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“Not quite luxury boutique but still good” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ocean Inn and Suites

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Ocean Inn and Suites
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Charlotte, NC
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Not quite luxury boutique but still good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

Advertised as a luxury boutique hotel, this little inn has mostly plusses, but also some glaring cons. The location is perfect - you can walk everywhere. The owners/management are delightful and friendly. The room is perfectly adequate, and the beds are great. The bathroom was outdated and small, but clean. Our television set was a relic of another era, but we did not come to St. Simons to watch television so that was not a problem.

The biggest disappointment to me was the qualify of some things - the towels and washcloths are not what I expect in a "luxury" hotel, the toiletries provided looked as though they came from the local Dollar Tree - and I have never been in a hotel where the lotion provided was a large bottle, two-thirds full and of an unknown brand. I don't drink coffee, but I heard other guests mention that the coffee provided in the room was old and stale and very bad-tasting. On Saturday, our room was not cleaned until very late - again, not a real problem for us, but could be for some people.

I see other reviews that complain about the breakfast provided, and it is a bit skimpy, but was perfectly adequate for my needs. The lack of any type protein and a fruit option other than bananas stood out, however,

In short, a very quaint little inn, great location, pleasant people - just a few things they could/should do to bump the general quality up a bit. (just my opinion, of course!)

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Peachtree City, Georgia
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

We stay here every time we are in St. Simons. Friendly staff, clean, covered parking & great location. Continental breakfast. Room has sm. refrigerator & microwave. Nice pool. Across from Lighthouse & convenient walking distance to shops & restaurants,

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lou50Lou
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fl
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2014

After touring the Okeefenoke Swamp we drove to St Simon's Island for a night. We were NOT disappointed from the moment we parked until we checked out- We opted for a light house view and loved it! All very tastefully decorated and comfortable. Our bathroom was a little dated, but not really enough to detract from the whole experience. Great hotel! Only problem was no bar-that would have given it 5 stars!

Room Tip: Loved the Lighthouse view
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jane0405
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Escanaba
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

The rooms at the Ocean Inn were very clean and comfortable. Parking was available, some covered, and an elevator at parking level to take you up to your floor. The lobby was very nice and the breakfast area was clean. Breakfast was a little sparse. Very convenient to the village and restaurants. And a nice park across the street. The staff was very friendly.
We had a flat screen TV with good reception. We would stay again.

Room Tip: If you stay on the front side, there is a view.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Carla1945
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Norcross, Georgia
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

I come to St. Simons a couple of times a year since it is a quick trip from my home. This was the first time I have stayed at this hotel and I will definitely be back. This trip we left the husbands at home! After parking my car we left it for 3 days and walked to everywhere we wanted to go. The day and evening staff at this hotel are simply marvelous and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. I would call them island casual, not a stuffy hotel. They are knowledgeable about the restaurants and what is currently happening on St. Simons. The welcoming environment did not stop after we paid for the room either as it does at so many places, the 3 girls that we saw spoke to us every time we saw them. 1 of them we saw walking through Neptune Park and she spoke to us for a few minutes and she was walking her dog not even working! We were shown several different rooms plans to choose from when we arrived. Loved that none of the hotel is carpeted because it just feels cleaner. My only disappointment was the staff after midnight. The man at the desk yelled what do you want when we walked in the breakfast room for a cup and the woman never spoke at all.

Room Tip: The pool view room is very large and has a nice view of light house and ocean on top floor.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank C W
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Ocean City, Maryland
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76 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

After stopping at a couple of places to stay and receiving sticker shock since it was out of season we found this place at a reasonable price. Covered parking available, location was very good - had a balcony looking right at the tall lighthouse and had a bit of a view of the water - love to have my morning coffee on any balcony and this was perfect. The room had wood floors - a first for me and we have stayed in many hotels. The staff was friendly and we truly enjoyed our stay. The continental breakfast was the usual non exciting one that the majority of hotels extend to their guests. I wonder if they would charge a couple of dollars more - could they add some more items to bring the experience up a few steps? Reading some of the other reviews - I wonder if they stayed in the same place?

Room Tip: ask for a quiet room with a view - if possible most places will accomodate your request.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank hopeterry
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Florida
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74 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

Yes, the location is convenient but otherwise, this hotel is average at best. There was a balcony, which sounds great except it is less than two feet wide, with a colorful view of the parking lot. The room is dated, the bathroom small and the room equipped with a functional TV purchased sometime in the 80's I would guess. The A/C is dated and a bit noisy but did its job without incident. I should mention that we picked up a coupon at the Visitor Bureau giving about a $30 discount. The receptionist acted as though she was doing me a big favor to accept the coupon rate although the VB had told me Oceans Inn had called earlier and reiterated they would accept the $119 off season rate. The breakfast is abysmal but slightly better than nothing. If you were to compare this place to Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn or Holiday Inn Express, it does not measure up. The value is in the location. If location is of no value to you, this is not the place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Ocean Inn and Suites

Property: Ocean Inn and Suites
Address: 599 Beachview Dr, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522-4723
Region: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Golden Isles of Georgia > Saint Simons Island
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Saint Simons Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ocean Inn and Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 37
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