19 Best Hotels in Hilton Head and the Low Country, South Carolina

Anchorage 1770

$$$$ | 1103 Bay St. , Beaufort, SC, 29902, USA Fodor's Choice
Sophisticated and full of charm, this stately home has soaring ceilings, four-poster rice beds, and views across the river, but skips all of the dusty antiques and knickknacks often common in family-run B&Bs. The owners, Frank and Amy, left behind business careers in Atlanta to renovate the mansion and convert it into a contemporary inn and restaurant, the Ribaut Social Club. It's a regular gathering place for locals, and a staple for frequent visitors.

Pros

  • Wide porches on both stories with gorgeous views across the water
  • Breakfasts prepared with gourmet ingredients and tailored to the guest
  • Authentic Southern hospitality

Cons

  • Not all rooms have views
  • Cottage is attractive and private but set apart from the hotel
  • Restaurant service can be slow when it's busy
1103 Bay St. , Beaufort, SC, 29902, USA
877-951–1770
hotel Details
16 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Beach House Hilton Head Island

$$$ | 1 S. Forest Beach Dr., Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928, USA

Located along one of the island's busiest stretches of sand, this Holiday Inn--branded resort is within walking distance of Coligny Plaza's shops and restaurants. The hotel emphasizes laid-back comforts in its spacious guest rooms. Oceanfront rooms usually have to be booked months in advance, particularly if you're planning to visit in summer. The island’s legendary barefoot beach bar, the Tiki Hut, is hugely popular, and there's also an indoor-outdoor poolside eatery called the Porch Southern Kitchen & Bar.

Pros

  • Central location cannot be beat
  • Spacious rooms
  • Popular beach bar

Cons

  • In summer the number of kids raises the noise volume
  • Small front desk can get backed up
  • Not a spot for a quiet getaway
1 S. Forest Beach Dr., Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928, USA
843-785–5126-hotel staff
hotel Details
202 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Beaufort Inn

$$$ | 809 Port Republic St., Beaufort, SC, 29902, USA Fodor's Choice

This 1890s Victorian inn charms with its handsome gables and wraparound verandas. Pine-floor guest rooms have period reproductions, striped wallpaper, and comfy chairs, and several have fireplaces and four-poster beds. The landmark inn is right in the heart of the downtown historic district, and most rooms have views of the surrounding buildings, courtyards, and gardens.

Pros

  • In the heart of the historic district
  • Beautifully landscaped space
  • Breakfast is complimentary at three nearby restaurants

Cons

  • Atmosphere in the main building may feel too dated for those seeking a more contemporary hotel
  • No water views
  • Can fill up with wedding parties during spring
809 Port Republic St., Beaufort, SC, 29902, USA
843-379–4667
hotel Details
48 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Beaulieu House

$$$ | 3 Sheffield Ct., Beaufort, SC, 29907, USA

From the French for "beautiful place," this waterfront B&B on nearby Cat Island is a quiet, relaxing inn with airy rooms decorated in Caribbean colors. Each has a private bath and a veranda with gorgeous water or golf views; some also have whirlpool baths. The Carriage House Suite has a private entry, a kitchenette, and is handicap accessible. A pool, a restaurant, and tennis and golf facilities are within walking distance. Guests can also go out on the pier and enjoy the beauty of Chowan Creek.

Pros

  • Great views
  • Lots of privacy
  • Short drive to Beaufort's historic district

Cons

  • Thin walls
  • Hot water can be a problem
  • A bit off-the-beaten path
3 Sheffield Ct., Beaufort, SC, 29907, USA
843-770–0303
hotel Details
5 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Best Western Sea Island Inn

$$ | 1015 Bay St., Beaufort, SC, 29902, USA

This well-maintained hotel in the heart of the historic district puts you within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. The views are lovely, and you can see the water from the front terrace. Ample rooms have two queen or king beds. There's also free parking and an outdoor pool in a secluded courtyard.

Pros

  • Only swimming pool in downtown Beaufort
  • Directly across from marina and an easy walk to art galleries and restaurants
  • Breakfast included

Cons

  • Air-conditioning is loud in some rooms
  • Breakfast room can be noisy
  • Lacks the charm of nearby B&B alternatives
1015 Bay St., Beaufort, SC, 29902, USA
843-522–2090
hotel Details
43 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Bloody Point Resort

$$$$ | 2302 Sandy La., Daufuskie Island, SC, 29915, USA
This resort offers guests open beaches, tennis, golf carts, and a pool. Named after a 1715 battle between European settlers and the Yemassee tribe, the resort boasts four different accommodations: Osprey Cottage, a seven-room inn; Oakley Place, a 10-room vacation rental home; River Road Retreat, a five-bedroom vacation rental; and Sandy Lane Villas, with three-bedroom condos.

Pros

  • Spacious and private rooms
  • Range of lodgings available
  • Complimentary golf carts

Cons

  • Very few restaurant options for a weeklong vacation
  • No direct public ferry service
  • 20-minute golf cart ride from Freeport Marina
2302 Sandy La., Daufuskie Island, SC, 29915, USA
843-341–3030
hotel Details
7 rooms, 34 villas
Rate Includes: No Meals

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City Loft Hotel

$$ | 301 Carteret St., Beaufort, SC, 29902, USA

This 1960s-era motel was cleverly transformed by its hip owners to reflect their minimalist style. The central location in the heart of downtown Beaufort is ideal for exploring this charming town. The California-queen-size beds have a stash of plush pillows, fine linens, and fluffy duvets, and bathrooms are chic, with soaking tubs, separate rain showers, and high-quality toiletries. You can get breakfast or lunch delivered from the gourmet coffee shop on the first floor, and there are bottles of wine for sale. Request a second-floor room, as you are less likely to hear guests drive away early in the morning.

Pros

  • Stylish decor
  • Use of the adjacent gym
  • Central location

Cons

  • The sliding Asian screen that separates the bathroom doesn't offer full privacy
  • No lobby or public spaces
  • Not as charming as a B&B
301 Carteret St., Beaufort, SC, 29902, USA
843-379–5638
hotel Details
22 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Cuthbert House Inn

$$$ | 1203 Bay St., Beaufort, SC, 29902, USA

This 1790 home is filled with 18th- and 19th-century heirlooms and retains the original Federal fireplaces and crown and rope molding. Guest rooms and oversize suites have endearing architectural details, made comfortable with hand-knotted rugs on the pine floors and commanding beds piled high with quilts. Choose one that looks out on the Beaufort River and the glorious sunset. The Mariner's Suite has a veranda, too.

Pros

  • Owners are accommodating
  • Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres service
  • Great walk-about location

Cons

  • History as a home to slaveholders
  • Stairs creak
  • Some furnishings are a bit busy
1203 Bay St., Beaufort, SC, 29902, USA
843-521–1315
hotel Details
10 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort

$$$$ | 22 Harbourside La., Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928, USA

The cheery colors and whimsical designs at Disney's popular resort create a look that's part Southern beach resort, part Adirondack hideaway. These villas on a little islet in Broad Creek have fully furnished dining, living, and sleeping areas, as well as porches with rocking chairs and picnic tables. The largest of the accommodations has three bedrooms, four baths, and space to sleep a dozen. The resort has a fishing pier and a lively beach club a mile away (shuttle service provided). Kids are kept happy and busy, be it crabbing or roasting marshmallows.

Pros

  • Family-friendly vibe
  • Huge heated pool with a waterslide
  • Charming porches with each villa

Cons

  • Books up far in advance
  • Expensive rates
  • It's a drive to the beach
22 Harbourside La., Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928, USA
843-341–4100
hotel Details
123 units
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort

$$$$ | 1 Tarpon Blvd., Fripp Island, SC, 29920, USA

On the island made famous in Pat Conroy's Prince of Tides, with 3½ miles of broad, white beach and unspoiled scenery, this private resort has long been known as a safe haven where kids are allowed to roam free, go crabbing at low tide, bike the trails, and swim. There are more than 150 individual villas and homes here instead of a hotel, though there is a variety of small efficiencies. It's a good getaway for sporty types who like to kayak and canoe, play golf or tennis, and go fishing out of the marina. Families love the narrated nature cruise and the nature center, not to mention all the activities for teenagers. There's a pavilion with shops and a choice of restaurants, often with live entertainment, from the rollicking Bonito Boathouse to the sophisticated Beach Club.

Pros

  • Fun for all ages
  • The beachfront Sandbar has great frozen drinks and live music
  • Two golf courses: Ocean Creek and Ocean Point

Cons

  • Far from Beaufort
  • Some dated decor
  • Could use another restaurant with contemporary cuisine
1 Tarpon Blvd., Fripp Island, SC, 29920, USA
843-838–1558
hotel Details
Rate Includes: 180 rentals, No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Hampton Inn Hilton Head

$$$ | 1 Dillon Rd., Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926, USA

Although it's not on the beach, this attractive hotel is a good choice for budget travelers, with nice amenities and a lovely outdoor pool area. The guest rooms are done up in warm shades of beiges and gold, and the beds are topped with crisp white linens. The hotel is particularly favored by business travelers who appreciate the generously proportioned desk areas, complimentary Internet access, and proximity to the Hilton Head Airport.

Pros

  • Good customer service
  • Moderate prices
  • Close to the airport

Cons

  • Not on a beach
  • Parking lot views
  • Lacks the charm of the island's resort hotels
1 Dillon Rd., Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926, USA
843-681–7900
hotel Details
122 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa

$$$$ | 1 Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928, USA Fodor's Choice

Private balconies with views of the palm-shaded grounds are the best reason to stay at this resort facing the Atlantic Ocean. Even if you don't spring for an oceanfront room, you can take in the sea views as you can lounge by the sparkling outdoor pool, enjoy lunch at the fun outdoor snack bar, or grab a hammock on the sandy knoll adjacent to the pool area. Located within Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, guests can take advantage of the nearby golf courses, tennis courts, and array of other services.

Montage Palmetto Bluff

$$$$ | 477 Mount Pelia Rd., Bluffton, SC, 29910, USA Fodor's Choice
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Hilton Head Island
Courtesy of The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

A 30-minute drive from Hilton Head, the Lowcountry's most luxurious resort sits on 20,000 acres that have been transformed into a perfect replica of a small Southern town, complete with its own clapboard church. Located on the banks of the May River, Palmetto Bluff allows guests to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the scenery amid the sprawling property. Upscale amenities include an acclaimed spa, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, and a variety of restaurants and dining options. There's also no shortage of activities, including tennis, biking, horseback riding, a sporting clay shooting club, kayaking, scenic cruises, multiple pools, and even a bowling and game room. Accommodations range from hotel rooms to cottages to spacious home rentals. All of the cottages are generously sized—even the one-bedrooms have more than 1,100 square feet of space—and the decor is coastal chic, with sumptuous bedding, gas fireplaces, surround-sound home theaters, a screened-in porch, and marvelous bathroom suites with steam showers. Whether on a day trip or a weekend-long stay, this is an experience you won't want to miss.

Pros

  • 18-hole May River Golf Club on-site
  • Tennis/boccie/croquet complex has an impressive retail shop
  • The river adds both ambience and boat excursions

Cons

  • The mock Southern town is not the real thing
  • Isolated from the amenities of Hilton Head
  • Escaping in luxury is priced accordingly
477 Mount Pelia Rd., Bluffton, SC, 29910, USA
843-706–6500-resort
hotel Details
50 cottages, 75 inn rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

$$$$ | 23 Ocean La., Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928, USA

At this beachfront hotel with a Caribbean sensibility, the spacious accommodations range from studios to two-bedroom suites. The rooms have tasteful tropical decor and balconies, many of them facing the ocean. Located in Palmetto Dunes, the hotel has three large pools, including an adults-only pool and a kids' splash zone. There are several dining options including a restaurant, a cafe with to-go items, a sports bar, and outdoor bars serving poolside drinks.

Pros

  • Lots of outdoor dining options
  • Well suited for both families and couples
  • Packages are often good deals, and many include breakfast, bottles of wine, or outdoor cabana massages

Cons

  • Wedding parties can be noisy
  • Pricey
  • Noise travels through room walls
23 Ocean La., Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928, USA
843-842–8000
hotel Details
323 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Palmera Inn and Suites

$$ | 12 Park La., Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928, USA

This property located just off William Hilton Parkway has private balconies and full kitchens in each suite. Affordable and pet-friendly, the hotel has a pool, hot tub, fitness center, and guest laundry room. The public beach is 2 miles away.

Pros

  • One of the island's most reasonably priced lodgings
  • Parking and Wi-Fi are free
  • Good place for an extended stay

Cons

  • Doesn't have an upscale feel
  • More kids means more noise, especially around the pool area
  • Going to the beach or to dinner requires a drive
12 Park La., Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928, USA
843-686–5700
hotel Details
156 suites
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

Quick Facts

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Sandy Lane Villas

$$$$ | 2302 Sandy La., Daufuskie Island, SC, 29915, USA

A luxurious, oceanfront low-rise condominium complex, the twin Sandy Lane Villas buildings look out to the simple boardwalk that leads directly to a nearly deserted beach. There's also a sunny pool with a grilling station downstairs. Minimum stays vary from three days most of the year to a week in summer, which runs around $3,500.

Pros

  • Spacious and private
  • Unobstructed ocean views
  • Complimentary golf cart

Cons

  • Not a homey beach cottage
  • 20 minutes from Freeport Marina
  • It's a 20-minute golf cart ride from Freeport Marina
  • Very few restaurant options for a weeklong vacation
2302 Sandy La., Daufuskie Island, SC, 29915, USA
843-785–8021
hotel Details
32 villas
Rate Includes: No meals

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Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

$$$ | 130 Shipyard Dr., Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928, USA

Set in a luxuriant garden that always seems to be in full bloom, the Sonesta Resort is the centerpiece of the Shipyard private community, which means guests have access to its amenities, such as golf and tennis. Inside, Sonesta has an elegant lobby with towering windows that let in lots of natural light. Outside, guests can swim in the zero-entry pool, stroll across a latticed bridge that crosses lagoons, or relax at the beach pavilion that has seen many an island wedding. The family-friendly resort also has a supervised kids club.

Pros

  • Wonderful on-site spa
  • Spacious rooms
  • Beach access

Cons

  • Crowded during summer
  • Service is sometimes impersonal
  • Doesn't have the views of competing resorts
130 Shipyard Dr., Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928, USA
843-842–2400
hotel Details
340 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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The Inn & Club at Harbour Town

$$$$ | 7 Lighthouse La., Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928, USA Fodor's Choice
The Sea Pines Resort

This European-style boutique hotel located within the Sea Pines Resort pampers guests with British service and a dose of Southern charm—butlers are on hand any time and the kitchen delivers around the clock. The spacious guest rooms, decorated with neutral palettes, have luxurious touches like Frette Italian bed linens and spa bathrooms with large soaking tubs. The landscaped patio, dotted with upscale furnishings, backs up to the first tee of the Harbour Town Golf Links. The Harbour Town Clubhouse, just next door, is a beautifully designed building that houses the golf pro shop for all three Sea Pines courses. The on-site restaurant serves a stellar breakfast and is also suitable for a romantic date night.

Pros

  • The staff spoils you from arrival to checkout
  • Ideal location, walking distance to golf and tennis
  • Complimentary valet parking

Cons

  • It's a drive to the beach
  • Two-day minimum on most weekends
  • Less appealing for families
7 Lighthouse La., Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928, USA
843-363–8100
hotel Details
60 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa

$$$$ | 2 Grass Lawn Ave., Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928, USA

A circular drive winds around a sculpture of long-legged marsh birds as you approach this beachfront resort inside Port Royal. The lush landscape enhances the beautiful location that lies on the island's quietest stretch of sand. All of the rooms, most with water views from private balconies, feature the chain's signature beds. Guests will enjoy the sprawling outside areas, pools, dining options, diverse activities for kids, and the resort's 8,000-square-foot Heavenly Spa.