Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark is located on the south end of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We had the opportunity to stay here for a few days for a beach break as we road-tripped south towards Miami from Toronto.
As with many beachfront hotels and resorts everywhere, the street view is not the most attractive. Driving into the resort’s property the first thing you see is the parking garage. It’s a bit of a maze and a bit tired looking — the resort has been actively renovating since 2013 with more updates forthcoming.
Tip: Make a note of what tower you are in. With 500 rooms in 3 towers, it’s easy to forget where your room is and where your car is parked. Try to park at the top-level of the parking garage. Not that we felt unsafe at all, but the top-level of the parking garage seemed to have the most light and fewest walls/shadows.
Reception check-in is across the street in the newly renovated Crown Reef Conference Center.
Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark – Family Friendly
We stayed in room 631 – a Deluxe Queen Suite that sleeps 8. All rooms at Crown Reef Beach Resort have private ocean view balconies.
The door to our suite opened into the bedroom area — a standard hotel/motel room with two queen beds, nightstand with clock radio, telephone, dresser, chair, TV, large closet with safe. There is free Wi-Fi.
Our sitting room contained a table and four chairs, fold out sofa, TV, dresser and fold down wall bed.
In between the two rooms were the bathroom and a full kitchen with full-size stove, microwave, dishwasher, full-size refrigerator, coffee maker, basic cooking and dining utensils. There are laundry facilities on site.
I do like the fact that our room sleeps 8 – the sitting room allowing space for the grandparents or the teenagers to some privacy. Having a full kitchen allows you to have snacks, beverages at the ready or for those on a budget the option to cook your meals. Simply being able to cook breakfast for a family of 8 in your room will be significant savings.
For the 2 of us, the suite was huge but I could see it being a tight fit if you did have eight adults in the one suite, especially since there is only one bathroom.
The draw at this resort though is not the accommodations. Although comfortable, they are very basic.
The best feature of the resort is the location directly on the 60-mile long beach. I loved sitting on my balcony in the morning with my cup of tea listening to the sound of the surf as I watched people walking their dogs along the beach. We even saw dolphins jumping in the ocean one morning as we ate our breakfast!
For the children, there are activities galore both indoors and outdoors with a children’s programme and an arcade.
The name of the resort is Crown Reef Beach Resort AND Waterpark after all and this waterpark has more than 20 water features including 2 four-story tall water slides as well as the longest oceanfront lazy river (measuring 575 feet) in Myrtle Beach.
For the golfers in the group, Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark has a golf department with golf packages and tee times in the 100+ golf courses found in the area.
There are lots of choices for dining on site including a breakfast buffet and a bar.
Would I stay here again?
Yes, I would. It’s not a luxury resort but for a budget-minded break staying one week or 1 month where I can have an unobstructed view of the ocean every day and keep to my diet by cooking my meals — the location is perfect. (rates start at $49US/night and kids under 16 years of age stay free. There is a resort fee of $15/person/night.)
Canadian Travellers? Ask if there are any Canada/America specials they often have “at par” deals in March.
Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark
2913 South Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Travel assistance provided by Visit Myrtle Beach. Opinions as always are my own.