Determining the health of the tourism industry in Myrtle Beach used to be as easy as opening your ears. During the offseason of economic booms, the sound pile drivers hammering footings for new high-rise hotels echoed along the Grand Strand, South Carolina's lengthy stretch of coastline. But over the past four years of economic uncertainty . . . crickets.
That's starting to change this summer as the Homewood Suites Oceanfront Resort & Conference Center is constructing a new tower on its property in the downtown Myrtle Beach district. It's the first new major hotel construction in four years on the Strand, hopefully a harbinger of better things to come.
Triplet Tower, under construction — Photo courtesy of Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach
Work on the proposed 14-story tower, $25-million project got under way shortly after Labor Day, and the hotel is scheduled to open Dec. 1, 2014. The high-rise will feature more than 100 one- and two-bedroom suites with private balconies and full kitchens, plus a 300-seat convention center and other amenities.
Located next door to the Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach, which is owned by the same investment group, the new property will share amenities with the existing resort. The Homewood will have three pools, a fire pit, fitness center, a womens-only aerobics room and a snack bar and grill. The new resort also features a large oceanfront pool deck with access and views of the beach.
Room to grow — Photo courtesy of Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach