20+ year old pictures....They got me!
Posted Sep 12, 2016
I had been researching hotels and condos on Myrtle Beach for many months. I wanted something nice, but not outrageously expensive. I thought I had hit the jackpot when I found Jonathon Harbour Hotel. The pictures showed nice but not extravagant rooms and suites, indoor pool and whirlpools and an outdoor pool with lounge chairs. I was horrified when we arrived. It was obvious that the photos on the website were very VERY old! The basic structure of the place was the same, but time has not been this hotel's friend! The lobby was nice enough, but outdated. The elevators were filthy and stank! Likewise the hallways (exterior), stairways and stair wells. Then we entered our oceanfront suite and I wanted to cry! It looked like a throwback from 1970 and smelled worse! As it was Labor Day weekend, everything else was booked or we would have called Expedia and moved immediately. But since we were stuck we decided to make the best of it. We went out and purchased cleaning supplies and 2 cans of Febreeze. It took a solid 2 hours of cleaning / disinfecting all the hard surfaces to make it livable. (Don't get me wrong....I'm NOT a neat freak or germiphobe) It was THAT dirty! There was cracking, peeling paint all through the unit and a strong smell of mold that was held at bay by regular sprayings of Febreeze. Likewise, the pools and whirlpools were dirty to the point that we would not use them. Also, the hotel parking lot is across the street! My best advise...DON'T!