As past visitors to Myrtle Beach know, the 60-mile stretch of South Carolina coastline known as the Grand Strand is lined with dozens of oceanfront, family-friendly hotels and resorts. But the 15-floor Landmark Resort stands out among its neighbors for its affordability, its central location and its slew of on-site amenities, including indoor and outdoor pools, two lazy rivers, a video arcade and a water park.
Even if you venture here in the off-season months in early spring or in late fall, the hotel's energetic atmosphere will put you in a summer state of mind. Plan to spend at least three days here. Between the draw of the sea, the many water-based activities on-site and the endless list of must-see attractions in town, you'll have a full itinerary.
The Landmark Resort is located at 1501 S. Ocean Boulevard, between Myrtle Beach State Park to the south and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and 2nd Ave pier to the north. On foot, it will take you about 20 minutes to get to the Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Splashes Waterpark across the street. You'll pass ice cream shops, convenience stores and a few modest diners on the way.
The resort is a half-hour drive from more serene, less crowded beaches in North Myrtle Beach, and in the same amount of time, you can arrive at Huntington Beach State Park, a coastal preserve in nearby Murrells Inlet, complete with walking trails and the Spanish-style Atalaya Castle residence, former residence of Archer Huntington and his wife, sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington.
Room types at the Landmark resort include regular guest rooms and efficiencies, plus executive suites and penthouses for larger groups. Choose an oceanfront room for amazing sunrise views over the Atlantic Ocean, but be sure to set your alarm for the early morning hours. Complimentary in-room coffee will make waking up a bit easier.
Every room at the Landmark offers free WiFi and a private furnished balcony, plus a wet bar with a refrigerator and a microwave. Suites and penthouses add fully equipped kitchens. Those with tighter budgets can opt for guest rooms without ocean views.
Besides the epic sunrise, there's another good reason to rise early: the hearty breakfast buffet served at the Landmark's Gazebo Restaurant. Fill your plate with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and pancakes, or stick to lighter fare like yogurt, cereal or toast. For a quick caffeine fix, order a Starbucks latte and a croissant from the Havana Java Bar in the front lobby.
For lunch or dinner, head to the lobby level Latitudes Bar & Grill, which serves American fare like burgers and pizza, plus some Southern specialties. Out near the beachfront and the pool area are a poolside bar, a snack bar and a sweet shop serving frozen yogurt.
There are so many water-based activities at the Landmark Resort that it will almost certainly be a challenge to stay dry for any length of time. Besides the newly renovated oceanfront pool, there's an outdoor whirlpool and 300-foot lazy river, plus a corner kiddie pool with a waterfall. In cases of cooler weather or rain, head indoors to enjoy the pool, whirlpools and lazy rivers there.
Even more water awaits at the H2OASIS water park with a lap pool and a whirlpool. A nine-hole Putt Putt course is free for resort guests.