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Marriott's Monarch at Sea Pines

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Wow, we were very impressed with Marriott's Monarch at Sea Pines! We've been to a lot of the Marriott Timeshares on Hilton Head but never stayed here before. It's been rennovated and really beautiful with 3 pools, 2 hot tubs, and more importantly it's on the beach! The on-site restaurant has great food too. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!

We stayed here early last month during Hilton Head’s “snow storm”. The villa was very spacious and a nice place to be “stuck” during the storm. Luckily we had visited a local supermarket the night before so we had provisions. The villa was very comfortable and tastefully decorated (although Marriott is in the process of redoing some of the rooms). The kitchen was well equipped and coffee provided makes a full pot. There seemed to be a full range of activities that go on at the resort although we didn’t really take advantage. We did manage to take a nice walk on the beach which is easily accessible. Our only issue was getting to the fitness center as it was in a different building and we did not have proper shoes for the snow. But we managed. There is no restaurant on site but there is one next door; however, this was closed due to the storm. Note that if you go you will need to pay $6 to get into Sea Pines. I don’t believe we were warned of this ahead of time. Once you get to the Marriott, you will be given a document which will allow you to leave and re-enter without paying the $6. You will not be reimbursed for the initial $6; however. If you choose to eat at the restaurant next door to Marriott, they will give you a $6 discount but only on the day you first arrive. So if restaurant is closed due to inclement weather, you are out of luck.

I was there with a group of 3 other girl friends from our church. We make a girl trip every year. We had a 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo. It was clean, spacious, and well appointed. We only had 2 problems. We had no heat the first 2 nights. the Island had 4.5 inches of snow that fell 2 days before we arrived and it was still chilly outside. We called the office and they suggested we turn on the emergency heat to see if that would work. No luck. We called back and told them and in a matter of seconds someone was at our door to check out the situation and gave us 2 keys to the condo next door and told us we were welcome to move or just sleep there at night until the heat was restored in our unit. The next morning we simply opened the drapes in our living room and the sunshine warmed out condo quite well. That evening, we turned on our oven and opened the door to provide heat. The next day the heating system was repaired. We were impressed at how caring and helpful the staff was. We were never truly uncomfortable or inconvenienced. The only concern that wasn't addressed was the sofa in our living room. Perhaps the most uncomfortable sofa I've ever tried to sit on. The seats were hard and the cushions kept sliding forward. Our unit is on schedule for an upgrade soon, complete with new furniture, so they can retire that sofa. The other seating in the living room was more than comfortable. And our beds. I always sleep like a baby when staying at a Marriott property. Their beds and bedding are amazing! Only wish I could afford to purchase a fully dressed Marriott bed, which are available for sale online and frequently on sale. The view from our room was nice from the 5th floor looking out over the garden. We used the stacked washer & dryer several times and the performed very well. I recommend this property.

This is an above average resort with a friendly staff and beautiful grounds. The pools are heated and well kept. You are a stones throw away fro the beach. Plenty of things to do for the kiddos. Only drawback was no restaurant or snack bar on site but a great BBQ with four grills was available. Rooms were modern clean and very uncomfortable

I know we were not visiting Hilton Head at the high season and this place is probably a lot more animated and busy but we found it to be very peaceful and quiet.The staff was very courteous and accommodating.While this time of year is not conducive to enjoying the pool,paddle boards or any of the other water based amenities we still enjoyed walks down the beautiful beach.Next door is the Coast restaurant which was very convenient for lunch and dinner.I know I have read some of the comments on trip advisor that said the place was dated and not being taken care of but I think the property is in very good shape.We will definitely return to the Monarch.

We booked a week here to get away and relax, and it met our expectations. Some reviews knocked the age and condition of the property, but we had no issues in our experience. And our two-bedroom suite was perfect - clean, refreshed, updated and painted. It provided a peaceful domain where we could just be slugs for a few days, and the travel around the island and to Savannah GA and Charleston SC on other days. A wonderful mix. The exterior of the property has relaxing areas around two pools (one is a small lap pool), a fire pit area for evening gatherings, outdoor grills, and an indoor fitness room. Perhaps the best perk is easy access via a short walk to a beautiful white sandy beach, for your indulgence and relaxation. We enjoyed our stay and the helpful staff, and we plan to come back!

Let's get the bad, which is fairly obvious, out of the way first. The interior rooms are extremely dated and small, and the units' exterior look is about 20 years behind the times. If Marriott is listening, you could really touch up the whole resort with some new roofing (see next door property). The staff is so-so, which was surprising for a Marriott property on HHI. How then, you ask, could I score this as a 4 star? Have you been to Sea Pines? Been through its winding, beautiful, manicured roads? Been around its harbors and beaches? It's pure bliss, and this Marriott is smack dab in the middle. You're right on the beach, and a short bike ride or even shorter drive from Harbour Town and South Beach. If you want larger rooms and updated interiors, I would recommend you stay on the North Side of the Island (Marriott Surf Watch is excellent). If you care more about your beach and the local area, Sea Pines is uniquely Southern and about as hospitable as you'll find in the whole country.

We have been coming to the Monarch in the early fall for over 20 years. We just love it. It’s right on the beach, low key, with no high rises and all the trappings of the mega-resort. It’s convenient for biking, beach walking, and playing / lying on the unique beach - hard sand and very large tide rise and fall. They have nice social amenities (e.g., wine & cheese, lunch cookouts, wine / distillery trips, yoga), it’s very close to all the Hilton Head restaurants, and all the staff are very friendly and helpful. Best of all, it’s in Sea Pines!

We have been coming here for years due to location. Unfortunately, it is very much showing it’s age. The outside steps are separating. The outside of the building shows rust and separation of materials. Paint cannot cover it any longer. It is in serious need of repairs, particularly on the outside. Mold is growing on and under the wood trim around the exterior of the windows. For the first time in years our suite was not cleaned the way it should be. It is sad to see the place going rapidly down hill.

We booked a weekend trip here for our anniversary months in advance. Sadly the night before we were to depart, I discovered our reservation was cancelled by the hotel due to damage I suppose from a recent hurricane. No notice and no assistance in rescheduling made for a rough start to the weekend. Luckily I was able to secure a room last minute at the Marriott Surfwatch on another part of the island.

91 N Sea Pines Dr Hilton Head Island SC

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • 24-hour fitness center

Located within a mile (2 km) of South Forest Beach, Marriott's Monarch at Sea Pines is within 2 miles (3 km) of Harbour Town Lighthouse. This 122-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with 2 outdoor pools and conveniences like a 24-hour fitness center and free in-room WiFi. On the beach, the hotel is also close to Baynard Plantation Ruins and Sea Pines Forest Preserve.


All 122 recently renovated accommodations feature kitchens, 2 bathrooms, and balconies. There's space to spread out with 2 bedrooms and sitting areas. Guests can expect to find cable TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Other standard amenities include washers/dryers, sofa beds, and coffee makers.

Property features

Renovated in 2013, Marriott's Monarch at Sea Pines offers 2 outdoor pools, a 24-hour fitness center, and a spa tub. There's free parking if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with concierge services, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Other amenities at this beach hotel include free WiFi in public areas, free newspapers, and barbecue grills.

Room options

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, Balcony, Oceanfront (Oceanfront)

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 6

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

86% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 330 reviews