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“Renovation Diminishes Enjoyment” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort

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The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   201 Arnold Road, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522   |  
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Atlanta, GA
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Renovation Diminishes Enjoyment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

My sister and I have stayed in the historic building of the K&P on a number of occasions during the winter, each of us having our own room. This time, she had an ocean-front room, but I had a courtyard-facing room, which was twice the size of hers and very lovely. She had the view. In both cases, the rooms were well-furnished and clean. We received those prized pillow chocolates each night. Curiously, though, the maid staff was different each day and our rooms were not serviced until mid-afternoon---no big problem, just a fact.

As usual, the K&P had an enormous fresh tree decorated in the lobby of the historic building and other signs of the Christmas season (a red sleigh with wrapped gifts, the winners of a gingerbread house competition, and such). The problem is that the historic building is undergoing major renovation in its public areas that will continue until the end of February, when the spring/summer rates become effective. No longer does one check in at a counter in the lobby, but at a small cottage near the entrance to the property. Of course, there isn't anyone around in the lobby to ask a question. The main dining room is closed and guests eat in an expanded bar area. The business area with computers for guest use now consists of a table and chairs at the edge of the lobby with three computers and a printer on it. Jackhammers and other construction noises sound off during meals. There is no gift shop. It is disconcerting to be in a supposedly luxury resort with all the commotion and reduced convenience.

Room Tip: You have a choice , at least with regard to the historic building. Choose a view of the ocean and a...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Marietta, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The place could use updating - but the staff (especially Shannon at the front desk) is great and the views are incredible. The room was very clean - it just felt like 1975. The location is just wonderful. The floor (we were on the first floor) is not very soundproof - we could hear all walking and even some conversation from the room above us.

Room Tip: If you are beach side, get top floor - first floor hears every move up above.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Waynesville, Ohio, USA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

We stayed there for 3 nights to attend a wedding. We were really excited, but I felt skeptical because of some of the reviews that said the place was worn. Prior to reserving our room in the Oceanfront Building, I spoke with the reservation staff and they recommended it because they said rooms in that building would be the most up-to-date. We reserved the room with two queen beds and I appreciate that they took our request for the top floor into consideration. The room had a great view, but it was above the pump for the swimming pool, so in addition to the ocean sounds we also heard the pump. The bathroom was the part of the room that bothered me the most. There was mold and mildew all around the shower, and the window and window sill by the tub needed a good cleaning. I felt very uncomfortable washing our kids in the tub/shower. The other disappointment came when I specifically asked the reservation staff whether our room would have a kurig coffee machine and he said that all the rooms had it. We were excited about being able to bring our own K-cups so we could make the coffee we wanted...we even bought creamer before arriving. Upon arriving, we noticed the room didn't have a kurig and when I called the front desk to ask, he said that they recently changed so we were misinformed. The couch in the room looked a bit worn with a stain, one of the beds needed to be replaced, had a big slouch in the middle. The flip lock in our room was broken. The service at the resort was good. At one point, our child accidentally locked the lock box with a new code and security was sent to the room in no time to reset the code. We had the breakfast buffet one morning, very impressive and affordable. It was free for our kids and for the adults it was only $14 per person. Not too bad. We forgot to put the kids' stuffed animals in our bags one day and noticed that they were missing when naptime arrived. I called the front desk and they promptly notified housekeeping. The housekeeper just said she didn't see anything so that was that. We looked all over the room again to make sure and still couldn't find them. So I went to the housekeeper again and she just kept saying she couldn't have taken them because she would have seen them when she replaced the sheets. I asked if she could look through the sheets and was happy that she did because as she was shaking the sheets out, the stuffed animals fell out. It was our fault that we didn't put them away but I'm glad the housekeeper was willing to look through the sheets. We knew others who reserved other rooms, and the cabana room looked very new...and the bathroom had no mildew. So if you are undecided on the rooms, my suggestion is to ask specifically and maybe compare rooms upon arrival. We also saw a couple of condos. We almost reserved at the Tabby house but was told that the housekeeper doesn't do the dishes and that we would have to put the kitchen back to normal. We didn't like that because that means the dishes in the cabinets would be left the way the previous guests left them, and what if they didn't clean them well? And also, other hotels we've stayed at would load and run the dishwasher each day. We saw the Hampton House and it was huge but not impressive in terms of being up-to-date. Overall, the resort seems a bit run down and could use some updating. The location was great though.

Room Tip: Many rooms looked outdated...compare rooms upon arrival to make sure you get what you asked for.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

The overall beauty of St. Simon's Island is at its best in the winter. Weather in the 60s and the ocean seems cleaner and a deeper blue than in the summer. The cabana room has entrances both to the hotel and to the beach as well as a special sitting area to see each morning's sunrise over the Atlantic.

Room Tip: there are only seven cabana rooms so book early and ask for one.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

We decided to go out of town for Christmas and saw a special with Groupon for the resort. It was horrible. The first day night we cooked, housekeeping didn't empty kitchen trash can which left an odor as well as overflow. The next evening, in the middle of the night, a drunk patron was beating on our door by mistake. As I was trying to figure out what was happening, and I turned on the lights, a roach crawled cross the kitchen floor. Needless to say, we ended up writing a list to specify that trash be taken out the next day. Perhaps if you use Groupon, you are given subpar accommodations and service across the board. Do not stay here. Jenkins

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville, Florida
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

If you stay at the King and Prince on St Simons don't miss driving over to Jekyll Island and spending the day..The beaches are among the best on the east coast.
The King and Prince is really nice..the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is the bathrooms are a bit small and they didn't give us free breakfast with the room despite the fact the resort was empty and undergoing some renovations when we were there..

Room Tip: Ask for oceanfront 4th floor looking over the pools..
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gainesville, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Just spent some time on St. Simons Island and once again am so impressed with the King and Prince. The staff are professional yet friendly, the food good, and the sleeping rooms beautiful. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Also Known As:
The King And Prince Beach And Golf Hotel Saint Simons Island
The King And Prince Beach And Golf Hotel
King And Prince Beach Hotel
King Prince St Simons
King And Prince Resort
King And Prince Beach Resort
Address: 201 Arnold Road, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
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Location: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Golden Isles of Georgia > Saint Simons Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 hotels in Saint Simons Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This historic ocean front resort on St Simons Island, Georgia features 195 guest rooms in a variety of buildings, room decor and views, including two and three bedroom villas and resort residences. Resort amenities include five oceanfront pools, a challenging 18 hole golf course, massage therapy at the Royal Treatment Cottage, complimentary fitness center, oceanfront dining, two clay tennis courts, Wi-Fi (wireless) technology and the beautiful beachfront of the Golden Isles. ... more   less 
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