November 28, 2022


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Which Myrtle Beach SC hotels allow locals to rent a room?

Many Myrtle Beach-area hotels ban locals from staying at their establishments.

This practice has created problems for people who want to have a “staycation” or just stay in a hotel on the beach for the weekend. The practice has infuriated some local residents, and dozens have taken to social media to air out their complaints.

Yet, despite the outrage over the policy, which bubbles up at some point every during the tourism season each year, many Myrtle Beach lodging entities — hotels, condos and vacation rentals such as Airbnb — have refused to let locals stay with them for decades. A state law passed in 1994 gave them license to do so.

But not all hotels ban local residents from renting a room.

Plenty of local hotels and rentals are welcoming to anybody, regardless of where they are from. We called around and came up with this list of 17 hotels where locals can stay to get out of the house for a night, a weekend or even longer.

Hotels where locals can stay in Myrtle Beach

Hotels where locals can stay in North Myrtle Beach

A reporter also contacted major lodging chains including Choice, Vacasa, Best Western, Marriott, Wyndham and Hilton to see if they allow locals to stay with them. Hilton was the only company to provide an answer.

“We can confirm our Hilton managed properties, Kingston Resorts and DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront, are welcoming to all,” a Hilton spokesperson said in a statement.

This story was originally published March 24, 2022 5:00 AM.

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Maya Brown covers city government in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. She previously worked for the Associated Press in Chicago and the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Kentucky, where she wrote about arts and entertainment. She graduated from Kentucky State University with a degree in Communications and Journalism.

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Chase Karacostas writes about tourism in Myrtle Beach and across South Carolina for McClatchy. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020 with degrees in Journalism and Political Communication. He began working for McClatchy in 2020 after growing up in Texas, where he has bylines in three of the state’s largest print media outlets as well as the Texas Tribune covering state politics, the environment, housing and the LGBTQ+ community.