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Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Jekyll Island
Maryland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Thanks For Providing us with and enjoyable place for a Family Reunion.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2006

We choose Villas by the Sea because of the price. We had three families of six, one family of four, one family of three, and one single. Families were arriving and departing at different time during the four day Thanksgiving weekend. We were able to get affordable acoommmodations where all Adults had a bed in which to sleep. Our accomdations were clean and well organized. The front desk and service people responded promptly to our requests.

Those of us who arrived on Wednesday before 5pm were treated to free Happy hour. That was great after driving from Floridia and Maryland (some drove all night).

We had reservations for 21 people for Thanksgiving Dinner. The resturant staff set us together and provided us excellent service. Another family arrived during the meal and they happly seated them with us. After the meal they divided the checks by family.

Half of us showed up unannounced for Breakfast on Sunday morning and again a cheerful staff provided us excellent service.

We had a great stay and will use them again.

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  • Disliked — Stairs
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with family
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  • Location
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2006

From the website ratings, you would actually believe this place is a first class resort; however......it is not. These are decent beachside apts to rent, our room was not bad. But it is not the 5 star resort it claims to be. If you are looking for that 4-5 star resort and pampering, this is not the place to book. Beware. We checked out and went to the Jekyll Island Club. Other couples were doing the same.

Stayed July 2006
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4 Thank DRech
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vbtsdos, Director of Group Sales/Marketing at Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center, responded to this review, September 10, 2006
It should be noted here that VBTS does not now, or have we ever advertised that we are a 5 Star Property/Resort. We are a AAA 3 Diamond Property and do advertise this fact. Mobil does not currently rate Condominium Hotels - which is why we do not at the present time have any ratings for Mobil. We just simply do not understand this guests comments, although we do appreciate the fact that this guest did take the time to submit their comments on Tripadvisor.
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darklug
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2006

I recently attended a summer conference at the Villas by the Sea and I was blown away with hospitality we received. Not only was I blown away but every one that I talked to attending the conference was amazed at how friendly all the staff were and how ready they were to accommodate every little need we had. The meeting rooms we used were decorated in antiques which I thought really added to the southern charm of the property. I have never been to a place that made me feel so comfortable. I also loved Jekyll Island's small town atmosphere.

  • Liked — the southern charm of the staff and comfort of the room
  • Disliked — that I had to leave it and return home/work
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled on business
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Morrow, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2006

I had not been to Jekyll Island in a long time and decided to stay at Villas By the Sea. What a great place, the desk clerks were nice and informative, the one bed room villa could of held 4 people comfortably and it was just like being at home with all the great amenities. My friend and I ate in their restaurant and enjoyed great service at a great price. I would recommend this location to anyone just wanting to get away from it all and to be treated special.

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Syracuse, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2006

My family and I recently stayed at the Villas by the Sea Resort and we enjoyed every moment. We could not have imagined how large our room was going to be. We booked a two bedroom which had an upstairs that I felt was perfect for a family of 4. The kitchen was also a nice touch. The over all property was well maintained. I look forward to future trips down to Jekyll Island and the Villas by the Sea.

  • Liked — The size
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
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4 Thank racegirl6969
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Richmond, Virginia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2006

This was a beautiful beach. Our family enjoyed spending time on the quiet beach and on the grounds of the villas (which were very well kept). However the stay wasn't all pleasant!

When we arrived to check in, we did not get the room that we'd registered for over the net. Not only was this room much smaller, the front desk attendant provided little explanation of why the change was made and was not very apologetic. We picked this 'room' over the internet because of the space that we thought it would offer, however the replacement villa was much smaller and made for a very cramped week for our family of 6. The room was also very smelly, moldy, and quite dirty. We had to go out and purchase cleaning supplies to use the showers. We tried using Febreeze to cover the smelly, moldy odor....that didn't work! Aren't many stores/ restaurants on the beach and we often had a 15-20 minute drive to get the things we needed.

Positive points: the views from the master bedroom were lovely and we enjoyed having access to a kitchen to cook meals.

Looking for a little R & R??? Jekyll Island just maybe your place, however I would stay away from the villas.

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  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2006

We have been coming to Jekyll Island on-and-off for the past 20 years and this is probably our 7th or 8th stay at Villas-by-the-Sea. Our last visit was in 2002 and I believe things have only gotten better since that time.

Grounds--While the grounds at Villas have never been shabby, they seemed to have spruced things up a bit since our last visit--everything seemed to have a fresh coat of paint. Unfortunately, the shuffleboard court which we enjoyed using is gone now, replaced by a lovely garden and fountain. I think it would be a nice place to sit in cooler weather.

Pool--We've always loved this large pool because it's shaded by the trees in the afternoon, giving you the opportunity to sit by the pool or swim without frying! The wading pool has been upgraded with a little fountain and a rocking whale which spouts water--fun for the little ones. There were always plenty of lounges available and it's nice now that they provide pool towels.

Beach--It's true that the beach is often covered by water since the beach is narrow here, but it's never been a big deal to drive 5 minutes to a bigger beach. When the beach is available, it's great! (And it's nice to have the showers off the beach to wash away the sand before re-entering the apartment.)

Apartments--We have stayed in every size of apartment over the last 20 years. Since the apartments are individually owned, some have been in better conditions than others, but we have never been in an apartment that was unacceptable. During our most recent visit, we stayed in #507 and it was very nice indeed. It is a 2-bedroom oceanside apartment, but we also had an oceanview since the dunes are not high at that point. The beds were comfortable and it was nice to have 3 TV's--one in each bedroom and one in the living room. (However, I could not understand why the bedroom TV's got full cable reception, but the living room TV only had a limited number of stations.)

Service--When we checked into our apartment, I noticed that the glass top on the coffee table was cracked. Since we were on our way out to dinner and were not planning to get back until late, I decided to wait until the next day to report it. Before I could do so on the following day, a Villas representative appeared with a contractor to assess the damage. The tabletop was removed and the remaining rattan table was moved out of the way under the stairs until a new top was ready (which did not occur during our stay.) On another day, we returned from a day at the beach to find that we did not have any fresh towels. We were desperate to get cleaned up, so we re-used the old towels and I then called Housekeeping. It was almost 6pm at this point, but they were over in about 5 minutes and provided the fresh towels and did a thorough cleaning of the apartment since it was our 3rd night there. These were the only "glitches" in our stay and in each case, the problems were addressed promptly.

Other Amenities: While we did not rent bicycles this time as we often have in the past, it was nice to see they still had them and they had even built a storage area for them. But our favorite new amenity was the computer in the lobby with free Internet access. It was great to be able to check e-mail and to check in with our airline 24 hours in advance.

We will continue to stay at Villas-by-the-Sea on all our future trips to Jekyll Island.

  • Stayed June 2006
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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 8 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
Villas By The Sea Resort And Conference Center
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Resort By The Sea

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