by Karon Warren
Opened in July 2018, this family-friendly hotel encompasses everything families could want in a beach vacation hotel. From the indoor/outdoor water park complete with waterslides, lazy river and a swimming pool to the onsite restaurant, kids’ activities and spacious accommodations, there’s not much missing from this property.
The South Bay Inn & Suites also is conveniently located along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, a 1.2-mile beachfront, pedestrian promenade, so guests can enjoy a relaxing walk to such attractions as the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, Second Avenue Pier, and plenty of restaurants and shops.
In addition, the hotel is near downtown Myrtle Beach, so it’s conveniently situated as a hub for excursions to North Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet and the Hammock Coast.
Our Editor Loves
- Oceanfront hotel
- Indoor/outdoor water park
- Spacious accommodations with kitchens
- Water Parks
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
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At South Bay Inn & Suites, there are a total of 242 guestrooms. These include 90 queen rooms, 90 queen suites with kitchens, 60 king suites, and two two-bedroom condos. All guestrooms include in-room safes, free Wi-Fi, Smart TVs with casting abilities, refrigerator, microwave, and a balcony with chairs and table. Connecting rooms and cribs are available. Bathrooms have either a shower or tub/shower combination, which is noted in the room description on the website.
Oceanfront Deluxe Queen Room
Measuring 432 square feet, each of these rooms comes with two queen beds, and a separate living area with couch, chair and ottoman. There is a second bathroom sink outside the bathroom. Accommodates up to four guests.
Oceanfront Junior Queen Suite
Covering 580 square feet, these rooms include two queen beds, kitchenette with dining table and chairs, and living area with queen sleeper sofa, ottoman and chair. There is a second bathroom sink just outside the bathroom. Accommodates up to six guests.
Oceanfront Junior King Suite
Measuring 521 square feet, this room is essentially the same as the oceanfront junior queen suite except it has one king bed in place of two queen beds. Accommodates up to four guests.
Grand Oceanview King
Accommodating up to four guests, this 493-square-foot one-bedroom condo includes a master bedroom with king bed and TV, a living area with a sleeper sofa, and a fully equipped kitchen with dining area.
Cityview King Suite
With 516 square feet, this room offers views of Myrtle Beach, and comes with a full kitchen, a living area with sleeper sofa and a king bed. It accommodates four guests.
Two of the hotel’s most in-demand accommodations, these two-bedrooms units are large: One is 1,115 square feet, with the second measuring 1,313 square feet. One bedroom contains a king bed, while the second comes with two queen beds. They also include a living room, a full kitchen with dining table, and a spacious balcony. The larger condo includes a sleeper sofa; as such, it accommodates eight guests while the smaller condo accommodates six guests.
Wonderful resort with clean rooms! The beds were comfortable and the kitchen was a nice bonus! The view of the ocean from the balcony was breathtaking to say the least. The pool area was so nice to visit after a day of family fun to unwind and relax.i would say if you are looking for a fantastic place to stay in Myrtle Beach this is the place to go!
South Bay has been the nicest hotel I have stayed at in a while. Incredible room service and friendly staff. Jantzen and shevaughn both were more than helpful in booking my room from my previous bad booking experience with another hotel. Will definitely be back to stay at South Bay sometime soon.
Located on the hotel’s first floor, the water park includes two waterslides, a lazy river, a splash pad with water features, three hot tubs and a swimming pool. All but the swimming pool are covered; during cooler weather, the hotel encloses the entire pool deck so the swimming pool and water park are “indoors.” The lazy river and all hot tubs have a maximum depth of 3 feet, while the splash pad has a maximum depth of 1 foot. The swimming pool ranges in depth from 3 feet to 5 feet.
The pool deck contains many lounge chairs, but these can go fast when the hotel experiences high capacity. Towel service is provided, and bathrooms are located by the waterslides. No coolers or glass are permitted in the pool area. Water park/pool hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Just a short walk behind the hotel, there is plenty of beach to enjoy. Visitors are welcome to bring their own chairs and umbrellas with them. It’s important to note that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, no tents or other shading devices are allowed. They are permitted any time otherwise.
On the lobby floor, a game room contains a Ping-Pong table, a pool table and a foosball table. All are free to use.
The hotel hosts a variety of kids' activities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Some take place in the activity room located next to the game room, while others occur by the swimming pool. These include arts and crafts, games, and face painting, among others. A schedule of activities is posted in the elevators and at the activity room.
Note: This is not a drop-off kids' club; an adult is required to stay with children at all times.
The hotel’s onsite restaurant, Captain B’s services a complimentary hot breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. daily. Menu items include fruit, cereals, breakfast breads, breakfast meats, eggs, breakfast potatoes and more.
The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The menu features appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees like grilled Atlantic salmon, fish and chips, and Angus beef sirloin. In addition, there is a happy hour each day from 4 to 7 p.m.
Parties of eight or more will see an 18-percent gratuity automatically added to their bill.
Take out, poolside and room service are available. Take-out orders incur a 10-percent service charge, while poolside and room service incur a 20-percent service charge. Poolside and room service require a $20 minimum order.
Perks 2 Coffee House
Open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during peak season and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the off-season, this coffee bar serves Starbucks coffee along with pastries and sweet treats. Other beverages are also available.
In the pool area by the lazy river, a tiki bar offers beverage and snack service on a seasonal schedule.
Soft drink and snack machines are located on the following floors: 4, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18. In addition, there is a self-serve vending station on the lobby floor that offers drinks and snacks.
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All About the Extras
Check-in time is 4 p.m., with check-out by 11 a.m.
The hotel charges a resort fee equal to 10 percent of the room rate, which covers pool towels, Wi-Fi and the water park.
The hotel has two computers complete with printer available for guest use.
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., the fitness center has two treadmills, a stationary bike, an elliptical, a weight machine and hand weights with workbench. Towels are provided. Guests must be age 16 or older or supervised by an adult.
A guest laundry facility is available with three washers and three dryers. A wash load is $2 each, while a dryer load is $1.50. Detergent, liquid fabric softener and powder bleach are available for $1 each.
The hotel has an off-site parking garage two blocks from the hotel (about a 5-minute walk). Self-parking is free, while valet parking is available for $10 per day. A free shuttle runs between the hotel and parking deck upon guest request. There is a loading/unloading driveway at the hotel. Note: Car-top carriers and enclosed trailers are not permitted in the parking garage.
The Best Time to Visit
As a beach destination, the South Bay Inn & Suites is quite crowded during the summer months. Not surprisingly, this will also be the time with the highest rates. If planning a summer trip to this hotel, book early—at least 60 days ahead, if not more—for the best availability of room choices. For more availability and the best rates, plan to come during the hotel’s off-season, which kicks off after Labor Day and ends around Valentine’s Day. November through February offer the lowest rates. Check the hotel website for current specials and rates; also, the hotel sends out a periodic newsletter that includes sales information.
If traveling by air, the closest airport is Myrtle Beach International Airport, which is just 3.8 miles away from the South Bay Inn & Suites. The hotel does not provide any shuttle service; a one-way ride-share is approximately $12. If traveling by car, Myrtle Beach is easily reached via U.S Highway 501 from the west and U.S Highway 17 from the north and south.
While guests may find many things to do near the hotel, the best way to get around Myrtle Beach is by car. If not arriving by car, visitors should get a rental car.
If parents find themselves with an evening alone, head to the hotel restaurant for dinner. Be sure to ask for a balcony table so you can dine to the sounds of the rolling waves. Afterward, head outside for a walk along the beach or a stroll down the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.