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“Late fall get away” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Marriott's Monarch at Sea Pines

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Marriott's Monarch at Sea Pines
Ranked #12 of 28 Hotels in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto
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49 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Late fall get away”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

This was a perfect location in sea pines. The units are comfortable nestled around a mature courtyard landscape. Great access for beach walks, sunrise and sunsets. At this Time of year, sheltered spots to read in the sun and three hot tub options were well used. Helpful concierge Francine

Stayed November 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We stayed at Monarch with 2 other couples and fit well in a villa. It was a great place to stay with a group of people. It was an easy walk to the pool and the beach. The villa was spacious and comfortable.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Lyndsay Z
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Just spent a week at the Marriott Monarch at Sea Pines. The resort was beautiful. Michelle, the Aqua Aerobics instructor was amazing. She also taught the glass pendant jewelry class. She was so much fun. Brent gave us a great tour of Hilton Head. He gave us lots of ideas for activities to join into during our stay. It was a wonderful week...a real memory maker!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank Dennis B
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Ok - we've stayed so many places in HHI and the world over, have seen lots of places both awesome and horrible. I will tell you this, for a property that is 30+ years old, Marriott proves how great they are at maintaining the very high quality standard benchmarks we have come to rely on from Marriott. If you think about the usage this property must have gotten over these many years and when you still see the quality in spite of that, you know Marriott rocks! It must be a huge challenge to maintain that. So impressed were we, that we went out and bought more Marriott club points. Go figure but for a family of 5, it's important (it will also be important when the kids are gone and my wife and I want to continue traveling on our own).
Here's what I think, take it for what it's worth - we originally wanted to stay at Marriott Grande Ocean, where we've stayed before, but due to our last minute booking there was no way we would get that. But we did manage to get into this place due to a late cancellation as we were told. Even with some of the mixed reviews here and our being spoiled by the many 'no brainer' Marriott properties out there, we decided to take a whack at it and rely on the Marriott promise of quality we have come to enjoy (plus, you have to take some reviews here with a grain of salt as what's important to some may not be a big deal to you).
Checking in was quick and painless as usual, staff was very friendly. As we were driving around to get to our building, we took note of the absolutely beautifully manicured and mature landscape (nicer than Grande Ocean). Folks, the one thing you cannot 'develop' into a new porperty is a mature landscape. These grounds are gorgeous, something that is important to us. We don't like to stand around our accomodations and feel like we could be anywhere; we want to feel like we are in the HH low country and this nails it.
The room we got was on the second floor, overlooking the central gardens/ponds, perfect and beautiful. No matter where you stay here, it's not a huge place, so you never have far to walk anywhere. Inside the room, you can see it being a little dated but nothing that we thought was a deal breaker or disappointment in any way. No signs of mold, dirt, bugs or the like. In fact, we were quite impressed by how clean everything was, bathrooms and kitchen included. To compare, our last room at the Grande Ocean was not this clean. I mean, the kitchen counter was granite, so it's not that dated. We immediately felt great about the choice. We were also told that all the rooms will be undergoing renovation in late 2012/early 2013. I will tell you this, once that is completed, the Grande Ocean will no longer be a 'slam dunk' choice (I don't think it's a slam dunk now but most people probably think it is).
Plenty of activites, fitness center, pool table, ping pong, etc and we did it all. Having stayed here and the Grande Ocean, we were just as happy here and did not feel like we were missing out on anything or 'slumming it' in any way. In fact, with the grounds being so fantastic I thought this was better. Also, staying here in Aug 2012 at the height of summer, the beach never felt overly crowded; plenty of space, nice wide beach. We brought our own chairs and moved them in and out with the tide, no issues with other beach goers or too many of them. Pools on property are nice but nothing fancy or special, no biggie there for us. There is a real nice pavilion in the middle of the grounds, with tables and chairs for sitting, chatting, eating, etc. This is where the grills are located that you can use for grilling your own grub (grills were well maintained and very clean by the way). This is a feature we have always liked and we use it! There is a large screen lcd TV hanging in the pavilion too, so on several days we grilled some lunch and sat out there watching the Olympics which were on that week, perfect family time!!
And nothing beats Sea Pines for biking! We biked right in and out of the resort on the bike trails and went to Harbour Town and all over. You can't beat this location for that! The mature lanscape and canopy within Sea Pines is great too because it helps knock down the sun's rays and makes biking very comfortable on a hot day! Also, within minutes you can be down at Coligny with all the shops and restaurants they have.
Overall, I have absolutely NO complaints and would not hesitate to stay here again. And the bonus is that once the reno is done, Marriott will have a real (and no longer hidden) gem on its hands! We come to HHI every year, and when we asked the kids where they would pick to stay next year, they chose this place, not the Grande Ocean. And yes, they are old enough and well-traveled enough to know the difference (14, 13 & 10). All in all, another job well done by Marriott!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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westminster
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

This is an ok property, it is old, and in need of an update, but clean and staff was friendly and professional. We have always stayed at The Marriott Grand Ocean, a big difference between the two. The location of Monarch in Sea Pines was nice, we rented bicycles, a must do if you stay in Sea Pines. Outside of riding bikes, we spent most of our time driving to the other side of the island for everything else, dining, shopping and golf. Monarch did not have much in activities compared to others, no low country boil dinner on Sunday evening. This property was less crowded than other Marriots on the island that we have stayed at, so if you just want to relax and enjoy the beach, it is ok. Also it seemed to be a much older over 50's crowd, not much in families, which was fine with us. The pools were small, just ok overall. Pros, quiet, not much going on if you want to relax, read and sleep. Cons, dated decor, condo was small, not much to do.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank allenmd
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Princeton, New Jersey
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33 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

The best feature of this hotel is its location near the Western end of Hilton Head Island (and the beach). It provides a quieter and less crowded experience on the beach which is directly accessible from the suites. While it is a bit more mature than other properties (can tell from outside more than inside), a facelift is planned beginning Dec. 2012 to upgrade the suites. The staff was friendly and a list of daily activities are available for those who want to stay close by.

I look forward to returning to this hotel in the future to see how the upgrades look.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Adjay30
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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70 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Pros:

1. The grounds are well kept with and the staff is helpful and friendly.
2. On the beach. The beach is hard packed and deep making for great walking, biking, and just relaxing a pleasure. Being off-season (early Oct.) the beach was not crowded.
3. Location: Monarch is conveniently located in the Sea Pines Plantation section of Hilton Head. Easy to find and close to several golf courses and marinas.

Cons:

1. The Monarch, like several other Marriott properties on the island is a timeshare. You will not find full hotel accommodations here.
2. This is one of the oldest properties in the Marriot portfolio (30 years old) and the suites, as noted in the information provided upon arrival, are about to undergo a face-lift later this year. The suites can accommodate four adults comfortably, but they are smaller than those found at Marriott’s newer locations and could be a bit tight for a large family
3. If you have not been to Hilton Head, be aware that the “plantations” are controlled by passes. When you first arrive at sea Pines Plantation, for example, you will pass through a guarded gate and will have to pay $5/vehicle for admittance. If staying at a hotel, they will provide a permit covering the remainder of your stay.

In sum, the Monarch is a good place to stay with the convenience of a wide beach, nice pool and easy access to many attractions on the island.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank TS26_11
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Property: Marriott's Monarch at Sea Pines
Address: 91 N Sea Pines Dr, Hilton Head, SC 29928-6002
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Hilton Head
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 28 Hotels in Hilton Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Marriott's Monarch at Sea Pines 3*
Number of rooms: 122
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