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've never stayed at a motel before until this one. The rooms are large, clean and very comfortable. The rooms have a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. All the rooms over look the pool area which was surprisingly very quiet so that wasn't an issue. its also a short walk to a public beach access so its very easy to get to the beach. Regardless of what people say about motels, this is a great place to stay and I will be back for sure.
If you are looking for up-to-date and very nice accommodations this is not it! But if you're looking just for a place to rest your head and you don't mind a little outside noise but clean this is it. You may want to bring your own cleaning wipes. And your Lysol spray. They are averagely clean always. They have one lady in the office that always seems like you're a burden. However Diane the newest member of the office always treat you with respect and kindness. I will miss Chuck greatly he kept me from having to deal with the other lady in the office who wouldn't give me hardly anything too much trouble. Diane came from one of the bigger properties of Oceana resorts. So she knows that the Wyndham family usually goes above board for the customers. I think the other lady needs to stay in one of the bigger Wyndham establishments to realize what customerservice is all about. However despite her negativity I really enjoy meeting Diane the newest member of the Holiday Shores team. I looked over the property with Diana and saw that they haven't made very many Capital Improvements. So if you stayed here in the last 10 years you will see the same stuff that is wrong. You will see an ice maker that should have been retired 10 years ago. They need to have a hygienic ice maker here like in their bigger establishments. It is pretty gross to dip ice in a cooler and use a Dipper that you don't know where it's been. They are starting to improve the bicycles out front that will be cool for guests. Because when you pay a resort fee here you wonder what your paying for the $35 a day. There is nothing more here than a swimming pool that is not heated. The pool is very small and a kiddie pool. The extra Resort fee you pay at $35 a night could bring it close to some of the high-rises nearby. So my advice if you're even close to the high-rise price stay in the high-rise. You will probably end up going there anyway to swim in the pool and use their amenities. Because there is hardly any at Holiday Shores as far as amenities. The only major amenity I saw outside the pool and the bikes is the gas grill that is just a simple regular gas grill. One of the guests use that a whole time I was here and he never cleaned it like the sign told him to do. I also saw his kids get ice several times and throw the ice scraper on the ground. This is why they need a regular Hotel ice machine that is healthier to use. The housekeeping staff did my room every day without question. They're just a little to jump the gun for me. They tend to want to get everything done before lunchtime. I tend to like my room done right around lunch time. But don't be surprised if they don't knock on your door before 11 a.m. However I will give them kudos for at least doing the job everyday. I have stayed at some hotels and if you leave around lunch time sometimes they do not do your room. I did find if the other lady besides Diane is in the office you may want to write it down and call the office that you need room service. She's one of these that believes the maids can read your mind. But I'm one of those that knows things get lost between the tracks. I will say this overall for such an old establishment this place has a little quaint charm that's hard to find anywhere else. However I sure wish the upper management would make Capital Improvements on the roof out back of the King bedrooms. I do wish they would update the Green carpet that's all around the place. Do some painting indoors and Outdoors. If you're going to charge us $35 get a hygienic ice machine. Also put a hot tub near the pool. And let the office staff give us extra towels automatically in the room. It would also be nice to add corn hole game near the pool. Also you need to improve the window treatments throughout your hotel. You need hard cleanable blinds. And make more substantial window fillers where there it's supposed to be glass underneath the curtains y'all had everything but glass and some of the materials are already coming apart. And in my room the vanity in the bathroom was rotting. Above ceiling look like it was a war zone for floods of the past. If you are just looking for a place to rest your head and you were going to be on the go a lot this place is for you. The reviews of this place are not adequate. This is definitely not a four star establishment yet. I will go all the way up for 3 just because of the friendliness of Diane and the maid staff does try to clean your room daily. They aren't the most thrilled about it but they are genuinely hard-working individuals. Like I said if you are even close in price point to the local high rises go for the high-rise. Because that $35 a night amenity charge for a resort fee is a waste. You will see what I mean if you have been here within the 10 years like I have been. This place needs Capital Improvements. I do appreciate Diane and I hope that Wyndham will support your endeavors. I will be back cuz I know what to expect I have reasonable expectations. But this is only constructive criticism above I have faith that the future can get brighter. Thank you so much Diane and the housekeeping service for making my time good here. If the company gets behind you I will inflate my scores to 4 or 5 but until then let's get some Capital Improvements.
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.