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Marriott's Grande Ocean
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

There is no time to be at the Grande Ocean in Hilton Head than during March. It is a getaway from the North with the cold/snow and ice. It is beautiful down here and a golfers paradise, if you play. The Marriott's are numerous in Hilton Head but the Grande Ocean is one of our favorites. The staff are very professional and friendly. If you have never been in a Marriott Vacation Club property you are missing excellent accomodations and spacious living quaters.

Richard J. Polsinello

Room Tip: Make reservations far enough in advance to get a great view of the ocean.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Richard P
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We just spent a week at the Grande Ocean. The grounds are beautiful and the staff very attentive. The rooms are well appointed and the views stunning. Easy access to the beach and all of the activity on Hilton Head Island. The only things I would change are that the parking situation isn't great (I couldn't imagine trying to find a parking space in the high season) and the rental beach chairs were not what we expected (bring your own chairs from home). We will definitely be back!

Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
2  Thank eethomaswfnc
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Great location on Hilton Head Island. Conveniently located to the sites and ocean. Also note that many of the local restaurants will give you a 10% discount on meals when showing your Marriott room key, but you have to ask. That along with the Sea Pines Pass provided both when you rent a bike or by car offers up a couple of nice additional savings.If using the bike vendor across the street that a previous reviewer offered, you may want to check if they offer the Sea Pines pass-which cost $5 per day otherwise. Perfect resort to bike to most of HHI sites. Ocean front is clean and easily accessible and a great place to ride bikes. We found it easier to ride bikes along ocean front with the wind to our backs, then return on the bike paths on the inside of the island for return trip. Takes a bit more planning, but made our bike rides more enjoyable-as it was quite windy and cool when we were visiting. Rooms are the expected Marriott quality with plenty of room and great layout and all the main essentials. We had a third floor villa in the Laughing Gull building that offered an ocean view-so we were content with that-lower floors would not be able to see ocean due to treetops. Almost every staff we passed or communicated with were pleasant and accommodating. The Monday morning Orientation was a little cramped as it had to be held inside the reception building-so not ideal, but the staff made it work and had plenty of muffins and fruit for all that attended. Resort had many activities that we did not attend as there was so much more to do on the island itself. We also spent a day in Savannah Georgia, with it being so close to HHI. If you have the time to drive the island you can bypass the toll bridge ($1.25). I took this trip with my adult daughter and do not usually make a habit of visiting the same place twice. But I think I will be returning to HHI with my husband to experience more of what the island has to offer and visit the places we missed. HHI has about 8 Marriott resorts but I think I would prefer to return to the Grande Ocean as it was a beautiful resort. I also suggest speaking with Janet Stevens before arriving-she had many helpful tips and restaurant recommendations that were right on and helpful, she contacted us before our arrival. Poolbar Jim's offered great drinks and plenty of seating options. Other restaurants we tried were Crazy Crab-great seafood and Marriott discount, One Hot mamas for bbq food-plenty to eat and Marriott discount. The Salty Dog cafe, great outside ambiance-we even found Jake the dog...food was good-no discount. Catch 22-higher buck restaurant-but go earlier and ask for early bird special, better deal. Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe-excellent value, price and service was phenomenal-but small restaurant. The breakfast was wonderful along with the servers/staff! Mainstreet Cafe-we went there for the All you can eat Crab Legs- tried to use their discount-not valid on the all you can eat. The service was terrible!!! They were poorly staffed to handle the small crowd. The bathrooms were out of toilet paper and one toilet was overflowing. The crab legs were wonderful, but you had to seek out a server to get more. If this is your first time to HHI and you are staying at the Marriott Grande Ocean you will not be disappointed with the resort or the activities HHI has to offer.

Room Tip: Higher floors will offer better view and less noise if you have noisy neighbors above.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Had a good experience here. The room was very nice, it was easy to get out to the ocean. The pools and hot tubs were great. Really couldn't ask for any more. I would suggest if you want to rent bikes that you go to the place right across the street to rent, as they hava a huge selection of bikes and much cheaper than renting from the resort.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank robin0602
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

What a beautiful resort! The grounds are well landscaped and maintained. The staff always had a smile and were very friendly. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the kitchen is equipped with just about anything you could need. Even with it being off season we found the activities to be fun and enjoyable. We want to take the Master Suite home with us! Heck - we don't want to leave!! We have never been disappointed when staying at a Marriott Vacation Club resort.

Room Tip: Room #8523 in the Sand Castle building is great. Ocean front, second floor, amazing view
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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