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“Great condo and wonderul convention facility”

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Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Jekyll Island
Certificate of Excellence
Marietta, Ga. USA
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Great condo and wonderul convention facility”
Reviewed July 12, 2007

I stayed at this condo during a convention in June of this year. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by how luxurious the place was. My one bedroom condo, although did not have a view of the ocean (I could hear it though) was fully equipped, clean, comfortable and had leather couches, granite counter tops, wide screen TV. etc, etc. The conference center was very nice and the catering was very good. Everyone I encountered from the front desk staff to the bartender in the lounge, was very nice. BTW - try the fried local oysters in the restaurant/bar onsite....delicious. Loved this place and will come back for pleasure sometime soon.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled on business
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Gainesville, Florida
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2007

Anybody who complains about Villas by the Sea is just plain crabby! We had a group of 12 stay in two, 3BR condos over the July 4 holiday. Our rooms were in excellent shape (435 and 330), updated and loaded with everything we possibly could have needed for our stay. Maintenance workers constantly roamed the property, picking up trash and checking on things. They even provided a welcome kit for our dog! Beautiful property with easy access to everything on Jekyll Island. Great pool for the kids. Beautiful rocky beach. Only complaint was the weather, but that wasn't the hotel's fault!

  • Liked — Beautiful setting and care of grounds.
  • Disliked — Only one onsite sit-down restaurant.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank real_est8_diva
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Valdosta, GA
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74 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2007

We stayed here for two nights. The unit we had was OK, but not upscale at all. The decor was out dated. At one point the cleaning staff entered our condo without our permission and for no apparent reason. The beach area at the hotel was rocky (put there simply to prevent erosion) and muddy. To say the beach was not pretty is an understatement. At check-out the staff was rude. I had run in to turn in the key cards. The attendant informed me that there was another charge to our bill--an additional tax--just under $5. I asked if they could simply add the tax onto the charge applied to our credit card. She said she would have to have the card again to rerun the it. So, I had to go back to get my wallet. When I got back, I asked what they do if there are additional charges that need to be billed to our room after we are off the premisis. She said it would be charged to our credit card that we used at check-in (the one I had just gone back to get). When I asked why they could not have just charged that to the number on file instead of having to physically rerun the card. She said "we just can't do that." Not until I was halfway out of the door did she make any attempt to say "sorry for any inconveniece."

Too little, too late. We spent about $250 per night for an old, out dated unit with poor service. We'll go elsewhere next time.

  • Liked — It was on Jekyll Island
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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3 Thank LittleGreenFrog
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Atlanta, GA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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.

  • Liked — Location; grounds
  • Disliked — Breakfast
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank LetItBeClean
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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!

  • Liked — Very scenic, quite, everything you need right there.
  • Disliked — Just wish the ocean was more like the Keys.
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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4 Thank SouthernStyleupnorth
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Maryland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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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
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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