean Reef Resort In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
We arrived in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at 3 p.m, just in time for our check in at our hotel, Ocean Reef Resort. The GoogleMap directions led us right to the parking lot, and we were relieved to leave our cool Canadian early spring and arrive in the land of sun and sand – if just for a brief week.
The hotel staff was lovely, and we were directed up to our room on the 11th floor, which was actually meant to be the 2nd floor, but the staff member kindly offered us a room with a better view of the ocean as it was our first time there. Good to note for those who are hoping to visit and would like a nice view in the future!
Our room was an Oceanfront Deluxe with two queen sized beds. Big enough for our family, and equipped with a kitchenette, dresser, television, free wi-fi, (though I had to unplug this when I used the phone due to static) and balcony.
Though I wanted to love everything about our stay at this hotel, after hearing rave reviews from a friend that regularly stays there, it took me a few days before I could truly enjoy my stay.
Great view of ocean – Was so lovely waking up to the ocean every day, and there was a nice little balcony to sit out on.
Good beach – It was clearly not a party-hotel, there were families everywhere, and lots of room to roam on the private beach.
Indoor pool/Lazy River – This was a blast for the kiddos, and it was salt water so no yucky chlorine!
Location – I loved how close it was to the highway, and the proximity to the “downtown Myrtle Beach” area. For me, this means it was actually not too close to downtown, a 10 minute drive away. Because of this I soon realized it was a family/residential area, even though there were resorts lined up along the beach.
Kitchenette – Although I did not save money as I chose to buy all organic food while down south, (same price for certified organic as it is for regular non-organic here in Canada!) it was nice to just run up to the room from the beach and make a quick meal for lunch. The sink is SO TINY, we washed dishes in the bathroom most of the time however.
Elevator location – I know this may seem odd, but the elevators are at the back of the hotel in weird places which makes it a bit of a pain when you have 2 kids, and a bunch of things to haul up. Even up until the last day of our vacation I found myself turning in the wrong direction.
Lack of change rooms – You have to be completely prepared when heading to the pool/beach – I learned this the hard way! I had two boys raring to get into the water, but had to bring them way back up to the room to change. Not fun!
Reno needed - The hotel is nice enough, but there were some issues. There are cracks here and there and it looks a little worn for wear. All of this is fine, because of the price, but I had a hard time with the stained box spring and older mattress, both of which were very uncomfortable. I am pleased to report however, that the room was free from bedbugs!
Splash Pad - One of the biggest features of the hotel is their fun splash area outside. Unfortunately there was absolutely no time of the day when the sun was shining down on the whole area, making it completely out of commission for our trip. Of course, not a deal breaker, it depends on the time of year, and it could be great in the summer, but it was a let down for our older son.
In conclusion, I would give Ocean Reef Resort hotel 1 thumb up, not two. By the end I did grow fond of it, and once I had worked out the kinks it was just fine. I am not going to lie, after reading multiple TripAdvisor posts that raved about the hotel, I did expect more, but I would recommend this hotel to a family looking for a great deal.