We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Montage Palmetto Bluff
Nearby Hotels
US$110
ComfortSuites
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
US$112
Booking.com
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
US$111
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
US$99
Strikethrough price corresponds to the most expensive price returned by our partners for that offer
US$85
Booking.com
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
US$157
Strikethrough price corresponds to the most expensive price returned by our partners for that offer
US$138
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head(Hilton Head)(Great Value!)
US$153
Booking.com
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
US$124
Booking.com
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Ramada Hilton Head(Hilton Head)
US$76
Strikethrough price corresponds to the most expensive price returned by our partners for that offer
US$67
Booking.com
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
US$367
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
No availability for your dates from our partners
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Reviews (744)
Filter reviews
744 results
Traveller rating
598
84
30
17
15
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
598
84
30
17
15
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsthe cottagesgolf cartthe riversteam showerscreened porchtop notchadult poolfire pitbeautiful propertylagoon viewmain buildingsouthern charmtree housevillage homelong weekendsea islandhouse restaurant
FilterAll languages
Updating list...
451 - 456 of 744 reviews
Reviewed 18 November 2013

This is a wonderful place. Fly to Savannah. You don't need a car - bikes and golf carts are the ticket. The single biggest issue is that this is a real estate development. They keep selling houses but have not added new dining sites or a golf course. Land owners are favored over Inn guests for reservations just by familiarity and proximity. Be sure to plan well ahead for dinners or golf. During holiday weekends the facilities are overwhelmed by owners.

Room Tip: River view room are the best.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Daniel W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 November 2013

Always a great experience , from accommodations
And food to activities and scenery. Palmetto Bluff is a
True Gem and a just off the beaten path location that
Has spectacular river views and cottages that make for
A great family get away or romantic retreat.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Thank Chip E
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 November 2013

Super resort with highly professional staff. Perfect for a calm quiet but sophisticated weekend with good food & wine. Beautifully appointed cottages with private porch. Bicycles and golf carts available for touring the area. Golf course is not inexpensive but a wonderful layout and condition. Plenty of other healthy amenities.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
1  Thank NC11A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 November 2013

This was our second trip to Palmetto Bluff and after searching the world over from Hawaii to Austria to the Caribbean and back, we still have not found a place better than Palmetto Bluff. This visit (Nov. 1-3) we stayed in a 3 bedroom Village Home, Home #23 (around $1,500 per night) with our older parents. This home is situated on the lagoon with beautiful wildlife and old growth live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. We live in Charleston and our older parents own a home at Kiawah Island and I think Palmetto Bluff is even better. The people at Palmetto Bluff make all the difference. These folks really are the best in manners, professionalism, and Southern courtesy. EVERY staff member I interacted with remembered my name and attended to every single want and need I could think of. On a side note, my Manhattanite sister handles the PR for Sea Island & The Cloister and Palmetto Bluff is their main competitor. She is constantly complaining about how Sea Island refuses to mainstream into the present century and utilize websites such as JetSetter, etc. because they think that "cheapens" their brand. Palmetto Bluff regularly runs specials on JetSetter and other websites, and they are wise to do so! I cannot tell you how envious Sea Island is of what Palmetto Bluff has accomplished in such a short timeframe. If you are choosing between Palmetto Bluff, The Cloister/Sea Island, and Kiawah Island, I personally believe (having visited all 3), that Palmetto Bluff is the best option--unless you are a beach babe and have to get your feet in the sand. I prefer the pool to the sand but that is a matter of opinion. Kiawah and The Cloister are also more overrun by large groups of children and "resort types" who want to purchase t-shirts/visors, etc. emblazoned with the resort's logo and name, leave their beach towels slung over railings on the front of the house, and drive down in hoardes with 5 vehicles parked in the driveway of the house they are splitting 5 ways between family members. You will not find this at Palmetto Bluff. It is not their vision, and for that I am very thankful. You will be too. Palmetto Bluff is a simple, quiet life for those who enjoy reading a novel while sipping sweet tea and smelling the marsh breezes. It is not commercialized and does not try to be. If you are looking for night-life, shopping centers, and activity you picked the wrong place.

I booked this visit on my American Express Platinum card which provides a whole slew of upgrades that normal guests do not receive. I could spend the whole review writing on the benefits of an Am Ex Platinum card and how people who don't sign up because of the $450.00 annual fee are completely silly....but that is for another day and time. Because I booked the hotel on the Fine Hotels & Resorts website through American Express I was guaranteed a 4:00 PM check-out (amazing), a free amenity (a golf cart for the entire stay), breakfast each day (whatever and however much room service we wanted), an upgrade--if available, and early check-in--if available. We brought our 2 dogs with us since the Inn is pet-friendly so upgrade and early check-in for the homes was not possible because only certain homes are pet-friendly. (If you are staying in the Inn cottages, you probably would get a nice upgrade though to a better view) We were completely understandable and just glad we could bring the dogs. The Inn guaranteed my 4:00 check-out which almost gave us a completely extra day on Sunday and a free 4-seater golf-cart ($65.00 per day value). We also ordered $90.00 of room service breakfast each day, also complimentary with my Am Ex. All in all, the value of our free amenities with the Am Ex card was $375.00 plus the late check-out. I was thrilled.

A few things that others have not commented on...We loved the 1:30 Saturday afternoon Grace boat cruise. This was $50.00 per person and lasted from 1:30-3:00. The beautiful yacht "Grace" picked us up on the dock and cruised us over to Bluffton. The views were gorgeous! We saw a pair of bald eagles and dolphins and it was worth every penny. Everyone should take advantage of this excursion if you want to get on the water. I really think the $50.00 per person fee is a good value for the experience.

We also enjoyed dining at Buffalos on Sunday. Their food is so amazing and if you don't get the homemade ice cream (butter pecan), you are nuts- no pun intended. The other thing we love is the stables. I am a huge horse person and I just love driving over to the stable and walking around. I always love seeing the Saturday wedding parties and brides getting pictures made. It is very nostalgic. Of course, the evening marshmallow roasting is not to be missed, although I would note that there were some very poorly behaved teenage boys that were unsupervised and throwing marshmallows at each other and playing swords with the marshmallow roasting sticks that were highly annoying but thankfully they packed up on their gas-powered, i.e. loud (not sure why the development allows gas operated golf carts....should be electric only) and moved on their merry way (in a very reckless manner). Hey, put teenagers and a bunch of sugar together with fire in the dark....you can see where that might lead. The Inn was monitoring the situation closely so they did a great job---as usual. I do think that possibly having a staff person outside or on the porch monitoring, just on Friday and Saturday nights, might be a good idea, especially when the tweens are out of school and in full effect.

In a nutshell:

1) Don't come here if you are looking for a beach-type experience that feels like a resort or expect to buy a t-shirt with "Palmetto Bluff" on it.
2) Do come here if you want complete relaxation and to be pampered like royalty.
3) Don't come here if you are on a budget and going to gripe about the daily resort fee and cost of food or drinks. You are paying for the experience.
4) Do come here if you want to see the most beautiful scenery and nature the SouthEast has to offer.
5) Don't come here if you are bringing children who are poorly behaved or in need of constant activity.
6) Do come here if you can appreciate reading the newspaper in your bathrobe while overlooking the May River, coffee cup in hand.
7) Do book EVERYTHING several weeks ahead of time (dinner reservations, activities, golf carts, special requests such as pet-friendly, etc.)
8) Don't expect to get here and be able to eat in the restaurants without a pre-existing reservation. Won't happen unless it is January or February.
9) Do thank Marty (GM) and Pat (concierge) for their amazing courtesy and dedication to this place. Ask them anything at all and they will know the answer. You can only get the most of your trip if you use their services.
10) Don't come here if you need to be "doing something" constantly. The 4 star reviews seem to be mainly from folks who should have picked Kiawah or The Cloister because they needed more activity. They also generally note that their children were a little bored after a few days and that things closed up early in the evenings.... Make sure that Palmetto Bluff is the right fit for your agenda and lifestyle and you won't be disappointed.
11) Do notice that as of this writing, the last 3 star review is from 2011 (and someone who didn't even stay here), with the exception of one earlier this year in June from a reviewer who had their AC break. I call these "one off" reviews. I can understand their frustration, but discount them due to an uncontrollable experience. The last 2 star review is from 2012 (and someone who didn't even stay here) with the exception of a ticked off bride in June 2013 who was looking for a wedding on a budget...duh....not happening here. All 1 star reviews are from people who apparently have never seen our nature bugs (Palmetto Bugs, etc.) in the LowCountry. They are everywhere and no one is immune; not Kiawah, not The Cloister, and not Palmetto Bluff. Get over it. With my extensive traveling and hotel reviewing, I always evaluate the number of 4, 3, 2, and 1 star reviews at a hotel. You DON'T want hotels that have about the same amount of reviews in each category. You want hotels just like Palmetto Bluff with almost all 4 and 5 star reviews and only a few 3, 2, and 1 star reviews, generally from the "one offers" referred to above (the angry bride, spider phobe, and broken AC person). Palmetto Bluff has one of the most amazing review ratios I have ever seen.

Palmetto Bluff is the Number One Hotel in the U.S. 2013 for good reason. We will return, and soon.

Room Tip: Village Home 23 sits right on the lagoon in Wilson Village and is amazing!
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
11  Thank Legalgal25
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 28 October 2013

We were in the area for a wedding so we decided to stay in Palmetto Bluff to relax, discover, and enjoy the property. We were more than impressed by the care taken to preserve the natural setting: tidal marshes, lagoons, egrets, herons, turtles, alligators, storks, and more were seen daily as we rode our bikes or golf cart around. We even kayaked with dolphins... Amazing, we will be back!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank ARsTrips
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
View more reviews