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Marriott's Grande Ocean
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   51 South Forest Beach Dr., Hilton Head, SC 29928   |  
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Ranked #3 of 26 hotels in Hilton Head
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“Great stay by the ocean”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We traded our timeshare week for a week on Hilton Head. The unit was 2 bed, 2 bath, laundry room, full kitchen, jacuzzi tub in master, 3 flat screen tvs, balcony with an ocean view in the Seahorse building. Property has at least 4 pools plus an indoor one. There is a lagoon on one side of the property with a section to play with motorized boats. You can rent beach chairs and bicycles right at the resort. Beach access is great and it was practically empty in late November. We got a great sunrise right from our room and a great sunset from the beach. The room was up to Marriott standards, just a little worn and dusty, but very comfortable with everything you could want or need. The resort offered lots of activities and left messages each night to let you know what was going on. We didn't take advantage of too many of them but did enjoy the nightly showing of a movie in the room. You do have to pay for housekeeping if you want it, but we opted out and had no problems. There are enough towels to last you for two weeks! The Seahorse Building has a Marketplace, a fitness room and the Crow's Nest - a comfortable lounge/activity room with an awesome ocean view. You also get a free pass to Sea Pines which is a nice perk and there are some discounts offered at local restaurants and activities though we did not use them. Without the ocean view room we would have been very disappointed as you could get a room way in the back which seemed very dark and removed.

Room Tip: This resort is directly on the ocean but not all rooms have a view. There is a pool side and a lago...
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  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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Arnold, Maryland
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We just spent Thanksgiving week at Marriott's Grande Ocean. Nice villas, very clean with all the amenities. We traded a week in Marriot's Ocean Watch in MB. Nice property. Not as many activities as other Marriott properties. Villa descriptions can be deceiving since our "close to the beech" was in the building furthest from the beach. This was our second visit and will likely try the Surf Watch next time. Pool Bar Jim's is a must for a drink. Fresh fruits and expansive drink list. Worth the stay for. Other staff were less helpfully and polite than we experienced at other Marriott properties. Great location near Sea Pines and you get a free pass. Bike rental is on property.

Room Tip: Rooms near beach or around pools are ideal in Summer.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Vail, Colorado
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Hilton Head may be a planned resort, but it has much more to offer a history buff or the
nature lover. It gives a marvelous combination of colonial, Civil War, and modern day to the
vacationer who needs more than a beach chair to be satisfied on holiday. The island
Coastal Discovery Museum, Rose Hall Plantation in nearby Bluffton, the Marine Museum on Parris Island, only 50 miles away, provide more history than most can absorb, not to mention
nearby Savannah. The beach is a daily lesson in sealife; the waterways teem with birds and
animals, including the not-so-illusive alligators. So much to see that a week is not long enough
to really get into the local routine. We went to the local Oyster Festival in early November. Great fun, and a good place to sample varieties of those raw underwater treats. Sunsets are
fantastic, sunrises even better. We plan to go back soon, and would certainly return to the Marriott Grande Ocean for its extensive facilities and comfort. Large living area, perfect for four adult. Quiet.

Room Tip: Don't expect an ocean view from most rooms. The trees on property have grown so tall that they...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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New York, New York
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Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Exchanged for a 2 bedroom villa for two adult couples. Were assigned Dolphin building overlooking the Lagoon - very quiet and close to beach, pools and market place. Facility is typical Marriott and meets it standard for cleanliness, staff attention to guests and their needs. This Marriott location has beach access and a fun Pool Bar as well as an exercise room overlooking the beach which made for an enjoyable stay. Only negative was staff oversight of a scheduled room cleaning, but were quick to offer extra towels, etc.

Room Tip: Dolphin building is near the pools but actually overlooking the lagoon and grill area so is quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Prospect, Kentucky
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We stayed here on a recent family trip and were very pleased with the location, property condition, staff, amenities and, most importantly, access to the beach. In my opinion, Hilton Head has some of the best beaches in the country and this Marriott has direct acess to it. You are also next door to Sea Pines and a short drive/ bike ride from Harbortown or South Beach. Hilton Head is completely accessible by bike and the Grande Ocean has its own rental vendor which is reasonable in price. They even have 2 children strollers for their bikes, so a family of 3-4 can rent for the week and literally bike everywhere on safe, convenient paths. Just a great perk. The pools are all heated and there are plenty of spa/hot tubs. The management is helpful and knowledgable about the surrounding area. The condos are spacious, tastefully decorated and complete with large wash rooms. I highly recommend the property for all travelers, specifically families, year round. You're very close to Hilton Head's airport and Savannah's isn't too far a drive.

  • Stayed October 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My family has been going here for several years. This is a fine place, well kept and well run. The employees are friendly and helpfull. There are organized events for all ages. There are a large number of excellent places to eat.

Room Tip: Book in advance and ask for an upper floor room, ocean front
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Girardeau, Mo
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Stayed here last week and found it extremely enjoyable. 2 bedroom condo was plenty large for the 6 adults we had in our group. Wonderful grounds and ammenities, right on the beach. The fitness facility was also great as one could look out over the ocean while working out. The market place located right below had items to purchase in case you forgot something. However, it was extremely pricey, so I would suggest going to the grocery store about a mile away.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Marriott`s Grande Ocean Hotel
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Address: 51 South Forest Beach Dr., Hilton Head, SC 29928
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Hilton Head
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Top resorts Hotel in Hilton Head
#4 Romantic Hotel in Hilton Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marriott's Grande Ocean 3.5*
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