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
I loved this place....Memories of the 5th floor still there! This place deserves 5 stars for speed, friendly and personal service. Four and a half stars for not being on the beach (if that means the most to you). Five stars for convenience within the room, location to the two top restaurants in downtown and for having a fun restaurant/happy hour on the 5th floor with outstanding views of the surrounding manicured lawns and the ocean/beach. Four stars for the needed and soon to be done refinishing in certain areas. Five stars for the cleanliness throughout the hotel and parking garage too.
The 15 only suites are extremely well equipped and well furnished. Two tvs that you can satch simultaneously if desired from your bed while you look out on a very sizable veranda with tables, chairs and lounge chairs and look at the ocean. Peaceful, relaxing and a great continental breakfast that included fresh baked scones, fresh fruit and Colombian coffee. Great personal service and happy hour drinks on the scenic and romantic fifth floor bar/diningroom with inside and outside options for seating.
We have been at Ocean Lodge many times but this time, we found it to be filthy. Walk across your room without shoes and your feet are black. Not a place for for kids at all. Upholstered furniture is worn and dirty. Is this a result of their new acceptance of dogs?
Last time, water was dripping through ceiling in breakfast area. This time, it was dripping in the reception area and in the garage. Maybe from the fourth floor pool that was half empty. Mold will set in soon. If it hasn’t already.
The place is unique; decor is Tuscan. But it is deteriorating quickly.
Two bright spots are Margie at the front desk and Gloria at breakfast. Wonderful people! We also enjoyed Jackie when she was there.
We would like to return if the owners would clean up their act.
First, I must say that the front desk receptionist was outstanding. She met and exceeded every expectation. It’s a nice location and just a short walk to the beach.
The disappointments are as follows:
- the rooms have very little natural light which made the room gloomy. ( this room was on the fourth floor). There are only five floors.
-the rooftop restaurant and bar are only open on Wed.- Saturday....which is not advertised on the website.
-the pool does not even qualify as a real pool. The maximum is for 6 people and I don’t know how even that many could be in there at one time.
-the rooms are in desperate need of upgrading...especially the furniture.
-the photographer who took the website pictures of the room was very talented. The room dimensions were nothing like they appear online.....much much smaller.
The ocean view they claim can only be seen between two buildings. Don’t advertise what you do not have. The "antique" furnishings look like the trailer park threw them out. Dirty and smelly. The floor was filthy. Just from the front shower to the living room to the bedroom and my feet were black. The a/c is from that trailer park I was telling you about. This one was thrown out as well because even the maintenance man could not get it to work. I do not sleep well in 75 degrees. The bed was way past needing to be changed out. Felt there was enough “things” in it to make it feel you were lying on a board. For an Inn with an upstairs restaurant and bar the continental breakfast was very cold. Cereal, fruit and bagels. On the upside… at first glance it is a beautiful place with its décor, just don’t look to close. The large kitchen, two bathrooms and the layout of the rooms was put together nicely. We enjoyed the balcony the most. For the price of $352 a night… I will go to a chain hotel where there is clean, cool and fresh smelling sheets and furniture and a very hot breakfast. I have been to the Ocean Lodge twice in my life. The first and the last. I do not recommend it. For my sleepless nights I was given a smile and a card with trip advisor’s website.
Just spent 8 days there and this is a nice place. There is some bumps in road with new ownership, internet was sketchy, pool was closed for 3 days, fitness center closed, which we didn't know when we booked, and the rooftop restaurant is only open Wed to Sat, but staff was excellent and rooms are to die for. Jacki and Gloria are both great. Hope new management knows their staff is great. Overall a 4.5 experience.