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Marriott's Grande Ocean
Ranked #4 of 28 Hotels in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

We spent 6 days at the Marriott Grande Ocean during the first week of April/2013.
Let me start by saying this is an absolute gorgeous property, very well kept grounds and well maintained units. We had a 2BDR view of the gardens and it was very nice! They have several pools on the large property with at least one of them being heated, may have been two but one for sure which was important because the weather was not the greatest when we were there and I have two sons 11 and 7 who love to swim. They have a very large nice kitchen and gas grills situated all over the place if you choose to cook as we did from time to time. They also have a beach grill which had burgers, wings , fish tacos etc. the food was good. Pool Bar Jims is a tiki bar that sits on the far end of the property great drink selections to choose from and friendly staff to take care of you!

Check in and check out very friendly and courteous they tell you about the weeks activities and also leave a voicemail of each day’s activities on your room phone voice mail which is very nice.
Lots of shops and restaurants nearby and they have a bike rental place on the property. They a have a mini market which sells Starbucks coffee, breakfast sandwiches and things like pizza as well.
The property sits on a nice stretch of beach that didn’t appear to be too crowded but that could have ben do to the weather.

If you like seafood and jazz you MUST go to the Jazz Corner it’s an awesome place!!! I had fried lobster which was perfect! Warning make your reservations weeks before your arrival or you will not get in.
Overall this is place that definitely see me and my family again!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

August of 2011 and 2012 is when we stayed at this wonderful getaway. The pools are great, location just right, and a staff that is more than helpful! We are a family of 4 who shared a villa with our best friends who are also a family of 4. The villa says it sleeps 6, but we were 8 who had more than enough room. We can't go this summer, but hope to return to this "happy place."

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Loved loved loved the Grande Ocean. Our two bed suite was amazing, clean, spacious, fully equipped, great view of the pool, fabulous bath tub ... I could live in it :)
We swam in the pool by Jim's Pool Bar. The pools are not heated but it wasn't unpleasant once you were in. The hotel is right by the ocean and you are literally steps from poolside to sand.
We ordered lunch from the poolside grill ... standard fare (hot dogs, burgers, quessidillas) but tasty. We hired bikes and cycled to the Harbour Town Lighthouse using the Sea Pines pass that the hotel provides. There are cycle paths the whole way and we even saw alligators by the side of the paths. We cycled back along the beach which was easy as the sand is very compacted. It was wonderful! There are many restaurants and a supermarket within a short drive.
I can't wait to return and next time I will stay longer!

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed April 24, 2013

We have been owners here since 1996 and this place continues to be the best resort on the island. The staff here is well trained and focused on service. We love it here and will continue to visit every year.
Pool Bar Jim's bar is a real asset!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

If you look at the hotel reviews for Hilton Head Island, you should not be surprised that the top ones are Marriott properties. Marriott purchased the best locations, built and designed them very well, and have managed and maintained them to very high standards. Their customer service is the best!

Other things I like about the Grande Ocean: you get both car passes and bike passes into Sea Pines Plantation. This year we easily biked into Sea Pines for the Heritage PGA Golf Tournament. Lots of fun, great golf, and up close and personal viewings. We bike on the beach which is wide and flat, bike to restaurants and bars at nearby Coligny Plaza, and even bike to the grocery store because if you rent bikes from the Grande Ocean at a reasonable price, they provide helmets and baskets. There are bike paths all around, so it is very safe and, in most places lit enough to bike in the evenings.

Pools and hot tubs, in both sunny and shaded areas are in abundance. And you MUST go to Pool Bar Jim's for one of his incredible frozen drinks. Jim has published two cocktail books, so he can provide you with an old favorite or something new, either with or without alcohol.

Yes, this is our favorite Marriott property, but all of them on Hilton Head are great too!

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Great location near Sea Pines, Shipyard and Coligny shopping. The two bedroom layout is very large, perfect for four. The weather, late April is a pleasant mix of warm during the day and cool at night. Dining on the property is limited to lunch but there are many great restaurants nearby. We were hare RBC Heritage week.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

It is in a great location, right next to Sea Pines. Rooms were the standard 2BR time share layout. The pools (4 outdoor+1 indoor) and grounds were pretty good for a time share. The weather was awful for Easter week so the indoor pool was used every day. There were some activities for kids (2 outdoor ping-pong tables+2 outdoor pool tables) and a few other kid related activities during the day.

Overall it's a pretty nice time share resort. But I'm not sure about the value. When we go to the beach, we want to stay on the beach, open the patio door and hear the waves and we know what it costs to do that. With that in mind paid the AAA rate, got a time share presentation credit and worked hard at check-in to get an oceanfront unit but felt underwhelmed at the end of the week when I got the bill. The pool bar is close to the beach, but again I wouldn't say it was a real value. Maybe it was the rain, the 50/60 degree tempratures, or the fact we stay in oceanfront condo in Hawaii for about the same price in the summer, but we will probably look at other options in the future.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Marriott's Grande Ocean
Address: 51 S Forest Beach Dr, Hilton Head, SC 29928-6220
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Hilton Head
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Top resorts Hotel in Hilton Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marriott's Grande Ocean 3.5*
Number of rooms: 290
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