by Kristin Franks
This 230-oceanfront room hotel is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, just blocks from a variety of attractions and family activities. Find anything from restaurants and bars to shops and themed attractions nearby. With the wide range of nearby attractions, you may not be able to see it all in one trip! Families should be sure to stop by the 350-acre entertainment center, Broadway at the Beach, and the Family Kingdom Oceanfront Water Park and Amusement Park.
The hotel itself consists of one 22-story and one 10-story beachfront building. Combining both tropical and nautical decor, guests are welcomed into the lobby with palm trees, mini ships and blue canvas ceiling fans. Featuring standard efficiencies, as well as one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, the Carolinian Beach Resort accommodates parties of all sizes. Rooms include private balconies furnished with tables and chairs and free Wi-Fi access. Some rooms offer fully equipped kitchens with utensils, a microwave and stove, as well as washers and dryers.
The beachfront hotel features two outdoor pools, a covered lazy river and a kiddie pool. Families can enjoy direct beach access from the outdoor pool deck. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent, and there are a number of nearby surf shops and stores where you can find beach gear, as well.
Our Editor Loves
- Beachfront accommodations
- Family suites with kitchens
- Lazy river and kiddie pool
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
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This 230-room hotel features standard efficiencies, as well as one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. All guest rooms offer private, furnished balconies with tables and chairs, complimentary high-speed Internet access, free Wi-Fi access and cable TV with free HBO channels. Each room includes up to date furnishings and spacious living rooms. After a long day of activities, the family can rest easy on the comfy Sealy Posturpedic bedding featured in each unit.
There are a variety of different room layouts, so check the resort Web site for up to date floor plans. Sleeping anywhere from two to 10 guests families of all sizes can be accommodated. Suites are ideal for families, offering them a variety of special amenities and services, making your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
One-, two-, and three-bedroom suites feature fully equipped kitchens with cookware, utensils, a fridge, microwave, stove, oven, coffee maker and dishwasher. Tables and chairs in the dining room offer lots of space for the family to chow down on home cooked meals. For additional bedding, suites feature sofa beds and pullout couches in the living room. Additional bathrooms are available on multiple room suites.
Most suites offer a washer and dryer, so you won't have to take home a suitcase full of dirty laundry. If you couldn't book a room with a washer and dryer don't worry, coin-operated laundry facilities are also located onsite.
A daily resort fee covers in-room safes and unlimited local calls. Rollaway beds and cribs are available for a small fee. Housekeeping and maid services are provided daily.
Great location staff was very nice free breakfast daily two pools and one spa I found this resort to encompass all my locational needs with an abundance of restaurants near by when needed staff was prompt and efficient
by Alethia T
I booked room 1636 through Leavetown on VRBO for 4 nights. I had a small issue checking in, they didn't have my reservation at the front desk. But a quick phone call fixed the situation. I had a partial ocean view, 1 bedroom condo and pullout couch in the living room. The room was very clean, with the exception of the bathroom. But I brought disinfecting wipes and wiped everything down. The kitchen and decor was updated and nice. The couch was not worn or sunken in. The cleaning crew was great, they didn't bother us, and came to dump trash and give us fresh towels every day. I really enjoyed the hot breakfast (included) and the indoor/covered pools. It rained off and on our entire stay, so the covered pools were great! We also had direct access to the beach. There was no onsite restaurant, but a couple good ones within walking distance. We were about a 15-2] min walk from the boardwalk and the ferris wheel. The parking garage was across the street, but I didn't mind the walk. And the front desk gave us a nother parking pass for free. Overall, I enjoyed my stay, and would stay at Ths Carolinian Resort again!
Although the hotel doesn't offer a children's program or onsite activities the beach is just steps away, and there are several pools for kids to splash around in. Kids can play in the indoor and outdoor pools, while mom and dad enjoy the warm sun on the poolside sundeck. Grab a tube and float along in the lazy river, or take your little tykes over to the zero-entry kiddie pool. A boardwalk from the pool area offers families direct beach access. Spend the day by the ocean searching for shells, or bring the kids' buckets and shovels and play in the sand. The lifeguards offer umbrella and beach chair rentals, but I would recommend bringing your own. If the family gets sick of spending the day at the beach or pool, there are plenty of other activities throughout Myrtle Beach that will keep you busy. From amusement parks and water parks to horseback riding, water sports and miniature golf, Myrtle Beach has it all.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball
Treat the family and come celebrate America's favorite pastime at the BB&T Coastal Field. Home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans minor league baseball team, families spend the afternoon watching the game and enjoy plenty of food and drinks. A club playground for kids is located on the first base side behind the picnic area. After every home game, kids can run the bases with the team mascot. For younger children parents may join them on the field if needed. Exclusive behind the scenes tours of the ballpark are also available, but advance reservations are required.
Amusement Parks & Water Parks
Myrtle Beach amusement parks and water parks offer thrill seeking families endless amounts of fun. Located just a few blocks away from the hotel, the Family Kingdom Amusement Park is one family vacation experience you wouldn't want to miss! With more than 30 rides, families can ride the exhilarating wooden roller coaster, zip through the air on the Scrambler and Tilt-A-Whirl and freefall 110 feet on the Slingshot Drop Zone. For smaller tykes kiddie swings, coasters, 4x4 big trucks and bumper cars are also available. Across the street from the amusement park, families can cool off at the Family Kingdom Water Park with speed slides, lazy rivers, kiddie slides and children's play areas.
Families who are looking for even more adventure should visit the Wild Water & Wheels Theme Park. Kids will love this 16-acre interactive water and theme park. Plummet down speed slides, dip and twist through body and tube slides and relax in the lazy river and wave pool. For younger children there is an interactive play area and activity pool. Families will also enjoy a variety of carnival rides, bumper boats, and Go-Karts. Play a round of mini golf on the 18-hole course or try your skill on the racetrack with Go-Karts and speed racers.
Also known as the "golf capital of the world," Myrtle Beach has more then enough courses for you and your family to play a round on the green. You can find one on almost every corner, so get ready to put your skills to the test. From high sea adventures with pirates to gold mining voyages, families will love each unique themed course. Choosing just one will be the hard part.
Myrtle Beach State Park
Boasting a beautiful beach, fishing pier and miles of trails for hiking and biking, the Myrtle Beach State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities for families. Located in the heart of the Grand Strand, this diverse park offers the perfect retreat for families. Learn about the natural resources of the park and check out saltwater aquariums and live reptiles at the nature center. Spend some time on the beach, go fishing for mackerel and flounder and end the day with a relaxing picnic on the grounds.
Whether you enjoy relaxing or are looking for a thrill on the water, there is something for everyone. From banana boat rides to dolphin watching tours and sailboat rentals, Myrtle Beach has it all. Fly high above the ocean on parasailing adventures, kayak through the bay, or zip through the water on speed boating tours. Jet ski rentals, windsurfing and scuba diving are also available. Families can also enjoy a variety of beach activities including body boarding, surfing and skim boarding.
The hotel doesn't offer an onsite restaurant or in room dining services, but there are a wide variety of cuisines and dining experiences in Myrtle Beach to choose from. With more than 1,000 restaurants in the area, even the pickiest eaters will be satisfied.
This award-winning restaurant serves a wide variety of international cuisines from seafood and sushi to steaks, salads and ribs. The lunch menu features a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as burgers, lo mein, skewers and hibachi. For dinner, families can dine on filet mignon, skewers, hibachi combos, shrimp, crab legs and much more. Sauteed mussels, calamari and hummus are local favorites. Several sushi combos are also available including the sushi for two meal and the deluxe sashimi combo.
Bummz Beach Cafe
Bummz Beach Cafe is an ideal place to dine for families offering a great kid-friendly environment, oceanfront dining and live entertainment. Lunch and dinner is served daily with favorites including the "Bummz Burger," wings, clam chowder and specialty sandwiches. The Little Bummz kids' menu features cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, hot dogs and grilled cheese.
The Noisy Oyster
With the perfect amount of famous Maryland style cooking, this restaurant features a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, seafood and more. Start with mouth-watering appetizers including mozzarella sticks, broccoli cheese bites and sweet potato fries. Dine on dishes including lump crabmeat, steamed and raw oysters, fried shrimp, Maryland style steamed crabs and sweet and spicy ribs. Several sandwich options are available including the crab melt, grouper hoagie, club sandwich and ribeye sub. Be sure to save some room for desert. You won't want to miss the fried cheesecake with warm chocolate drizzle.
Oceanfront Bar & Grill
This family-owned restaurant offers a great atmosphere with fun family meals, gorgeous ocean views and live entertainment. With a large outdoor seating area on the boardwalk this beachfront restaurant serves up a wide range of dishes and entrees. Offering a little bit of everything, families can enjoy burgers, sandwiches, seafood, chicken and salads. Mom and dad can sit back and relax with frozen and mixed drinks, or choose from a variety of draft or bottled beers.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Ditch the healthy breakfast food and enjoy a donut -- or two. Choose from a variety of tasty treats including original glazed donuts, cinnamon buns, chocolate iced glazed crullers, New York cheesecake and powdered cake donuts. Doughnut holes and mini doughnuts offer bite sized treats with original and classic variety flavors. Other sweet treats include the classic doughnut sundae, ice cream cones, and flavored milkshakes. Mom and dad can enjoy a variety of mixed coffee blends and flavors, while the kids sip on iced drinks and fruity blends.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi access in all rooms as well as cable TV with free HBO channels.
Complimentary parking is available for all hotel guests in the parking garage across the street from the hotel. For those who don't want to walk across the street, there is parking adjacent to the hotel for a fee.
Yes you are on vacation, but for those who don't want to forget their daily workout, the hotel features an onsite fitness center. With treadmills, bikes and other universal machines this small fitness center can accommodate all types of workout regimes.
Getting There & Around
With plenty of airlines flying out of the Myrtle Beach International Airport, getting there is the easy part. In a great location, the Best Western Carolinian Beach Resort is just minutes away from the airport. If your family is flying into Myrtle Beach, I would highly recommend getting a rental car -- although several car rental agencies, taxi's and limo services are available to take you where you need to be. The Coast RTA offers local bus services, with transportation to and from major thoroughfares and neighboring towns. Bus times and stops may be limited.
The Art of Smart Timing
For families planning to visit Myrtle Beach, the summer months are the best time to vacation. Boasting gorgeous weather and a wide selection of activities and attractions, families can enjoy all Myrtle Beach has to offer. Several amusement parks and family attractions open specifically for the summer months and will close right after Labor Day. Hotel rates will be at their highest from the end of May through the end of August.
Families looking for a more budget-friendly time to travel should consider vacationing in September, or early spring, when hotel rates drop significantly. Families can still enjoy the warm weather and beach activities as well as a variety of other attractions.
For Mom and Dad
Pine Lakes Country Club
With a historical and elegant golf experience, the Pine Lake Country Club offers one of the best greens in Myrtle Beach. The recently remodeled course developed from the original 27-hole layout to an exquisite 18-hole course. With the addition of two new holes accommodating the new entrance, many of the original holes have stayed the same, preserving its historical integrity. Spend the day on the green and grab a bite to eat at the Pine Lakes Grill. Both breakfast and lunch are served daily as well as happy hour specials starting at 5 p.m.
New York Prime
Perfect for a special night out for the two of you, the New York Prime restaurant offers delicious meals and great service just a few blocks away from the hotel. A little on the pricey side, this restaurant features only the best cuts of beef, salads, appetizers and side dishes. For starters the oysters Rockefeller or jumbo lump crab meat are must haves. Steaks include the New York strip, bone-in rib steak and the center cut filet. Sea bass and live lobster entrees are other available dishes. Side dishes include steak cut fries, baked potato, sauteed onions and mashed potatoes.