Coral Beach resort Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Coral Beach Resort Myrtle Beach Honest Review July 2022

Visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina?  Still deciding on where to stay? I’m currently visiting the Coral Beach Resort on my first visit to Myrtle Beach. Find out the pros and cons of staying at this family beach resort.  Should you stay at the Coral Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina?  Let’s find out with this Coral Beach Resort review in July 2022.

This is an honest review of the Coral Beach Resort from my July visit. In fact, I’m writing this article from the balcony of my room while enjoying the view on the last day of my trip.

Coral Beach Resort July 2022 review

I love traveling with my kids. I have a son aged 4 and a daughter aged 8. This summer, we decided to take a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

I’ve never been before, but after speaking with friends and family and doing hours of research online, it looked like a fun family destination. They have entertainment, pools, shopping, dining, and, of course, the beach. It sounds like everything I want in a family getaway.

The best activities with Kids in Myrtle Beach.

There are so many places to stay in Myrtle Beach, from condo rentals to upscale resorts to budget hotels, that it was hard to narrow down the search. I was looking at hotels such as the Crown Reef Resort and the Captains Quarters. The one thing I really wanted was an oceanfront resort with a nice pool.

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View from my balcony, Coral Beach Resort Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The Coral Beach Resort advertises as being the Travel Channels’ top pick for families in Myrtle Beach. That sounded great; however, the Resort received mixed reviews online, which made me wonder if this is the best pick for my family.

I also read reviews from other local resorts, and most have similar or worse reviews, so I decided to give Coral Beach a try and booked my stay for five nights starting July 11th.

Hotel accommodations are important to me. If I’m going on vacation, I want to stay somewhere where I feel like I’m on vacation. After hours of research online, the Coral Beach Resort checked off most of my boxes. As a bonus, they were giving away resort credit based on how many nights I stayed. Since I stayed five nights, I received $200.

Before arrival

About one week before my arrival, I received an email from the resort about check-in. To make check-in easier, you can complete a form ahead of time. I completed the form and was given a phone number that I could use during my trip to text the hotel staff if I needed anything.

I texted Coral Beach Resort several times during my stay and received a prompt response. In my opinion, all resorts should offer a texting service.

Booking Myrtle Beach Activities

Prior to my arrival, I booked several activities including Pirates Voyage Dinner Show, Ripleys Aquarium tickets with Breakfast with a mermaid, Pirates Adventure in Murrells Inlet, Alligator Adventure, and Wonderworks.

If you are planning on visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I recommend booking activities and show prior to your arrival.

Arrival Day

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Arrival at Coral Beach Resort

When pulling up to the hotel the building looked nice, the grounds were kept clean. There is a parking area in the front that is used for check-in.  Once you are checked in, you can move your car to another location in that same lot, or they offer two additional parking garages. There was ample parking at all hours of the day.

When entering the lobby, it was small but well-kept. The employees were warm and welcoming.  Once you check in, they give you a splash card, which is your room key. It can also be used to charge food and other items to your room.

You must have your splash card with you at all times because you need it to order food whether you are using it as payment or not. You also need it to work the elevators and open doors around the resort. Only people staying at the hotel can be onsite which made me feel safe and secure.

I traveled alone with my children, ages 8 and 4, and felt safe at all times. You also received a coupon for 1/2 price bowling and a coupon for a free gift at the gift shop.

The check-in process was quick and easy. I arrived around 12 pm and my room was ready. I reserved a partial ocean view room, and to my surprise, when I entered my room, I had a beautiful full view of the ocean and the pools below. The view was gorgeous.

Room

When reading reviews online, I noticed that the accommodations had some bad reviews. I was really nervous about this when I first booked the hotel.

When I entered my room, my nerves subsided. I was happy with it. It was very nice and quite large, and my children had plenty of room to run around. I booked the oceanfront efficiency room.

The view alone was worth every penny. That being said, it was a little outdated. But it was clean and smelled nice. 

Some reviews I read mentioned mold in the rooms. I didn’t have any mold.

When I walked in, there were two queen beds. I always check my beds for bed bugs, but I saw no evidence of any bugs. There was also a closet and TV.

Beds at Coral Beach Resort
Beds at Coral Beach Resort Myrtle Beach. My kids got to the beds before I took a picture.

After the beds, there was a kitchen with a nice-sized fridge and stove. The kitchen was outdated but clean. I don’t cook on vacation, so the outdated look of the kitchen didn’t bother me.

I did use the fridge to store milk. It kept the milk nice and cold. The hotel provided a small container of dish soap, which I thought was nice. I used it to clean my son’s water bottle.

The kitchen at Coral Beach Resort Myrtle Beach
The kitchen at Coral Beach Resort Myrtle Beach

The bathroom is small. There is an area with a sink where we brush our teeth. Then, you enter a tiny area to use the toilet and shower. The toilet and shower area was tiny. We kept that door open and closed the door to the sink area when using the bathroom. 

Coral Beach Resort Bathroom

Once you left the bathroom area, there was a living room with a table and chairs a two-cushion sofa, a pull-down Murphy bed, and a TV. The living room also had sliding doors that led to the balcony, which had two chairs and a tiny table. If we were in our room and weren’t sleeping, we would be on the balcony watching the waves and action below.

Coral Beach Resort Living Room Area

I can’t emphasize enough how beautiful the views from the balcony were. See the images below.

Balcony View Coral Beach Resort
Balcony View Coral Beach Resort

Pool at the Coral Beach Resort

Pool at Coral Beach Resort Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

I thought the pool area was great. There was one large pool inside with three additional jacuzzis. Outside there was one large pool two small kiddie pools, one hot tub, one small lazy river, and one area that was a kiddie pool/splash park area. This area was perfect for young children. They also offer in-water lounge chairs for parents.

The pools are open from 8:30 AM-11 PM. Each morning around 7 AM I watched the maintenance team clean the grounds and pool areas.

The Coral Beach Resort had towels available for guests. Towels are put out at 830AM. One morning towels were not out so I texted the front desk and they let me know towels were on their way.

The lounge chairs in the pool areas were clean and comfortable.  I got to my chairs at 8:30 AM to get the best ones by the pool. 

Coral Beach Resort Lounge Chairs

Hot tip

On hot sunny days, people wait by the pool until it opens at 830AM. If you want a nice lounge chair by the pool I suggest you come out early.

Amenities

Each morning, Coral Beach Resort emails me about the day’s activities and food specials. There weren’t many activities, usually just evening entertainment, but I liked receiving the emails. I thought it was a nice way for the hotel to connect with guests.

They have ping pong and two fuse ball tables in the indoor pool area. There is no additional charge for those games. On the 4th floor, they have a small bowling alley, pool tables, and a game room. There is an additional charge for these games. We played two games of bowling. My children enjoyed bowling and the music that was playing

Bowling Alley Coral Beach Resort Myrtle Beach
Bowling Alley Coral Beach resort Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Food

There aren’t many dining options at the hotel, but what they offered was great.

We ate breakfast at Sea Level, which is only open for breakfast.  We thought it was good. For lunch, we usually ate poolside at Splash Bar. I enjoyed shrimp tacos daily; they were really good. They also had burgers, hot dogs, fish, salads, and daily specials; whatever we ate there was great.

They have a full bar by the pool. I ordered a non-alcohol banana strawberry daiquiri complete with whipped cream; it was delicious. 

Beach

Myrtle Beach’s beach is amazing.  The sand is soft and feels great between your toes.  I’m from Long Island; our beaches usually have rough waves.  These waves were mild.  Since it was July, the water was warm. 

One of my favorite pastimes was looking for shark teeth on the beach.  Thanks to some advice from one of the nice families we met, I was able to find some really nice shark teeth.

Myrtle Beach

The Coral Beach Resort had easy beach access.  The steps leading to the beach were right outside the pool area.  The resort offered two outside showers to clean off after the beach.  They also offered a hose to clean off any beach toys or boogy boards.

Coral Beach Resort Beach Access

Top Reasons to Stay at Coral Beach Resort

Pros

Location

The Coral Beach Resort has an excellent location. It’s steps from the beach, a couple of minutes’ drive from the airport, 5 minutes from the Boardwalk, 13 minutes to Broadway at the Beach, 15 minutes from Barefoot Landing, and 25 minutes from Murray’s Inlet. It’s also minutes from many restaurants, shopping, a supermarket, and even Walmart.

View

The views of the ocean from your room are phenomenal. I loved sitting on the balcony, relaxing and watching the ocean.

Pools

The pools were awesome, clean, and well-kept. My kids spent most of the day at the pool.

Beach

The Coral Beach Resort is located right on the beach. When my kids weren’t in the pools, they were jumping waves and playing in the sand at the beach.

Amenities

The bowling alley, indoor pools, and games were nice additions. My children enjoyed playing while waiting for the rainy weather to pass.

Customer service

I thought the customer service was great. The staff were warm and friendly.  I really liked the texting service.  I feel this should be offered at all resorts.

Value

The Coral Beach Resort was a great value. I received a $125 resort credit when booking. I felt the resort was worth the price.

Cons

Although I loved the staff at the Coral Beach Resort and would definitely stay again, I feel there are some things that need improvement.

Room: I loved the size of my room, the balcony, and the beautiful view; however, it was a little outdated. It could use a facelift, but it wouldn’t stop me from returning. In fact, I plan on staying again next summer.

Towels for the beach. The hotel does supply towels for the pool but not for the beach. I feel it would be a great addition if the hotel gave out towels for the beach or offered free chairs for the beach.

Evening entertainment– evening entertainment was OK. The evening music was canceled on a couple of nights during my stay.  I feel they can improve the evening music. I also feel that music entertainment during the day would be a wonderful addition.

Housekeeping

I’m not sure if it has to do with short staffing,, but your room doesn’t get a full cleaning every day. You get fresh towels (they give lots of towels, which I loved), and they take out your garbage daily, but they change your bed linens on the fourth night of your stay. I prefer daily cleanings; however, it didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would when I checked in.

Would I recommend the Coral Beach Resort Myrtle Beach?

Absolutely! We had a blast on our trip and I would definitely stay again. I loved the resort and the customer service. We plan on visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, next summer and plan on booking at the Coral Beach Resort. 

If you are on the fence about where to stay on your family trip to Myrtle Beach, definitely give the Coral Beach Resort a try.

You know your children had a great vacation when they cry at check out. Yes, my children actually cried when we left. I was sad when leaving

My son age 4 said, “I don’t want to leave this life.” Unfortunately, Justin, mommy has to go back to work.

Bye Coral Beach Resort, see you next year.