The budget Ocean Club (formerly the Peppertree Ocean Club, a Festiva Resort) is an all-condo beach hotel in North Myrtle Beach with 122 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, all equipped with kitchens and simple, homey decor. Some suites offer extras such as whirlpool hot tubs or balconies that look out over the beach, too. Facilities include an outdoor pool, three hot tubs, an activity center for kids, and even a small fitness center, but no restaurants or breakfast service. The Ocean Club’s location right on the beach and budget-friendly prices make it a good option for families and groups of friends who don’t need anything upscale. However, there have been a ton of complaints from past guests about everything from poor maintenance to downright dirty rooms. For guests who aren’t married to the idea of having full kitchens, Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort is a good alternative, with better common facilities plus fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers in the rooms.
The 133-room Ocean Beach Palace Hotel and Suites is a budget, motel-like property with few amenities but a convenient location within walking distance of the beach in Fort Lauderdale. There’s little to keep guests on-site, aside from a small heated outdoor pool, as the property lacks a restaurant, bar, and gym. Rooms are well-equipped with air-conditioning, microwaves, flat-screen TVs, and coffeemakers, plus some have stoves and hot tubs. Unfortunately, wear and tear is evident throughout, and past guests have complained about maintenance issues. A few casual eateries are within walking distance, but several are within a short drive. Overall, better values can be found in Fort Lauderdale. It’s worth paying more for the upscale Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, which is modern throughout, and has a pool, spa, restaurant, bar, and fitness center.
Hotel Sogo EDSA Harrison is a basic, budget-friendly property located in Pasay City, right off the EDSA. Rooms are plain and bland – some lack windows — and equipped with just basic amenities like small flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms are tiny and toiletries are not provided. A simple restaurant is open for all three meals and serves regional as well as international fare, plus room service is available. Beyond this, there’s not much more in terms of features. Overall, it’s an average choice for undiscerning budget travelers looking for cheap hotels in Pasay or those with flights to catch at the nearby airport, but it’s worth shopping around. The nearby Heritage Hotel Manila is a bit more expensive, but offers more features like a pool and fitness center, plus rooms are bigger and have more amenities.
Hotel Sogo Santolan is 75-room motel-style budget property with hourly rates, located about a half-hour drive from Manila’s center. It’s convenient for drivers looking for a cheap place to spend the night. The property is dated and in need of some renovations, but it’s an adequate choice for undiscerning, transient travelers on a budget. Simple, tired rooms have a slight Japanese flair in terms of decor (there are themes too, like “pirate”) and they’re equipped with flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi (though the latter two can be problematic). Bathrooms can be tiny, but the Sogo Hotel also offers Jacuzzi options. Features are limited, but there is a casual eatery with room service and a small spa that offers massages. For an alternative, travelers might want to check out Red Planet Manila Ortigas, which has more contemporary rooms with windows.
The budget Rooftop Resort is an adults-only, nude-friendly, swingers resort located a couple minutes’ walk from Hollywood Beach. This clothing-optional lifestyle resort is within walking distance of several restaurants, bars, and markets, plus the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a 20-minute drive away. Features include a rooftop pool with intracoastal and ocean views, a sauna, and playrooms for couples and groups. The 32 rooms here are contemporary and well-maintained, all with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms have kitchenettes with microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers, plus there are sexy suites with swing sets. All rates include daily continental breakfasts with some hot items, weekend barbecues and parties, and parking. Day passes and night passes are available, with some restrictions. The crowd here tends to be on the older side. For an affordable property without the nudity, consider Neptune Hollywood Beach Hotel, which is on the beachfront boardwalk and has suites with fully equipped kitchens.
If you build it, they will come. If “it” is an affordable party hotel and “they” are Millennials in Palm Springs for Coachella and bachelorette parties. Infusion Beach Club was once a run-of-the-mill motel, and it still kind of is, but the volume has been turned way up on fun. The 62 rooms still have exterior hallway entrances and popcorn ceilings, but the interiors have been jazzed up to include warm wood, nice mattresses, and sliding barn bathroom doors. During our visit in 2019, the pool bar was under construction, but there was still a flamingo floating in the pool and lots of sun loungers. Food and cocktails can be ordered via text. For something even more hip and with nicer rooms, check out ARRIVE Hotel down the street — but rates are higher.