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.