Best hotels in Myrtle Beach that family travel experts love

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Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular vacation destinations on the East Coast of the United States, and for good reason. With its stunning beaches, family-friendly attractions, and fantastic dining and shopping options, it’s no surprise that millions of visitors flock to this South Carolina city each year.

When it comes to choosing the perfect place to stay, there are plenty of options to suit every traveler’s style and budget. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious resort experience, a cozy beachfront condo or a budget-friendly hotel room, Myrtle Beach has it all.

Here are some of the best hotels in the bustling Southern beach town.

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Situated by the serene waters of the marina, the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes boasts a luxurious experience for every guest.

With warm and inviting rooms adorned with high-thread-count linens, en suite bathrooms and private terraces overlooking the marina or water, relaxation is inevitable. Studios and suites come equipped with kitchenettes or full kitchens, perfect for guests seeking an extended stay.

As the sun sets, guests can indulge in the evening turndown service, setting the stage for a peaceful night’s sleep. In addition, the hotel offers an impressive golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, and a 24-hour fitness center.

Beach lovers can bask in the sun on the hotel’s private stretch of sand. On-site activities like water sports, nature trails and tennis courts ensure guests will never have a dull moment. The hotel’s spa offers a range of treatments for those seeking some R&R, although at an additional charge.

When it’s time to eat, sample local seafood, burgers and salads at the hotel’s signature restaurant WaterScapes, or enjoy a cocktail and light bites waterside at Anchor Cafe or Reflections.

Rates for the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes start at $126 or 15,200 Stash Hotel Rewards points a night.

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Just 6 miles from the bustling Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Broadway at the Beach, Ocean Reef Resort is a casual, high-rise resort that offers a laid-back atmosphere.

The bright and airy rooms, many with balconies offering stunning ocean views, are stylish yet practical with minifridges, microwaves and coffee makers. Suites and condos provide extra space thanks to living areas with pull-out sofa beds and kitchen facilities, while a few units also offer whirlpool tubs.

In-room Wi-Fi is available in all quarters. Additionally, the resort provides a range of amenities to keep guests entertained. There’s a water park and play area, an indoor pool, a seasonal kids club and beach volleyball courts.

Complimentary DVD rentals and tickets to select local attractions are available. On-property food options include a breakfast buffet at Cafe du Port and casual bites and drinks at the poolside Banana Boat Lounge.

Rates for Ocean Reef Resort start at $99 a night.

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Set against a gorgeous ocean backdrop, the relaxed beachfront Island Vista Resort is the epitome of laid-back luxury.

Within 4 miles of the buzzing Broadway at the Beach and the enchanting Ripley’s Aquarium, the resort’s prime location offers guests the perfect blend of city and seaside.

Each of the resort’s comfortable rooms features a private balcony, flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and convenient in-room amenities such as microwaves, coffee makers and minifridges.

For those seeking an extra touch of luxury, upgraded rooms provide awe-inspiring views of the sparkling ocean, while the spacious one- to four-bedroom suites feature full kitchens, living rooms and whirlpool tubs in some upgraded suites.

From casual oceanfront dining in the Cypress Room to poolside sandwiches and salads at Tiki Hut, guests will be well sated. The resort also boasts indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, a lazy river and a serene beachfront deck, providing endless opportunities to unwind in style.

For those who want to stay active, the modern gym provides all the necessary equipment, while the on-site spa offers indulgent treatments.

Rates for Island Vista Resort start at $127.50 a night. 

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This impressive oceanfront property offers guests an array of upscale amenities. Opulent rooms at the Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes are tastefully decorated and well appointed with desks, flat-screen TVs with HD channels and coffee makers.

Some rooms feature private balconies with stunning views of the surrounding area. The hotel’s impressive amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a 24/7 fitness center and multiple dining options. Wi-Fi is available for an additional fee.

Guests can indulge in culinary delights at the hotel’s four distinctive food and beverage outlets, including all-day dining at Ocean’s on 82nd, or relax with a cocktail at the chic bar. There are tennis courts, a high-end spa with a whirlpool, and beach access, providing almost limitless opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation.

For business travelers or those looking for event space, the hotel offers 45,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and a business center. A breakfast buffet and parking are available for an additional fee.

Rates for the Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes start at $185 or 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points per night.

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Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a grand lobby that exudes elegance and sophistication. The ambiance is warm and inviting, with plush seating areas and a sparkling chandelier that casts a beautiful glow. The staff is friendly and welcoming, setting the tone for an unforgettable stay.

North Beach Resort & Villas offers a range of exquisite rooms and suites, each with modern amenities and tasteful decor. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, featuring plush furnishings, flat-screen TVs and balconies or patios that offer ocean views. The suites are equally impressive, with fully equipped kitchens, dining areas and whirlpool tubs.

It’s the resort’s amenities that truly set it apart, though. The outdoor pool area is an oasis of relaxation, with a lazy river, hot tubs and plenty of lounge chairs for basking in the sun. The poolside cabanas offer a luxurious retreat from the heat, with comfortable seating and flat-screen TVs to entertain.

The fitness center offers modern equipment and plenty of natural light, while the spa has skilled therapists and rejuvenating treatments. The on-site restaurants, including the acclaimed 21 Main Prime Steakhouse, offer delectable dining experiences.

A significant downside for some is that the property is 25 minutes from the main boardwalk.

Rates for North Beach Resort & Villas start at $149 per night.

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This classic all-condo resort boasts luxurious studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, each designed to offer you the comforts of home.

Anderson Ocean Club and Spa provides an array of convenient amenities, including a fully equipped kitchen and a washer and dryer in each unit, so you can make yourself at home and easily prepare a quick meal or do laundry during your stay.

When you’re ready to step outside your room, the resort offers plenty to keep you entertained, such as indoor and outdoor pools, a lazy river, a hot tub and an oceanfront bar.

Awakening Spa is a resort highlight. Its menu features a variety of treatments like the Chamomile Azulene facial and the deep tissue muscle recovery massage. For those who prefer to stay active, the resort is close to nationally recognized golf courses, restaurants and other popular attractions.

Guests also have easy access to Broadway at the Beach and Pine Lakes Country Club, as well as restaurants, shopping and other entertainment venues.

Rates for Anderson Ocean Club and Spa start at $224 or 119,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

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With free parking and convenient access to Myrtle Beach’s top attractions — just 3 miles from Myrtle Beach Boardwalk — Dunes Village Resort is a top pick for families. The resort also features not one but two indoor water parks with exciting waterslides, a lazy river and even water volleyball and basketball for the more adventurous.

The accommodations are equally impressive, with unfussy rooms offering ocean-view balconies, kitchenettes and comfortable pull-out sofa beds. For those seeking more space and amenities, one- to four-bedroom condos are the way to go. They come with separate living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchens and luxurious whirlpool tubs.

The resort also offers plenty of on-land diversions — a spa, sports and games facilities, two restaurants, a tiki bar and a coffee shop. Want to chill by the pool? Rent a private cabana and level up your poolside experience.

Rates for Dunes Village Resort start at $79 a night.

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Just a stone’s throw away from the beach, this property offers ocean views, spacious villas and an array of amenities catering to families and couples.

Each villa at Marriott’s OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes exudes a sense of modern elegance with its contemporary furnishings, plush bedding, full kitchens and private balconies. The one-, two- and three-bedroom villas can accommodate up to 10 guests and provide a home-away-from-home feel.

Families will love the multiple pools, lazy river and children’s pool, where one can indulge in “aqua-tainment.” Several hot tubs provide the perfect relaxation spot after a long day at the beach. For those who prefer land-based activities, the on-site golf course is a great place to hone one’s swing or take a short drive to other popular courses.

The property also provides easy access to the beach, where guests can revel in numerous water activities, such as parasailing, kayaking and fishing. Resort dining includes the full-service Woodsy Grill & Pool Bar and casual poolside Sand Dollar Grille. Stock up on snacks and groceries at Marketplace Express.

Craving relaxation? Head to the on-site spa for a range of treatments to rejuvenate your body and soul. Guests can stay active at the on-site fitness center.

Rates for Marriott’s OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes start at $332 a night. Marriott Bonvoy points are not applicable at this location.

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This resort offers a variety of accommodations to meet the needs of any party size, from standard efficiencies to spacious one-bedroom suites, all of which have been recently renovated with modern amenities.

Most units at Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort feature kitchenettes or full kitchens, free Wi-Fi and private balconies. With nine pools, two indoor Jacuzzis, lazy rivers and a kiddie-size interactive aquatic playground, guests can enjoy various activities for all ages.

The resort also offers an exercise room, free tennis at a local club and discounts at top area golf courses. Food and beverage options are plentiful, with the Malibu Beach Bar and Oceanfront Snack Shack serving delicious drinks and bites. In addition, the Beach Java Cafe offers a variety of light snacks, coffee and breakfast options.

Guests can also take advantage of the convenience store and gift shop or purchase discounted tickets to local attractions. Beyond the resort, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is just a mile away and offers a wide selection of restaurants, shopping and entertainment options.

The Family Kingdom amusement park is also nearby and ideal for family fun, with rides and attractions for all ages. Local favorite eateries like Manny’s Deli and Subs, Loco Gecko and Captain Benjamin’s Calabash are convenient, too.

Rates for Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort start at $59 for a one-room, one-night stay.

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One mile from the iconic SkyWheel Myrtle Beach and 5 miles from Myrtle Beach International Airport, The Strand is a low-key property in the popular beach town.

Rooms feature airy, beach-inspired decor with ocean views from furnished balconies. Studios come with a kitchenette and washer-dryer. The one- and two-bedroom suites and condos add separate living rooms and pull-out sofa beds, making them ideal for families or groups of friends.

Start your day here with a complimentary deluxe hot breakfast served in the casual Market Restaurant. After, relax on the beachfront sun deck with private cabanas, take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or soak in the hot tub.

Fitness enthusiasts will enjoy the well-equipped exercise room. Guests can also take advantage of the spacious, convenient, covered parking across the street.

Rates for The Strand start at $105 a day for one room.

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront boasts a prime location just an 11-minute stroll from the famous SkyWheel, and only 3 miles away from the Hollywood Wax Museum and Myrtle Beach International Airport.

Rooms with city or ocean views are bright and airy and offer modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, microwaves and minifridges. Families and larger groups will love the one- to two-bedroom suites equipped with sofa beds and kitchenettes, offering a perfect spot to whip up a quick meal while enjoying incredible Atlantic Ocean views.

Guests have access to a range of fun activities such as a water park with slides, poolside games and contests, board games, pool, foosball, pingpong tables and beach towel service (included in the daily resort fee).

A stay here also comes with complimentary breakfast and parking. An indoor water park, game room and gym are ideal for active guests. For food, Coconut Charlie’s Beach Bar serves coastal-American dishes (tacos, fresh seafood and boozy slushies). Hersheys Shake Shop is the spot for cool sweet treats.

Rates for Homewood Suites by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront start at $179 or 54,000 Hilton Honors points a night.

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For those looking to explore the area’s stunning golf courses, lively country music clubs and exciting entertainment options, Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ocean 22 Myrtle Beach’s central location makes it the perfect base for your Myrtle Beach adventures.

Broadway at the Beach is nearby, and guests can indulge in various shopping, dining and entertainment options at their fingertips. Also convenient, the iconic Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is a must-visit attraction for any beach lover. This bustling beachfront promenade is home to lively bars, beachfront eateries, souvenir shops, thrilling rides and an arcade.

With so much to see and do, guests can spend hours exploring all the boardwalk offers. The hotel’s location, just two blocks from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, makes it the perfect choice for business travelers attending events and conferences in the area.

Guests can retreat to their spacious one-, two- or three-bedroom suite with a fully equipped kitchen and a large master bedroom. Relax and enjoy partial or full Atlantic Ocean views from your open balcony.

Rates for Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ocean 22 Myrtle Beach start at $150 or 71,000 Hilton Honors points a night.