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“Perfect Place for a Honeymoon”
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Ocean Lodge
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Vestavia Hills, Alabama
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect Place for a Honeymoon”
Reviewed 8 January 2014

The Ocean Lodge was the last stop on our 6 day honeymoon road trip. We stayed there 3 nights and at the end wished we had stayed there our entire trip. The rooms we breathtaking as well as the view. The staff is amazing and friendly is an understatement. We biked (provided by hotel) to the nearby village for lunch and to do some shopping in the village boutiques. It was so quiet and peaceful and extremely romantic. Looking forward to spending our honeymoon there!!!!

Room Tip: 4th floor rooms have the best view!
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Decatur, Ga
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 3 January 2014 via mobile

Excellent accommodations. Beautiful decor and friendly staff. The included breakfast was wonderful. Wish we could have stayed longer. Very close to the beach (just across the the street) and excellent location in St Simon.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2013

My husband & I traditionally take a holiday vacation--just the two of us--during Christmas or New Years, depending on his work schedule. After deciding on a destination (the GA barrier islands), I started researching possible lodging and chose the Ocean Lodge because of the reviews on Trip Advisor. I always call a hotel directly before I book because I can ask specific questions and get a better feel for the place, and my call to OL affirmed my feeling that this was the type of place we were looking for. Not only was the person who answered my call (Anne) friendly, but she took time to chat, answering all my questions forthrightly and in as much detail as I needed. Her warmth and personalized attention was also a quality we found present in every staff person we encountered during our stay. It's obvious that these people love what they do and are as personally invested in seeing to their guests' comfort and enjoyment as the owner, whom we met as we were leaving. It was like being a well-loved friend who is a guest in someone's home--our every want was seen to w/a personal touch.

Now to the hotel--we LOVE the smallness of the operation, the fact that it is all-suites and caters only to adults. We want quiet, privacy, and space when we go away. Luxury is also a positive! The building construction is solid and interiors well-designed and spacious. I think every suite has a balcony, allowing outdoor relaxing & eating, if one chooses. There is a full kitchen (w/dishwasher & disposal), 2 baths--one w/shower & one w/jacuzzi/shower--both well-appointed w/great hot water, deep sink, lovely fixtures, very nice amenities (including bath-tray w/candle, loofa, and bath salts), robes & slippers. There is a closet in the BR, as well as drawers in the bedside tables & washstand. Decor is Spanish Colonial--rich, but not overwhelming, and we found the furniture to be functional and actually comfortable--a departure from most hotels, where furniture is not well-designed or replaced often enough to seat comfortably. Tile floors w/rugs--so much nicer than carpet! TVs in both LR & BR. The wireless service is pretty darn good for a hotel--free w/more than one connection available. King bed slept comfortably, and it was a pleasure to be able to open sliding doors to patio each night and sleep to the sound of waves. There were also sliding doors to patio from LR. Curtained w/both sheers & heavy drapes--when drawn offering filtered light or room-darkening, as well as insulating. Jalousie windows over the desk covered w/roman shade, could be opened, as could bathroom window w/wooden blinds in shower-bath, I imagine that, in warmer weather, one could get quite a pleasant breeze through the suite, and window treatments allow varying degrees of light & privacy. Seems like nothing was done on-the-cheap as far as construction design or decorating goes.

Breakfast was part of our room package--a nicely varied menu to choose from. I eat gluten-free and was able to have a good meal every morning. It's all cooked to order--none of the weird or plastic food found on so many "breakfast buffets." Staff are few, and it seems like everybody multitasks--people who serve breakfast also do housekeeping, etc. --Jackie, Gloria, Michelle, Suzanne, Mac, a gentleman working the front desk and two other housekeeping staff members whose name I didn't get--we felt we got to know folks a little, as everyone is so friendly, really embodying that Southern hospitality.

We had a fine dinner Christmas Eve in their lovely rooftop restaurant. I can imagine how nice it must be to eat outside there --great view of the ocean--one of the best views on St. Simon's, from what I understand.

The hotel wasn't at full occupancy, so I'm not sure how quiet it would be when it is, but we found it peaceful. The solid, heavy construction helps, and we had a corner room on the 4th floor w/ a great ocean view. (We were upgraded to this room upon arrival--a happy surprise!!). All-in-all, we were delighted w/Ocean Lodge and look forward to returning.

Room Tip: Ask if corner room is available, and higher floors will have better view of ocean.
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Green Features: Some practices obvious & noticeable, esp.when compared w/larger operations & chains. Was gratified to read full list on TA--we try to patronize environmentally conscious businesses. If you can recycle bottles/cans, for instance, why not encourage guests to set them aside for collection?
  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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North Branch, Minnesota
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

We came to listen to their awesome sax player Michael and piano player Patrick and was totally amazed at not only the awesome music, and ambiance, but also the quality of food. They a have a relaxing outdoor eating area with a fire pit where you can sip wine and socialize with friends. We sat in the dinning area, which also had great ambiance and the grouper was exceptional. The best part was listening to the sax & piano player because they really engaged their audience. Whole night was such a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend their dining area.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Frankfort, Kentucky
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Thirty business associates/friends met on the Rooftop Lounge and restaurant at the Ocean Lodge for dinner. The view was awesome on the Rooftop and even though it was early November, we were kept warm by the fire pits and heaters. Although the inside of the restaurant was small, they accomodated all of us with excellent service and delicious food. We were all very satisfied with our experience and would recommend it for a romantic rooftop dinner and/or business meeting/dinner.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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424 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Drawn by positive reviews, I booked a weekend stay at the Ocean Lodge. The first impression is "it's not directly on the water" but that was quickly put to rest by the friendly a warm welcome by the staff. I had booked a 3rd floor suite to be "above the trees" and was show to an end unit with views of the ocean across the street but visible between the buildings in front and a wide view off the side of the balcony.

The suite has every convince imagined, complete with spa bath products, robes, slippers and a full kitchen. There are also two bathrooms to uncomplicated the his/hers situation.

We chose to dine at the Roof Top and again the service by the staff was over the top. The owner, Joe D, was mingling with the guests and the live music was an added treat. Dinner was excellent, prepared well and served at a nice pace. The Wine selections were very nice and reasonable.

Breakfast is included each morning and again the staff was upbeat and positive and breakfast was an unexpected treat … hot made to order and not hotel food. Joe D was also around during breakfast and it's clear to see that the staff is a reflection of his upbeat and pleasant personality.

On our second night we were able to sit out on the covered balcony watching the night stars and the ocean and hearing the waves hitting the shore across the street.

It is well worth the trip to stay here.

Room Tip: Choose 3rd or 4th floor.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2013

My husband and I stayed three (3) nights in a luxury suite at the Ocean Lodge October 15, 2013; the experience was romantic and relaxing. We met several friendly Ocean Lodge staff including Jackie and Michelle. We even got a chance to meet the owner, Captain Joe who was celebrating a birthday during our stay.

All the staff we met were extremely friendly and met our every need. I would highly recommend this hotel to friends, family and any guest looking for a beautiful relaxing vacation. In fact, we hope to make a return trip in December.

We loved our stay so much that we are actually looking into moving to St. Simons Island, Georgia. The breakfast each morning was provided in an intimate setting with indoor or outdoor service. Book the 4th floor suite with the ocean views from your balcony; you won't regret the experience.

Room Tip: Book the luxury suite on the 4th level; the views are fantastic!
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Green Features: The hotel was very clean; we notice the hotel's energy-saving efforts, towel reuse efforts and the garden area. The landscaping was very nice.
  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ocean Lodge
Address: 935 Beachview Dr, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522-5014
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Region: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Golden Isles of Georgia > Saint Simons Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Saint Simons Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ocean Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ocean Lodge is nestled in the Golden Isles of Georgia, just steps from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Stunning architecture ignites your passion for Old World beauty and continues to unveil itself with impeccable detail throughout your stay. Ideally located a mere whisper from the heart of quaint St. Simons Island, this unique boutique hotel awaits your arrival! Whether delighting the luxury-seeking vacationer, providing a refreshing change for corporate retreats, or dazzling wedding guests with spectacular rooftop receptions, this special place will be uniquely yours… ... more   less 
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