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Old 10-19-2011, 08:27 PM   #16
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I realize this is a very very old thread that I'm reviving Does this info still apply? My DH is going to Savannah for business and would like to stop by the hotel to walk around and see it. He's really only interested in seeing the hotel and gift shop and not so much the beach house, but if he could see the beach house he would like to know. Can he get on the shuttle?

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He can likely ride the shuttle, but the Beach House is a gated property and he'd still need a room key for access to the Beach House. In season, non-guests can still use the bathrooms and even buy food at the snack bar without having access to the Beach House - but without a room key you still won't have full access to the Beach House and the pool there.

He can definitely "see" the Beach House from the outside! ... and will be able to enjoy the beach since the Beach House is a public access to the beach itself once there. Without using the Disney shuttle, he would not have access to that area since it is also gated and limited to property owners with a valid parking pass. (All guests at the DVC resort will get a parking pass for the resort that doubles as access to the beach area.)
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:36 PM   #17
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There are changing rooms next to the pool. Just jump in the pool and enjoy!
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:44 PM   #18
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:49 PM   #19
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WE visit HHI frequently. It's just a short drive from Savannah. We usually find an excuse to drive over, stop at the DVC for lunch at the Grill, walk around and have used a hammock. Felt wrong about using the pool, but, I don't think anyone there would notice or care as long as you had your DVC card and they weren't too busy. It's very laid back and quiet.

As for the Beach house, you could get on the shuttle and ride over. They don't check IDs. But, as previous posters have said, you can't get in without a key. You can go to the beach from there very easily.

During our last stay, we rode bikes over and they didn't check us at the Palmetto Dunes gate.

They are being a little more strict at PD, that could change.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:49 AM   #20
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WE visit HHI frequently. It's just a short drive from Savannah. We usually find an excuse to drive over, stop at the DVC for lunch at the Grill, walk around and have used a hammock. Felt wrong about using the pool, but, I don't think anyone there would notice or care as long as you had your DVC card and they weren't too busy. It's very laid back and quiet.

As for the Beach house, you could get on the shuttle and ride over. They don't check IDs. But, as previous posters have said, you can't get in without a key. You can go to the beach from there very easily.

During our last stay, we rode bikes over and they didn't check us at the Palmetto Dunes gate.

They are being a little more strict at PD, that could change.
I have seen transient 'guests' escorted out of the pool area who were not staying at the resort.

I am a frequent visitor and one of my favorite spots is to sit in the shade near the recreation area.

The recreation cms tend to know who their guests are and usually the tresspassers will take a walk onto the pier or stop at the rec window to ask questions.

I've also been at the desk when people have asked to see rooms. Answers have ranged from nothing available to 'there is no one to show you around'. I was chatting with one couple who just 'dropped by' when we were all treated to a dolphin swimming by. I think they decided to buy on the spot.

And, if you have ever relaxed on the little wooded hill in front of Live Oak Lodge, you will realize that people do a 'turnaround' at the gate every few minutes.

People also come in and ask for lodging off the street.

You can get access through the Palmetto Dunes gateway without staying there. There is a historical site in Palmetto Dunes area (actually in leamington) that people visit.

I'll be there soon. Can't wait!
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I've also been at the desk when people have asked to see rooms. Answers have ranged from nothing available to 'there is no one to show you around'. I was chatting with one couple who just 'dropped by' when we were all treated to a dolphin swimming by. I think they decided to buy on the spot.

And, if you have ever relaxed on the little wooded hill in front of Live Oak Lodge, you will realize that people do a 'turnaround' at the gate every few minutes.

I'll be there soon. Can't wait!
Yes, for us it's only 3 more weeks and I can hardly wait.
I love to relax on the little wooded hill in the front there. Yes, I agree-lots of cars turn around at the gate and I often wondered why. Are they lost? If so, there are lots of lost people on the island.
And the dolphins swimming around the little inlet there, out by the pier, or playing among the boats in the marina is always a thrill. I can well understand why they might buy on the spot.
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On our way home from a trip this summer we took a detour and stopped at HH. Ddddddddrove up to the gate and told them we were members and would just like to look around. No problem - they just let us in. We went up to the front desk and they gave us a map and explained that even if we couldn't use the shuttle we could walk to the Beach House . We didn't because I have issues with my feet and that day they were really bad but we did walk to the pool and snack bar area and had a nice look around. Didn't ask to see any rooms but everyone was very pleasant and helpful.
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On our way home from a trip this summer we took a detour and stopped at HH. Ddddddddrove up to the gate and told them we were members and would just like to look around. No problem - they just let us in. We went up to the front desk and they gave us a map and explained that even if we couldn't use the shuttle we could walk to the Beach House . We didn't because I have issues with my feet and that day they were really bad but we did walk to the pool and snack bar area and had a nice look around. Didn't ask to see any rooms but everyone was very pleasant and helpful.
There have been reports of people being turned away at the gate. One can always park at the marina and walk across to explore the resort though one cannot pool hop.
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:34 PM   #24
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I called the resort when I was considering buying and they said I could come look around. I ended up buying sight-unseen, but they were friendly on the phone and I was not even a DVC member at the time.
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:18 AM   #25
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There is nothing that guarantees access to DVC resorts if you are not a guest, for instance, you can not pool hop at WDW if you are not staying at a DVC resort. If you are staying off-site you can not just walk up and use the pools. However, you can visit the WDW DVC resorts if you are not staying there because the restaurants are open to the general public.

Does HH have a table service restaurant that is open to the public? If not, I can see why they have a "closed" policy to non-guests.
What about non DVC memebers that come over to BWV and swim? was on the boat line back over to DHS last week behind a family of 4 , wet and in bathing suits with clothes over them, and beach pails....and bags over for a swim.
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What about non DVC memebers that come over to BWV and swim? was on the boat line back over to DHS last week behind a family of 4 , wet and in bathing suits with clothes over them, and beach pails....and bags over for a swim.
Non-DVC members (and DVC members who are not staying on-site using points or cash through MS) are not entitled to pool hop unless arrangements have been made due to another resort's pool being out of service. For example, if SAB is undergoing maintenance, guests (DVC & non-DVC) are often allowed to pool hop to the Boardwalk pools.

It's up to the resort to enforce rules re use of the pools. Enforcement at the BWV is spotty based on my experience, especially if the pool is not overly crowded.
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:29 AM   #27
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What about non DVC memebers that come over to BWV and swim? was on the boat line back over to DHS last week behind a family of 4 , wet and in bathing suits with clothes over them, and beach pails....and bags over for a swim.
There will always be low life people who crash pools, violate the PH rules, etc. I think BCV and VB do a much better job than the rest in this area than the rest though I doubt HH has much of a problem other than the occasional owner who wants to visit to see the resort anyway.
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What about non DVC members that come over to BWV and swim? was on the boat line back over to DHS last week behind a family of 4 , wet and in bathing suits with clothes over them, and beach pails....and bags over for a swim.
Disney officially does not allow non-DVC guests to use other resort pools. If the pool becomes crowded at all, they will do a room key check and be asked to leave.
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