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Set Your Watch to Island Time at Hotel Tybee:

Your Gateway to Affordable Family Vacations.

Surrounded on three sides by ocean, Tybee Island, Georgia is a beach lovers paradise. Every summer families, couples, and individuals flock to its shores in search of fun and relaxation. But not everyone enjoys crowds, humidity, and 100-degree temperatures. Not to mention high season prices for accommodations and activities. If you are among the latter group, Hotel Tybee, the island’s oldest hotel, offers an ideal alternative to heat, hordes, and high prices. Visit Tybee Island during the off-season, and enjoy all it has to offer in an unhurried and peaceful atmosphere.

Located a mere 100 feet from the beach, Hotel Tybee is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, water activities and attractions. If you want to expand your vacation options without giving up your island retreat, the sophisticated southern city of Savannah is an 18-mile drive away.

Dining al Fresco on Tybee Island (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)
Dining al Fresco on Tybee Island (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Simon, Otto and I spent an all-too-short two days in early December 2015 on Tybee Island, and Hotel Tybee was a perfect fit for the relaxed pace of our surroundings. Our room had a sliding door leading to a small balcony overlooking the uncrowded beach. I fell asleep to the sound of waves rolling on to a bed of soft sand and thinking this is what heaven must sound like. We would have been treated to a spectacular sunrise on the water had we managed to drag ourselves out of our deliciously comfortable bed in time to catch it.

The room itself was clean and spacious. A small refrigerator and microwave presented budget friendly eating options had we been so inclined.

Although Hotel Tybee has an excellent restaurant on site, it didn’t serve breakfast. This was a good thing because we had to walk out of the hotel on a sunny 70-degree morning in order to find a restaurant.

Hotel Tybee

The original hotel was built in 1889 And provided the first accommodation on Tybee Island. Up until this point, short-term visitors had no place to stay.

The hotel burned to the ground and was rebuilt in 1911. Through the ensuing decades, the property changed hands several times, undergoing additions and facelifts along the way. At one time, you could even take a train out to Tybee Island that would drop you off directly in front of the hotel.

In 2014 Linchris Hotel Corporation, a privately owned entity, purchased the hotel, renamed it Hotel Tybee, and began a major renovation of the property.

A Room Following the Major Renovation at Hotel Tybee (Courtesy of Hotel Tybee)
A Room Following the Major Renovation at Hotel Tybee (Courtesy of Hotel Tybee)

The Hanover, Massachusetts based company was founded in the 1980s and began purchasing hotels and resorts in the northeast and New England. Hotel Tybee was Linchris’s first venture down south. Today, the corporation owns more than 30 properties, including accommodations in West Virginia, Texas and Florida.

Tybee Island

High season on Tybee Island runs from March through mid-October, but there are scores of fun and fascinating things to do during the off-season. Hotel Tybee offers seasonal special rates, making a respite on this friendly, peaceful island even more affordable.

The Tybee Island Lighthouse (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)
The Tybee Island Lighthouse (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

One of the best times to visit Tybee is during the holidays. The island is quiet – perfect for a family destination vacation, a romantic getaway, or a solo retreat for relaxation and reflection.

Beach View from the Top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)
Beach View from the Top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

You can watch the midnight fireworks on the beach New Year’s Eve right outside Hotel Tybee. Then on New Year’s Day, you can watch, or participate in, the annual Polar Plunge.

Short on wheels or a designated driver? No problem. Tybee’s Turtle Taxi Transit – a fleet of golf carts – will take you anywhere on the island for $3 per person.

“One of the many interesting things about Tybee Island,” said David Thomas, Hotel Tybee’s Director of Sales and Marketing, “is that along with the people who regularly come here in the summer, there are people who regularly come here in the offseason.” Small wonder with the wide range of features to occupy mind, body and soul. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find on Tybee Island year round:

  • Tybee Island Light Station and Museum
  • Tybee Island Wedding Chapel, built by Disney
    The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)
    The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)
  • Tybee Island Marine Science Center
  • Dolphin Tours
  • Boat Charters
  • Jet Ski and kayak rentals and tours
  • Stand-up paddleboarding
  • Fort Pulaski National Park
    Fort Pulaski and Its Moat (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)
    Fort Pulaski and Its Moat (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)
  • Historic Tybee Island Fishing Pier & Pavilion
  • Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Hotel Tybee is an accommodation in perfect harmony with its surroundings: quiet, friendly, and welcoming. If you’ve never visited Tybee Island, let your first introduction come during the off-season and let Hotel Tybee serve as your home base for exploration and enjoyment.

If You Go

Hotel Tybee is a full-service accommodation that whispers comfort and calm in its décor. With its sand and sea shades complimented by eye-friendly natural and artificial light, it’s easy to unwind.

Looking Over the Beach and Pier from an Upper Floor of Hotel Tybee (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)
Looking Over the Beach and Pier from an Upper Floor of Hotel Tybee (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Interior view rooms are less expensive than those with an ocean view, and you can watch the sunset behind the treetops. With the beach a stone’s throw from the hotel, this may be an excellent option for families on a budget.

Sunrise on the Beach in Front of Hotel Tybee (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)
Sunrise on the Beach in Front of Hotel Tybee (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Room Amenities

  • Complimentary high-speed wifi Internet
  • Work area
  • Private balcony
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Telephone, Voicemail, & Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Blackout Drapes
  • Clock Radio
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room safe
  • Large flat screen televisions and HD channels

Services

  • ATM
  • 24Hour front desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Two outdoor swimming pools
  • 24-hour Business Center
  • Facilities for weddings, reunions, corporate meetings, and events up to 150 people
  • Full-service conference center for up to 200 people
  • Hospitality suite
  • 2500 square-foot banquet room
  • Onsite Catering
  • Discounted group rates

More Information

  • Parking is available for $15 per day.
  • You must be at least 21 years old to register a room.
  • Hotel Tybee is not a pet-friendly hotel, however service animals are welcome.
  • If you’re using GPS to navigate to Hotel Tybee, entering the address “1412 Butler Avenue, Tybee Island, GA”. will bring you directly to the hotel’s main entrance.
  • Check-in time is 4:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM.

HOTEL TYBEE
1401 Strand Avenue,
Tybee Island, GA 31328

912-786-7777

bloehr@hoteltybee.com

Disclaimer: Our visit to Hotel Tybee was generously hosted by Visit Tybee. However, all opinions, as always, are entirely my own.

2 Comments

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    To Travel Too

    Dec 22, 2017

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    Looks a great place to stay especially at New Years - not sure about the polar plunge. Might leave that to braver individuals!

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      Penny

      Dec 24, 2017

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      I don't think the Polar Plunge is as scary on Tybee as it is farther north. Either way, here's hoping you have a chance to visit the island. It's truly special.

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