The resort town of Hilton Head makes the perfect retreat: fringed by white sand beaches and offering a host of indoor and outdoor fun, there’s a little something for everyone at this slice of South Carolina paradise. To accommodate the hordes of holidaymakers that descent every year, the island offers a bevy of accommodation options, from family-friendly resorts to stylish boutiques. If you’re planning a visit and need some inspiration about where to stay, check out our round-up of the 20 best hotels in Hilton Head, SC.
20. Holiday Inn Resort Beach House
With its stunning location on the shoreline of Coligny Beach, the Holiday Inn Resort Beach House offers everything you need for a first-class break. The attractions of the island are all within easy reach, while the range of onsite amenities (which include an outdoor pool, fitness and business centers, a cocktail lounge and two dining options) give guests who prefer to spend their stay within the resort’s confines plenty of options for entertainment and relaxation. Rooms are contemporary and well equipped with minifridges, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access.
19. Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort
With its rustic theme and decidedly kid-friendly feel, Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort makes a great choice for families. Set on a secluded, 15-acre island in the Shelter Cove Harbour area, the resort is crawling with things for the whole family to enjoy, including nature programs, campfires, magic shows, crabbing, art, swimming pool & pool games, biking, kayaking, and tennis (and that’s just the start of it). Although the resort doesn’t have a full-service restaurant or pool, it does offer a complimentary shuttle bus to transport guests back and forth to the well-equipped Disney Beach House in Palmetto Dunes, where guests can enjoy the facilities as much as they like.
18. The Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head
Located in a stunning setting on the inter-coastal waterway just before you cross the bridge into Hilton Head Island, The Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head is a great choice for guests looking to enjoy a peaceful, comfortable stay with a first-rate level of service. While there’s not much in the way of frills and spills, rooms are comfortable, clean, and well equipped, and the hot breakfast is, by all accounts, worth the trip alone.
17. Red Roof Inn Hilton Head Island
It may be a budget option, but there’s nothing low rent about Red Roof Inn Hilton Head Island. With free WI-FI, an outdoor swimming pool, a seasonal continental breakfast, and a friendly, helpful level of service, it’s got everything you need to enjoy your stay. Best of all, it’s 100% pet-friendly, with two pets allowed per room (and with no extra fee for the privilege).
16. Hampton Inn Hilton Head
Set within easy striking distance of the best of Hilton Head’s beaches, shopping, restaurants, theaters, and water sports, the Hampton Inn Hilton Head offers guests a comfortable, relaxing stay and a great range of amenities, including an outdoor pool (heated seasonally), fitness and business centers, and a suite shop for sodas, snacks, and sundries. Rooms may lack the added luxuries of some of the larger resorts in the area, but guests are unlikely to find fault with the super comfortable beds and the spotlessly clean bathrooms.
15. Grand Hilton Head Inn
Primely located near Coligny Beach, the Grand Hilton Head Inn offers easy access to the numerous sights and attractions of Hilton Head. With each guest room coming as standard with a balcony, in-room fridges, complimentary bottled water, flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes, and air conditioning, and bathrooms coming equipped with rainfall showerheads and hydromassage showerheads, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers, the accommodation is as comfortable and convenient as it comes. The amenities on offer are no less attractive, with an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a complimentary breakfast each morning.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option that doesn’t sacrifice comfort for affordably, the Metropolitan may be just what you’re looking for. Set within striking distance of the stunning Forest Beach, guests have a plethora of attractions and opportunities for outdoor activities right on their doorstep. The hotel itself, meanwhile, may lack the luxurious finishing touches of larger resorts, but its friendly service, comfortable rooms, and incredible prices more than makeup for their absence.
13. Ocean Palms Resort
Offering everything you’d want and expect from a resort but without the corresponding fees, Ocean Palms Resort is a family-friendly, budget-friendly option that’s an all-round crowd-pleaser. Set in a superb location between Barony Golf Course and Port Royal Racquet Club, there’s no shortage of recreational pursuits in the surrounding area- nor, in fact, at the hotel itself. For guests looking for some deep R+R, there’s the sumptuous Heavenly Spa by Westin. Gym bunnies can take full advantage of the Westin Fitness Studio, while those looking to relax over a beverage have an onsite Starbucks at their disposal, plus the excellent cocktail bar View 32. The rooms, meanwhile, are modern, comfortable, and equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay.
12. Main Street Inn & Spa
Set on a quiet corner of Main Street on the southern tip of Hilton Head, Main Street Inn & Spa offers the kind of restful, relaxing stay we all dream off. Other than a shopping mall a few blocks away, there’s nothing to detract from the calm, tranquil vibe of the heavily wooded surrounding area. The accommodation features 33 large rooms decked out in a vintage colonial style, with homely touches and the kind of sumptuous bathrooms you’ll never want to leave. The serene pool and full-service spa, meanwhile, offer a level of pampering and relaxation that’s guaranteed to relax even the most stressed-out guest. The only thing you might want to bear in mind is that the inn’s not particularly family-friendly, so if you’re traveling with kids, you might want to consider an alternative.
11. Groupers & Company
As budget-friendly hotels go, Groupers & Company is a great option. The accommodation might be more basic than it is luxurious, but rooms are comfortable and equipped with all the necessities you’ll need for a comfortable stay. The breakfast and buffet-style seafood dinners, meanwhile, are something to shout about.
10. Island Links Resort
As resorts go, you’ll struggle to find fault with Island Links Resort. As equally suitable for business travelers as it is for leisure seekers, there’s a wealth of amenities and services on offer, from laptop-compatible safes and phones and free local calls to a game room, a pool, and a fully-equipped fitness center. Rooms are comfortable and padded out with a range of conveniences and mod-cons, including air conditioning, kitchenettes, refrigerators, Flat-screen TVs, microwaves, and private balcony. Service comes with a smile, and the prices are eminently reasonable.
9. Beach House Hilton Head island
With its prime beachside location, you’ll struggle to find a hotel better positioned than Beach House Hilton Head Island. Regardless of whether you want to shop till you drop, relax on the sand, or take part in one of the numerous water sports on offer, you won’t be short of activities, that’s for sure. Its choice of dining options, meanwhile, will keep even the hungriest gourmet happy, while it’s legendary Tiki Hut is THE place to go for some sunset cocktails.
8. Ocean Oak Resort by Hilton Grand Vacations
Comfortable rooms, friendly service, affordable prices, luxury amenities… if you can think of a quality that will turn your vacation from a good one to an outstanding one, it’s likely the Ocean Oak Resort by Hilton Grand Vacations has it to spare. Completing the round-up of outstanding attributes is a beachside location and park-like setting you’ll find hard to ever leave.
7. Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort
If you’re traveling with a family, Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort makes an excellent choice. The wide-ranging amenities and attractions on offer (including a children’s pool, a 10-court tennis center, and a playground) will ensure the kids have plenty of places to burn of some steam, while the fitness center, 2 excellent dining options, and discounts at the two local golf courses are sure to please the grownups in the party.
6. The Inn & Club at Harbour Town - The Sea Pines Resort
If location is one of your top priorities when it comes to choosing a hotel, you’ll find it hard to beat The Inn & Club at Harbour Town’s idyllic setting. Within just a few minutes of the hotel, you’ll find everything from golfing and sea kayaking to shopping and dining. Neither will you find the accommodation exactly lacking, either. Styled in the manner of a European boutique hotel, the resort puts its guest’s comfort front, left, and center, delivering an outstandingly attentive service, cozy guestrooms equipped with Nespresso makers, minibars, iPod docking stations, separate rain showers and deep-soaking bathtubs, a choice of several on-site dining options, and 2 pools. If you want the kind of hotel where your every need is catered to, you won’t be disappointed.
5. Montage Palmetto Bluff
Set around 8 miles east of Hilton Head Island in the small, quaint town of Bluffton, the Montage Palmetto Bluff offers guests 5-star service in a first-class setting. The resort’s accommodation is housed in a variety of beautifully appointed South Carolina cottages and village homes, offering guests the utmost in comfort, luxury, and privacy. When it comes to amenities, it’s hard to fault the full service, top-rated spa, the array of dining options, the multiple pool facilities, and fitness centers, the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, the sports courses… there’s even a croquet course. Service is never short of helpful, while the underlying air of luxury is guaranteed to leave you feeling pampered to within an inch of your life.
4. The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
If you want a great place to rest your head but don’t want to blow a hole in your budget in the process, the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa makes an excellent choice. It may not be able to compete with the luxurious living on offer at some of Hilton Head’s other premier resorts, but it’s in no sense a downgrade – guests can expect a charming service, a range of excellent dining options, no shortage of pampering opportunities at the sumptuous spa, pools, and whirlpools, and, for youngsters, the chance to participate in the regular movie nights and organized excursions.
3. Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
Thanks to its recent $17 million facelift, Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort now ranks as one of the jewels in Hilton Head’s hotel scene. Offering a choice of 295, budget-friendly “basic” rooms (we say basic, but their superb size and unsurpassable level of comfort is unlikely to leave you feeling short-changed) and 28 luxury and oceanfront suites, along with several pools, a fitness center, and a luxurious spa, the resort has everything you need to guarantee a comfortable, relaxing stay.
2. Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
The vast, 11-acre Sonesta Resort offers a winning combination of prime location and top-notch amenities. Since undergoing a $30 million facelift in 2013, the resort has transformed into one of Hilton Head’s premier destinations, featuring a full-service spa, a heated lagoon swimming pool, luxurious rooms equipped with iHome docking stations, coffee makers and mini-refrigerators, several dining options (including the excellent Seacrest Terrace and Patio – a stunning place to enjoy the sunset with a cocktail), and a level of service that showcases the very best in Southern hospitality.
1. Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa
With its choice of 513 rooms and suites, the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa is one of the area’s biggest resorts, not to mention one of its best. With its beachside location on Hilton Head's east-central coast and kid-friendly atmosphere, it’s a great place for families looking to enjoy the best of the island’s attractions. Singles and couples, meanwhile, are likely to get just as much of a kick from the onsite spa, sparkling outdoor pool, fitness center, and several dining options (including a very handy convenience-store-style market).
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