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The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort 3.5

Saint Simons Island, Georgia, United States

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Pros

  • Stately, comfortable property that dates to 1935
  • Large variety of room configurations, many with fantastic views of ocean
  • White sands beach next to property
  • Several pools, including one with adjacent hot tub
  • Fitness center with variety of machines
  • On-site tennis courts
  • Guided tours and fitness activities available for families and teens
  • Beach rentals include chairs, umbrellas, and kayaks
  • Spa with varied treatment options
  • On-site restaurant ECHO receives positive reviews
  • Meeting rooms for business and special events

Cons

  • Some villas are privately owned and rented out
  • Some rooms may feel dated
  • Restaurant cited as pricey by a number of guests

Bottom Line

This three-and-a-half pearl seaside vacation resort is popular particularly with families and retirees and offers a variety of room options, including villas. A number of the 195 guest units have stunning views of the sea and the hotel maintains a historic charm, particularly in its main building and lobby. Amenities include pools for each grouping of villas, immediate beach access, and a fitness center. The few complaints made about the property have generally been about units that haven’t been updated, some featuring older furniture and appliances.

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Scene

Stately, sprawling property set with palm trees and swimming pools

Originally built as a dance club in 1935, the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and has received several additions over the last century, with most of the common areas having been updated. A grand lobby filled with easy chairs has high-beamed ceilings, wrought iron chandeliers, a stone fireplace, Doric columns, and a large atrium that floods the area with light. Rooms are spread out, with the grounds hosting hacienda-style two-, three-, and four-story buildings with terracotta tile roofs. Families and couples on vacation favor this beachfront resort where well-tended walkways and palm trees abound.

Location

In an otherwise residential neighborhood on the southern tip of St. Simon’s Island

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The hotel is located in a residential area situated directly on the Atlantic, with about half of the rooms close enough to the ocean to enjoy spectacular views. The road leading to the property is small, with a few businesses within a few blocks. There’s also a cluster of restaurants and shops about two miles away that are best accessed by car, with nearby venues like Beachcomber BBQ Grill and Boulevard Cafe quickly accessible by foot. The city of Brunswick sits about 15 minutes west by car, while the airport is about a half hour northwest. St. Simon’s Island Lighthouse Museum is a mile down the beach.

Rooms

A variety of room configurations, all fairly large, some dated

There are a variety of room types here, including ocean-view hotel style rooms, suites, villas, and condo style units. The latter two categories may not be updated, and ditto for some of the rooms in the "historic" part of the resort. Villas are sizable with separate kitchens, dining areas, and bathrooms as well as tiled floors, washer/dryers, outdoor patios, and glass sliding doors letting in lots of light. The overall style here tends toward slightly tasteless suburban decor, with heavy black leather couches, decorative feather arrangements, and multiple mirrored surfaces in otherwise white rooms. Rooms in the historic building are much plainer, with cherry poster beds, French round back chairs, and armoires. All guest units have Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and safes. Past guests advise to carefully inspect one’s room details before booking, as styles vary widely depending on unit type.

Features

On-site fitness center, tennis courts, and several pools, along with easy beach acccess

The resort’s golf course is about a half-hour drive away, while directly on-site there’s a modest fitness center with a handful of exercise machines and some free weights. Other amenities include tennis courts, a gift shop that sells outerwear and sunscreen, a business center with a few computers and a printer, a golf pro shop, and a spa that draws positive reviews from guests for its treatments (though the venue is somewhat lacking in its decor). Of the several pool areas spread throughout the property, one has two separate shallow pools suitable for children. Another area has an adjacent hot tub. A large swath of beach sits next to the property and the resort offers various beach-oriented rentals, including umbrellas, chairs, and water-sports gear. The resort also provides both restaurant and in-room dining options as well as a number of spaces for business meetings and/or special events.   

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Address

201 Arnold Rd, Golden Isles of Georgia 31522-4258, United States

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