HHI LOVERS THREAD

bobbiwoz

I'm happy to dance with you!
Joined
Aug 26, 2003
What are the options to get from the main Lodge (Building 11) to the pool?

I booked a HA studio. Grandpa has limited mobility (he broke his neck and has spinal fusion). So I’m a little nervous about what appears to be a long walk. Will he need a wheelchair to be pushed? Or should we drive every time to the pool?

We usually use his rollinator, one of those walkers with a seat. But he cannot do a long distance and certainly not on uneven paths. Thoughts?
I think the rollator with seat may be the best bet. If you do have a wheelchair, bring it! The parking doesn't particularly give good access to the pool.

Maybe driving to the beach house and using that pool will be easiest. Sadly, HHI is not particularly HA friendly. There’s an elevator to take you up to pool level in the beach house.
 

suebeelin

DIS Veteran
DVC Gold
Joined
Jan 24, 2011
I feel horrible saying this, as there are so many proponents of DVC’s HHI, but I’m currently here and we are completely underwhelmed. Our friends are staying at Sea Pines, which is so much lovelier.

There’s a DVC for everyone and not all DVC is right for everyone. Suffice it to say, this is not the DVC for me.

For those who have never been, I’m hoping this post might help? Here are my issues:
1. The rooms are dated and tired. The pull out couch has rips all over it. The carpet on the floor is grungy and really gross. The bathroom is very dated. The room is not configured efficiently. There’s little to no counter space in the bathroom. There could have been more storage. It’s just an unattractive and ugly room.
2.The cast members are fine but nothing special. I don’t understand why I keep reading about how special and wonderful they are. They are no better nor worse than any DVC CM’s elsewhere. If anything, I get platitudes from the CM’s but no real solutions when there is a question or issue.
3. The activities are sparse and not appealing (making trinkets are not our thing). The pool trivia happens 3 times a day, similar to the BWV activities. They do not have as much as BWV- no movie nights in the lawn, no campfire or s’mores.
4. No food after 4pm, which is fine- just surprising.
5. There’s no real Disney “magic”- although they do serve dole whip, which is really the only highlight of the resort/hotel.

It’s not a self sufficient “resort”- HHI is the destination and DVC is in the middle of the island but there isn’t anything about the DVC resort that stands out IMO. We might as well stay anywhere on the island, and next time we shall rent at Sea Pines. I would have preferred a resort that is on the beach side (as opposed to the marsh side).

Please don’t attack me. I just want to provide a different perspective for those exploring this particular DVC so they know what to expect. Maybe if I had know the above, I would have rented at Sea Pines and left a premium week open for someone who would have loved to be here.

Anyway, going back to BWV and BLT in sept/oct, our home away from home. Thank you DVC for providing options and something different for everyone. We are unlikely to ever go back to this particular DVC. More for the HHI lovers!
 

Judique

Dis Veteran, Beach Lover at BWV, BCV, HHI, VB
Joined
Aug 1, 2003
I feel horrible saying this, as there are so many proponents of DVC’s HHI, but I’m currently here and we are completely underwhelmed. Our friends are staying at Sea Pines, which is so much lovelier.

There’s a DVC for everyone and not all DVC is right for everyone. Suffice it to say, this is not the DVC for me.

For those who have never been, I’m hoping this post might help? Here are my issues:
1. The rooms are dated and tired. The pull out couch has rips all over it. The carpet on the floor is grungy and really gross. The bathroom is very dated. The room is not configured efficiently. There’s little to no counter space in the bathroom. There could have been more storage. It’s just an unattractive and ugly room.
2.The cast members are fine but nothing special. I don’t understand why I keep reading about how special and wonderful they are. They are no better nor worse than any DVC CM’s elsewhere. If anything, I get platitudes from the CM’s but no real solutions when there is a question or issue.
3. The activities are sparse and not appealing (making trinkets are not our thing). The pool trivia happens 3 times a day, similar to the BWV activities. They do not have as much as BWV- no movie nights in the lawn, no campfire or s’mores.
4. No food after 4pm, which is fine- just surprising.
5. There’s no real Disney “magic”- although they do serve dole whip, which is really the only highlight of the resort/hotel.

It’s not a self sufficient “resort”- HHI is the destination and DVC is in the middle of the island but there isn’t anything about the DVC resort that stands out IMO. We might as well stay anywhere on the island, and next time we shall rent at Sea Pines. I would have preferred a resort that is on the beach side (as opposed to the marsh side).

Please don’t attack me. I just want to provide a different perspective for those exploring this particular DVC so they know what to expect. Maybe if I had know the above, I would have rented at Sea Pines and left a premium week open for someone who would have loved to be here.

Anyway, going back to BWV and BLT in sept/oct, our home away from home. Thank you DVC for providing options and something different for everyone. We are unlikely to ever go back to this particular DVC. More for the HHI lovers!
Hilton Head is obviously not for everyone, and much of what you say is true. The last rehab was an attempt to make the resort more modern, and some of it was 'okay' but, it was themed to be a 1940ties fishing lodge - not a modern entity. Of course that's no excuse for lack of amenities or comforts and I think the rehab missed that.

All that said, I still love Hilton Head and here's hoping that your words will keep a room open for me!

I agree with the lack of counter space in the bathroom. I was confused at first as I usually stay in a 1 or 2 bedroom, and then I realized you were probably talking about the studio bathroom. I always find the studios there just a little too gloomy, but they are fine as a 2nd bedroom when you have a living room to go to.

I'll have to disagree about the cast members. I think Hilton Head CM's go above and beyond. I also frequent BWV and other resorts at WDW several times a year, and I've met many great CM's at both. But, at HH, CM's take time to get to know you just a little more, see you often if you are there for a week or so, and it's not quite the same as being at a huge resort at WDW where nobody knows your name although they are always smiling and cheerful.

I've been going there since 1997, and not that much has changed. Maybe some paint colors and a few faces. My kids grew up going there on vacations and now my grandkids want to go to the 'green hotel'. They had their 3rd visit earlier this month and love it. They've also been to WDW a few times yet they asked to go to HH. I always feel as if I'm at my home away from home when I'm there and I rarely notice any of the shortcomings such as food offerings. The town itself has about 200 plus places to eat so we pick somewhere special during our visit, but mostly have family time and do some cooking in our kitchen.

The campfires and smores stopped last March, when everything closed down. I think a lot of the more adult activities have been put on hold, but hopefully all of those things will return soon. The ride to the beach has never bothered me and I actually like leaving the sand at the beach house. But, a lot of people prefer beach front properties in beach towns, myself included. It's just a different experience at Hilton Head, and not necessarily a one size fits all.
 

hhisc16

Earning My Ears
Joined
Feb 21, 2021
Hilton Head is obviously not for everyone, and much of what you say is true. The last rehab was an attempt to make the resort more modern, and some of it was 'okay' but, it was themed to be a 1940ties fishing lodge - not a modern entity. Of course that's no excuse for lack of amenities or comforts and I think the rehab missed that.

All that said, I still love Hilton Head and here's hoping that your words will keep a room open for me!

I agree with the lack of counter space in the bathroom. I was confused at first as I usually stay in a 1 or 2 bedroom, and then I realized you were probably talking about the studio bathroom. I always find the studios there just a little too gloomy, but they are fine as a 2nd bedroom when you have a living room to go to.

I'll have to disagree about the cast members. I think Hilton Head CM's go above and beyond. I also frequent BWV and other resorts at WDW several times a year, and I've met many great CM's at both. But, at HH, CM's take time to get to know you just a little more, see you often if you are there for a week or so, and it's not quite the same as being at a huge resort at WDW where nobody knows your name although they are always smiling and cheerful.

I've been going there since 1997, and not that much has changed. Maybe some paint colors and a few faces. My kids grew up going there on vacations and now my grandkids want to go to the 'green hotel'. They had their 3rd visit earlier this month and love it. They've also been to WDW a few times yet they asked to go to HH. I always feel as if I'm at my home away from home when I'm there and I rarely notice any of the shortcomings such as food offerings. The town itself has about 200 plus places to eat so we pick somewhere special during our visit, but mostly have family time and do some cooking in our kitchen.

The campfires and smores stopped last March, when everything closed down. I think a lot of the more adult activities have been put on hold, but hopefully all of those things will return soon. The ride to the beach has never bothered me and I actually like leaving the sand at the beach house. But, a lot of people prefer beach front properties in beach towns, myself included. It's just a different experience at Hilton Head, and not necessarily a one size fits all.
What will the 2022 renovation at HHI include?
I ask since many on this page have seen previous renovations at DHHIR.
 

Judique

Dis Veteran, Beach Lover at BWV, BCV, HHI, VB
Joined
Aug 1, 2003
What will the 2022 renovation at HHI include?
I ask since many on this page have seen previous renovations at DHHIR.
I'm sorry. I'm the wrong person to ask. I haven't kept up on when it will be renovated, mostly because I won't base time of visit or room request on it.

The one reno that I truly appreciated was putting hard surface flooring in the living area of the larger villas. In general I dislike wall to wall carpets because they can get 'grungy', even with shampooing. They softened it up with the fish carpet area rug, which was a nice touch.

The items I miss in the villas are the little birdhouse and the colored dishes. But it's my understanding that too many people 'liked' them.

I would like to see a more comfortable sofa and sleep chair. I dislike the fabrics.

Full disclosure: I was last there in March 2020. This March, 2021, I didn't go and daughter used the week's reservation with my grandchildren. So, I'm not sure of changes in the last year. Usually I get there about twice a year. I'm already booked for Thanksgiving.
 

Simba's Mom

<font color=green>everything went to "H*** in a ha
Joined
Aug 26, 1999
I feel horrible saying this, as there are so many proponents of DVC’s HHI, but I’m currently here and we are completely underwhelmed. Our friends are staying at Sea Pines, which is so much lovelier.

There’s a DVC for everyone and not all DVC is right for everyone. Suffice it to say, this is not the DVC for me.

For those who have never been, I’m hoping this post might help? Here are my issues:
1. The rooms are dated and tired. The pull out couch has rips all over it. The carpet on the floor is grungy and really gross. The bathroom is very dated. The room is not configured efficiently. There’s little to no counter space in the bathroom. There could have been more storage. It’s just an unattractive and ugly room.
2.The cast members are fine but nothing special. I don’t understand why I keep reading about how special and wonderful they are. They are no better nor worse than any DVC CM’s elsewhere. If anything, I get platitudes from the CM’s but no real solutions when there is a question or issue.
3. The activities are sparse and not appealing (making trinkets are not our thing). The pool trivia happens 3 times a day, similar to the BWV activities. They do not have as much as BWV- no movie nights in the lawn, no campfire or s’mores.
4. No food after 4pm, which is fine- just surprising.
5. There’s no real Disney “magic”- although they do serve dole whip, which is really the only highlight of the resort/hotel.

It’s not a self sufficient “resort”- HHI is the destination and DVC is in the middle of the island but there isn’t anything about the DVC resort that stands out IMO. We might as well stay anywhere on the island, and next time we shall rent at Sea Pines. I would have preferred a resort that is on the beach side (as opposed to the marsh side).

Please don’t attack me. I just want to provide a different perspective for those exploring this particular DVC so they know what to expect. Maybe if I had know the above, I would have rented at Sea Pines and left a premium week open for someone who would have loved to be here.

Anyway, going back to BWV and BLT in sept/oct, our home away from home. Thank you DVC for providing options and something different for everyone. We are unlikely to ever go back to this particular DVC. More for the HHI lovers!
Don't worry about being underwhelmed-I'm probably one of the biggest DHHIR fans, yet I can't disagree with lots you say.
It's not for everyone. "Tide Me Over" closing at 4:00? They did when we were there, too, last November and when DH went there around 3:30, they only had 2 choices left. And that couch-I definitely don't like it. We feel like we're sliding off all the time. I pray they're going to get rid of the couch when they refresh in 2022. Want more counter space in the bathroom? I'm afraid a 1 Bedroom is the only answer I know.
 

Christi0909

Mouseketeer
Joined
Jan 3, 2017
I feel horrible saying this, as there are so many proponents of DVC’s HHI, but I’m currently here and we are completely underwhelmed. Our friends are staying at Sea Pines, which is so much lovelier.

There’s a DVC for everyone and not all DVC is right for everyone. Suffice it to say, this is not the DVC for me.

For those who have never been, I’m hoping this post might help? Here are my issues:
1. The rooms are dated and tired. The pull out couch has rips all over it. The carpet on the floor is grungy and really gross. The bathroom is very dated. The room is not configured efficiently. There’s little to no counter space in the bathroom. There could have been more storage. It’s just an unattractive and ugly room.
2.The cast members are fine but nothing special. I don’t understand why I keep reading about how special and wonderful they are. They are no better nor worse than any DVC CM’s elsewhere. If anything, I get platitudes from the CM’s but no real solutions when there is a question or issue.
3. The activities are sparse and not appealing (making trinkets are not our thing). The pool trivia happens 3 times a day, similar to the BWV activities. They do not have as much as BWV- no movie nights in the lawn, no campfire or s’mores.
4. No food after 4pm, which is fine- just surprising.
5. There’s no real Disney “magic”- although they do serve dole whip, which is really the only highlight of the resort/hotel.

It’s not a self sufficient “resort”- HHI is the destination and DVC is in the middle of the island but there isn’t anything about the DVC resort that stands out IMO. We might as well stay anywhere on the island, and next time we shall rent at Sea Pines. I would have preferred a resort that is on the beach side (as opposed to the marsh side).

Please don’t attack me. I just want to provide a different perspective for those exploring this particular DVC so they know what to expect. Maybe if I had know the above, I would have rented at Sea Pines and left a premium week open for someone who would have loved to be here.

Anyway, going back to BWV and BLT in sept/oct, our home away from home. Thank you DVC for providing options and something different for everyone. We are unlikely to ever go back to this particular DVC. More for the HHI lovers!
I agree with a lot of what you said (outdated rooms, tiny bathroom vanity—we were also in a studio), but luckily, my young girls were on the sleeper sofa and they had no complaints😆 Not being able to eat dinner on property after 4 pm was also a bummer.
However, we went over to Sea Pines, where we had also considered staying, and I was so glad we didn’t bc it was SO big and spread out and we would have had to drive or bike everywhere! Of course that works for some, but my youngest can’t ride a bike yet, so it’s something to consider.
As for the cast members at DHHI, maybe we were just fortunate, but I felt like they went above and beyond every day of our trip! Truly so attentive and kind. I loved feeling a bit of Disney magic, even though it wasn’t a parks vacation. From the snacks, music, topiaries,etc. And I personally loved the pool games, even though they were honor system, I am highly competitive (and honest) and people were cheating with their cell phones, so we never ever won, but that’s another story 😉
We loved the activities they had on site and I would 100% stay there again in a heartbeat. Also, no other resort on HHI is going to play Disney music or play trivia games with me, so they win on account of that! (Can you tell I needed even a tiny Disney fix?) Totally not trying to invalidate your feelings, just trying to give examples as to how some things work for some and don’t for others! ☺
 

bobbiwoz

I'm happy to dance with you!
Joined
Aug 26, 2003
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As for the cast members at DHHI, maybe we were just fortunate, but I felt like they went above and beyond every day of our trip! Truly so attentive and kind.
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We loved the activities they had on site and I would 100% stay there again in a heartbeat. Also, no other resort on HHI is going to play Disney music or play trivia games with me, so they win on account of that! (Can you tell I needed even a tiny Disney fix?) Totally not trying to invalidate your feelings, just trying to give examples as to how some things work for some and don’t for others! ☺
I totally agree with what you are saying here!
 

DisneyHumbug

DIS Veteran
Joined
Jan 15, 2001
First time staying at HH next month. Will be in a 1 BR - should I make a room request? Grandsons are 4 1/2 and 18 months. Only staying 2 nights.
 

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