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“5 star except for noise & activities” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Marriott's Barony Beach Club

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Marriott's Barony Beach Club
Ranked #6 of 29 Hotels in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Barbara, CA
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“5 star except for noise & activities”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2013 via mobile

This is an exceptional property with large villas of high quality - what you expect at the higher end of the Marriott brand. The location on the beach is perfect as is being in the older Foley Field neighborhood of Hilton Head. The location is also ideal for biking anywhere on the Island easily.
The villas are spacious with flat screen TV's, an in-suite spa, and a full kitchen stocked with higher quality cooking sets and appliances than most. The majority of the villas open to a courtyard so you'll be able to see other villas across the way. Also you can see the parking garage, which is on the ground floor. This is offset by the use of trees and nice landscaping. There is both an indoor and outdoor pool, a decent exercise room, and 2 private computers with printing up to 20 pages. The free wifi throughout the resort, including in the villas, is password protected, stable, and fast. So don't sweat it if you don't score an oceanfront villa. The villas are near enough to perfect to keep you happy.
What isn't perfect is the noise, specifically leaf blowers. Unfortunately, this resort has joined the ranks of others on the Island that are obsessed with removing leaves from all pedestrian & bicycle paths by using very loud combustible engines. Is it really that hard to use a broom anymore - or let the leaves fall as Mother Nature intended? Disturbing the peace of their guests is now the approach at this and other resorts, alas.
In addition, though the resort has some of the best activities of its kind, they fill up too quickly! So, my tip is to read the activities ASAP and sign up almost immediately on check-in. Otherwise, you will be tortured and disappointed by wonderful activities that are promised, but no longer available. And for the activities on site, expect crowds and nowhere to sit.
Another tip - do rent a bike, but do so from one of the island bike rental companies (there are at least a dozen). The Barony Beach charges 2-3x what you'll pay from a local company and, if you rent locally, you won't stand out all over the Island on the Marriott's orange bikes which scream "I'm stupid as I overpaid for this bike." All the local companies will deliver directly to you via the bike racks just outside the Barony Beach's front kiosk. Finally, if you drive and the beach is warm, bring your own beach chair so you don't have to overpay for that either.
This 5 star resort drops to 4 due some noise, overbooked activities, and a "nickle and dime" attitude that conflicts with exceptional customer service. Be independent and you can turn your vacation into a 5 star experience all on your own!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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MVCI_Executive, Manager at Marriott's Barony Beach Club, responded to this review, 18 December 2013
We appreciate your thorough review of Marriott’s Barony Beach Club. While it is disappointing we did not receive your five-star review, we appreciate the feedback about noise and activities availability. Your comments will be shared with the appropriate areas for follow up and we thank you for taking the time to share them. We look forward to your next visit so we may exceed your expectations!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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Quebec, Quebec, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

Three of my buddies and I have been spending a two-week golf spree every fall for the past years at the Marriot Barony Beach Club. Ideally located, it is within minutes from great golf courses. In early November, low season, weather is ideal and golf packages are fabulous. We had a great stay and the Marriot people are very helpful to make it stressfree. In my mind, Hilton Head is close to paradise for golfers.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mission Viejo
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72 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013 via mobile

Clean, well kept grounds and friendly service people. We got a villa on the top floor facing the beach and it was very nice. We will come back here again to enjoy the island and nearby Savannah and Charleston. Savannah is only about 30 miles away and makes for a nice day trip.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank W2965
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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463 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

We have just spent another Thanksgiving vacation at Barony Beach. The staff is super friendly and accommodating, and the landscaping is great.

The BBQ area is fantastic. It includes gas grills, cleanup sinks, and two large screen TV's under a roofed structure with game tables and picnic benches.

We enjoyed it so much that we have already booked it again for Thanksgiving week next year.

Room Tip: We like the Garden side. Not close to the ocean but if you are here during cooler weather, you will...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ray Z
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Princeton, West Virginia, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

I love this place. The staff is always great and rooms are very nice and always clean. Lots of activities for kids and adults. The grounds are well manicured and creates a very pleasant atmospherWouldn't stay anywhere else on HHI. Close to everything but still tucked away and secluded. Love it.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Brad L
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Birmingham, Alabama
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

I don't really have any complaint of the Barony room for what it was; a courtyard view. My disappointment is really with the front desk. We were there October 27th - November 3rd of 2013.
Our room assignment was ocean-side, courtyard view. By no stretch of the imagination, could it be considered oceanside. We were in the LIVE OAK building on the 2nd floor. There was no ocean-side to our unit! Before we arrived, they asked our preferences; which was a waste of our time. We asked for a higher floor. We got the 2nd floor. When I asked if there was a higher floor, they said that they were sorry, but that they were at FULL capacity and this was the best they could do.
I'm here to report that at night, every night, (because we checked), most of the windows of the units were dark and that at almost all times, the parking garage and outside parking was only at best 1/2 full.
We are Marriott Legacy, destination point enrolled owners and own at other Marriott locations and exchanged through I. I. for this vacation. Something about this room assignment and their reason for our less than acceptable room has us puzzled. It was obvious from the time of year and the above stated observations, that this wasn't peak season nor was the resort fully booked. I even asked to talk to a manager, but to no avail. I won't speculate here, what was going on, but we have a really good idea.
After 461 total lifetime Marriott stays & being Platinum Elite, it speaks volumns about our previous loyalty to Marriott.
Yes, we are aware of Marriott Vacation Club splitting from Marriott hotels, but it is still the same parent company of Marriott. Frankly we were disappointed in our room. Not to mention, embarrassed to the friends who we took along, for their room.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank patrishg
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19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013 via mobile

Love it here - we've stayed in Units nearest the main building and in the garden units. All have been great. Just back from two weeks - garden unit pool area has been revamped since our last stay - looks great for kids. Units themselves spacious and with everything we needed for our stay. Location is good for us as easy access (with car) to everything on the island including numerous golf courses and trips to savannah and Charleston too.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Fiona R
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Property: Marriott's Barony Beach Club
Address: 5 Grasslawn Ave, Hilton Head, SC 29928-5546
Region: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Hilton Head
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Hilton Head
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Hilton Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marriott's Barony Beach Club 3.5*
Number of rooms: 255
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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