For several years, my husband and I try to get away between our birthdays which are only 9 days apart. At the top of our list for favorite long weekend getaways are Hilton Head Island and Amelia Island. When visiting Hilton Head we often choose the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. Utilizing the perks we receive as Platinum Elite members through our Starwood American Express, we enjoy the the amenities and treats that this resort has to offer. Here’s a quick run down of the amenities and pleasures that await you with a stay on one of Hilton Head Island’s premier beach resorts.
Westin Resort Hilton Head Ocean View Room
Our ocean front room was clean and well-appointed with the usual Westin touches we appreciate. The bathroom had a double vanity and a lighted magnifying mirror. I always appreciate this feature. The flooring is partially carpet in the bedroom area and what seems to be a faux wood laminate or vinyl flooring in the bathroom and foyer areas. The well-appointed bed is very comfortable with ample pillows and very warm and adequate bed coverings. There is a refrigerator, flat screen TV, lounge chair, single cup coffee maker with adequate supplies, and a desk area. Everything appeared to be in good working order and clean. The balcony has chairs for relaxing with your coffee in the morning while watching the sun rise over the ocean!
Westin Hilton Head Island Restaurants
There are five dining locations at the Westin Hilton Head Island, The Carolina Room, View 32, Ingredients, Oceans, and Splash.
The Carolina Room, is “an upscale dining experience featuring modern cuisine infused with a Lowcountry twist. The highest quality, locally sourced seafood, meats and produce are featured daily – with a “Farm & Sea to Table” fresh menu.”
We planned to have a late lunch here on our first day, but instead we were offered the menu for the View 32. We found the selection to be limited for the price and being our first day in town we decided instead to ride our bikes to Skull Creek Boathouse. However, we have eaten dinner in the Carolina Room previously and thoroughly enjoyed it. We did return to the bar also on our second night just before closing for burgers and wings. The burger was cooked correctly and the wings were excellent.
View 32 is an outdoor restaurant and bar. Their hours are listed as 11:00 am-10:00 pm with a seasonal and weather permitting disclaimer.
Ingredients is a coffee and sandwich deli located in the lobby. We didn’t eat there on this trip, but they serve the usual fare such as Starbucks coffee, smoothies, and on the go sandwiches, soft drinks and snacks.
There are also two other locations listed on the website. We have visited both in early spring and mid Fall, but never in the summer so apparently these venues are not open during those times. Oceans is described as “a casual comfort restaurant and bar with a family friendly atmosphere.” and Splash is a poolside bar that also is only opened seasonally.
Westin Hilton Head Island Service
The front desk service at this Westin has been lacking in the past. Unfortunately, there seems to be some hesitation toward upgrades and honoring our Gold status as SPG members. While this was disappointing, overall it had little impact on our enjoyment of this resort.
We thoroughly enjoyed the couples massage at Westin’s full service Spa. The staff were extremely outgoing and friendly, but not talkative during the massage which I GREATLY appreciate!
Westin Hilton Head Island Facilities
There is a considerable amount of construction and renovation going on throughout the hotel including an addition of wedding facilities. None of this took away from my overall enjoyment of the resort, but it is worth noting. The baseboards are being replaced on several floors and there are areas of carpet that need attention. I am not sure how much damage, if any, the Westin received in October during Hurricane Matthew, but I suspect some of what we saw may be due to the storm.
The Westin Hilton Head Island is a lovely location with a well appointed and relaxing lobby area, clean and comfortable rooms, and one of the best locations on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. I expect there to be many more stays in the future.