We went to HHI with several families and had no say in selecting this resort for our accommodations. We read some of the reviews on here and started second guessing the group's decision to go here, mostly because of the negative points about the proximity to the public beach and the thefts that it presumably brings. We decided not to bring our bikes also because of the reviews mentioning that bikes were stolen from the garage. I am happy to say that none of these were problems we experienced.
In fact, Sea Crest could not have been more perfect for our large group of friends traveling together. Its location is spot-on! I would say that alone would bring me back to this resort. I had no idea how many restaurants and shops are at Coligny. Between our group, we frequented them all: Skillets for great breakfast (French Toast was awesome!); the French Bakery for pastries and quiche; Frosty Froggy's Pizza for takeout and two sit-in meals (it was too perfect for large families with kids!); Steamers (the rest of the group went and were not happy with it and two people got stomach problems after eating there that night); and Daniel's bar/club for after-dinner drinks and music. Our best meal of the week was at the Sage Room which was a short 10 min walk from Sea Crest. It was incredible! We hired babysitters from a nanny service and made it an adult night. The Piggly Wiggly also was a huge convenience to have there. And all of that was a 2-minute walk from our building.
We stayed in unit 3204 (building 3 which is ocean-front, floor 2) which we rented through the Vacation Company. It was very nice and truly one of the most well-stocked rentals we have ever stayed in. It was in beautiful condition and had an amazing ocean view. Plus we were able to take the stairs rather than the elevator which was considered to be slow and infrequently available. One elevator per building was a challenge. One piece of advice.... don't arrive too close to check-in time of 4pm because you will experience a shortage of luggage carts and wait in long lines for the elevators. We arrived at 6pm and had no problems whatsoever, but our friends who arrived between 3-4pm were very frustrated with the process.
The building itself was decent but all of the units we rented within it were excellent. The building shows some wear and tear, and it was disappointing to me that you had to walk through the parking garage to get to the pool or beach. I think that didn't help the feeling that the building wasn't so nice since you're constantly walking through its dark parking garage. One positive with the resort is that all 3 buildings within the resort were connected inside. So it was easy for us to get to and from our friends' units and send our kids on their own. The pools were large and clean, and we were glad there were no restrictions on bringing our own food and liquor there. The pool-side restaurant experienced problems due to a flood of the main kitchen so they had a limited menu of mostly burgers and hot dogs the whole time we were there. That was a bit frustrating since we were counting on having most of our lunches there or at the beach. Though one day we made the 5 minute walk down the beach to the Holiday Inn's Tiki Hut and had a good lunch there.
Lastly, I would like to mention that the beach located in front of Sea Crest is one of the best anywhere. The tide comes in close to the dunes late at night so that when it recedes throughout the day, it leaves a very nice, compact beach full of tide pools that the kids and adults loved to lounge in. The sand is perfect for building sand castles and it is packed nicely to secure umbrellas and canopies. We brought along our 10X10 canopy and it worked beautifully (except for the last day which was very windy). You'll see many other canopies set up on the beach so try to stake out your spot early on.
Overall a perfect week with a large group staying at Sea Crest, taking advantage of everything it had to offer.
- Also Known As:
- Sea Crest Villas Hotel Hilton Head
- Sea Crest Hotel
- Sea Crest Hilton Head
- Hilton Head Sea Crest