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Carolina Winds 3.0

Myrtle Beach, Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina

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Pros

  • Located within a two-minute walk of the sandy beach
  • Wide variety of suites and condos, including four- to six-bedroom condos with kitchens 
  • Large outdoor pool, children’s pool, and small lazy river
  • Indoor pool and whirlpools inside a solarium
  • Small fitness center with a treadmill, exercise bike, and elliptical machine
  • Lawn with lounge chairs
  • Coin-operated laundry
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking

Cons

  • Some room furnishings could use an update
  • No breakfast buffet or restaurant on-site

Bottom Line

Popular with families, Carolina Winds is a mid-range, budget-friendly hotel whose 147 suites and condos range from one to four bedrooms. The hotel is located on the quieter, northern end of Myrtle Beach in a residential area within a two-minute walk of the beach. It has a 120-foot (about 37 meters) outdoor pool, a small, lazy river, an indoor pool and whirlpools inside a solarium, and a small fitness center. But there's no on-site restaurant. Guests seeking a hotel closer to the action may want to check out the Landmark Resort, a mid-range property in Central Myrtle Beach with an abundance of water features, including lazy rivers, pools, and whirlpools. 

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Scene

Family-friendly hotel near the beach

The paneled ceiling, light-wood front desk, and tile floors of the Carolina Winds' lobby seriously date it. The beach-themed decor includes a couch covered in a palm-leaf design below a painting of the ocean. But guests, mostly families, aren't drawn here for the decor. They come to frolic in the outdoor pool or float on inner tubes along the small lazy river. Views from the pool area are of palm trees and the ocean. And blue lounge chairs lined up on the lawn offer guests another spot, aside from the beach and the pool area, to catch some sun.

Location

In a quiet residential area at the north end of Myrtle Beach

Carolina Winds is located on the northern end of Myrtle Beach near residences and condos. It’s farther away from the major tourist attractions and action, but Broadway at the Beach and the SkyWheel are within a 15-minute drive. Pine Lakes Golf Course is within a six-minute drive. There are several restaurants within walking distance, including Cheeseburger in Paradise and Bonefish Grill. It’s about a 25-minute drive to Myrtle Beach International Airport.

Rooms

Homey rooms range from One-Bedroom Suites to a Four- to Six-Bedroom Penthouse 

The apartment-style rooms vary in decor but exude a homey, airy vibe. Furnishings include colorful patterned bedding, potted plants, and bamboo pieces. Some rooms have begun to show a bit of wear and tear, and they could use new carpeting and updated furnishings. All rooms have dining areas and kitchens, including full refrigerators and ovens, with coffee- and tea-making facilities, microwaves, and dishware. Rooms also include separate living areas, with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and tile floors. Rooms with furnished balconies offering beautiful ocean views are available, and the Four- to Six-Bedroom Penthouse also has a fireplace.

Features

Outdoor pool, three indoor/outdoor whirlpools, and a lazy river

Carolina Winds has a large outdoor pool with a children’s pool and a small lazy river. There’s also an indoor pool in a solarium with whirlpools. The hotel has a small fitness center with a treadmill, exercise bike, and elliptical machine. Coin-operated laundry machines are available, as well as free parking and Wi-Fi throughout. 

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Address

Oceanfront at 76th Ave. North, P.O. Box Drawer 7518, Myrtle Beach, Coastal South Carolina 29577, United States

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