We just got back from a 9 night stay at the Barony in Hilton Head. We were a group of 7, including my mother, my three kids and my 18 month old granddaughter. I was quite nervous, as I had read several of the bad reviews. Based on Trip advisor reviews, I knew not to book the "garden view" rooms, even though they were the cheapest. We had the next best, the "courtyard view" rooms, and actually had a beautiful view of the ocean from our balcony. We were in the Sea Oats building, which is one of the two buildings closest to the ocean, and since we were on the 4th floor, we were above the trees in the courtyard, in a room off to the side but nearest to the ocean. So we had all of the advantages of an ocean view, without the price (which, by the way, was $600 more, and there was only one left when I booked my vacation last January). The rooms are huge- we were absolutely more then comfortable with 7 people. There are three flatscreens- the livingroom and both bedrooms. The kitchen was fully stocked, and we had everything we needed to cook. The rooms are immaculatly clean, (although my only complaint for my whole stay was housekeeping), and so are the grounds. The beds were so comfortable! The pool closest to the ocean does get crowded, but there were never any problems getting chairs, and we often didn't get out until after noon. True, the end of August is a little less busy, as many kids across the South are already back in school (we live in New York and kids don't go back until after Labor Day), so perhaps we just got lucky. The pool behind the busy pool was empty, so if you don't like crowds, it is a nice option. The beach is a 3 minute walk if you are staying in one of the 4 main buildings. The beach was spectacular. Water was perfect, and not a single jelly fish in sight all week! Instead of renting beach chairs and unbrellas, we brought down two cheapies that we bought at CVS and bought two more chairs and an umbrella from Walmart. We spent $40 bucks, which basically paid for itself the second day.
The hotel had plenty of activities for kids and adults alike. Most of the activities had a small fee attached, but nothing was overly expensive, and my kids loved the shirt tye-dying and the glass painting. There is no resturant at the Barony, but there are so many great places to eat on the island, that you won't care. I also followed Trip Advisor member suggestions, and we had several very good and very reasonable dinners. Flora's Italian Cafe was excellent (and this is a NY Italian American saying that!), and the bill was $150 for 7 people. Fiesta Fresh Mexican was some of the best Mexican that we have ever had (just bring it back to the hotel, unless you don't mind eating at a McDonald's like cafeteria). A huge delicious dinner with tons of chips, salsa, guac, and even flan for everyone for dessert was $75 dollars (and boy did we order a ton of food). Best guac and salsa, and the gringo tacos were outstanding. We also ate at L-Woods and it was really good. For the most part, though, we bought groceries at Publixs, and did a ton of grilling. The grills at the Barony are spotless, cleaned to a shine every day. The grills are not the best quality, and take a while to get hot, so plan to be there for a while if you are doing steaks or London Broil. HHI itself is just beautiful. I was worried, because we were in Edisto Island a few years ago, and that was very run down. HHI is nothing like that. Very upscle, great resturants, high end shopping, amazing golf courses, and everything is beautifully landscaped. The publix carried almost everything that we have in NY, including Italian speciality items that you would never find outside of a major metro area 5 years ago. I would go back to HHI in a heartbeat! We usually go North in the summer, but the Cape and Northern Beach resorts are getting prohibitively expensive. The Barony was under $300 a night, and for what you get, it is a steal! One complaint- Housekeeping. The rooms are cleaned beautifully upon arrival, but housekeeping does not do a heck of a lot while you are there. Often, the floor was not swept, and tubs and showers were not cleaned. Besides that, however, absolutely no complaints. The staff was amazingly helpful. If you are planning a trip to HHI, you can not do better then the Barony. We will be back!!
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Barony Beach Club Hotel Hilton Head
- Marriott Barony Beach Hotel
- Marriott Hilton Head
- Hilton Head Marriott