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“Beautiful view but slightly tired rooms”

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Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Jekyll Island
Certificate of Excellence
Victor, New York
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Beautiful view but slightly tired rooms”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

My son got married on the beach at the villas. Beautiful beach setting for a wedding. We all stayed here too since it was a destination wedding. A cool place very quiet with beautiful views off our balcony. Our room although was clean, was old. Apparently all the villas are privately owned and managed by the hotel. My sons villa was updated and nice. Of all the rooms I saw ours was the most tired. You can rent 1,2 or 3 bedroom units. All are complete with kitchens. Also be aware that beach front means you face the beach but trees occlude most of the view. As far as the wedding went it was ok. The wait staff not so good. Weather played a factor as it can when you are outside, but the staff had no clue what to do when it rained.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2013

Stayed here with friends for 3 nights in off season October so very quiet.Although we booked oceanside villas beware most are behind dunes and trees so you will not see the ocean or beach.Villas are well equipped and spacious although our dishwasher failed to work.Engineer appeared after requests but 'had to get part' and was not fixed.Bed was not comfortable with loose headboard.Beach was wild and scenic but with high tides not really one for lying on including no shade etc.Pool was fine but shaded by buildings,trees.Reception OK but slow at times despite lack of people.Hired bikes from there and had great cycling round the Island,flat but interesting and some good trails to go along.On site Bistro was nice but not fine dining.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Naples, FL
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88 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2013

The unit we had was owned by an individual so the decor was selected by her. Interesting with her collection of beach like possessions. The woods around the place abound with squirrels and birds - a very natural setting. We could walk to the beach from our unit. Check in was a breeze. We should have eaten at the restaurant - called The Driftwood as we heard from someone else that the food was very good and reasonable. If you plan to go to the Villas - be sure to check it out. We had not brought food for breakfast with us so couldn't use the kitchen which was quite well equipped - had breakfast (which was good) at the golf course.
A lovely natural place to relax. It is an older property but our unit had been renovated quite nicely. Quite a different experience than staying in your normal motel...We would definitely go back there if the chance arose.
There was a playground for the kids, by the way. Lots of families were staying there.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Ryan M, Director of Sales at Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to review us. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you will return soon.
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2013

We first found this property because they are pet friendly and we could stay with our two dogs. That was 10 years ago and we have been returning annually ever since, now with our 4 year old daughter. She loves the kiddie pool, but also the big pool. Staff is attentive and our villa is always clean and prepared. We always stay in at least a two bedroom and they come with a kitchen and living room. A great family atmosphere. They had two weddings going on during our stay. A good value.

Room Tip: rooms on farthest south unit have ground floor ocean view.
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Ryan M, Director of Sales at Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
We are very thankful that you stay with us every time you visit Jekyll Island. We appreciate your loyalty.
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Huntsville, Alabama
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

My husband & I just decided to stop and see the area on our long drive back home. We stopped at the visitor center where we found a brochure for Villa. The receptionist at check-in was very helpful with island info since we just had a few hours to visit. We stayed in the second floor mini villa which was just perfect for us. It was cooler weather but the pool/grilling area was very pretty and would love to come back in the summer with the grandkids!

Room Tip: Mini villas have small frig and 2 burner stove but was fine for 2-4 people. Kitchen was equipped wit...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ryan M, Director of Sales at Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
We are so glad you choose to stay the night with us. We look forward to seeing you again in the summer.
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Pickering, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
718 reviews
163 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2013

If you want to be near Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island then this is the only place to stay. We could get out of bed and be there in five minutes for sunrise.
Overall the accommodation was clean and comfortable. We had to wait 15 minutes to check in as the receptionist was dealing with another customer and both her and the customer were oblivious to the waiting people. A little acknowledgement would have gone a long way.
We were disappointed that the room had no view so be aware that ocean side means its on the side of the ocean but your view will almost certainly be hidden by trees.
Great location and would stay there again if we ever go back to the area.

Room Tip: Its a long way from one side of the complex to the other. You might want to call when you book and...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I visited the villas and conference center for the annual southern states police benevolent association executive session. The conference center and property us wonderful and met all our personal and professional needs. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again for either business or pleasure. I'm happy the SSPBA chose this venue to host the conference and accommodations. I'm looking forward to my next visit.

Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center
Address: 1175 N Beachview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA 31527-0704
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Location: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Golden Isles of Georgia > Jekyll Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Jekyll Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center 3*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villas by the Sea Resort is an enchanting oceanside resort and conference center on Jekyll Island, Georgia. AAA 3 Diamond Rating. Choose from one of our 160 spacious one, two, or three bedroom villas whch are individually decorated. ... more   less 
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