One of the most visited destinations in the country, people flock to the balmy South Atlantic coast of South Carolina for its subtropical climate, its long wide sandy beaches, its collection of excellent restaurants, its outlet shopping, and the lively atmosphere. If you want to stay in some of the best hotels in the area, from boutique-style accommodations to sleek and modern resorts, here are my favorite cool and fun hotels to stay in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina…
North Beach Resort and Villas
At North Beach Resort & Villas in North Myrtle Beach, I found an exceptional haven away from home, overflowing with positive vibes for Myrtle Beach. The beachfront location gave me access to South Carolina’s sandy shores and a diverse range of accommodations and amenities catering to various group sizes. I opted for a stay at North Beach Towers, boasting 18 floors of beachfront condos. For a more secluded experience, the Cottages at North Beach offered cozy options ranging from one to five bedrooms.
The array of on-site amenities was impressive. The Beach Fit fitness center allowed me to work out before heading out. Post-exercise, I indulged in a rejuvenating session at The Cinzia Spa or cooled off in style—whether in the ocean or lounging by multiple pools, including a sprawling Caribbean-themed one, indoor and outdoor options, a lazy river, and a swim-up bar.
Dining at the on-site 21 Main Prime Steakhouse was a treat. This high-end steakhouse delighted my taste buds with a menu featuring 28-day dry-aged meats, exquisite hand-rolled sushi, and more. Beyond the resort, a treasure trove of fantastic sites and activities awaited exploration. Golf enthusiasts like myself could easily arrange golf packages through the resort. Additionally, shopping extravaganzas at Tanger Outlets, Barefoot Landing, and the Myrtle Beach Mall were just a stone’s throw away.
For family-friendly adventures, the neighborhood had it all. I soaked in the entertainment at Pirates Voyage, Alabama Theatre, and the Carolina Opry. Feeling adventurous? There were unique experiences aplenty! Alligator Adventure offered a thrilling alligator feeding session, while Inlet Point Plantation beckoned with horseback riding. And for an adrenaline rush, North Myrtle Beach Jetpack Adventures introduced me to the thrill of water jetpacking.
My favorite aspect was the sprawling Caribbean-themed pool area, perfect for unwinding throughout my stay.
High-rise ocean-front resorts
A 2.5-acre waterpark
Spas and a Lazy River
New York-style Brick Oven Pizza
Drinks are expensive
No on-site coffee shop
Parking is a long way from the rooms
Club Wyndham Westwinds
At North Myrtle Beach, 18 miles from Myrtle Beach, sits Club Wyndham Westwinds, a magnificent ten-story oceanfront tower offering diverse lodging choices and breathtaking beach vistas. The deluxe suites, ranging from 780 to 1,120 square feet, present unique ocean views. With one-, two, and three-bedroom options accommodating four to ten people, each suite boasts a king-sized bed in the master bedroom, a guest room with a king or two full-sized beds, and a living area with a queen-size sleeper sofa.
The separate bedrooms offer privacy, while the fully equipped kitchen and in-suite dryer enhance convenience. I particularly enjoyed the Jacuzzi tub, dining area, multiple TVs, and the private terrace—perfect for unwinding. The Sea Breeze Café & Bar provided diverse dining options, ensuring delightful culinary experiences during my stay. Beyond the beach, the hotel offers numerous activities for all ages. I spent quality time with my kids playing table tennis in the gaming area. Moreover, the two indoor and three outdoor pools and eight hot tubs were rejuvenating, whether lounging on the pool deck or strolling the sandy beaches to catch the stunning Atlantic Ocean sunset.
For adventure seekers, the hotel is a gateway to nearby attractions such as the Children’s Museum of South Carolina, Broadway at the Beach, and top-notch golf courses like Myrtlewood Golf Club and World Tour Golf Links. Club Wyndham Westwinds is where cherished memories are made, fulfilling dreams and creating everlasting moments.
One of my favorite places was the beachfront pool deck with eight hot tubs—a relaxing spot for families.
Fully Equipped Amenities
Perfect for Families
Eight Hot Tubs
Little get noisy at times
Parking is across the street
No Smart TVs
The Strand – A Boutique Resort
I adore The Strand in Myrtle Beach—it’s one of my favorite places! This boutique gem, nestled in the heart of the area, offers fantastic features perfect for a sun-soaked getaway. The accommodations here are luxurious and varied: ocean-view rooms, deluxe ocean-view rooms, oceanfront king and queen suites, two-bedroom oceanfront condos, deluxe king and queen suites, and oceanfront rooms. Depending on your choice, these rooms comfortably host 4 to 6 people, all equipped with complimentary TV, WiFi, a safe, and a balcony boasting stunning beach views. Plus, a daily hot breakfast is on the house!
The rooms are spacious and tidy, with top-notch services ensuring a delightful stay. Post a hearty breakfast, I indulged in the fitness center or lounged on the beachfront pool deck—complete with a large pool, whirlpool, and private cabanas for that perfect relaxation spot. The Market restaurant serves a delicious complimentary breakfast for dining enthusiasts like me, while The Strand Bar & Lounge offers lighter bites. There’s even a sleek business room stocked with tablets for those mixing business with pleasure.
Moreover, this hotel sits close to Myrtle Beach’s iconic landmarks. The nearby SkyWheel gives visitors a panoramic view of the city and boasts shops, eateries, thrilling rides like the SlingShot, and intriguing attractions such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. Plus, a theater adds to the entertainment mix!
While visiting, the stunning oceanfront gym became one of my favorite places for a morning workout.
Fire pit lounge
No daily maid service
The Inlet Sports Lodge
The Inlet Sports Lodge is at the heart of Murrells Inlet, a gem catering to golfers, fishermen, and outdoor enthusiasts like me. With 34 cozy suites and apartments, this boutique hotel feels like a hidden retreat. Stepping into the rooms was a delight—the hand-carved doors revealed vibrant blue walls and charming antique furniture. The brown couches and striped headboards added warmth, making the space feel like a comforting haven.
My room had everything I needed: a flat-screen TV, an iHome docking station, and reliable WiFi. The modern bathroom with granite countertops and thoughtful amenities made me feel pampered. I stayed in one of the Deluxe Studios, and its open layout and kitchenette were a game-changer. The couch bed was a bonus, and though there was no oven, the kitchen had all the essentials I needed.
For those seeking more space, the Luxury Suites were a hit. With room for up to six people, they had extra sitting areas and convenient facilities like mini-fridges and second bathrooms. Breakfast was a treat—the continental spread offered pastries, fruit, and various beverages. And let’s not forget the fantastic seafood and pasta meals at Costa Coastal Kitchen and Bar next door—I couldn’t get enough!
For fishing enthusiasts like me, the fish processing station with freezer storage was a boon. And even though the outdoor pool was small, it provided a refreshing break. The laundry facilities came in handy, and I couldn’t resist a peek at the gift store. The outdoor courtyard and clubhouse were perfect for events, with space for up to 75 people. While the business center was decent, there might be better spots for work. Still, accessing PCs in the lobby was helpful during my stay.
Throughout my stay, the cozy Low-country cuisine at Costa Coastal Kitchen and Bar stood out as my personal favorite.
Cabana Shores Hotel
The Cabana Shores Hotel quickly became one of my favorites in Myrtle Beach. Nestled in a serene residential area, its lobby exuded a beach-style charm with its cream walls, lush potted plants, and captivating nature-inspired artwork that resonated deeply with my love for nature.
With 91 contemporary guestrooms, ranging from ordinary to Executive and Deluxe Suites, the hotel offered various options. The Deluxe Suites, adorned in an old-fashioned style with flowery beds and window valances, exuded a cozy allure that felt like a step back in time.
Each room boasted a private balcony, some Executive suites even featuring two, and amenities like mini-fridges, microwaves, coffee makers, and flat-screen and tube-type TVs. The bonus was the free WiFi; some rooms even boasted complete kitchens equipped with ovens and full-size refrigerators. The bathrooms were comfortable and practical with their tile flooring and shower/tub combos. For those seeking an ocean view, the oceanfront accommodations with balconies were perfect to take in the serene beauty of the ocean.
The hotel’s outdoor pool, offering ocean views and lined with inviting chaise lounges, was an absolute delight. The bar area with a TV, a cozy seating space with internet access, and a game room featuring a foosball table and dart board offered plenty of entertainment options.
Convenience was key at Cabana Shores. The availability of coin-operated laundry facilities and vending machines for snacks and drinks added to the ease of staying here. Free parking was a great perk, and the freezer in the foyer with frozen treats was thoughtful. The hotel provided free WiFi throughout my stay, ensuring connectivity without any hassle. This place combines comfort, convenience, and a serene ambiance, making it an unforgettable stay in Myrtle Beach.
One of my favorite aspects was the serene outdoor pool area, offering a zen-like experience.
Seaside Resort in North Myrtle Beach became one of my favorite places for indulging in coastal life. This breathtaking resort truly made us feel at home as a family, couple, or even with a large group. I opted for a one-, two-, or three-bedroom condominium, fully equipped with life’s essentials. Each condo offered a sweeping view of the Atlantic Ocean, a well-furnished kitchen, a convenient dryer unit, a dining area, a relaxing Jacuzzi tub, and complimentary high-speed Internet access.
The resort was a haven for relaxation and entertainment. We embraced the top-notch fitness facility, indulged in swims in both the indoor and outdoor pools, lounged on the spacious beach-facing balcony, floated along the lazy river, and unwound in the two hot tubs. Just moments away, thrilling fishing trips, fantastic shopping spots, upscale dining, and the area’s finest golf courses await. The golf packages made adding 18 holes to our holiday plans effortless.
The resort offers well-equipped conference rooms and professional event planners for business needs or events to ensure a memorable experience. While the resort lacked an on-site restaurant or bar, they provided a satisfying continental breakfast daily. This allowed us to plan thrilling activities or laze around on the beach, doing nothing.
I highly recommend the lazy river and the indoor/outdoor pools; they made my stay at Seaside Resort truly enjoyable.
Pools and hot tubs
Limited parking at times
Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is one of my favorite places between North and South Myrtle Beach. Its stunning old-fashioned design creates a fantastic holiday retreat for singles, families, and business travelers. With 200 large and luxurious rooms, the Mediterranean-inspired design immediately captivated me. The spacious rooms were adorned by earthy tones of burned oranges, deep browns, and neutral beige. From patterned vinyl flooring to wooden furniture and nature-themed artwork, the rooms exuded elegance.
The rooms catered perfectly to families—ranging from one to four bedrooms, each with a living/dining space and a larger kitchenette. All rooms boasted amenities like air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and even safes and ironing boards, ensuring a comfortable stay. The two and three-bedroom suites were equipped with washers and dryers, and the bathrooms were a luxurious delight. Walk-in showers, Travertine tiled walls, soaking tubs, and Tommy Bahama amenities elevated the experience. And those furnished balconies! The views of the marina, golf course, and waterway were breathtaking.
Three dining options spoiled me for choice. Waterscapes offered delightful local cuisine, while Reflections served light snacks and drinks in the lobby. Anchor Cafe provides a casual dining experience with sunset views. Although breakfast at Waterscapes was a la carte and not included, room service was available. The outdoor pool area was highlighted, with sun loungers, parasols, a pool bar, and two inviting hot tubs. Plus, the hotel provided beach facilities, including a shuttle service and rentals for chairs, umbrellas, towels, and a beach cabana café.
Indoor amenities didn’t disappoint either. The 24-hour heated indoor pool, well-equipped fitness center, and sauna ensured relaxation at any time. For events, the hotel offered spacious conference facilities and catering for up to 700 people. Included in the resort charge were WiFi, on-site parking, and valet services, varying based on accommodation pricing. The range of services amazed me—from a seasonal kids’ activity program to in-room spa services and a 24-hour business center.
The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes exceeded my expectations, offering a blend of luxury, comfort, and top-notch amenities, making my stay delightful.
My favorite aspect was the luxurious suite balcony providing breathtaking views of the marina and waterway.
Elegant and casual
No daily maid service
Away from strip
Ocean 22, a Hilton Grand Vacations
Ocean 22, a Hilton Grand Vacations resort, stood out as a fantastic beach destination. The suites, ranging from one to three bedrooms, embodied a perfect blend of hotel luxury and the warmth of home. The decor felt modern yet familiar, flooded with natural light through large windows. The interiors, though somewhat uniform as with many chains, felt cozy. Soft neutral tones mingled with hints of turquoise and green, complementing the hardwood floors. Vibrant splashes of color from wall art, sofas, and cushions added an inviting touch.
Each suite boasted a separate living space with sofa beds and a furnished balcony, some offering breathtaking ocean views. The well-equipped kitchens, featuring stainless steel appliances, included dishwashers, full fridges, microwaves, and stoves with ovens. Every cooking necessity was provided, along with washers, dryers, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, safes, and free WiFi, from coffeemakers to toasters.
The delightful outdoor pool area was highlighted, adorned with potted plants and ample loungers, offering a splendid beach view. Adjacent was an equally charming partly open-air indoor pool and a hot tub, accompanied by a sunbathing area and a seasonal poolside bar. Their fitness center was impressed with its variety of cardio and strength training equipment and the open and airy space with its wall of windows. Complimentary earphones from the front desk added to the thoughtful amenities.
While a complete restaurant was lacking, the lobby bar and daily happy hour were enjoyable. The on-site store provided snacks, including sandwiches, paninis, pizzas, and Starbucks coffee, although a full breakfast option was missed. The business center and a well-equipped games area for kids with toys, games, TVs, and laptops added to the overall convenience and family-friendly atmosphere.
One of my favorite places was the delightful outdoor pool area, offering splendid beach views.
Low shower pressure
Ocean Escape Condos
At Ocean Escape Condos in Myrtle Beach, I stayed in their Ocean View 3 3-bedroom condo on Ocean Boulevard’s second row. This lavish 1,538-square-foot space comfortably accommodates up to ten people, perfect for a family getaway. The main bedroom boasts a king bed and a balcony overlooking the lively boulevard, while the second room features two full beds and a balcony. The third open-concept bedroom offers a cozy queen bed.
The spacious living room, with ample seating and a queen sleeper sofa, treated us to stunning boulevard views through its large windows. With two and a half bathrooms—featuring a double vanity and shower, a shower/tub combo, and an extra half bath—getting ready was a breeze. The fully equipped kitchen made cooking effortless; we had a fridge, stove/oven, coffee maker, and microwave. Plus, all the necessary cookware and dinner utensils were provided, saving us the hassle of packing those essentials.
A dining area with bar stools offered ample space for our family meals. The condo also offered free WiFi, four TVs, a safe, a hairdryer, linens, towels, complimentary toiletries, and in-room coffee. Our unit was conveniently located on the second floor.
My personal favorite? The spacious living room with stunning boulevard views from the large windows.
High season demand
Sheraton Myrtle Beach
The Sheraton Myrtle Beach combines modern elegance with the comfort I adore. Nestled in downtown Myrtle Beach, just two blocks from the breathtaking boardwalk, it’s one of my favorite places to stay. The rooms boast chic decor blending cream, beige, and browns, offering all the comforts I’m used to. Equipped with a flat-screen TV, complimentary WiFi, and refreshing bottled water, it’s a cozy retreat. The bathrooms, adorned with granite sinks and shower/tub combos, are simple yet elegant.
Le Grand Bain pampers with quality toiletries and hair dryers. While balconies grace only the Hospitality Suites, other rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with natural light and, on lucky days, unveil glimpses of the ocean. Planning an event or a business conference? This hotel has five fully equipped meeting rooms and a spacious business center housing computers and printers. The Club Lounge offers a private work haven with complimentary Wi-Fi, a hearty breakfast, snacks, and beverages accessible for upper-level rooms.
Indulgence doesn’t end there. An indoor pool awaits, accompanied by a sprawling solarium deck adorned with inviting loungers. Although sans a spa, the fitness center impresses with a range of LifeFitness cardio equipment, yoga mats, and free weights. Mornings start with aromatic coffee from the onsite shop or a delectable cooked breakfast at the Southern restaurant, which is also open for lunch and dinner. The bar serves up a delightful selection for a casual bite or drink. The package includes a small gift store, complimentary Wi-Fi, and valet and self-parking options.
Can be pricier
Best Hotels in Myrtle Beach Compared
We have compared the top 10 cool and unique hotels in Myrtle Beach. In the table, you’ll find specific details about the hotel’s location, fitness amenities, price range, proximity to attractions, and nearby dining options. You’re free to sort the table based on your personal preferences:
Hotel Name Location Price Range (per night) Fitness Facilities Distance to Attractions (km) Nearby Restaurants
North Beach Resort and Villas Briarcliffe Acres $214-$270 Yes 0.9 29
Club Wyndham Westwinds South Ocean Boulevard $90-$110 Yes 1.4 54
The Strand 27th Avenue North $139-$220 Yes 1.9 22
The Inlet Sports Lodge Murrells Inlet $198-$231 Yes 1.9 10
Cabana Shores Hotel North Ocean Blvd $137-$193 Yes 4.6 30
Seaside Resort South Ocean Boulevard $288-$345 Yes 1.6 12
Marina Inn at Grande Dunes Amalfi Place $165-$253 Yes 0.9 10
Ocean 22, a Hilton Grand Vacations North Ocean Boulevard $318-$809 Yes 1.1 90
Ocean Escape Condos by Landmark Resort South Ocean Boulevard, $300-$366 Yes 1.2 66
Sheraton Myrtle Beach North Oak Street $216-$412 Yes 1.3 17
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Becky Moore – Owner, writer and photographer
My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I’ve lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up visits to over 40 countries. I’m a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian – from cloudberry liquors to Nordic noirs. When not wandering the world and running Global Grasshopper, you’ll find me walking my ex Athens street dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Lanes on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about my favourite places; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Borneo, Finland, Greece, Berlin, Laos, California and the surreal and beautiful landscapes of a wintry Iceland.
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