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“Disappointed in exception to rule”
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Ocean Lodge
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Kennesaw, GA
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Disappointed in exception to rule”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

Sent my parents to the Ocean Lodge foe their 51st anniversary. I had been here before and enjoyed my stay. Specifically picked this hotel due to their policy of no young children. My parents called while there and informed me that there were very young children staying at the hotel and that they could hear them above their room. Upon their return I called the hotel to inquire about the children and found that there had been an exception to the rule and that the kids were staying in the penthouse suite directly above my parent's room. It seems that if you pay enough money that you can get what you want from this hotel and that other guests inconvenience will not be taken into consideration - I was told this by the manager. I have no problem with exceptions being made if the entire hotel is being rented out by the wedding party but this blatant disrespect for other guests is inexcusable. I paid for 3 nights and my parents were only able to enjoy 2 of them because as I was told be them "the first 2nights were quiet" & " it was just kids being kids". I paid too much money for those responses and highly suggest you inquire if kids will be on the property before making your final decision to stay at this hotel.

Room Tip: Make sure there are no kids staying in the room directly above your room.
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Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2014

We are frequent visitors to St. Simons but wanted a night away for my wife and I to celebrate my birthday. The hotel was unique and very cool and the staff was fantastic and very accommodating. Ocean Lodge was definitely the right choice for our getaway.

Room Tip: The fourth floor was worth the extra money, at least for a one-night stay.
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Green Features: I noticed the hotel had awards/certification for Green policies and practices.
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Our stay started with the owner, (Joe McDonough) checking us in and helping us with our bags. We soon found out that Joe was loved by all of his staff because of his hands on management. It was nice to see people loving what they do and who they work with.
Our suite was spectacular with a great balcony and ocean view. Our breakfast, (which was included) was fresh cooked to order each day and delicious.
Dinner and appetizers on the rooftop was a special treat with a great view.
If you are looking for a first class experience, the Ocean Lodge is well worth your time.
Jim & Peggy

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

The hotel is beautiful. Rooms are very comfortable. For the price I feel the little extras like good quality soaps, shampoos, and lotions wouldn't be too much to expect. A working clock in the bedroom would be nice too. The restaurant is convenient by just so so.

Stayed July 2014
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4 Thank Jan W
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

From the moment you start to check into Oceans you know you picked the right place to vacation. You are treated like family by ALL the staff. Within days they all know you by name. The rooms are just beautiful. They are done in an Italian motif. The bed & linens are just great. You truly feel pampered at Oceans. The breakfast is very good, & Gloria will get you whatever you want. Everyone is super nice, & since it is such a small hotel you intermingle with other guests should you so desire. The setting for the rooftop restaurant is beautiful. However, Joe needs a new chef. This has the potential for a 4 star restaurant. They provide you with beach chairs & umbrellas if you wish, & the beach across the street is very private as opposed to the large hotel complex down the road. What we truly loved was the fact that there were no screaming kids around. Mind you, we have 11 grand kids, but sometimes, & this was a time, we wanted an adult vacation. There are beautiful homes surrounding this chic hotel. You have some wonderful restaurants just a short drive away. This hotel exceeded my expectations, & we will recommend it to our friends & will definitely return. BRAVO to Joe & all the staff. You guys are awesome!

Room Tip: All rooms are decorated beautifully. Higher floors have a little more ocean view. That is your call.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2014

This hotel is a cross between a home, a hotel and a B&B. It is absolutely beautiful, high class and so comfortable! We stayed in the suite and it was amazing! The porch was TO DIE FOR overlooking the ocean with bright beautiful stars gleaming at night! The staff was more than professional, down to earth and accommodating. The FREE breakfast in the morning was amazing including the homemade scones YUM! The owner Joe was present and stopped to chat with my hubby and I! The 15 step walk to the beach was so amazing and there is the cutest town just a bike ride away. The ONLY reason I did not give it 5-stars was the rooftop rest. The food was tasteless and overpriced. They should get a new chef because the scenery is beautiful, but the food is VERY lacking....

Room Tip: Get one of the suites, the porch is amazing!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 June 2014

I had made a reservation at the near by King & Prince, for my wife and I, while attending a two day board meeting on St. Simons. We have stayed at the King & Prince many times in the past, and while it is an outstanding beachfront resort, I decided to try the Ocean Lodge because of ratings and reviews on Trip Advisor and recommendations from friends who raved about the views from the rooftop bar and restaurant, and the quality of the food and service. While the room rates were a little more, the amenities of the Ocean Lodge are well worth the difference in cost.

The suites are so spacious and comfortable, with his and her bathrooms, two televisions in the sitting are and bedroom, and full kitchen. The views and breeze from the balcony overlooking the beach is simply spectacular. Wonderful cook to order breakfasts off of the lobby and hot scones that were delicious! With only 15 suites, the staff know who you are and treat you as a VIP....highly recommend this for a unique "couples" vacation alternative!

Room Tip: If available, try the 5th floor suite that adjoins the rooftop restaurant and lounge and dine in pri...
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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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