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Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
Ranked #5 of 28 Hotels in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Amazing grounds with outdoor hammocks and cabanas. They have a lovely pool with movies showing on a big screen at night, for the kids. The hotel decor and rooms are beautiful and very modern. It's expensive, but it's worth it. There's a $47 shuttle from the Savannah airport, and we later found out that USairways flies directly into HHI several times daily , which is an easy 10 minute cab ride.
The only thing we disliked was that their trademark orange towels would be left by guests on the beach, and they would often sit there, near the entrance to the beach, for days. They need to send housekeeping out daily to pick up the towels, which end up marring an amazing beach view. I'd like to say that it's not their fault, but the towels are so close to the hotel, there really is no excuse for not having housekeeping out there to pick them up.
Still, this is an amazing hotel, that we highly recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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SonestaHiltonHead, Manager at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2014

Dear Roman H,

Thank you for the great feedback, and many thanks for keeping an eye out for our towels. The associate that picked these up daily went back to college, so it was a step we overlooked for a few days, rest assured we are back on top of it. We were glad to read that you found great value in our resort during high season, but I would like to point out that we have several levels of pricing throughout the year all with the same quality of service and attention to detail! Please have a look at our fall rates, this is a special time of the year on the island! We hope to see you soon.

Kind regards,

Lisa Leong
Director of Guest Services

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Reviewed 20 August 2014 via mobile

I just came back from my stay in HHI and I gotta say I will be back ! I picked the sonesta resort for the great reviews it got here and I was not disappointed . Check in was a breeze . The room we stayed in was spacious , clean and comfy . Staff was amazing , Eric at the front desk made sure we had a great stay , he was friendly , attentive and professional in all our exchanges . I highly recommend this resort , my girlfriend and I really enjoyed our stay here and will surely be back .

  • Stayed: August 2014
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

We spent a couple of nights here on the spur of the moment get away and was blown away ... The rooms are wonderful and the staff is very good. The pool and beach access were fantastic.
The front desk gave us a couple of suggestions for dinner and we were delighted in there recommendations. We will return someday .

Room Tip: High garden/pool view will give you a decent view of the ocean .
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Southerntraveler9
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Beautiful Finishes modern yet very relaxed, very well done! Tropical vibe was very fun due to many staff members being from Jamaica. We loved the light floor sensors in the rooms they turn on when you get out of bed. The food was excellent (pricey but expected at a resort in town prices were also pricey). The pool was very crowded and it would be nice to have an adult only area. The ocean is a short walk but the grounds are well maintained. A couple of glitches, limited seating at pool area due to guest reserving chairs, management quickly resolved this the following day by posting a no reserve sign, concierge should be available in the evenings for dinner recommendations. Damian makes excellent frozen cocktails at the pool bar area. Some music available on the weekends, beautiful lobby area and casual music, more music by the pool would be great, We loved the bike paths and short ride into town by bike. Sign up for the Travel Reward program for discounts on food and spa services and points add up fast for comp nights. Overall an excellent stay.

Room Tip: Sign up for Travel Reward Program points add up quickly.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Marilyn309
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

This resort lived up to my expectations after reading other reviews on Trip Advisor. We just got home yesterday from a 6 day stay with our 7 and almost 2 year old and another couple with their two boys. I would definitely return to the Sonesta again. One of the highlights of the resort was the great pool, with a zero entry, shallow area that was perfect for my 2 year old to walk in and out of the water. The pool is large, clean and we felt like coming towards the end of August was perfect because it was NEVER crowded (the same with restaurants on the island...I read horror stories of 2 hour waits for dinner but this past week we never had a wait to get in anywhere). The only thing that would have made the pool experience slightly better would be a swim up bar for the adults, but there is one in the pool area that you can order drinks and lunch/snacks from. The beach access was fantastic...literally just a short walk down a landscaped path. The beach itself is beautiful. I recommend going in the early morning and especially evening around sunset. Both times are peaceful, uncrowded and perfect for picture taking! If you have a chance, rent bikes and ride around the beach in the morning. The sand is so compact that it is like riding on a road with a gorgeous view. As for the restaurants on the resort, the food and drinks are overpriced, but the drinks are amazing and the breakfast a la carte menu at Heywards was delicious. The kids menu is a steal compared to the adult menu, so we ordered the kids lunch everyday for $6/each and it was generous sized. Ask the concierge for the book of all the restaurants with menus so you can try different places for dinner each night. One last tip...sign up for the Sonesta rewards programs either on their website before you get there or when you check in for upgraded highspeed internet, 10% off all food at the resort and 15% spa services. It's free to sign up and every little bit helps. The upgraded internet helped me keep up with a few work things while we were away. Overall we will highly recommend the Sonesta to everyone.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank Leslie J
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

My husband and I had always wanted to stay in Hilton Head. We selected this hotel because it was on the beach and appeared to be quiet and private-sort of out of the way. The hotel was quite expensive but was willing to pay the price for a beachfront hotel with all the amenities. We were not impressed! We did get to walk the beach, but it is a little bit of a walk to get to it. The beaches are narrow and crowded. The hotel was noisy alot of families with children. I guess it is all in what you are looking for not so much a couples romantic getaway! The room was spacious, clean, just a bit noisy! We ate at the resturant food was good!

Room Tip: Spacious rooms and clean....just noisy!
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Once you are arrive I see no reason to leave again until time to go home. Everything is taken care of by great staff. Great pool area with bar and grill. Room service is very good. Beach is right outside the door.


  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head, SC 29928-4932
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Region: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Hilton Head
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Hilton Head
#1 Spa Hotel in Hilton Head
#2 Luxury Hotel in Hilton Head
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Hilton Head
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Hilton Head
Price Range: £121 - £302 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island 4*
Number of rooms: 340
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is the perfect getaway for families and couples, destination weddings, and is the place to meet for groups of all sizes. Located within Shipyard Plantation, the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is adjacent to Van Der Meer Tennis and Shipyard Golf. Our hotel is only 35 miles from Beaufort, S.C., 45 Miles from Savannah and 100 miles from historic Charleston. Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry is also home to the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament Presented by Boeing. We are one of the closest, upscale Hilton Head Resorts to island shopping and restaurants. The Sonesta Resort features 331 guest rooms and 9 luxurious suites. All rooms feature private balconies or patios, many with spectacular views of our lush tropical gardens and the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean. Hotel amenities include Arum Spa, an extensive fitness center, outdoor and shaded pool, child's water feature, 24 hour business center, Pearls Market and Just Us Kids(seasonal). Enjoy our breakfast in Heyward's Restaurant, or have lunch at our poolside bar, Sweet Cane (seasonal). Friday evenings, Heyward's features a bountiful seafood buffet (seasonal) which is a local favorite. Seacrest offers lunch options and small plates. Bayley's Lounge offers daily happy hour specials. For the ultimate vacation experience or the premiere meeting spot, the Sonesta Resort is the place to be on Hilton Head Island. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Crowne Plaza Hilton Head Island Beach Hotel Hilton Head
Hilton Head Crowne Plaza

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