With its midcentury modern zigzag porte cochere, the Mermaid Inn is hard to miss. Reopened and renovated in 2013, this modish hotel is a nice low-key, low-rise counterpart to the massive chunky slabs of hotels that tend to dominate Myrtle Beach. The color scheme is appropriate, with seafoam green and aqua blue dominating the lobby and the rooms. Lobby bric-a-brac includes well-positioned fishing nets and starfish. For those traveling with pets, management can set aside a pet-friendly room. The pool is well-kept, and there are always plenty of beach chairs out for use by guests. Best of all? Rooms start at just $59.