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Sands Ocean Club Resort

This is a 3 star hotel in Myrtle Beach
9550 Shore Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC, U.S.A.
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Beachfront resort with multiple on-site dining and recreational facilities
Pros 
  • Free Wi-Fi, parking and airport shuttle
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers enjoyed the beachfront location
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several reviewers enjoyed meals at the on-site restaurants
  • Several guests praised the views of the ocean from their rooms
Cons 
  • Many guests thought that their rooms were in need of updates and renovations
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Editor's Analysis

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Updated on Jul 3, 2013
Overview
This hotel is situated among other hotels on Myrtle Beach, with the hotel's Dunes Golf Course an 11-minute drive away. Offering multiple on-site dining and recreational amenities, this property is well suited for guests looking for resort-style beachfront accommodations.

Both smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available. All rooms include a mini-fridge, a microwave, a coffeemaker, a private balcony, a TV, a safe and air conditioning. Efficiency rooms include a kitchenette and are furnished with two double beds. All rooms offer free Wi-Fi.

One-, two- and three-bedrooms suites also include separate living and bedroom areas, a sofabed, a full kitchen and a dining area. The bedrooms in one-bedroom suites are furnished with one queen bed, while bedrooms in two-bedroom suites are furnished with one double bed and two twin beds. Three-bedrooms suites are configured with a two-bedroom suite and an adjoining efficiency suite, furnished with three double beds, two twin beds and a sofabed.

Free covered parking is available on site and pets are not permitted.

There are multiple on-site dining options. Window's Oceanfront Restaurant serves breakfast only, while the River City Cafe serves lunch and dinner. Sandal's Lounge features Karaoke and serves light meals and alcoholic beverages. Annie's Beach Bar serves snacks and beverages poolside. 

On-site recreational facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, a lazy river, a hot tub, a waterpark, a fitness centre, a seasonal kids' club and a golf course. Other on-site amenities include a spa, concierge service, an ATM, coin-operated laundry machines, conference space, a convenience store, a gift shop, a 24-hour front desk and a free airport shuttle service.

There are four golf courses, including Whispering Pines Golf Club, within a 14-minute drive.

Broadway at the Beach, Pavilion Nostalgia Park and Ripley's Aquarium are all a 17-minute drive away. Pier 14 Restaurant and Bar (on the beach) and Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel, as well as various restaurants and boutiques, are located along the boardwalk, which is a 20-minute drive away. Pirates' Watch Adventure Mini-Golf and the Grand Strand Shopping Plaza are both 24 minutes away by car. 

Wild Water and Wheels, an amusement park, is about 34 minutes away by car. The Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) is 26 minutes away by car. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)
The Good
The beachfront location of this hotel was frequently praised by guests, among the reviews used for this analysis. Reviewers enjoyed the direct beach access and some guests said that they found shopping and restaurants within walking distance. A couple of reviewers described the beach as lovely and relaxing.

The staff throughout the hotel were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service.

Several guests described enjoyable meals at the on-site restaurants, while several other reviewers appreciated the live entertainment at the on-site bars. A few reviewers said they were pleased with the on-site pools and recreational facilities.

Several guests praised the ocean views from their rooms. Several reviewers agreed that their rooms were clean and generally comfortable, however, some other guests expressed concerns about their rooms (see below for more details).

The Bad
There were a few common concerns found for this property, among the reviews sourced for this editorial.

Many guests thought that their rooms were in need of updates and renovations. These guests described dated bathroom fixtures, worn furnishings and stained carpeting. Several reviewers said that their rooms did not meet their cleanliness expectations, while several other guests complained about having to frequently make requests for clean towels during their stay.
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.6 out of 5, with 75% of 1,450 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #112 out of 223 hotels in Myrtle Beach, with an average score of 3 out of 5, from 508 reviews.

Amenities

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Sands Ocean Club Resort

  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Elevator / Lift
  • Air Conditioned
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Private beach
  • Laundry service
  • Shops
  • Golf Course (nearby)
  • Beach (Direct Access)
  • Karaoke
  • Nightclubs
  • Water Activities
  • Fishing
  • Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Spa & Wellness Centre
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Kids Club
  • Coffee Shop/Cafeteria
  • Souvenirs/Gift Shop
  • Family Room
  • Self Laundry


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