We spend two nights at the Ocean Inn & Suites at St. Simons Island in Georgia. The staff is very friendly and the standard room we had was small but nice. The room included a mini-frig and microwave. The beds were very comfortable. A continental breakfast with bread, bagels, cereal and coffee and juice is offered in a small room on the main floor. You can also eat on the balcony overlooking the lighthouse, which is nice in the cool of the mornings. I can’t say the room was clean, as the previous occupants soap shampoo was still in our shower. This should have been our clue that things were going to be interesting but I will concentrate on the positive aspects first. Our view was of the street and homes nearby, however some of the rooms overlook the water and lighthouse, but the hotel is about 1 block from the water and there are many trees between the hotel and the water so I am not sure how good the views are. The rooms with views, which are offered at a higher price, did appear to be larger which would be nice. The water near the hotel does not have a beach area and there isn’t a swimming area in walking distance of the hotel, the nearest swimming beach is about 3 miles north. There is a nice new town park with a walking path that leads along the water to a nice fishing pier. There is also a nice pool and kid sized water park and putt-putt course in the park each has a small fee for use. The hotel has a pool which looked very nice. It closes at 9:00 pm, so we did not have the opportunity to use it. On the weekend this area of town is very lively. There are several restaurants and tourist shops in walking distance. Don’t miss Barbara Jean’s restaurant, which was recommended by the front desk of the hotel. We would have really enjoyed our two night stay if it had not been for a malfunctioning bathroom in the room above ours. We returned to our room to find our bathroom flooded when my daughter stepped into about ½” of water. We went down to tell the front desk and the clerk was very apologetic and immediately accompanied us to our room to see the problem. The staff at the hotel appears to be limit to one person in the evening hours. We elected to go out and walk the town while the front desk clerk addressed the issue. Upon our return she told us she had cleaned up the bathroom and that the water was from a broken toilet in the room above that had overflowed earlier in the day and fixed by the plumber, I guess no one thought that about where the water went. She indicated the hotel owner has stopped by to check on things and the water was fixed in the bathroom above us. However, the owner did not offer any consolation or acknowledgement of our problem, which for a small locally owned boutique hotel I quite frankly expected, especially considering how embarrassed his front desk clerk acted. Even the chain hotels have a satisfaction guarantee. If we visit St. Simons again, I may consider staying here again in a different room, but for about half the price we paid I think I would consider the Hampton Inn near the St. Simons small airport, which in on the island about 3 miles away. Even the thought the Hampton is not located near the town; you can always drive to the town area. You must drive to the local beaches to swim or walk on the sand so the only benefit of the Ocean’s Inn & Suites is the proximity to the restaurants and shops and a nice evening walk along the water.
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