South Carolina, Myrtle Beach: Best Western Grand Strand Inn & Suites

Best Western Grand Strand Inn & Suites: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

1804 South Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(800) 433-1461

visited fall 2011

Friction Factor = LOW FRICTION
Value = RECOMMENDED
as a motel

First, repeating my comment above, you should know that in my reviews I strive to take into account the reasonable expectations for the target audience. In the case of hotel/motel reviews, if the target audience is seeking an economical motel type experience, then I am happy to evaluate the site on that basis and give an excellent rating that might seem ludicrous in comparison to a luxury hotel. But the luxury hotel's target audience has entirely different expectations and my evaluations reflect that. So, with that in mind...

Looking at the photo on this hotel's website and seeing its Best Western Plus designation, I had certain expectations before arriving. It was a surprise to discover it is a motel, not a hotel. As motels go, this one is reasonably nice. My room was clean. It has a small kitchenette, a flat screen TV, a king bed, and a very tiny bathroom. Unusually, the a/c wall unit (quieter than normal) is controlled by a room thermostat—much better at controlling room temperature. It has a work desk and comfortable chair. For the whole day I thought there was no power outlet for my computer, so I unplugged the TV to make room. Then I discovered I'd not been very observant. Having sat at the desk looking along the top and underneath, looking on the wall on both sides...I did not see the big black power box mounted to the right side of the desk.

The night stand power outlet is full so I was not able to plug in my cell phone charger there (I use it as my Kindle—much better for reading in bed...or anywhere in my opinion...than the Kindle pad). Why don't hotels use night stand lamps with an easily accessible (while lying down) switch? I tried to connect to the motel's wi-fi but was not prompted for authentication with IE9. I was able to connect with Firefox. Normally I just use by Verizon Wireless broadband connection and it works fine in this area as you'd expect.

the view from my room

the view from my room

The room has a balcony. I knew before arriving that this property is not beach front (it is across the street and down from a beach entry point). The staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful. I observed the manager, Dennis, helping guests to feel welcome.

Breakfast was fine. It was the usual light breakfast fixings that are practical for this type of property. The breakfast area was managed by a brightly smiling and very helpful Teresa (she even made my waffle for me and other guests...which I suspect is partially to do with messes that guests can make of it). They even set tables outside to reduce crowding.

The owner, Jack Robertson, gave me a tour of their beach front property across the street from the main complex. The rooms are small but otherwise comfortable. It has an indoor pool available to all guests at either site in addition to the outdoor pool and small lazy river at the main site. When guests check out they can get a special key that provides access to the indoor pool and dressing rooms/showers. So a family can continue enjoying the beach after they check out, take a shower, and head out for home.

Jack also showed me the stand alone cottages behind the main complex. I saw a three bedroom unit and a one bedroom unit. All are nicely appointed and look very comfortable.

distance to the beach from the main complex (there is also a building on the beach)

distance to the beach from the main complex (there is also a building on the beach)

ocean front building

ocean front building

separate cottages

separate cottages