Captain's Quarters Resort Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Captain's Quarters Resort's highlights are its beachfront location and the numerous pools (particularly the outdoor children's pool, complete with a pirate ship). The Ikea-esque light wood, bright aqua accent walls, and flat-screen TVs in the rooms add a little modern flair, (though the comforters are low-quality) and the long list of on-site amenities -- a game room, a bowling alley, laundry facilities, several dining options, and free Wi-Fi and free parking -- make this hotel a great value.
Caravelle Resort Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The 540-room Caravelle Resort is like many hotels in Myrtle Beach -- it's right on the beach, there are numerous pools, and it's always crowded. But the bedroom decor is a fresher and more up-to-date than at some nearby hotels. Overall, the hotel is a good value -- with freebies like free Wi-Fi and free parking -- and the fitness center is on the ground level with floor-to-ceiling windows, unlike the many basement fitness centers in the area.
Camelot by the Sea Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Located on the main drag of Ocean Boulevard in Downtown Myrtle Beach, Camelot by the Sea is a slight step above some of the chain hotels nearby -- there is free in-room Wi-Fi, all rooms have balconies, kitchens, and flat-screen TVs, the fitness center is small but nice (though machines lack individual TVs), and the multiple pools are great for kids.
The Market Common Suites by ResortQuest Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This upper-middle-range property is located inside a planned urban village on the site of a former air force base, within walking distance of many shops and eateries. It has 81 spacious one- and two-bedroom suites and studios with contemporary decor, fully equipped kitchens, washer/dryer combos, and balconies. There is no maid service and the property lacks a fitness center and pool, but guests get nice, large rooms at low prices.