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Marina Inn at Grande Dunes 3.5

Central Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Coastal South Carolina

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Pros

  • Peaceful location, a five-minute drive from the beach
  • Hotel provides beach club and free chairs and parasols for guests
  • Spacious rooms have mini-fridges, microwaves, and balconies
  • Three dining facilities; plus pool and beach bars
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools and two hot tubs
  • Free beach shuttle and use of beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels
  • Modern fitness center with a sauna
  • In-room spa and dining facilities
  • Meeting and event facilities
  • On-site parking and Wi-Fi (included in resort fee)

Cons

  • Daily resort fee, amount varies based on room rate
  • Not much within walking distance
  • Additional fee for breakfast

Bottom Line

The upper-middle-range Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is a large hotel set on the lush grounds of the Grande Dunes Resort. It's located on the outskirts of Myrtle Beach with little within walking distance -- the beach is a five-minute drive (the hotel offers a free shuttle). The 200 guest rooms are spacious and come with mini-fridges, microwaves, private balconies, and free Wi-Fi. Three main dining facilities are available, along with seasonal beach and pool bars. There is both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool along with two hot tubs, a nice fitness center, and a sauna. Breakfast is not included in room rates and there's a daily resort fee. Travelers looking for a beachfront location can compare rates at the Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, with similar features.

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Scene

Large resort with a peaceful marina setting

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is a large resort with an ideal setting on the Grande Dunes Resort. The interiors border between classically elegant and old-fashioned. The lobby features a large central area with lightly-tiled floors and an extravagant central chandelier. Just off the lobby is a small lounge with antique furniture and a cozy fireplace. The expansive grounds feature lush lawns with numerous spots to relax and enjoy the views of the surrounding marina, golf course, and waterway. All of the dining facilities are quite dated in terms of decor and furnishings. The indoor section of Waterscapes features heavily patterned carpeted floors and old-fashioned furniture. Overall, the atmosphere is peaceful with a buzz of energy around the marina during high season. Guests here are a combination of business and leisure travelers, including groups and families.

Location

On the outskirts of Myrtle Beach, a five-minute shuttle to the sand

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is located within the 2,200 acre Grande Dunes Resort, between North and South Myrtle Beach. It's surrounded by walking trails, the marina, and green space and there are very few dining, shopping, and entertainment outlets nearby. Myrtle Beach Watersports, which offers a wide array of water sport activities, is five minutes away on foot. It's a five-minute drive to the beach, and the hotel offers a free shuttle. For families, Broadway at the Beach is a 10-minute drive away and features live entertainment, shops, and restaurants; Alligator Adventure is a 10-minute drive; the popular Family Kingdom Amusement Park is a 17-minute drive; the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel is a 14-minute drive; and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade is a 20-minute drive from the resort. Nearby golf courses include: Grande Dunes Golf Resort (12-minute walk), Dunes Golf and Beach Club (seven-minute drive), Grande Golf Club (seven-minute drive), Arcadian Shores Golf Club (seven-minute drive), and Barefoot Resort & Golf (14-minute drive). It's about a 20-minute drive to the Myrtle Beach International Airport.

Rooms

Spacious rooms with mini-fridges, microwaves, and private balconies

The 200 rooms at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes are spacious and elegant. Decor features a Mediterranean feel, with rustic earth tones of burnt oranges, deep browns, and neutral beige. Rooms feature patterned vinyl floors, wooden furniture, white linens with orange accents, and nature-themed artwork. Larger suites with separate bedrooms -- one-, two-, three-, or four-bedrooms -- and living/dining areas with larger kitchenettes are available. Amenities in all rooms include air-conditioning, ceiling fans, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, microwaves, tea- and- coffee-making facilities, vanities, work desks, telephones, safes, irons and ironing boards, and free Wi-Fi. Washer and dryers are available in the two- and three-bedroom suites. Bathrooms include Travertine tiled walls with walk-in showers, soaking tubs, hairdryers, and Tommy Bahama toiletries. Bathrobes are provided. All rooms have private furnished balconies with views of either the marina, golf course, or waterway.

Features

Three dining facilities, outdoor and indoor pools, two hot tubs, beach service, fitness center, and event facilities

Features are all about vacation. For restaurants, Waterscapes serves fresh, local cuisine; Reflections is in the lobby for drinks and light snacks; and Anchor Cafe is the place for casual dining with stunning sunset views. Waterscapes serves a daily a la carte breakfast, though the meal is not included in room rates. Room service is available. There is a large outdoor swimming pool which is surrounded by sun loungers and parasols. A pool bar and two outdoor hot tubs are also available. The hotel provides a beach service which includes a free shuttle to a nearby beach as well as use of beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels; along with the Beach Cabana Cafe which sells light snacks and beverages. Note that the full beach service is only available during high season.

The heated indoor swimming pool, fitness center with modern LifeFitness equipment, and sauna are available 24 hours. Meeting and event facilities with catering for up to 700 guests are available. The daily resort fee, which varies based on room rates, includes Wi-Fi, on-site parking, and valet service. Additional features include a seasonal kids activity program, babysitting services, in-room spa services, a 24-hour business center, concierge, and gift shop.

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Address

8121 Amalfi Place, Myrtle Beach, Coastal South Carolina 29572-8157, United States

Phone

(843) 913-1333

Room Types

  • Grande Guest Room
  • Mediterranean Club Suite
  • Studio
  • Three Bedroom Suite
  • Two Bedroom Suite

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