More about Embassy Suites Kingston Plantation - Myrtle Beach
The Beach is Better at Kingston Plantation
I live in Kingston Plantation, but due to renovations I spent a night in the Embassy Suites there. I was very pleased with the service . When staying in the hotel you get a complimentary breakfast and a free reception in the afternoon. The hotel is right on the beach and all rooms have an excellent view, though the higher rooms have the best view. The rooms overlooking Splash, the water park are the best. Starting in mid March the waterpark will open on weekends until May when it opens full time. Guests may also use the Sport and Health Facility on the Plantation and there are swimming pools right at the hotel.
We rented a 3-bedroom condo for the week, which was very convient to the beach. It had everything we needed, but the place definately showed as a rental, with some wear around the edges. The housekeeping was not up to five -star performances, but was improved following some badgering. It provided a nice view of the ocean, and was fairly quiet. They do offer room-service, but we chose to fix our own when we ate in. We had a couple of mechanical problems with the AC & plumbing, but they were very prompt to repair these, and also adjusted the billing for our inconvience. Great kids pool and access to the beach.
lunch on the patio
With such a great patio I suggested grabbing some food and enjoying it rather than going out for lunch. We'd already picked up a cooler full of local beers at a great store en route to Myrtle Beach. With the sun shinning brightly, a great setting, and great friends the atmosphere could not be beat. We got the food from Luigi's Trattoria as our friends had eaten there and said the food was good. The owner had raved about his pizza so we decided to give it a try. Being from Philly, we are quite critical and this pie just got an edible rating from us. We also got some prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, and bread which was much better. It all went well with the beers I'd chosen. Highlands Brewery in Asheville, NC provided its Gaelic Ale, Oatmeal Stout, and Kashmir IPA. Palmetto of Charleston had a tasty porter as did Duck Rabbit. I'm still looking for my tasting notes. I'll add some more info if/when I find them! ;)
I recently stayed at The Embassy Suites @ Kingston Plantation & was pleasantly surprised. This resort offered something for everyone. Having not stayed @ an Embassy Suites before I will definitely seek out other Embassy Suites Hotels in my future travel plans. The staff at this resort treated me like I was bringing them a large volume of business when actually I was traveling alone. I couldn't have been treated any better. I highly recommend this resort for anyone traveling to the Myrtle Beach area.
Loved this place...
I stayed at the Embassy Suites, Kingston Plantation, last year. I got my room at a great rate via Hotwire, and stayed 5 days. My room was clean and both the bedroom area and the living area of the suite opened onto a great balcony with 2 chairs and a table (plastic, but fine). My room had a partial ocean view (which I requested when I checked in), and it overlooked the beautiful pools. The children's Splash Island pool is great, and I enjoyed sunning at the larger (adult?) pool. The beach is just a few steps from the hotel lobby, and the hotel restaurant offers good food and the absolute best grits I have ever had :)
Yes, the condos within this gorgeous gated community are superior to the hotel rooms, but at a much greater price. For my money, I had all that I needed, especially considering the small refrigerator, microwave, and sink/dishes.
If you stay at Kingston Plantation do yourself a favor and drive north instead of south to dine, shop, etc. There is a QVC outlet store south, and I enjoyed shopping there. And Barefoot Landing is a great shopping area.
All in all, I wish I could go back every year. I visited in early May and the weather was perfect.
Not worth the price
Kingston Plantation is a lovely gated area consisting of very nice villas located in a wooded setting. Unfortunately, the Embassy Suites doesn't share the same beauty as the grounds in which it sits. The hotel is dated. The suites are small and are in desparate need of painting and new carpeting. The housekeeping is sub par. The sofa had more stains than a CSI lab processes in a year. The elevators (Three to service 21 floors) are a joke. It may sound trival, but after waiting constantly for over five minutes every time you want to get to your room, it gets old rather quickly. The exterior is showing its age and a new coat of paint is needed. The pool area is OK, a little small for the amount of guests for the hotel. The splash area is the best thing about the property, a real hit for the kids. A mad rush to check in was not staffed well and lines were long. No one was at the Hilton Honors check in until the guy in front of me had to yell for someone to come over. Nice beach, not overly crowded. Would I stay here again, no. I am sure that for the money other properties offer greater value.
Skip Embassy Suites...stay in a villa
A lot of folks write here and describe bad experiences at Embassy Suites. I, too, have been assigned to two different suites within this building and I can say these suites are very outdated and not very clean. My recommendation is to stay at either the Brighton condos or in one of the villas on the property. Windermere By The Sea is where we always stay now and it's wonderful. The particular unit we have is near the pool area and is very contemporary and clean. Skip the suites and rent a villa. You don't have to worry about elevators by doing this....you can't go wrong.
Great Service/Great Time
I stayed at the resort in early July and I must say that the Service at this resort was far superior than any other place I have stayed in Myrtle Beach. I have been going to Myrtle Beach for about 5 years and was told about this place through a friend who talked about the great resort environment. I enjoyed my visit - yes I agree that the rooms in the Embassy Suites need to be renovated however that was overshadowed by the staff and how they all seem to enjoy what they do for a living. I would recommend this resort for anyone that wants great service at a great lcoation!
Awesome for family, kids etc.
We spent 4 nights in the Brighton Tower at the end of August. The tower I guess is pretty new and the condo was immaculate. There were 2 big bedrooms with seperate bathrooms, a living area, dining area and kitchen. It was all very close to the Brighton Tower's own pool as well as the main area which has 3 jaccuzis, 2 big pools, a lazy river and a wonderful big 'splash' area for all the kids. There were several water slides and climbing areas etc, all in a pool with maximum depth of 1 1/2 feet. The kids aged 5 and 2 1/2 had an absolute ball. The beach is right there, and the Myrtle beach council obviously goes to great lengths to keep it clean. All in all it was a great stay. The food was pretty basic around the pool - burgers and hot dogs but what do you expect?
If you are looking for a peaceful retreat without kids then this is definitley not the place. But if you have kids then go for it. We are definitley going back next year.
Great family vacation hotel, needs to be updated
We stayed at the Embassy Suites in August 2004. We had never been to Myrtle Beach before, and we chose this hotel based on its kids programs and proximity to the beach. The location is great! The beach and pools are right there for you to walk to and if you want to go out at night, there are lots and lots of restaurants and shopping within a 5-10 min drive. The beach is clean and the pool area was as well. The only complaint I have about the pools is that they were FREEZING in August. And I do mean, freezing!!! The water park has water that is approximately 1 foot deep and my children would not even go into the water park because it was too cold to even have your feet in. I spoke to one lady there who had been going to this hotel for 4 years and she said she had never experienced the pools like that before.
The hotel needs to be updated really badly. We were on the 19th floor and our room had stains on the carpet, stains on the furniture, peeling wallpaper in the bathroom, and peeling paint on the balcony. The elevators that you read about in previous reviews are true. They are incredibly slow. On weekends, you can expect a 15-20 min wait to get downstairs. We ended up using the service elevator (marked for laundry only) so that we didn't miss breakfast. A man and his son also got on the elevator with us so that he did not miss his plane - he had been there for more than 35 minutes!
Overall, the place is nice but don't expect the same quality as you typically get at every other Embassy Suites. I reserved our room through Priceline and got it for a great rate, so overall I was very pleased. I would NOT pay full rack-rate for this hotel, it is definitely not worth it. But if you can get it on Priceline or Hotwire or through a sale on any other website, you can't beat it. There are not too many hotels in Myrtle that have a beach and several pools and a water park, so it is definitely worth overlooking some of the hotel blemishes.