Located in the barely tasteful and still delightfully tacky party of Tybee Island and just a block from Tybee Pier the Sea and Breeze is the kind of throw-back hotel I love. It has obviously been rescued from the generic chain hotels. Our room had a stone tile floor, sea-foam green walls, exposed wooden beams - very charming and inviting.
I didn't experience any of the filth as mentioned. No, it won't pass white glove treatment, but I didn't have black feet from walking on the floors. The paint in the pool didn't peel off on me. The water in the pool was indeed cold, but it is still spring time.
There were some issues that I think need to be addressed as the hotel continues its transformation (and to be sure, the transformation is still going on). The bed linens weren't very comfortable. In fact, they were a little scratchy. The hotel is showing its age around the edges, so don't expect it to be luxurious. As others mentioned, there were burnt out light bulbs in the ceiling, and the bedside lamp didn't work. Even though our room had just been cleaned when we arrived, there was no toilet paper (but a walk to the housekeeper's cart fixed that - and the head housekeeper immediately began admonishing the young lady who should have done a better job).
Not having a coffee maker in the room wasn't a major problem - there is coffee in the lobby - but it would be nice to have it in the room.
The worst part for us was the noise. Our room was located almost directly on Tybrisa Street - the home of a few bars and restaurants, not to mention the easy access to the beach and pier. The street noise was very noticeable - even until late at night. That is not the fault of the hotel, but you should be aware of it before you book your room. Unfortunately the noise will only get worse. It seems the hotel will be the home of a frozen drinks bar, which means more noise and more drunken behavior. If you pick this hotel, ask for a room on the top floor away from Tybrisa and you should be better off, or be young, carefree, and a fan of local bars.
Parking spaces are indeed very confining, so once you get parked, try not to leave! You can walk to some of the better food and drink choices on Tybee with no problem (the Breakfast Club and Sting Rays are just a block away!), rent a bike at the nearby rental, or catch the Crab Cab to the other end of the island.
The big question is, "Will you go back," and I can safely answer that I would indeed stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sea and Breeze Hotel is the only hotel located on Tybee’s South Beach. Many of the most popular gift shops, art galleries, restaurants and bars on the island are all within one block of the hotel. Vacationers love our relaxed, laid-back island. Unlike most highly commercial beach destinations, we’re on Tybee Time here and you will be too. ... more less
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