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Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort
Ranked #2 of 28 Hotels in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 12, 2013

I have been coming to HHI since I was a kid, but had never ventured onto the Disney property until now. I think I have found my spot! We stayed 5 nights in 2BR villa 1411 in June. Our kids are 7, 4 and 2. Here are the highlights:

- Bldg 14 is near the main lodge / beach shuttle, and a 5 minute walk to all of the restaurants, etc. in Shelter Cove. Our first floor unit overlooked the marsh (great views!) - we even saw a pod of dolphins strand feeding while we enjoyed our coffee on the deck. Next time we'll request a 2nd floor room as we could definitely hear the folks above us walking around.

- The activities were spot on for our kids' ages (pirate treasure hunt, Mickey tie-dye, s'mores, magic show, etc.) -- enough to provide options, but not overwhelming.

- The food was fine for our kids' ages (Mickey waffles or bacon & eggs for breakfast; chicken fingers, hot dogs, etc. for lunch). We actually ate in most of our meals, but found the two restaurants to be fine for what they are. (Actually, the veggie burger was one of the better I have had.)

- Both pools were great. The Beach Club itself is a fantastic facility - great pool, great stretch of beach, etc...

- Perhaps the most striking thing of all was the staff - particularly the young folks who doubled as activities directors and lifeguards. These cast members seemed to truly enjoy what they do and went out of their way at every opportunity to interact with our kids. I'm a former camp counselor myself, and I was impressed with the energy and dedication of the staff -- I know it isn't easy to maintain that level of interaction for hours on end!

After staying at three Marriott Vacation Club properties on HHI (Barony Beach Club, Monarch, and Grande Ocean), we've found our home at Disney's HHI. It's small (123 rooms or so), walkable to lots of food and entertainment, and simply well done. Also, as compared to the on-ocean resorts, it's much quieter situated on an island within an island. Just a fantastic resort (which, rumor has it, is in for a major remodel starting in January).

Room Tip: Building 14 is a good mix of convenience to Shelter Cove / beach, marsh view, and proximity to pool.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

My family of four traveled to Hilton Head for Spring Break. I hadn't been to the island for years and we had never stayed at a Disney property, so we really didn't know what to expect. Frankly, we were a little worried about overt Disneyfication with characters everywhere and marketing to boot. What we got was attentive and capable service, a great room, clean and comfortable property with great planned activities our whole family (husband, wife and kids 5 and 3) enjoyed, even during a cold, rainy week. We stayed in a two bedroom villa and were glad we had spent the extra money for some more space so everyone slept well and had their own space. We really enjoyed the programs on site led by the naturalists (loved that the hotel HAD a naturalist!) as well as access to free DVDs for use in our room. Only real downside was the lack of quality food available on site and within walking distance.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the buildings that overlooks the marsh. We had a porch where we could watch birds eve...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

This is a wonderful resort. Everything you want it right here in Shelter Cove. Excellent dining, shopping, swimming, fishing, you name it. The rooms are big and clean, great clientele, great service. Close to golf corses, and beaches. Bike rentals are also available. I would recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We enjoyed our stay and it met basic Disney standards. However, the availability of an on-site restaurant was limited to a snack bar and the food options required you to go outside the resort. There were good restaurants in the area within walking distance, but otherwise, unless you want to use this as a way to go to the beach, it doesn't seem to be worth the effort. However, the Disney beach house was great and makes the inconvenience of the shuttle insignificant.

Room Tip: If you can't get the room you want, Disney will often be able to accommodate you upon arrival...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Beautiful beach and private beach house for Disney members. Great getaway with lots of good restaurants close by . Seafood is excellent and plentiful. Apartments are on a par with Disney World resorts with everything that is needed provided with a smile.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

This is our 6th visit to the Disney HHI Resort over the last ten years, and our children have grown up coming to the beach here. The facilities are decidedly Disney, but aside from a few if the activities and Bambi landscape greeting you upon arrival, there is little to remind you that you are at a Disney facility.

There are a lot of fun activities for children and families. We also like that as our children have grown older, we have been able to give them increasing independence, which makes it more of a vacation for us, too. The beach here is excellent in the early summer--warm water, light surf, and gradual descent into the ocean with little undertow.

Just to be clear, the resort is NOT on the beach, but has excellent access by car, shuttle, bike, etc. 1.5 miles away with a beach house on the ocean, complete with pool, lockers, arcade, and snack shop. The food here has been consistently subpar, over the years, but the nearby Piggly Wiggly is great for groceries, and there are plenty of excellent dining options on HHI. We generally have breakfast in the villa, pack a lunch for the beach (or come back for it) and dine out at night.

To be honest, one of the only downsides to staying here is that sometimes the other guests are a little less refined than one would expect at a resort of this stature. People smoking in non-smoking areas, my 11 year old daughter getting shoved by an older boy in the pool with little provocation, and other boorish behavior which my wife attributes to the "Disney crowd".

Despite this, we always have a good time on these vacations and plan to return in the next year or two.

Room Tip: Ask for a view of the marsh Building 31 is my favorite, in the corner of the property with a great...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

My 2nd trip to Disney's Hilton Head Resort and it was wonderful! It's so quiet and relaxing. Had a two bedroom suite and it was very spacious with full kitchen and outdoor patio with two rockers and picnic table for outdoor relaxation. Spent most of our time at the Beach House-pool and ocean what more could you ask for! LOVED water slide at Big Dipper Pool. As a DVC member it's nice to have options when you don't want to go all the way to Florida. Beautiful sunsets at HH resort. No restaurants at the resort just a quick service. Ask for Dole Whip at the Beach House----BEST treat!! Lots of restaurants within walking distance of resort, would recommend the short drive to Black Marlin and Salty Dog Cafe.

Room Tip: 3011 great view of sunset!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort

Address: 22 Harbourside Lane, Hilton Head, SC 29928-3522
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Hilton Head
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Hilton Head
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Hilton Head
Price Range: $132 - $435 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 123
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort is located on the picturesque coast of South Carolina, 5 hours from Walt Disney World Resort. This warm home-away-from-home-fashioned after a 1940's hunting and fishing lodge-combines local charm with simple pleasures and outdoor fun for the entire family. The resort features multi-roomed villas and many recreational activities, including 12 miles of heavenly beaches famous for clear blue waters. ... more   less 
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