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Ramada Hilton Head 2.0

Hilton Head, Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina

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Pros

  • A short drive from airport and beach
  • Seasonal outdoor pool and five-hole pitch-and-putt golf course
  • Basic rooms with microwaves and mini-fridges
  • Free breakfast and free coffee, chips, and newspapers in lobby
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Small business center and meeting space for 120 people
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities
  • Children under age 17 stay free
  • Pet-friendly (for a fee)
  • Smoking rooms available (con for some)

Cons

  • Reports of housekeeping issues, insects, and rusty furnishings
  • Pool only open seasonally

Bottom Line

The Ramada Hilton Head is a two-pearl chain hotel off Highway 278, less than a 10-minute drive from the airport and beach. Its 127 rooms are basic with mini-fridges and microwaves, and views of the parking areas or a pitch-and-putt green. As of winter 2016, the hotel was undertaking much-needed renovations focused on replacing dated furniture in its guest rooms. A highlight of the hotel is its seasonal outdoor pool with blue loungers. A free, Southern-style breakfast is served each day and the adjacent Italian restaurant gets good reviews. The Days Inn Hilton Head costs about the same, though its features are not as appealing as the Ramada's. Travelers willing to pay moderately higher prices could also consider the Hampton Inn Hilton Head, which has more features and fresher rooms. 

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Basic chain property with cleanliness issues

About half of the guests at the Ramada Hilton Head are traveling on business, while the other half are looking to save money yet still be a short drive from the beach. The Ramada, however, is not so inexpensive as to merit its shabby housekeeping and poor handling of moisture-related mold and bugs. The hotel is pleasant in appearance with a porte cochere entry and porches running the length of each floor. The setting is woodsy with a five-hole, artificial-turf putting green and a seasonal outdoor pool. Inside, the lobby is lime-green with honey wood furnishings, patterned carpets, and contemporary fixtures. A seating area near a picture window covered in sheers is opposite the reception desk. Free coffee, water, and packages of chips sit on a corner table. A free breakfast in a bright yellow room, and the private Il Carpaccio Italian restaurant next door add to the hotel's ambience. Still, guests at this Ramada are not lingering; they are headed to the beach, golf courses, outlet shopping, or business meetings, using the hotel to sleep and shower.

Location

Less than a 10-minute drive from the airport and beach

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Ramada Hilton Head is just off I-278 on a wooded lot that is surrounded by commerce. A prep school, theater company, and bowling alley sit behind it. In four minutes on foot, guests can reach a Wendy's restaurant. An Outback Steakhouse is a three-minute drive or eight-minute walk. Walmart is 10 minutes on foot or three minutes' drive. The Coastal Discovery Museum is a four-minute drive. Hilton Head Airport is a six-minute drive, while the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is 50 minutes away by car. Folly Field Beach is an eight-minute drive. Tanger Outlets and Hilton Head National Golf Course are about 10 minutes away by car. Savannah is about 45 minutes away by car. 

Rooms

Dated and drab, but in the middle of renovations

As of winter 2015, the Ramada Hilton Head was upgrading its guest rooms, a smart idea since the rooms are bland and drab with dark carpeting, sterile, blank walls, and inexpensive furniture. Still, rooms are air-conditioned and the basics are there. The 32-inch flat-screen TVs sit on cubes of wood veneer drawers. Coffeemakers are placed on vanity sinks in the bathrooms. The green bed throws are thin, but in 2015, the hotel added new Serta mattresses. Bigger rooms have separate living rooms with oversized pleather sofas. Each room has a mini-fridge and a microwave. There are also safes and ironing facilities underneath clothing racks. Guests have reported musty smells, mold (perhaps due to moisture and heat), and sightings of what are likely Palmetto bugs, common in the South. The bathrooms have fluorescent lighting, shower/tub combos, wall-mounted hairdryers, and free Matrix toiletries. On our visit, there were rust stains at the base of the toilet and the tub bottom, and some of the surrounding tiles were dirty. Overall, rooms at this hotel are efficient but not particularly pleasant. Smoking and nonsmoking rooms are available.

Features

Free big breakfast, meeting space, outdoor pool, and mini-golf course

The Ramada's free, extensive breakfast is the one amenity routinely praised by guests. The menu offers good variety and generous helpings of make-your-own waffles, various cold cereals, and fruit. All day in the lobby, guests can grab free coffee, water, and packages of chips. Guests can enjoy a seasonal outdoor pool with blue loungers and a concrete terrace for sunbathing. There's also a pitch-and-putt golf course with free clubs to borrow. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi, a business center with natural light, a computer, a fax machine, and a printer; an ATM sits close by. The hotel's 2,850-square-foot room for meetings and events is low on atmosphere with an acoustic tile ceiling, no windows, and metal-leg furniture. The property is pet-friendly, but there is a fee. The front desk offers a safe and free luggage storage, and there's a coin-operated laundry on-site. Parking is free as well. 

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Address

200 Museum St, Coastal South Carolina 29926-1641, United States

Phone

843-681-3655

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