Stayed for 6 nights at the Sonesta at the end of July. Overall a great property with clean rooms and customer service that should be a model for high end resorts around the world. Kristen at the front desk was especially helpful upon checkin giving us food ideas and sight seeing tips, (going to Savannah during the day). Beach is steps away and the water is great, 86 degree average each of the days we were there. Couple of issues with the beach - first beach chairs and umbrellas come at a price. Realize nothing is for free but as a guest of the resort this should seem free to the customer even if it's part of the hotel charge and buried in the price. Having to pay $32 for the first day and then $20 each additional seems a little weird to me. Also if you do the upfront and save for additional days note they have to be taken consecutively and you can't skip a day or you start all over. Something I didn't realize and wasn't explained by the beach patrol. They also have boogie boards, catamarans, kayaks and other stuff at the beach however all come at a price. This isn't a Holiday Inn and I just don't want to be nickeled and dimed for every fun option that myself or the kids have an interest in. Pool was very clean but not enough shade and chairs around it. Can be crowded at times but you have the beach and covered pool to default to if things get too crazy. Food options - breakfast buffet was good however it was pricey even on the dine plan. They credit you $40 each breakfast but you still go over by about $20 for a family of four and then add tip into it. There are better options off the resort property and will seek them out next time. Lunch at the resort is also pricey and we did better by going to the fresh market or panera breads right down the road. There's also a Kroeger nearby for additional food, water and even beer and wine. We did look at the meals for dinner but decided against eating at the resort. $33 for a steak is pushing NYC prices and just doesn't make sense when there are so many cheaper options with the same preparation around the corner. I would've also liked to see more variety on the dinner menu itself as those with seafood allergies would find it a very hard menu to navigate without an issue. Combined with the high prices and you're jumping in the rental car and going off property. Would I come back? Yes, but I'd just be smarter about the dining options to save some money. My last thoughts on this resort is through the staff at the kids club. The 4-5 girls that run that part of the shop really go out of their way to make the younger guests feel important. Whether it's through turtle feedings or a pirate night, my wife and I were impressed with the thought that they put into these events. Yes they're small events but they keep the kids occupied and engaged and the smiles you get afterwards are worth their weight in gold. Feel free to reach out with any questions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is the perfect getaway for families and couples, destination weddings, and is the place to meet for groups of all sizes. Located within Shipyard Plantation, the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is adjacent to Van Der Meer Tennis and Shipyard Golf. Our hotel is only 35 miles from Beaufort, S.C., 45 Miles from Savannah and 100 miles from historic Charleston. Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry is also home to the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament Presented by Boeing. We are one of the closest, upscale Hilton Head Resorts to island shopping and restaurants. The Sonesta Resort features 331 guest rooms and 9 luxurious suites. All rooms feature private balconies or patios, many with spectacular views of our lush tropical gardens and the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean. Hotel amenities include Arum Spa, an extensive fitness center, outdoor and shaded pool, child's water feature, 24 hour business center, Pearls Market and Just Us Kids(seasonal). Enjoy our breakfast in Heyward's Restaurant, or have lunch at our poolside bar, Sweet Cane (seasonal). Friday evenings, Heyward's features a bountiful seafood buffet (seasonal) which is a local favorite. Seacrest offers lunch options and small plates. Bayley's Lounge offers daily happy hour specials. For the ultimate vacation experience or the premiere meeting spot, the Sonesta Resort is the place to be on Hilton Head Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Hilton Head Island Beach Hotel Hilton Head
- Hilton Head Crowne Plaza