Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island Review

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130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head SC 29928
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Editor’s Review of Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

The Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island reopened in May 2013 after the completion of a $30-million renovation that touched on every aspect of the property. The result is a light, airy and bright hotel that reflects the relaxed attitude and atmosphere of a beach vacation. Luxurious seating groups are found throughout, from the lobby to the cabanas by the pool and the landscaped ponds on the property. In addition, the staff is welcoming and friendly to children, which makes for a wonderful visit for parents and kids.

Located on Shipyard Plantation on Hilton Head Island, the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island sits behind the sand dunes of the beach, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, so it's not directly on the beach, contrary to what one may
... more think of with many "beachfront" properties. Due to the lush landscaping, there's also not much of a beach or ocean view, but the grounds are so beautiful it doesn't really matter, especially if you're not one to spend a lot of time in your room or on your balcony.

Hilton Head Island is a wonderful family vacation destination, and staying at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is a great way to take advantage of all the area has to offer.

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Our Editor Loves
  • Two large swimming pools
  • Fun kid's program and activities
  • Delicious onsite restaurants
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Sailing
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Cribs
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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The Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island features 340 rooms, including nine suites. Regular guestrooms come with either two queen beds or one king in 450 square feet. The King Executive guestroom stretches up to 500 square feet, with the Hospitality Suite reaching 900 square feet and the Garden Suite measuring 950 square feet. The hotel's largest suite, the Presidential Suite, encompasses 1,200 square feet.

In the regular guestrooms, there is quite a bit of storage space thanks to the cabinets along one wall, plus the closet. The bathroom is spacious, with storage shelves under the counter. Each room also includes a sitting chair and ottoman, along with a desk chair. In addition, there is a coffeemaker and small refrigerator, which allows families to store snacks and drinks in the room.

Most rooms feature a small balcony with two chairs and a small table, and with either a view of the hotel's lush landscape or the parking lot. If view is important to you, be specific when booking your room. On the first level, there also are some rooms that open onto patios instead of balconies, some even heading out to the pool area.

A unique feature in the guestrooms is the motion lights. There are a series of motion-detected lights along the baseboards at the head of the beds that come on in the dark as someone walks past. This is great for midnight trips to the bathroom so that those sleeping are not disturbed.


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