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Seaside Villas Resort
Atlanta, GA
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Wonderful concept but do your research.”
Reviewed July 30, 2011

We stayed a week at Seaside Villas for the first time over Memorial Day. This complex is right on the beach and the pool and grounds are sparkling clean and well landscaped. The proximity to restaurants, markets and shops can't be beat and it's right down the street from SeaPine's back entrance. We've been coming to the Island for nine years and have always stayed in the Marriott hotel and their timeshare properties.

The important thing to know about Seaside is that all units are individually owned. We booked through VRBO, relied on the owner's pictures on their site and requested extra pictures from the owner. Once there, we found the unit to be basicaly as depicted but not very clean. Had I performed an internet search on that particular unit number I would have discovered other helpful posts about that particular unit and the user's experience with the owners.

Here are some helpful tips:

1. Ask for extra pictures of the unit from the owner. Make sure that the bathroom has been renovated as this is an older property. There is nothing worse that an old, scummy bathroom.
2. Rent a unit that is managed by a local company. Our unit was clearly a "you clean it yourself" situation; however, the owners had represented it as if they used a cleaning service and had charged a cleaning fee. There was no local contact.
3. Bring your own sheets, towels, and cleaning supplies if you have high standards of cleanliness. We brought our own and ended up using them as the owners' sheets and towels were not up to par.
4. Approach another vacationer and ask if you could take a peek inside of their unit. Note the bathroom (renovated or not, quality of bedding and furniture. Inquire about their experience with the owners. Make note of that particular unit number for future visits.
5. Be wary if the price is too affordable and the unit picture appear too generic. You get what you pay for and you don't want to be staying in a flop house.
6. Rent units that have positive comments listed. Make note if there are comments from repeat customers. There were no comments listed for our unit which was telling.
7. Do an internet search of the actual unit number and the owner's name. We found very helpful comments about our actual unit from other sites after the fact.

I hope that this post is useful. We are going back to Seaside for Labor Day. You simply can't beat the price for the location!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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15 Thank kimwhit3000
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GA
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22 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2011

My husband and I stayed here in May of 2007. We had no reservations and looked at alot of different places in hilton head that we turned down. We finally were pleasantly surprised with the Seaside Villas. We did not secure our keys at the complex however, we payed/got our keys offsite at another location who owned/managed a few of the condos here at Seaside. We did see a few different ones in this same building, and all are individually owned, so you are going to get different furniture/decor at each unit. Villa 127 had a newer kitchen and was bright and airy. The pool faced the front lot area and was not oceanfront but it was very nice and relaxing. The condo itself was nice and clean and was a 1 bedroom & really was all we needed. Our view was farther off, side ocean view, not directly facing the ocean, but it could still be seen from the balcony if you turned to the left. I uploaded a few pictures so you can see the view. they had a lovely wooden deck walk that you got to the beach from and it was really a gorgeous walk. Hilton Head has a much different atmosphere compared to other beaches. We as a quiet and laid back younger couple found that there is a much older age span of travelers and locals than people in their 20s and 30s. While Seaside Villas are nice, it may be a while before we visit Hilton Head again. The locals really catered to a much Older crowd.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank MandyS.
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Rutledge, Tennessee
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37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2010

We booked Seaside Villa #138 through vrbo. The first thing you notice is the security gates which you can not get through without a key fob. Then, it was difficult to get the door unlocked. That's okay though; good security. The condo is small for a family of four, but we have managed just fine. The coffee table is so large we actually are using it to eat meals on since the table area is tight. The little kitchen area has granite countertops, neutral colors in the villa are calming, and (most importantly) it is relatively clean with a comfortable couch and bed. My youngest son loves the hallway bunkbed. There are several BBQ grills here underneath a nice shaded area, and the pool area gates are difficult to open for kids (you have to be tall to unlock the gates). We have an ocean view and the website photo appears to be a closer view, and the web page states "oceanfront beach villa", but it is misleading. Most of our view is of the parking lot, but we would prefer to have a direct oceanfront view. The price was reasonable for HHI and the villas are very close to Coligny Plaza. We love the location, and that is probably it's best selling point. See this webpage for more information on this villa: http://www.vrbo.com/51710

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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2 Thank Familyof2boys
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louisville, ky
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 17, 2010

We had a wonderful time at Seaside Villas-----we enjoyed the pool (practically had it to ourselves) and the ocean and just sitting on the beach and watching the night sky.

We also enjoyed checking out things to do in the area and traveling to some nearby towns we'd heard or read about,.

The condo where we stayed was in excellent shape.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank patbrin
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Detroit, Michigan
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34 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2008

Found this condo on VRBO.com. Individually owned, but managed by a local company. We spoke directly with the owner concerning rates and then were referred to her agent.

Located right on the ocean. Even though it was March, the Atlantic was warm enough to wade into. Gorgeous beach, pretty empty.

The condo was small. It was fine for two adults. Recently redone, Everything appeared to be in good shape and clean. Separate bed area, although no door. Then a small bathroom with tub, and a small kitchen/livingroom with sofa bed and recliner. Full kitchen with dishwasher and fully stocked cupboards. It had a doorwall with a balcony from which we could see a sliver of the ocean, but not hear it. Parking was plentiful and there were two pools on the grounds.

It was quite a deal at $316 for 4 nights Easter week. They actually threw in the 4th night for free. Management company was prompt, helpful, and across the street from the complex.

It is located just down the street from Cologny Square--actually within walking distance. I would recommend staying at Seaside Villas, but it would be very cramped with a family, in the condo that we stayed in.

  • Liked — location on the ocean
  • Disliked — very small
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank steviemagid
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athens
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2007

My wife and I just stayed in unit #215. The pictures are were accurate but misleading. The unit is advertised as a one bedroom but it is not as there is no wall between the bed and the remainder of the living area. The bed(room) is located immediately next to the front door. There is an overall bad odor in the hallways. The place was not cleaned well. There was a open bottle of hand lotion left on the night stand and the deadbolt did not lock from the outside. The beach is great however.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank greg2000
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The Villages, Florida
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2007

I booked this unit through the VRBO website. It is listing 63938 in South Forest Beach. I would recommend this complex to anyone however it is very nice in a good location but the units are individually owned and this particular one is rife with problems. The first problem is that their advertisement is filled with lies and fraud. For example they claim two cable TV's in the unit but there's only one cable TV outlet so one TV can't possibly work! They claim new cabinets and a fully updated kitchen. In fact the cabinets aren't new, merely repainted old ones. The appliances are approximately 30 years old, the dishwasher is broken and has been for quite some time, the ice maker is broken, and we had to purchase cookware at Walmart because we feared tetnus if we used what was there it was so old and rusted. Most of what we used was either broken, filthy, missing parts, or rusted. We notified the owner and they told us we could leave and receive a refund for only the remainder of our stay. This was Monday and other units rent SAT-SAT or SUN-SUN so we were stuck unless we wanted to go to a hotel at our expense. She sent someone to clean and fix the stove on THURSDAY, we we had a stove to use with our own cookware for one day. Everything else was left as is. BUYER BEWARE on VRBOdotCOM do your homework even if you do it is a crap shoot. Email me for pictures. The files are too big to be posted here.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — everything else
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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10 Thank livsea2
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Additional Information about Seaside Villas Resort

Property: Seaside Villas Resort
Address: 23 S Forest Beach Dr, Hilton Head, SC 29928-7400
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Hilton Head
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 52 Specialty Lodging in Hilton Head
Hotel Class:3 star — Seaside Villas Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Also Known As:
Seaside Villas Hotel Hilton Head

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