We try to use military lodging facilities whenever we travel. Some look like converted barracks and are ok for the price. This one, however, was lovely in every way. We stayed in the older, or original section of the Navy Lodge (as opposed to the Navy Gateway Inn or the almost completed new Navy Lodge). The new building had not yet opened, but I can't imagine it being any nicer than the original one. This is one of the few lodging facilities that did not have a military look. It was large, updated, decorated and stocked like any nice civilian hotel room or efficiency apartment. Each unit was ground floor with a front door and back sliding patio door. Our unit was not designated as accessible, but had no front door sill which made it very easy to bring in rolling luggage. I noticed some of the units had concrete ramps, and some had a sill. Parking was directly in front of the unit. The back door exited to a small semi-private patio and a large communal grassy backyard enclosed by privacy fence. There were picnic tables and one bouncy child's "ride" in the back. Kitchen was stocked with pots, pans, glasses, dishes and utensils. It had an almost full sized refrigerator, a two burner smooth top cooktop, toaster, microwave etc. Area faced civilian housing outside the fence and, although we heard dogs barking during the day, there was no noise at night. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Unit was clean, quiet and comfortable. Linens were fresh and soft. Beds comfortable to us. Flat screen TV, large bathroom (zero entry shower with fold up shower seat and hand-held shower head in this unit), good lighting with motion detector night light in bathroom. The section of units we were in had a laundry room and vending machines as the center unit. This base had some of the tightest security we have seen: even with ID, we had to produce drivers licenses, vehicle registration and proof of insurance before being issued a temporary base pass. We arrived on a Saturday, and the base was very quiet although there is a fair amount of housing. Gas station, NEX and commissary are all within a block of the Lodge. The Pass Rd. gate was no more than 5-10 minutes from the beach front in Gulfport. The only negative is that WiFi is not free ($7.95/day). I would definitely stay here again and wish all lodging facilities were as nice as this one!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Navy Lodge Gulfport currently has 80 rooms some equipped with kitchenettes, private bathrooms and a back patio. We are a non smoking facility. We accept pets (please call for rules). We have expanded recently to 80 rooms and now include suites, fitness center, free in-room WiFi, and a breakfast area. We have family movie night every Tuesday night. ... more less