What We Love
- With 14,000 square feet of common area and just 15 guest suites, there’s plenty of room to spread out
- The rooftop terrace and lounge, with its views over the Atlantic Ocean
- Massages on your private verandah
- Indulging in Southern-inflected dishes at the Rooftop restaurant
What To Know
- WiFi and local calls are free
- Children under 14 years old are not allowed
- Minimalists beware, the decor here is unabashedly over the top
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The decor might strive for a luxe European vibe–brocade furnishings, gilded mirrors, ornate friezes, pastoral oil paintings–but the large one-bedroom suites with their generous bathrooms offer space on a scale that can be difficult to find on the continent. Head to the Rooftop restaurant and lounge to nosh on down-home favorites like fried green tomatoes, okra and Cajun pork chops, all served with a side of inspiring Atlantic views. Masseuses can make suite calls for pampering treatments on your own private verandah.
In the Area
Georgia’s so-called “Golden Isles,” located off the coast midway between Savannah and Jacksonville, offer year-round balmy weather and a wealth of biodiversity, from marshy wetlands to rivers and the mighty Atlantic ocean. St. Simon’s is the largest barrier island of the group, exuding the kind of Spanish moss-draped romance that Southern dreams are made of. Walk the 129 steps to the top of the Lighthouse Museum, devoted to the island’s 1872 maritime icon, then take a boat tour to spot dolphins and explore the scenic waterways before chowing down on authentic barbecue at Southern Soul, a retro joint specializing in rib-sticking specialties like beef brisket, pulled pork, and cornbread.
How to Get There
You going to love the decor of the place. Location is not the best because you really don’t have a view of the ocean (not really ocean front). Breakfast was horrible! Their hot breakfast was not even on the continental level; coffe, juice and muffins.
We had issues on checking in smell of smoke on balcon of several rooms.
Considering price verses service I have to rate it a 2.2 out five star.
I stayed here because the place I usually stay was not available. I thought the great pics and extras like robes and balconies and roof top bar would be fun.
I learned as I was checking in that the restaurant and bar are closed indefinitely. There are no robes. There were only two hangers in the very weird curtained off shelf in the bathroom that I assume is the closet. Not that you could really hang your clothes there. The shower head was about five feet off the floor and sprayed everywhere. There was no tub.
Meanwhile, the kitchen has more cabinets than my house, but only a handful of mismatched dishes and no paring knife or saucepan or anything.
The room is vast and has two bathrooms- which is odd since there is only one bed. It also had six light switches which did nothing and five - 5! - landline phones, including one in each bathroom.
The one redeeming quality of this place was the friendly staff - including the nice lady who checked me in and out and the housekeeping folks who really kept things tidy.
At a $150/night price point, this would be a weird and quirky place. At the actual price point (which you have seen if you’re reading this review), it’s just disappointing.
I’ve been to St. Simons before, but never stayed at Ocean Lodge. I really liked that they had the restaurant and lounge available. I called the day before I went to inquire as to availability of room service and was assured it was available during restaurant hours. When I checked in, I inquired about the breakfast and was told it was just coffee and pastries, not cooked to order. I got to my room and went up to the restaurant during posted hours. No activity and locked tight. I called the desk and was told it was closed, not just during the week-closed. The room was a one bedroom, two bath with a kitchenette-microwave, full sized fridge (with ice maker), two burner stove, small sink. No oven, small dishwasher, very limited dishes and cutlery, one frying pan, no kitchen utensils to speak of. Three glasses, no can opener or sharp knives. There was a coffeemaker and some coffee supplies. The second bath did have a small shower, which was nice. The balcony is very large with two nice lounges, a table and two chairs. The unit is tired and outdated, but a nice size. It is done in an opulent, heavy Mediterranean style. Might be nice to redo to a lighter paint with white trim and transition decor to old south. Cable has lots of channels. No Premium, but plenty to see with two flat screen tv’s. The staff was very gracious and pleasant. The location is good-a block from the ocean, fairly close to the village and in a nice area; close to several restaurants.
I love this hotel! My second trip, amazing service and staff! Beautiful accommodations. A full kitchen, great balcony with ocean views. Beach right across the street. You couldn't ask for a nice hotel.
I booked a room for a wedding and then had to cancel which I did well in advance of the notification period for a refund. I was told that the hotel does not honor its refund policy so my entire deposit was kept. I didn't stay at the hotel so can't comment on the amenities but I question a hotel that is run in this manner. I am fighting it through my credit card company but so far the hotel refuses to refund me my deposit.