by Kristin Franks
A step back from the high-rise resorts and hotels that line Myrtle Beach, this charming motel is one of the most refreshing places to stay in Myrtle Beach. Year after year, families head to this quaint 26-room inn for rest, relaxation and affordable stays. With such a great family-friendly atmosphere, why splurge on one of the beachfront high-rises when you can stay at one of Myrtle Beach’s best kept secrets?
Our Editor Loves
- Family-friendly atmosphere
- Just a block away from the beach
- Outdoor grill
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
Rooms & Rates
These affordable, clean and convenient units provide families with homely accommodations in the perfect location. The motel offers a variety of units ranging from standard queen and double rooms to two-bedroom apartments and suites. Each unit offers cable TV with free HBO channels, free Wi-Fi access and guest laundry rooms. All rooms include a balcony or a porch with chairs so you and your family can relax and enjoy the beautiful Myrtle Beach weather. There is also an outdoor grill available to guests.
The queen-bedroom sleeps two and the double-bedroom sleeps four. Both rooms offer a mini-fridge.
Although units at the motel tend to be on the small side, two-bedroom apartments or suites give you and your family more room to spread out. The suites offer kitchenettes with plenty of storage space, a fridge, microwave and stove.
A three-bedroom cottage is also located onsite, but availability is very limited. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time and check to see what accommodations are vacant.
I come to the beach about seven to eight times a year. I even on Trip advisor's got called Mr. Beach one time for Myrtle Beach. I love old fashioned motels and good reasonable places to stay. That being said I go where the rates or not two extremely high. However I am very picky on cleanliness and professionalism of front desk staff. I'll agree with some of the previous guest that some of the room still smell of smoke. I later found out a lot of reasons is there ventilation system is not the best. So sometimes are from other units can get into your room. Which I find is a little bit rough when it comes to cleanliness. The rooms need to have carpet taken out and some type of flooring put in that would be better for the beach. Some of the efficiency rooms already are going this way. However the days of carpet are pretty much going by the wayside at most hotel chains. The pool is okay nothing special. They have a small kiddie pool for children which is very small. Which I really think would be better suited to make it a hot tub for adults. This place could really use a indoor hot tub and a fitness center. I think the rooms all could use some small remodeling. However on a good note I love the office staff they are very accommodating. Chuck has gone but a good replacement seems to be intact by the name of Steve. In the past Chuck has always been helpful at making sure my stay is okay. He himself mention the need for Capital Improvements of the hotel. They need to update the bicycles on the bicycle rack. Take up the green outdoor carpet around the hotel and put some type of better quality material in place. Fix some leaks and make draperies more appealing and more light out qualities. Really crack down on the smoking policy. And clean the rooms so that they do not smell like leftover smoke. I really feel like a lot of people that have stayed here there is too much smoking going on the balconies and unfortunately people are doing it in their rooms. This is not only a problem of this hotel but many of the little Mom and Pop's Hotel smell like cigarette smoke on Myrtle Beach. However the bones of this Motel could change this with more extensive cleaning and remodel of the carpet. A lot of times smoke will linger in the carpeted rooms and in the drapes. Would suggest going to more blinds and hard wood or synthetic blinds that can be cleaned after each rental use. However the cost of these rooms aren't too bad on the budget and Myrtle could use a few more budget friendly motels that are at least decent. I would rank this hotel as at least decent on cleanliness and well-managed. With a little tender loving care and some Capital Improvements this place can become a better quality Hotel. I will continue to support you as a hotel but would like to see some improvements over the next two years. I put my vote in for a hot tub where the kitty pool now is. I also put my vote in for new bicycles at the bike rack. Walmart sales beach bikes for as little as 59 to $99 . And I definitely would like a better ice machine that is more hygienic the one they have now is hard to get into when the ice all builds up. And I think scoopers are totally nasty. Just break down and get a regular Hotel ice machine that dispenses ice it is more hygienic and nobody can touch the ice because it is enclosed in a machine. I'm sure you guys being Oceana resorts can bum one off of one of the bigger floors of your other resorts. Every time I go to get ice it is like going back in time to the Dark ages. And I wonder where the scooper has plundered before I get there. It also would be nice to have an ice machine on second floor and first floor away from the laundry area. I know this place is over 40 years old but with some tender loving care and new skin to its bones could shake some tail feathers around this area where it is mostly big tall resorts. I hope the new management well set an agenda to improve this hotel so that it can be a diamond in the rough.
I would stay here again with family. It so close to the beach. The walls are made of cinder blocks but we could still hear our neighbors baby crying through the adjoining door. The decor and smell reminded me of my grandparents house. And light always came in through the top of the door. All neighbors and staff were extremely friendly.
Pool and Playground
Onsite, the inn features an outdoor swimming pool and a kiddie pool. The playground features a kiddie slide, swings and a sandbox full of toys.
The famed, sandy Myrtle beach is just a block away from the inn.
Wild Water and Wheels
The 16-acre water park has 24 slides, a lazy river, kiddie pool and snack bar, all within a short distance from Holiday Shores Motel. During a summer stay guests can receive free unlimited admission to the park. Some restrictions may apply and availability is subject to change.
What's a vacation without some exciting water sport adventures? Ocean Watersports located on 3rd Avenue South offers a variety of activities including banana boating, parasailing and Jet Ski rentals. Soar through the air and see stunning views of the Grand Strand with parasailing, or take an exciting ride on the banana boat. The banana boat starts off at the beach and heads down the coast for gorgeous Myrtle Beach views. Two types of banana boat rides are available, ones that do not tip and ones that may require more balance and a chance to get wet. One hour and 30 minute Jet Ski rentals are also available. All participants must be 16 or older and will receive an orientation and instructional lesson before riding.
Although the Holiday Shores Motel doesn't offer an onsite restaurant or in-room dining services, there are plenty of dining options from which to choose. With more than 1,000 restaurants in the area, even the pickiest eaters will be satisfied. Below are just three of the nearby options.
River City Cafe
208 73rd Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-449-8877
Offering an assortment of American cuisine, families come to the River City Cafe for the kid-friendly atmosphere and best burgers on the beach. The kids' menu features chicken fingers, burgers, grilled cheese and hot dogs served with a side of applesauce or French fries. It's open for lunch and dinner only.
2904 Fantasy Way, Myrtle Beach, SC 866-543-9637
The Medieval Times dinner and tournament takes you back in time to the 11th century, with knights, kings, castles and jousting tournaments. Inspired by actual medieval traditions, this fun-filled dinner show invites families to feast and watch knights compete on horseback. Watch action-packed stunts, admire the costume craftsmanship and cheer on one of six knights competing in the skills and joust tournament. Enjoy the four-course meal consisting of roasted chicken, spare ribs, garlic bread, herb-basted potatoes, tomato soup and pastries. Vegetarian meals are available, along with a full-service bar for adult guests. Since eating utensils were not used in the 11th century, be prepared to get messy and eat with your hands. Seating is first come first served, so be sure to arrive early.
Sea Captain Restaurant
7200 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 843-449-1368
For southern hospitality, some of the best seafood food around and oceanfront dining, head to the Sea Captain Restaurant. Families will enjoy a wide range of dishes. The breakfast menu consists of waffles, French toast, pancakes, omelets, grits, bacon and much more! Lunch and dinner menus offer a variety of sandwich dishes, seafood and salads.
A kids' menu is also available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Egg sandwiches, omelets pancakes and waffles are among the many breakfast dishes offered. The children's lunch and dinner menu feature cheeseburgers, seafood dishes, grilled cheese and the club special.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Dogs are welcome at the inn for a per-night fee.
Free Wi-Fi access is available to guests.
The Art of Smart Timing
For families planning to visit Myrtle Beach, the summer months are the best time to vacation. With school out and gorgeous weather, families can enjoy all Myrtle Beach has to offer. 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. Throughout September, families can still enjoy the warm weather and beach activities. After Labor Day, golfers travel to Myrtle Beach resorts in search for some of the best courses around. Some family attractions in the area also closed after Labor Day, and will reopen after Memorial Day when family travel picks back up.
Located at the south end, the Myrtle Beach International Airport is within 20 minutes of most hotels and resorts. With a variety of airlines flying out of Myrtle Beach, families will find this transportation option easy. If you are flying into Myrtle Beach, definitely rent a car. There are a variety of must see family-attractions that you shouldn't miss!
If traveling by car better suits you, the Holiday Shores Motel offers free parking for guests. Local bus service is available by The Coast RTA with transportation to and from major thoroughfares and neighboring towns. Several car rental agencies, taxis and limo services are also available to take you where you need to be.
For Mom and Dad
There are more than 100 Myrtle Beach golf courses to choose from, if mom and dad want to spend a day on the Links without the kids. The resort concierge can recommend a course that suits your skill level.