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
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.
Beautiful decor, friendly staff, close to beach, delicious food at bar/restaurant with great service, our room was perfect! We are so glad we chose this location over the others we had been considering. Housekeeping was amazing - best we’ve seen for a long time. We’ll be back!
My Fiancee’ & I have visited Ocean’s Lodge and their rooftop restaurant on several occasions where we were delighted & had wonderful meals & experience that is before Sea Palms took over management. My fiancee’ booked this reservation for a suite & made reservations for dinner 2 weeks prior to our visit only to be charged at time of booking for the room & again on the day of check in which already had us frustrated upon arrival we checked in & told the staff whom were apologetic & said she would check in to it. We were very pleased with our room it was perfect no complaints there. We did finally here from front desk their “New” management which now makes reservations off site did double charge us & that would have to be reimbursed in 5-10 days another aggravation. So we make best of it go have some cocktails at the bar the staff was friendly & great, drinks were generous the view awesome but disappointed that the new management had removed the outdoor heaters & fire pits that had previously been there so you could take advantage of the beautiful view & rooftop lounge I mean that is the name of the restaurant/bar Rooftop at the Ocean Lodge & it is winter dont you want your patrons to stick around not leave because its cold anyways after cocktails as we leave we run into the booked live band for the entertainment so we are excited about the upcoming evening we go back to our room enjoy the jacuzzi tub & get dolled up for our romantic valentines dinner. As i said we have been here before food was always good & atmosphere really romantic & cozy we arrived at Rooftop again at 8:30 for 9:00 Pm reservations again to have cocktails & enjoy the music only to be told that the manager had to dismiss the band because new management wont let her keep any of the already booked entertainment she had prior to their takeover so no music no band not even a sound system again no heaters to sit outside & limited space at the bar so i sat while my fiancee’ stood while we waited for our table at 10:00pm they say your table should be ready soon all the while we see plenty of empty tables drinks are coming freely & again the staff & bar/restaurant manager Christine are top notch she should own & run this place or atleast be allowed to run it properly she clearly is capable but is being hendered !!! At 10:30 a waitress comes out & announces to the room the kitchen is closed ,we think she is joking because they’ve all been cutting up and talking to us the whole time we were waiting she says umm no hold on ill get Christine she comes out clearly upset and says the chef ( if he indeed is a chef or merely just a cook because let me tell ya i looked at the menus which consisted of 4 appetizers a salad & 4 entrees to choose from when we had been the past it had full menu this was more like a bar menu now )not what we expected ... anyhow Christine says the chef said he is done cooking for the night & is leaving foes not care that there are people still waiting we are astonished she apologizes but that does not make up for the fact that this is a small island on a big night & its now closing time for anywhere else we could have gone had we known this was how it would be, like i said in the past it was great ... money was no object we could have gone anywhere but chose Ocean Lodge off of their reputation & now that reputation is garbage i do not recommend this place despite the cordial staff & great rooms there was no accommodations or credits given just a sorry no food coming & we had to go to bed with no dinner hungry & nothing but a gas station open on the island big let down the new owner/management should be fired or bankrupted the next day while shopping around local shops & telling of our experience we heard from many locals how bad Ocean Lodge has gotten since new owners took over which we were told was Sea Palms all I can Say is go to The King & Prince if you want quality & class now because Ocean Lodge sucks !!! Dont Book here