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“Wonderful ... wish we were staying longer!” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #4 of 26 Hotels in Hilton Head
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“Wonderful ... wish we were staying longer!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Loved loved loved the Grande Ocean. Our two bed suite was amazing, clean, spacious, fully equipped, great view of the pool, fabulous bath tub ... I could live in it :)
We swam in the pool by Jim's Pool Bar. The pools are not heated but it wasn't unpleasant once you were in. The hotel is right by the ocean and you are literally steps from poolside to sand.
We ordered lunch from the poolside grill ... standard fare (hot dogs, burgers, quessidillas) but tasty. We hired bikes and cycled to the Harbour Town Lighthouse using the Sea Pines pass that the hotel provides. There are cycle paths the whole way and we even saw alligators by the side of the paths. We cycled back along the beach which was easy as the sand is very compacted. It was wonderful! There are many restaurants and a supermarket within a short drive.
I can't wait to return and next time I will stay longer!

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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  • Location
    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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Greenville, NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We have been owners here since 1996 and this place continues to be the best resort on the island. The staff here is well trained and focused on service. We love it here and will continue to visit every year.
Pool Bar Jim's bar is a real asset!

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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Raleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

If you look at the hotel reviews for Hilton Head Island, you should not be surprised that the top ones are Marriott properties. Marriott purchased the best locations, built and designed them very well, and have managed and maintained them to very high standards. Their customer service is the best!

Other things I like about the Grande Ocean: you get both car passes and bike passes into Sea Pines Plantation. This year we easily biked into Sea Pines for the Heritage PGA Golf Tournament. Lots of fun, great golf, and up close and personal viewings. We bike on the beach which is wide and flat, bike to restaurants and bars at nearby Coligny Plaza, and even bike to the grocery store because if you rent bikes from the Grande Ocean at a reasonable price, they provide helmets and baskets. There are bike paths all around, so it is very safe and, in most places lit enough to bike in the evenings.

Pools and hot tubs, in both sunny and shaded areas are in abundance. And you MUST go to Pool Bar Jim's for one of his incredible frozen drinks. Jim has published two cocktail books, so he can provide you with an old favorite or something new, either with or without alcohol.

Yes, this is our favorite Marriott property, but all of them on Hilton Head are great too!

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Great location near Sea Pines, Shipyard and Coligny shopping. The two bedroom layout is very large, perfect for four. The weather, late April is a pleasant mix of warm during the day and cool at night. Dining on the property is limited to lunch but there are many great restaurants nearby. We were hare RBC Heritage week.

  • Stayed April 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

It is in a great location, right next to Sea Pines. Rooms were the standard 2BR time share layout. The pools (4 outdoor+1 indoor) and grounds were pretty good for a time share. The weather was awful for Easter week so the indoor pool was used every day. There were some activities for kids (2 outdoor ping-pong tables+2 outdoor pool tables) and a few other kid related activities during the day.

Overall it's a pretty nice time share resort. But I'm not sure about the value. When we go to the beach, we want to stay on the beach, open the patio door and hear the waves and we know what it costs to do that. With that in mind paid the AAA rate, got a time share presentation credit and worked hard at check-in to get an oceanfront unit but felt underwhelmed at the end of the week when I got the bill. The pool bar is close to the beach, but again I wouldn't say it was a real value. Maybe it was the rain, the 50/60 degree tempratures, or the fact we stay in oceanfront condo in Hawaii for about the same price in the summer, but we will probably look at other options in the future.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Portsmouth NH
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28 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Marriott's Grande Ocean timeshares, wonderful location on the beach in Hilton Head.
Still one of the best timeshares on an island with many options.
Spacious well maintained 2 bedroom units ..Great for families, ride your bikes on the beach, .
Lots to see and do, restaurants galore, lovely Sea Pines plantation, nature preserves, shore birds, alligators...always a pleasure to return.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Harriman, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

This was a week of relaxing, making new friends at the activities offered at the resort, and bike riding. The check-in was quick and friendly, incredible staff, good parking, well kept grounds and the unit was clean and well supplied. I enjoy cooking and the kitchen had all I needed. If you choose to eat out there are plenty to choose from. Churches, shopping and usually good opportunities to listen to some great music are near-by. My husband enjoyed having the bike available on the resort and having a pass to go to Sea Pines in the car or on the bikes was a plus!. We enjoyed the various nature parks and the historical sites near-by.

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  • 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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Address: 51 South Forest Beach Dr., Hilton Head, SC 29928
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Hilton Head
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Hilton Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marriott's Grande Ocean 3.5*
Number of rooms: 290
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