Tybee Island’s largest hotel/motel complex has been renamed! The Ocean Plaza Resort has new owners and management staff and is now called HOTEL TYBEE. They have completed phase one of a three-part renovation plan and look forward to seeing more visitors and locals. Hotel Tybee is 100 feet from the beach and a block away from Tybrisa Street, which has numerous shops and restaurants/bars. The Tybee Marine Science Center is adjacent to the hotel and has educational and entertaining displays and tanks with live, local sea creatures. The pier and pavilion is within view and provides the perfect spot to fish, meet new friends, see the fireworks displays, and people watch. Just leave your car in the free parking lot at the hotel and have fun exploring the area! The Tybee Lighthouse is just 2 1/2 miles from the hotel, so you could walk, drive, bike, or take a golfcart cab to see it. You may also want to drive (or take a shuttle) 18 miles to historic Savannah to see the fabulous house and art museums, lush squares and parks, and impressive forts.
Hotel Tybee’s 208 rooms have been completely updated and feature tropical décor, large flat-screen TVs, and complimentary toiletries by Paya Organics. Of course, all of the usual in-room amenities are provided and the staff is dedicated to providing a clean and comfortable space for you. Options include rooms with private balconies overlooking the beach, inland rooms, two queen beds or one king bed. Their online reservation system allows you to quickly book your vacation on Tybee.
If you are planning a business event, reunion, or wedding, the helpful staff at Hotel Tybee can assist you! There is a 5000 square foot banquet room, conference center, meeting rooms, business center, and catering available on-site. Your event participants can enjoy the pools, shopping, and beach when they aren’t involved in their pre-planned activities.
Most visitors think the BEST thing about Tybee is the quirky vibe of our little island. It’s a place like no other, with zany local characters and interesting places to truly “get away from it all.” It’s a casual and fun-loving town with about 3500 friendly year-round residents. You can have a taste of the beachbum lifestyle and indulge in the more sophisticated charms of nearby Savannah. We are sure that you will have a wonderful time here!
Hotel Tybee History: Tybee Island was a mostly undeveloped tropical island situated 12 miles east of Savannah in the 1880s when businessman Daniel Purse bought most of the island with the intention of transforming it into a seaside resort destination. There were no roads to Tybee at the time. To overcome the obstacle of a two-hour boat ride from Savannah, Purse built a railroad connecting Tybee to Savannah. Thousands of new tourists began flocking to Tybee’s beautiful beaches, though most could not stay due to inadequate lodging accommodations. In 1889, Savannah National Bank president and future mayor of Savannah Herman Myers and investors constructed Hotel Tybee, which was one of the finest hotels in the country. For over seven decades, Hotel Tybee hosted vacations, conventions, social events, and gambling. The establishment was ravaged by fire in 1909 but was resurrected more magnificent than before. It witnessed hurricanes, wars, a riot, murder, Prohibition, and the Great Depression. For More info you can find the book: HOTEL TYBEE