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Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   1175 North Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527   |  
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Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Jekyll Island
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15 reviews 15 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Great resort!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We booked a two room villa oceanside. The villa was very nice. The restaurant was excellent..when we stay at the Villas again, we'll plan to eat all our dinners there. LOVED the pool. The gardens behind the villas were wonderful. Great playground too. The ONLY drawback is the beach access...you can only access it during low tide. The kids LOVED the tide pools that are left behind at low tide.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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We appreciate you taking the time to review our resort. We are delighted that you and your family enjoyed the time spent here at Villas by the Sea. We look forward to seeing you again!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

I chose this villa based on the pictures on the Internet.... Our villa was certainly not updated like that. It wasn't so bad to raise a stink, but it wasn't what I was expecting either.

I did like the restaurant on site. We had a beachside room and had great access to that.

Also, daily towel service sometimes doesn't happen until 7pm...

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Georgia
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

it's really time for some updates. Our 3BR villa was very nice, but the layout was a little strange. It also didn't open up to the pool. The end we were on required that we go down the steps and walk the length of the building to get to the pool. Not the most convenient if you have small children with you. I don't recommend staying by the pool as noise carries and the 10pm closing time apparently doesn't apply to everyone.

As for the pool, while the pictures show pool pillows on the recliners, they really aren't there. The pool itself could use some updating. The pool snack shack doesn't ever open either. While the hotel restaurant is open for lunch, it is a little pricey.

We'll be back, but with new hotels being built, updates are a must.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tillsonburg, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We enjoyed the room. A few little problems, but nothing worth calling the front desk about for a 2 night stay. Bathroom sink didn't drain well, sliding glass door was very difficult to open and close, and a couple of the lamps had burnt out bulbs, but as I said, nothing major and didn't affect our trip.
I liked the photos online, so paid a higher price than I normally would for a weekend trip in this area. The actual facilities are not as nice as they appear in the photos on the resort's website. The pool is nice, but the facilities surrounding are barely average. The poolside bar was never open at all while we were there. Doesn't make sense for a weekend in the summer. There is a sunning deck beside the pool, that seems a good idea, but it looked more like something you'd find at a campground rather than a resort. Wood lattice nailed up around the bottom... just had a cheap appearance and feel.
Front desk staff were friendly enough, but not thorough. When checking in around 10 pm on the Friday night, I was just handed a registration paper to sign and asked to fill in car tag info. She didn't verify the check-in/out dates or rates. We were called at 12:30 pm on the Saturday and asked if we wished to extend our stay. The reservation was for 2 nights. Apparently there was an error in reservations when transferring from Expedia to the hotel's system. Both my husband and I have worked in hotel management for years and know how this works, but the woman addressing this issue at first tried to make it seem like our mistake, then proceeded to blame it on Expedia. Mistakes happen, and we understand this, but just a simple, "sorry for the error" would have gone over much better for me. The blame game is so tacky. This wasn't a huge deal because they weren't sold out that night, so we didn't have to move or anything, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. Really I felt they should have double checked the reservation before contacting us. We should probably never have known about the mix-up at all...
One final annoyance: the restaurant doesn't take carry-out orders at all. So if you want food from the restaurant, you have to go and sit down and eat IN the restaurant. Very irritating. I wanted to order some chicken strips for the kids, and bring back to the room, but this wasn't possible. I know the restaurant does not belong to the hotel, but they should have an agreement requiring the restaurant to do carry-out orders for hotel guests. This is ridiculous. Again, not a huge problem, but minor irritations do add up. I thought this was something future guests might want to be aware of.
Overall, I wouldn't go back at this rate. I did not have a terrible time, but felt cheated considering the rate paid.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Forsyth, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Only down fall I had was I wanted A room on the sea side and got one by the road instead. Booked 3 mos. in advance for 3 rooms, we were there together, and I was the only one that got a room by the road and not the beach. Room was cozy for one or two, but needs a queen bed instead of a full. Pad on ironing board needed changing. The maids were very nice and helpful. Only one resturant delivers. Needs more eating places on island for those of us really on the go. Over all I had a very nice stay. I would stay again.

Room Tip: Ask for sea side. Rooms are much nicer. Watch out for bad knee's, some have upstairs.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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OHIO
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We enjoy Jekyll and were happy to stay at the Villas by the Sea. Our room was nice, air conditioning not so much and beach access difficult. Our unit needed updating, the paint was sort of just splashed on the wall-no taping areas that should not have been painted.

For the beach they had a foot bridge to the beach but they did not construct it long enough. You might get to the beach but at high tide you would be stuck on the beach and not able to get back. boulders line the beach so if you are carrying a lot of stuff, and who isn't, you could easily lose your balance and be injured.

The pool area was nice and the check in was good with very accommodating personel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lawrenceville, GA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We stayed at the Villas (our 4th time) the week of June 2, 2013. With the exception of rain every day, everything was great! Check in was a breeze. We always get the ocean front, 3 bedroom condos so we can enjoy our privacy. Sitting at the kitchen table and taking in the beach and ocean views is something I could never get tired of...absolutely beautiful. As usual, our unit was clean and well maintained. The cleaning staff was great. The pool is fantastic. The Bistro always delivers great food, service, and prices. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center

Address: 1175 North Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Location: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Golden Isles of Georgia > Jekyll Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Jekyll Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center 3*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villas by the Sea Resort is an enchanting oceanside resort and conference center on Jekyll Island, Georgia. AAA 3 Diamond Rating. Choose from one of our 160 spacious one, two, or three bedroom villas whch are individually decorated. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Villas By The Sea Hotel Jekyll Island
Villas By The Sea Resort And Conference Center
Hotel By The Sea
Resort By The Sea

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