Located in North Myrtle Beach, no more than a 15-minute walk to the boutique shopping and dining concourse of the Barefoot Landing, The Beach Cove Resort stands tall and proud with 3 huge, multi-level towers. Lodging options include one bedroom suites, as well as two and three bedroom condos. All rooms in Tower C provide an oceanfront view, all rooms in Towers A and B, which together form a V-shape and frame the pool, are a combination of pool view/ocean view. No matter where you are at this resort, all views are gorgeous.
All suites include an efficiency kitchen and living area in addition to the bedroom and bathroom and are perfect for a vacationing couple or small family. All two and three bedroom condos provide ample space and come with fully equipped kitchens and 2 full bathrooms. Balconies stretch the length of the living room and master bedroom with a walk-out from each, which is a nice touch. The living room and each bedroom feature a flat-screen TV so there’s no argument among family members wishing to watch different shows. The living room TV features a DVD player as an added bonus. A washer and dryer are also included in a small closet-type space located just off of the kitchen. Though the machines are small, the feature is HUGE for vacationers as it allows guests to pack light, safe in the knowledge that they can do a quick load of laundry in the convenience of their room. The dryer in itself is heaven sent considering that no one enjoys putting on an already-wet bathing suit.
Though the decor is minimal and somewhat outdated, the condos are clean, spacious and attractive with a southern flare. And no matter which window you gaze from, the view is breathtaking. We found the beds to be very comfortable, the room was fresh, and we were truly impressed by daily housekeeping considering the amount of sand and pool/ocean water that is organically tracked into each unit.
Niceties include blackout drapes, a dishwasher, an in-room safe, and complimentary toiletries. And, considering families today travel with a variety of electronics, The Beach Cove offers free Wi-Fi available in-room. This is a feature that can be questionable as some resorts offer it only in a common area like the lobby, or in the business center. If available throughout the hotel, unstable connections often come into play. However, we didn’t note any problems here. The connections were fast and easy.
For convenience, the resort hosts a gym and arcade, an ice cream parlor and a martini bar located off the lobby, as well as a small gift shop. Covered, multi-level parking is free and, conveniently, there are no separate resort fees.
For meals, a handy café called Tradewinds serves up a tasty breakfast buffet with a gorgeous view of the poolscape. And a poolside/oceanside bar and grill, appropriately called Breezes, offers hamburgers, hot dogs, and snacks, as well as alcoholic beverages during peak beach hours. The party atmosphere around the bar is contagious with music that wafts towards sunbathers.
But surely the most impressive thing about the Beach Cove Resort is the tropical poolscape, lush with palmetto and palm trees, colorful hibiscus, and accented with a wooden bridge over a fountain. The foliage winds through a layout that features 3 outdoor pools, a kiddie pool, and a large lazy river ride. Altogether, it’s undeniably picture perfect and more akin to that of a Caribbean resort.
Undoubtedly, this is one of the nicest resorts Been Here Done That has ever had the pleasure of reviewing in the Myrtle Beach area. That said, there are a few drawbacks, including that elevators are notably slow, mainly due to the size of the hotel and the magnitude of guests it accommodates during peak season. With only two elevators per tower, it seems there should be more.
The pool area surely could use a lifeguard or some of kind monitor or security personnel to ensure that children obey the rules of the pool area and, in particular, the lazy river ride which is intended to be used with a single float per person. Instead, we noted kids and teens stacking floats to ride on, as well as using the lazy river as a place to swim or to push other riders around the course. This is a definite turn-off for anyone wishing to actually use the lazy river for a peaceful ride.
PROS: To its credit, the location of the Beach Cove is outstanding, the room and suite layouts are appealing and convenient, the amenities favorable, and the rates are moderate compared to other resorts of this quality. The staff is only too happy to go the extra mile to make your stay a great one, and they make check-in and check-out fast and easy.
CONS: We don’t have many complaints. However, if pushed to name some, they would include the extremely slow elevators and their musty odor, outdated room decor, lack of supervision in the pool area, and consistently wet floors in the lobby from the beach and pool crowd entering through the lobby doors.
With so much to do along the Grand Strand, including everything from watersports to amusement park rides, from mini golf to championship golf, and from shopping to dining and nightlife, it’s hard to improve on a Myrtle Beach vacation. Between the sun and sand and southern hospitality, it’s the perfect destination for a wide variety of travelers, including couples and families alike. The only way to make it better is to choose the right lodging, and you can’t go wrong if you choose the Beach Cove.
**It is was our understanding upon check-out that the resort is about to undergo a major renovation in the off-season. If the Beach Cove is this amazing now, we can’t wait to see what the upgrades will bring so that we can report them to you. Stay tuned!