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Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Jekyll Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 3, 2007

We stayed at Villas by the Sea for two nights, May 30 through June 1 2007. We rented a 3 bedroom condo,unit 348, which is in the Morgan building, oceanside. We paid an average of $288 a night (plus taxes & fees) for the 3 bedroom unit. We booked far in advance and got an internet special.
The only big complaint I can make is that after we checked in we walked into our original unit to find the TV on, a plate of half eaten pizza on the table, and trash everywhere. The front desk said housekeeping had given them a report that the room was ready, but it was obviously not. The front desk was very helpful, but this was very inconvenient and they almost could not find us a room because they were full. We had to be at a wedding rehearsal in an hour, and as a result of all this we were late. But the front desk was as nice as they could be. Another small complaint, our refrigerator "died" one afternoon, luckily we had no food inside. Maintenance came to inspect it within 30 minutes, but I'm not really sure if they fixed it.
So we then checked into 348. All units are privately owned and the decor and maintenanced varies. We found our unit to be clean and comfortable enough, although due for a little remodeling. The king bedroom upstairs had an "ocean view" (overlooking the shrubs and low trees you could see the ocean) and a sink in the room, but it shared a bathroom in the hall with the twin bedroom, also upstairs. Downstairs the Queen bedroom overlooked the parking lot and had a private bath, and the living area and deck looked out on a narrow grassy area and trees -- too low to see the ocean, but you could hear it and there was a pleasant breeze. A sidewalk to the beach was right beside our building and when the tide was out the beach was very pleasant. The beaches are typical for that part of the country, don't expect the big sandy beaches of the Gulf.
We were in town for a wedding and did not make use of any other amenities, but conveniently for us, Villas by the Sea is 5-10 minutes from the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, where all our activities were.
Overall, it was an average experience. We had a good time and felt that the unit was clean and spacious. But since a few things went wrong, and the units decor was a little dated, I can't give it a great recommendation. But it was pleasant enough. I wouldn't mind staying there again. I think this is typical of most lodging available on the island.
On a side note, from what we saw, Jekyll Island Club Hotel seemed like a wonderful, beautiful place to stay, but obviously more expensive. Although we were surprised that the food was not totally outrageously priced (burger, chips, & drink from the pool side grill for $10, breakfast buffet for $11).

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled with friends
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3  Thank mrginga
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Reviewed May 3, 2007

We spent just one night, enroute to Charleston. The condo itself was nice, with a living room, kitchenette and bedroom But the clincher was the beach, with its lushly wooded dunes, rocks, walks and bridges. The grounds beyond the beach also were attractively landscaped. There is a restaurant on the grounds for breakfast (which is not included). The breakfast was a bland buffet (dried eggs, etc.) with some southern offerings (grits, I believe, being one). The staff was very courteous. I definitely would consider spending more time here, although I would want a water view.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank LetItBeClean
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Reviewed March 26, 2007

This is a great place. Lots to see and do. This is really a family place. It's not for people who like the hustle and bustle of big city life. This is a place to come and relax to get away from it all. If you like Vegas or Atlantic City or other ocean communities with stores, malls, fast food and the like, then this place is NOT for you. This is a place for long walks on the beach. Lots of parks. A really nice paved bike trail that goes all the way around the island. Fishing! Horse back riding. A great place! I highly recommend Jekyll Island! The resort is great. Pick your rooms wisely though as you are actually getting someones condo and some are better taken care of than others. No worries, if you don't like your room just let the front desk know and they will get you into another place. They are very accomodating. Good old southern hospitality. We really liked our room (#136). We had a super time, you will too!

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with family
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4  Thank SouthernStyleupnorth
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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.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled with family
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4  Thank OlderBrother
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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
4  Thank DRech
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vbtsdos, Director of Group Sales/Marketing at Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled on business
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5  Thank darklug
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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.

6  Thank Cathy T
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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: $115 - $257 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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