...but isn't every day at the beach paradise?
After being quarantine crazy with no vacation for this year, we decided to take a chance and go to the beach. We stayed at the Paradise Resort in South Myrtle. Booked a queen suite, which looks really good in the on-line marketing “brochure”, but then, everything looks so much better in the pictures and brochures, don’t they? The hotel staff all wore masks, but it was mixed with the guests. Most were not wearing masks. They provide hand sanitizer at every elevator floor and in the lobby.
We arrived around 10:00 a.m. and check-out is 11:00, so we knew we’d have to wait a little bit since check-in isn’t until 4:00. The lady at check-in was extremely nice and took my cell number and said she’d call when our room became available.
We went to the pool to wait, thinking it would be a couple of hours. The temps had changed to the cooler side of the thermometer so we left home with jeans on and I had on a long sleeve very light weight hoodie. We waited and waited, and finally around 2:00 we checked but no room yet. Even though the winds were crazy rough, it was hot in the sun. I wore my swim suit under my clothes and packed my cover up and flip flops in the pool bag, so I went to the car, and changed into my cover up and went back to easily find an empty lounge chair.
We finally got a call around 3:30 that our room was available so we checked-in and headed up to our suite. The room, 1509, was on the 15th floor and we had a fantastic view from up there! The bedroom with two queen beds is directly to your left when you walk in and has a door to the room. It also has a ceiling fan! Hooray for us, since we sleep with our ceiling fan on every night. That made sleeping so good! The beds are comfortable, but very noisy and squeaky. When you turned over it sounded like both beds were falling apart. Oh, well. It has a great alarm clock with a night light and outlets for charging your cell phone with both plug in and USB ports. You could essentially charge 4 phones.
Outside the bedroom was the washer and dryer which was handy. The bathroom which looked outdated was next. The sink was very stained and looked dirty even though it wasn’t. You could tell it had been there a long time. The bathtub was nice with plenty of room for your shampoo, but it was so high, I could barely step over the side to get in. I’m 5’2” so if you’re short or have knee issues, this will be a challenge. There was only the one bar of soap, so you had to use that to wash your hands and bathe with. There was a bar of soap for your face and I guess you could use that to wash your hands. No grab bar so be careful as the bottom of the tub in this room is a little slippery. There was plenty of light. The hair dryer is under the sink and works really good; I may buy one like that!
The kitchenette was the next room you come to. Typical for beach hotels. It had dishes, silverware, coffee pot, but no pots or pans. If you plan on cooking, bring some pots and pans. The refrigerator worked very well and got very cold. The big living area has a Murphy bed and a hide-a-bed, so this room can sleep eight and maybe more if you have small or skinny people. There are TVs in the bedroom and the living room. There is also a small round kitchen table in this area.
It was decorated cute, with walls painted in blue, green, and yellow. It had some really cute decorations. The shower curtain and bedspreads matched and were nice. So not your typical beach hotel room.
We didn’t have any problem getting a lounge chair by the pool. There is a large area with chairs and there are some chairs around the pool, but it’s tight so not many there. We did not get in the pool since it was chilly. There are two hot tubs, both of which are in the middle of the lazy river…not so good with all those screaming kids! I think I saw an indoor pool, so it’s possible there is one there as well, but I’m not positive. We really didn’t explore the hotel but there is a fitness center somewhere as well.
We loved sitting on our balcony and you have a great view from that high up. I got some great shots and my sister in law says I captured a great shot of a riptide…didn’t even know it, just thought the waves were making a pretty pattern!
They were pressure washing the parking deck while we were there so we had to park across the street and walk over. Not really that bad and since it is off season, there wasn’t any traffic to dodge. There aren’t many handicap parking spaces, so keep this in mind as well. You will have free WiFi and breakfast every morning. The restaurant is closed, thanks to COVID, but you can get it boxed to go. Problem is, by the time you get back to your room, the food is cold. Be sure to get a fruit cup, they are really good! You have a safe in the room and you have set a code, very easy, like all the ones on cruise ships.
We did enjoy the Paradise Resort and will probably go back. If you choose this hotel, keep an open mind and enjoy your stay.
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