Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, a 2-minute drive from Highway 501 and about a 10-minute drive from the beach, the Harbour Lights Resort is geared towards vacation travellers who prefer a hotel with on-site dining, easy highway access and indoor and outdoor pools.
This hotel has 100 air-conditioned guest rooms and one- and two-bedroom villas, each offering free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a CD player and a hair dryer. Some rooms also offer a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, a jetted tub, a sitting area with a sofabed, a dining area and a separate bedroom. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available upon request.
Hotel amenities include a seasonal poolside bar (with some food options), lazy river, two outdoor pools, a kiddie pool, an indoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness centre, barbecue facilities, a shuffleboard court, laundry facilities and free parking. Pets are not permitted.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is about a 7-minute walk west of the hotel, while Broadway at the Beach is an 8-minute drive east. Freestyle Music Park is roughly a 15-minute walk northwest and Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) can be found 10 minutes southward by car. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets not permitted, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: July 30, 2013)
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's rooms, staff and location.
The hotel's accommodations were praised by many guests. They described their rooms as clean, spacious and well equipped, with great views of the Intracoastal Waterway and comfortable beds.
Numerous reviewers were pleased with the level of customer service they received during their stay, characterizing the staff as efficient, helpful and friendly.
Several patrons enjoyed the hotel's location. They described it as easy to find and relaxing, as well as close to the beach, Walmart, restaurants, highway access and Myrtle Beach State Park. A few reviewers had complaints about the hotel's location, however (see below).
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the location and lack of elevators.
While several guests were pleased with the hotel's proximity to restaurants and the beach, a few lodgers had complaints. They found it to be too far from the beach (a 10- to 15-minute drive was described) for their tastes, and also felt there was not much in the way of attractions or shopping in the nearby vicinity.
A few reviewers were disappointed with the lack of elevators in their buildings. They reported having to climb several stairs with heavy luggage, and recommended those with mobility issues book rooms on the ground floor.
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #80 of 225 Myrtle Beach hotels with a 3.5 out of 5 average rating from 150 reviews.
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.6 out of 5 with an 68% recommendation rate from 38 reviews.
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8.7 out of 10 from 8 reviews.
The author called the hotel on July 30, 2013 to verify some information.