My family and I booked our vacation through VRBO; Concierge Realty-Rentals. The Mariott Barony Beach Club is mostly privately owned through time shares but we bought someones time share that they either didnt want or couldnt use for the week. One of my only complaints about the realty company was that I was under the assumption that we would be on the beach and have an oceanfront view. We have three children between the ages of 4 and 7 and really didnt want to walk to the beach everyday. When we arrived at the resort (we had the week of June 2 through June 9, 2013) we were assigned room 9126 in the Gardenia building. The Gardenia and Jasmine buildings are about a 5 minute walk to the main pool and beach area. These buildings sit by themselves on the resort away from the other 5 buildings. The Gardenia and Jasmine have no direct access to the ocean as both units sit behind the Westin Resort, which is between the Barony and the Ocean. Although this was a bit misleading to me when I booked the reservations, the room was very nice, clean and had a nice view of the Bleu's Lagoon (one of the resorts pools). We also found out quickly that there is a shuttle (a 6-8 person golf cart that escorts guests across the resort to the main pool/beach area) that ran about every 5-10 minutes.
The other two small issues we had on our stay was that the Willies Splash Pad was under construction that week and was closed and we were originally told it would be down through June 5th but wasnt actually open until Saturday June 8th. We were also supposed to receive a mid-week room cleaning that we paid for but never received. Having no view of the ocean and not being in close proximity to the ocean, not receiving a room cleaning during our week long stay and the Splash Pad being down for the kids were the only issues we had with the resort. This was our first time ever to Hilton Head and were given great recommendations of this resort and chose it because of its reviews. These issues that we had would not prevent us from coming back.
The kids absolutely loved the place which made us love it. The staff was friendly and the resort and rooms were clean and in good shape. All the guests were polite and the activivities for the kids on the resort were nice. Although I dont have much as far as comparing this resort to others on Hilton Head (as this was our first time at HH), I can tell you that this was absolutely family friendly and the resort never felt crowded. One little word of advice I can give people who stay in either the Gardenia or Jasmine is that there is a gate behind the Shark Shoal Slide that leads directly to the front door of the Westin. If you take this gate and walk through the Westin and then to the beach, it is a very nice walk and much shorter to the beach. Same goes from the walk back from the beach to the resort. When the shuttle doesnt run or you dont want to take it, I recommend this path to the beach.
If you are staying here and want an ocean view, you will only get one from either the Sea Oat or the Morning Glory. The Bayberry and Live Oak also do not have ocean views.
What a great vacation we had and had it not been for these small issues I mentioned, I would have given it a 5 star rating. If we would have had an ocean view as promised, I would bring my family back to this resort each summer.
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- Clear you mind poolside at Marriott's Barony Beach Club. Nestled on in infamous Hilton Head, South Carolina, your feet will be covered in sand. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Barony Beach Club Hotel Hilton Head
- Marriott Barony Beach Hotel
- Marriott Hilton Head
- Hilton Head Marriott