By Proud Money Staff

Here are our picks for the 10 best Myrtle Beach hotels based on price, location, and amenities. While there are many other quality hotels in Myrtle Beach, these are the perfect start if you want a hotel that you know you’ll be happy with:

Island Vista – 6000 North Ocean Blvd. Pretty hotel is a little further north in Myrtle Beach, away from the main boardwalk activity, so there is less to do outside of the hotel within walking distance. However, the big upside is a less-congested beach without other huge oceanfront hotels next door, and a more relaxed, civilized experience than some of Myrtle Beach. Standard rooms are well-designed though not overly fancy; upgrade to a larger suite if you need more room and want a kitchen area. Nice outdoor and indoor pools and hot tubs, though not humongous in size. Cypress Room restaurant provides a touch more formal dining, while the poolside Tiki Bar is a casual option in season. Overall, a great choice, whether you are a couple looking for quiet relaxation or a family looking for fun without chaos. Price: $$$ (Somewhat expensive but less than “luxury” pricing)

Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes – 8400 Costa Verde Drive. Beautiful, high-end hotel offers huge outdoor pool (with water slide) as well as indoor pool, but of course you are right on the ocean as well, and many rooms overlook the beach. Multiple on-site restaurants and bar areas. Rooms are nice, air conditioned, modest balconies. Located further north of the main Myrtle Beach shopping and entertainment area, which could be good or bad depending on your preferences. Price: $$$$ (Expensive)

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes – 8121 Amalfi Place. This is a great place to stay if you don’t need an oceanfront tower on Myrtle Beach. Featuring beautiful buildings & surroundings on the Intracoastal Waterway, this hotel is popular with golf, tennis, and watersports enthusiasts, who want courses, courts, and water at their fingertips. On site you’ll find a well-kept outdoor swimming pool. Offsite, about a 5-minute shuttle ride away, you’ll get to the hotel’s “private” beach with chairs and umbrellas and little foot traffic. Multiple restaurants and bar areas within the complex. Price: $$$ (Somewhat expensive but less than “luxury” pricing)

Hampton Inn & Suites Oceanfront – 1801 South Ocean Boulevard. A solid hotel experience like you would expect from a Hampton/Hilton location. Oceanfront hotel means you can choose the beach or one of their multiple outdoor or indoor swimming pools and lazy rivers. A little south of the Myrtle Beach strip/boardwalk, walkable or a short drive. Free breakfast. Free Wi-Fi. Free parking in garage. $$$$ (Expensive)

North Beach Oceanfront Towers – 100 North Beach Blvd. Oceanfront hotel gives quick beach access, and also features a huge area with multiple swimming pools and lazy river if that’s more your style. (Check out the pool webcam to see how it looks right now.) 21 Main Prime Steakhouse is your on-site steakhouse and sushi bar here. Spacious spa and fitness center. Not far from the Barefoot Landing shopping/dining district on the north end of Myrtle Beach. Note that you are quite a bit to the north of the Myrtle Beach boardwalk area if you choose this location. $$$$ (Expensive)

Ocean 22 – 2200 North Ocean Blvd. Oceanfront tower hotel offers bright, modern suites that include one, two, or three bedrooms and also a living area and kitchen, making it a good choice if you don’t want to spend on restaurants every meal. Newer building (opened in 2015). Good location near many attractions, good-sized outdoor and indoor swimming pools. Free admission to nearby Wild Water & Wheels water park included (in season). Price: $$$$ (Expensive)

The Breakers Resort – 2006 N Ocean Blvd. Humongous, multi-tower family-friendly resort that essentially takes up a city block. Has 19 pools, lazy river, numerous hot tubs, including a huge oceanfront deck that stretches across 8 of those pools. Multiple restaurants and bars for every meal and a little nightlife, including a Starbucks and Ben & Jerry’s on site. Live entertainment in the summer. Great for families, near everything, maybe a bit too busy if you are looking for sheer relaxation. $$$$ (Expensive)

The Caribbean Resort & Villas – 3000 North Ocean Blvd. Like the Breakers Resort, this is actually a multi-building oceanfront resort, and your accommodations will differ widely based on which building you choose. On the cheaper end, the Jamaican Inn is essentially a nicer motel, smaller and more bare bones, while the newer Dominican and Cayman Tower offer more and charge more. Very family friendly, with multiple swimming pools including one with a twisty slide, two lazy rivers, and other features. Price: $$-$$$$ (depending on accommodations chosen)

Compass Cove – 2311 South Ocean Blvd. Another multi-building hotel complex on the ocean from the same owners as the Breakers and the Caribbean. Prices vary by building, with the Schooner being the cheaper and the Pinnacle being the newer, more expensive option with more amenities. Property has over 20 water features/structures, including pools, lazy rivers, water slides, and more, making it a very family-friendly destination. Multiple dining and bar options. Free Wi-Fi throughout the complex. Price: $$-$$$ (depending on accommodations chosen)

Waikiki Village – 1500 South Ocean Blvd. This small throwback motel is not necessarily one of the “best” in Myrtle Beach if you are strictly talking amenities, but it’s cheap, clean, and popular with the budget travelers that choose to stay here. It’s not on the ocean, it’s across the street. It doesn’t have a restaurant. But it’s got a nice pool and decent rooms (many with a kitchenette). Good location, too, near many attractions. If you want to spend little and you’re not too particular, this could be the place for you. Price: $ (Cheap)