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“Southern Hospitality Done Disney Style” 5 of 5 stars
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Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   22 Harbourside Lane, Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head, SC 29928   |  
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Ranked #2 of 26 Hotels in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Southern Hospitality Done Disney Style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

The end of a very long trip was capped off with our stay at Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort. Everything about our 2 day stay was simply wonderful. The fact that this resort is actually on a private island made it a quiet retreat from the world and the rigors of travel. Just to be able to sit on the porch in a rocking chair and enjoy the view and the quiet was wonderful. The rooms were large and well maintained with everything done to perfection "Disney' style. It truly was a "Magical' stay at a wonderful resort.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We checked in at 2pm, We had a Grand Villa (1622) room was not quite ready so we went to get some groceries. Less then 30 Min later we got a call the room was ready.

We....4 adults and 2 kids...had a great time. My Wife and I are DVC members so we stay on points.

This was the most relaxing vacation Ive had in a LONG time.

I know some people come here expecting BOOM Mickey and Donald and WDW kinda stuff. This place is 100% opposite of that. Relaxing, relaxing, relaxing.

Wear bug spray, or jeans and long sleeve shirt at night...as you will get BIT!!

I wish they would have a bigger pool and a good restaurant right on property. Yes Im aware there are plenty of restaurants on Hilton Head and Savannah, but one here would be great!

The couches in the Grand Villa were very uncomfortable, but besides that all was great!

Room Tip: top floors less noise
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  • Stayed October 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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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36 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

My wife and I wanted to sneak away for a weekend trip. We had some DVC points to kill so we chose this resort. I must say that I loved it. We chose a one bedroom villa. It is easily the most spacious of tall the resorts we have stayed at. The villa had the feeling of a lodge in the wilderness. The furnishings had a rustic feel. The villa had a massive deck off the living area to enjoy. The property was extremely clean and well maintained. The castmembers were top notch as they are at all things Disney. Try the breakfast at the counter service spot on property. I think it is called Tidewater. The portions are huge for the cost. Try the french toast. The property is set on the sound so the property provides transportation to and from the private beach house every thirty minutes. The beach house also has a counter service meal option. The best part of this property was how relaxing it was. We were there in off season so i am sure that helped. Go and relax.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

This was a great resort for the exceptional service that comes with the Disney brand but without the crowds and chaos of the parks. There is just enough Disney in every corner of the resort from the outdoor movies, to the activities, to the life guards in their red shorts and white polos. However the place was quiet. Sitting on the deck at night it was amazing how quiet the entire resort was. The rooms were also some of the largest we have been in for a DVC resort.

Everyting inside the rooms and outside on the property made this our new favorite place.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that over looks the marsh and avoid the pool area.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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North East England
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We arrived some hours late thanks to a delay at Manchester airport, but the welcome we had made up for it. Not the easiest place to find, as it seems like you are going into a Mall complex. The setting is second to none! Views to really make everyone happy. The hotel is set on an island of it's own, so has views of the little marina, the tidal creek and has a woodland feel to the island. It has a pier for children large and small to fish from or go crabbing. We watched fish jumping, crabs the size of your thumbnail fighting and even an aligator swimming down the creek! (That's not the norm though as they dont really like salt water). Horseshoe crabs frequent the creek as do dolphins which we saw most days.
Cycles can be hired and should be hired for length of stay for best value. There is a small place to eat, but as there are lots of restraunts just a short walk away it doesn't offer variety or late eating.

The beach is about a mile plus away, but it never got a look in as there was so much to do. The pool is small as far as Disney standards go, but quite big enough. The hot tub was large, big enough for about 12+

Piggly Wiggly supermarket is a short walk away, so no need to buy supplies at the resort.

Interconnecting doors between studio rooms allows bigger families to take 2 studio rooms. But this also means that if a family is next door you in a single studio room get to hear their problems ie. baby waking in the night. This is because the doors and floors aren't sound proofed and the best place to put cots is right against that interconnecting door!

Although a Disney resort, this hotel hasn't got Mickey anywhere except as a topairy in the front of the main reception and on products within the shop area.

Room Tip: Don't ask to be near the pool area as you can hear eveyone even inside the rooms as noise resina...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oviedo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Disney's Resort in Hilton Head Island with another couple. To go into the resort area you have to pay a $5 fee. This is due to virtually the whole island being a tourist atraction. This is true, as the island itself is beutiful, with trails everywhere where you can ride a bike or jog around. The Disney resort area is beautiful as well, strategically located close to everything: the marina, trails, kayaking, stores, etc. We were received by their personnel as soon as we stepped off the car. Check-in was courteous and fast. Carts are available at the parking lot by the villas to transport all your luggage. The room are clean, spacious, with a small lcd TV in the bedrooms and a 37 inches in the living room. Kitchen is ok equiped. If you are into fancy cooking, and are planning to do so, bring some extra equipment, or be ready to be creative. We cooked breakfast and dinner just fine. The pool is great, warm and with a great slide. They got music on, aqnd can be anoying if you are not in the mood. They got games like shuffle board, fussball, as well as paid activities like kayaking, fishing, and boating among others. Prices are competitive with the outside. I found biking, going to their beach house, and kayaking -early in the morning - about the best activities. They have a great night life, but of course, all depends on the day of the week and the season. In general, this trip was worth it, I will come back here, definitely!

Room Tip: Avoid first floor if you hate people making noise.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Stayed here the third week of August. Let me break it down like this:

Resort Facilities: Excellent. The fact that the beach house is a mile away helps to disperse the crowd -- this way, the resort never really feels crowded (even though it is always at 100% occupancy during the Summer). The pool at the main resort was great and my kids (8, 6, and 4) had a blast going down the waterslide. The Beach House was also very nice. Some days we drove (if you get there before 11:00, parking shouldn't be a problem) and some days we took the shuttle. The shuttle runs continuously, so we never had to wait more than a few minutes.

Dining: It is true that the resort only offers a counter service option (one at the main resort and one at the Beach House). It is also true that there is no onsite option for dinner (except on special nights -- discussed below). However, the food is actually pretty good -- much better than the typical Disney World quick service. As far as dinner goes, there are five restaurants on the other side of the marina (easy walking distance) and countless others around the island. We highly recommend the Old Oyster Factory and Marleys -- both of which are a short drive from the resort. Also remember that DVC members get a 10% discount at many of the restaurants.

Activities: This is what really separates Disney from any other resort at Hilton Head. If you have children (especially elementary school age), you will appreciate that there is a lot to do besides simply go to the beach/pool. Our kids had a great time making crafts (shark tooth necklace, vacation pillows, etc.), as well as attending the campfire and pirate party. One night a week they also have a pirate barbecue and a shrimp boil. We did not attend either one as we opted to go off-site for dinner.

Rooms: This is where Disney needs to improve. The layout of the rooms are great. We also enjoyed the large balconies (every unit -- even studios -- has a balcony). However, the rooms themselves need some updating. The bed was very uncomfortable, the sheets and linens seemed old and tired, and the bath tub/shower needs to be gutted. Also, as mentioned in other reviews, the walls are very thin.

Conclusion: Expect more Wildneress Lodge/Fort Wilderness than Grand Floridian. If you know what to expect, you will have a great time and make long-lasting memories.

Room Tip: In my opinion, the best locations are the buildings between the pool and the Main Lodge.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 22 Harbourside Lane, Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head, SC 29928
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Hilton Head
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Hilton Head
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Hilton Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 123
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort is located on the picturesque coast of South Carolina, 5 hours from Walt Disney World Resort. This warm home-away-from-home-fashioned after a 1940's hunting and fishing lodge-combines local charm with simple pleasures and outdoor fun for the entire family. The resort features multi-roomed villas and many recreational activities, including 12 miles of heavenly beaches famous for clear blue waters. ... more   less 
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