Kris stayed at the King and Prince Resort while she was here on St. Simons Island. Although other visitors have stayed on the island, no one has stayed at the King and Prince, so it was our first chance to tour the facility. Most people think the King and Prince is too expensive, but Kris got a really good deal on a travel website.
The King and Prince Resort is the only hotel on St. Simons that is on the beach. Because Kris got to the island after dark, she was surprised the next morning to see the ocean lapping against the hotel seawall. The hotel opened in 1941 but was used as training facility during World War II. It reopened as a hotel in 1947. The main building has undergone several major renovations while retaining its historic charm. The resort has expanded with suites, cottages, and apartments on either side of the historic building. The King and Prince Resort became a member of the Historic Hotels of America in 1996 and was added to the Register of National Historic Places in 2005.
Kris’s hotel room was lovely with two queen-sized beds and a very nice bathroom. Her room had a view of the courtyard. I’m sure ocean-front rooms are more expensive. We walked through the large lobby and peeked in at the bar and Echo Restaurant.
I was most impressed with the outdoor spaces, right on the beach. The King and Prince Resort has two beautiful pools, a wading pool, and a hot tub. There are swings inviting you to sit and relax along the beach. Several alcoves with fire pits and comfy chairs looked like wonderful places to read, relax, or talk with a group of friends. Kris took advantage of the beach access, walking along the beach one morning to greet the day.
If you can get a good deal on a room, or if you want to splurge on a beachfront stay, the King and Prince Resort looks like a wonderful place to stay.