Pleasantly surprised by this hotel. We usually stay at the Westin, but it was sold out when we wanted to visit HH this year. The hotel itself is very clean with a modern, recently updated decor. Room was beautiful and modern. Staff were all pleasant and welcoming. I wonder if the hotel sponsors foreign employees, as most seemed to be from the Caribbean and Australia. We had breakfast daily at the hotel's restaurant, and it was delicious and very decently priced, with healthy options (The breakfast at the Westin was more expensive and not as good). There is also a breakfast buffet available, although the menu items were filling enough so we never bought it. There is plenty of free parking that is relatively close to the hotel, so we skipped the valet. Note that the hotel allows dogs up to 35lb for a one-time $150 fee. Grounds were very well-kept. Beach is awesome because the hotel is flanked not by other hotels, but by private homes, so it isn't crowded. Pairs of wooden beach chairs with umbrellas are available for rent for ~$30 for an entire day or $18 after 1pm. They did not seem to sell out, either.
Only minor complaint was that the door on our safe was broken and unusable, and Wifi was shotty at times.
Overall, we felt that Sonesta was just as nice as the Westin, but less expensive and with better food. We will be staying here in the future when we visit HH.
Pro tip: Before you go, make sure to join the free Trvale Pass rewards program on their website, which gives you free Wifi and discounts around the hotel.
- 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