Sandy beaches and a host of family-friendly attractions make Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, one of the top travel destinations in the Southeast. The beachfront is lined with multi-story condominiums and hotels. But just a short walk from the beach is a roadside gem that offers something different than other condos and hotels. In the heart of Myrtle Beach, Waikiki Village takes you back to simpler days but with all of the modern conveniences.
A hotel is often just a place to sleep when you are on vacation, and having a place that feels like home is a huge bonus. We had a lot of rain in Myrtle Beach during our week-long visit. Also, the Atlanta Braves were in the playoffs, so we knew we wanted to catch the game.
Kim was hosted on this visit. Reviews and opinions are unbiased and 100% hers.
Home Away From Home
Our one-bedroom suite felt like home from the minute we walked inside. The bed contained a basket of towels, a nice touch for a hotel of any size. We slept a bit too well as the bed was so comfortable. We might have stayed in bed longer if there wasn’t so much to see in Myrtle Beach. Next to the bed was a desk with a comfortable chair, which is necessary for those who work remotely.
The Waikiki Village bathroom was not large, but it was the perfect size for a quick shower before seeing more Myrtle Beach attractions. A bonus for me was how quickly the water got warm. But our favorite part was the living area. It was modern and truly felt like a “home away from home.” It was a refuge when it rained and a great place for us to cheer on the Braves.
Waikiki Village offers a variety of rooms if you don’t want a suite. The tiki hut has four smaller rooms which are great for couples who want a cozy getaway. If you wish to have your own sundeck, ask for room 202. It has two bedrooms and a balcony for relaxing or working on your tan.
We didn’t have time to swim in the gorgeous pool. Our room overlooked the pool, and we noticed someone cleaning it every morning. I loved this view of it at night.
The hotel lobby was a fun place with a hip vibe if you just wanted to hang out. You will feel like you are in 1960s Hawaii. Location is essential when choosing where to stay for a beach vacation, and Waikiki Village is ideal. The beach is just a short walk across Ocean Boulevard. We were able to see the beach from our room. We were able to catch a sunrise easily.
Myrtle Beach Attractions
Waikiki Village is also just a short drive away from some of Myrtle Beach’s best attractions and some new ones we discovered. Warbird Park is located adjacent to the Myrtle Beach airport at what used to be an Air Force base. You can see models of airplanes and learn more about the area’s aviation history. Benches are available if you want to watch planes take off and land.
You are less than 10 minutes away from Broadway on the Beach, where kids can enjoy traditional rides like a carousel and Ferris wheel at Pavillion Park. Shoppers will love the wide variety of stores available. And when you get hungry, it will be hard to choose from all of the great restaurants, including Wahlburgers (our favorite), Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, Hard Rock Cafe, and The Grumpy Monk.
Find out where we think are the best breakfasts in Myrtle Beach in this post.
The Myrtle Beach area is known as the “Grand Strand” as it stretches more than 60 miles. We headed west and took a dolphin boat tour on the South Carolina/North Carolina border, about 25 minutes away. We headed east to visit Brookgreen Gardens, a 9,100-acre site with beautiful gardens and sculptures. All of these were easy drives from Waikiki Village.
Myrtle Beach was one of our best trips ever, and we travel often. With its retro vibe, the comfortable Waikiki Village was the perfect place for our vacation.
This article was written by Kim Jarrett of Southern Places and Faces
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