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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, Georgia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

K&P is a mixed bag of a resort - some historic hotel, some 1980's, beach-facing hotel rooms (already renovated), some condos from a couple of different decades, some free standing cabins/houses. The historic buildings of the resort are undergoing needed renovations, but as we did not stay in this portion I can only recommend spending some time in this part of the resort, enjoying the indoor pool or bar/restaurant, or the beautiful, "old school" common places.

Looking for a quick overnight Valentine treat (with some sun and warmer weather!), my husband and I stayed in an ocean facing room in the building adjacent to the oldest part of the resort. These rooms seem to have been updated a few years back, were spacious and clean, had a very comfortable bed, plenty of towels, good toiletries (Gilchrist and Soames), a seating area with love seat, work/dining table and 2 chairs, and plenty of lamps/lighting. It also offers a mini fridge, in room safe, pod coffee maker with Starbucks (regular and decaf), and Tazo teas. The room has a private balcony (with 2 chairs) overlooking the outdoor pools and beyond that the ocean. We found the room quiet even though it was beside the ice-maker and elevator - keep in mind, though, this is their "off" season and we both sleep with ear-plugs!

The only negatives I found were that the sheets are worn (small holes, rust stains), the upholstery is a bit stained (ugh) in places, the furniture is showing edge wear, and the balcony could use a little more cleaning attention - but none of this to the extent of being a "deal breaker." They might want to offer training to the shuttle drivers and concierge, as well. Whereas everyone was courteous, their customer service skills are lacking. The van drivers offered no luggage assistance, door opening, etc. The concierge could not break herself away from her IPad/email/internet, and seemed to know very little about the King and Prince in general. Sort of strange behavior for a resort, and a little off-putting.

The pool area is beautiful and appears to have a pool bar in season. There are 2 pools separated by landscaping/conversation areas and a foot bridge - one catering to adults and the other with a great kid space (sandy play area, pool from a few inches to a couple of feet) - good solution for everyone to enjoy their areas! All of this is surrounded by nice lounges, free standing porch swings and the Atlantic ocean.

We really enjoyed walking the grounds, reading about the history and finding quiet nooks in the old building - and we are planning to go again in a few weeks for a longer stay. I sincerely hope that the renovations they are doing include restoration of the mosaic floor in the Delegal room, the Compass Rose dance floor, and removing the casino-esque lighting from the lobby. She really is a Grand Dame that deserves her former glory.

K&P is extremely close to the old village of Saint Simons for restaurants and shopping, and to SSI airport/McKinnon Field. For us it's an easy walk to just about anywhere, but there are lots of bike paths and the hotel has an airport shuttle.

We really enjoyed our short stay, and hopefully with the renovations that are underway and just a bit of customer service tweaking, the K&P will continue to get better and better!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Covington, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

My family stayed in a King/sleeper sofa room, 3rd floor with balcony, ocean front. What a beautiful way to wake up! There are six pools on property. When going to the one indoors, you are welcomed to the smell of chlorine, and is oddly in front of the restaurant and the meeting/banquet rooms. In front of our building there were two pools, (one was a kiddie, and the other only went to maybe 4 ft.) They are renovating. So some things are understandable do to the renovation. But, when we were getting breakfast from the buffet, I noticed dust on the window ledge cover of the buffet. The silver platters that keep the food warm had greasy finger prints all over them. A bit put back by those things. The food was "buffet" ok. We only ate there for breakfast. Buffet is the better value. The buffet staff could have been a little more approachable. I initiated "Hi, and good morning" to the employee that created the waffles/omelets behind the counter.
The room was clean! The bathroom is small, needed better ventilation. The fan worked at one point. Good shower power. Quick about delivering extra towels. Staff around our building always greeted us with a smile and a hello, even have a blessed day/or enjoy your day! :)
The beach was fun, we collected washed up shells, played ball with a couple dogs with their owners. It's a good flat walking beach.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Jacksonville, FL
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

My wife surprised me and booked us in here on a Valentines get away Special. Our 4th floor room was very clean and nice with a great view. It was cool Out the 2 days that we were there and the heat in the room worked but seemed a bit funky with the control. The Bathroom had louver doors with a big crack down the middle but that didn't matter because I left them open so the mirror would not cloud up so bad. Anything negative I could say about this place is far outweighed by how nice this place is. The beach is just perfect for a long walk and a great view. We will definitely be going back again soon.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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South Carolina
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We stayed in the Oleander Bldg.The room was just a room as advertised. The bed was very comfortable and the balcony with a view of the ocean was also nice. The jacuzzi tub was unexpected. On the minus side, no microwave, and no HD signal even though the tv was HD capable. The heating/cooling in the room was very cyclic and would nosily run for three minutes and then shut off for five minutes and then start again, all night long to the point that we just turned it off and put extra blankets on the bed. Not comfortable since the temperature outside was in the thirties. We ate in the restaurant the first night and the service was excellent. The food however was over priced and under quality. The next two nights of stay involved finding two other great restaurants. The staff at the golf course was excellent, very friendly and full of information. The course was great, but challenging considering it was blowing between 15 and 20 MPHs. I would like to replay the course in calmer weather. Would we stay here again, probably but not in a room and there are great restaurants to eat in town.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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kingprince, General Manager at The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
I would like to thank you for not only staying with us but for taking the time to fill out a Trip Advisor report. Although most of your comments were very positive and you ended your review indicating that you would be willing to stay with us once again. We are very grateful that you would return and look forward to hosting you when that time comes. In the meantime please know that we are addressing the issue with the heating system in the Oleander Building. The issue with our HD signal is with Comcast Cable, because of our set up there are only few channels that receive a HD signal most do not. They have developed technology for commercial accounts like ours that will solve this issue and it should be installed in the near future. I did share your observations about your dining experience with our newly hired Executive Chef and he definitely wants the chance to have you return to enjoy his culinary talents. All that being said we are pleased that you were happy with your stay at the hotel and your visit to the King and Prince Golf Course. Thank you once again we look forward to your next visit.
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Tiger, Georgia
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6 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay in the St. Simons Suite at the King and Prince. Our room was spacious with a separate sitting area that overlooked the ocean. It was clean and comfortable, appropriately updated, but also decorated with pictures that depicted its history. The staff was friendly and very responsive to our needs. We would definitely stay there again.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

We had only stayed here once before 25 years ago and it would appear to have not been remodeled since. So dowdy we struggled to recall if it was that frumpy all along. The exterior of the buildings and the landscaping are nice but the rooms are cheaply decorated and the shower doesn't get hot enough on the full hot setting. Not a four star hotel- a Hyatt Place which is supposedly ranked lower is much much nicer than the K & P. There's hardly any beach and the indoor pool fills the restaurant area with a musty pool smell. Yuck.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Brunswick, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

I have stayed at the King & Prince Resort several times. This weekend was a one night getaway with some girlfriends. We were looking for some "non-mommy time" and treated ourselves to an overnight stay. It was well worth the money (we got a great deal from Groupon) and the logistics of arranging for our families' needs while we would be gone. The staff was very accommodating and friendly. They even upgraded our room upon our arrival. The room was beautiful and comfortable and plenty big for four women and all our "stuff". We spent several hours the next morning, sipping our coffee and enjoying each others company, out by the pool and listening to the ocean. That alone was worth the short trip. One night at the King & Prince is all you need to rejuvenate yourself...I can only imagine what a week there could do for you! Can't wait to plan our next trip, this time maybe for more than one night!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Bud S, Front Office Manager at The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear cfpierce,

I am so happy your enjoyed The King and Prince as much as we all do! We definitely need to have you back for a longer stay so you can really enjoy all that we have to offer! Thank you for writing this review and letting us know that you had such a wonderful time. I am also delighted that we were able to upgrade you to a more conducive room type to fit your needs. Thank you again and we look forward to your return.
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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
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Ranked #4 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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