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“The Villas on Jekyll Island”

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Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Jekyll Island
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“The Villas on Jekyll Island”
Reviewed June 5, 2005

We stayed at Villas by the Sea during May of this year. Jekyll Island is a unique destination. The Villas are on the Northern end of Jekyll Island. The Island is a family oriented that is still largely unspoiled. The island is not yet overdeveloped like so many places in Florida. There are bike trails everywhere on the island so the kids could get around easily. Our accommodations were in a very nice 2 Bedroom Villa that overlooked the Atlantic. The Villa was clean and well appointed. We found the staff friendly and able to provide us with any request we had. We enjoyed Villas by the Sea and Jekyll Island and will be back.

  • Stayed May 2005
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Decatur, GA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2005

We have stayed at this facility several times over the years and it has recently been renovated. It is a large facility but the grounds are covered with lovely live oak trees and as you drive through the road bends around them. It is oceanside but there are significant and wooded dunes between the hotel and the sea. However, you can always hear the surf and there are lots of convenient access points to the beach.

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There is a lovely pool also set among the oaks and a surprisingly good restaurant. There are various size units and we had a two bedroom villa with a kitchen, dining area and living room. We did have to share one bath, but that was no problem. The rooms were clean and attractively decorated (see the photo of the living room).

We have been before and will go back. It is particularly well suited to families and those who want to do some meal preparation. The kitchen was well equipped.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2005

I knew before making the reservations that our large church group would most likely want to drive five minutes to a more accessible beach nearby. Knowing that, the Villas met or exceeded all our other expectations. The campus itself is very peaceful with all the old live oak trees and understory saw palmettos. The staff was very helpful in setting up our group of 60, including two excellent meals – one inside their conference center, and a cookout on the grass next to the dunes. Our stay was delightful and there have been many positive comments from the attendees. We will definitely consider the Villas as a future Memorial Day beach trip location.

  • Stayed May 2005
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed May 17, 2005

We decided to stay at the Villas By The Sea based on the reviews we read and the pictures shown of the rooms. It turns out that each unit is privately owned and as a result the quality of the rooms varies greatly. I believe that is why there are a few reviews like mine as well as glowing ones.

We were going to stay in a one bedroom ocean view villa. The first one we were given the keys to had a ripped screen on the patio door, candy pieces on the floor and just generally unkept. The furnishings were old with worn areas on all corners of the end tables and nightstand. We requested a different unit and the only other one available was a poolside room, which we took. It turned out to be not much better. It too had really old furnishings with holes in the curtains on the patio doors. It actually looked like the place had flooded at some point as the wallpaper near the floor throughout the place was warped. The toilet was about 6" from the wall and as a result when you opened the door to the bathroom you walked literally right into the toilet. Mildew was growing on the showerhead. I could go on, but I think you get the point.

I will say the swimming pool and grounds were kept up nicely. There were few people staying at the resort at the time we were there, so it was nice and quiet.

We learned a valuable lesson by only going by what we saw on the internet -- ask many questions.

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Additional Information about Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center

Property: Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center
Address: 1175 N Beachview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA 31527-0704
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
Hotel Style:
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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Villas By The Sea Hotel Jekyll Island
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