This is a fine resort on the Atlantic coast that will not dissapoint. The only reason I gave it 4 stars, instead of 5, is that housekeeping could have done a better job of cleaning our room (I don't think they vacuumed once). But, other than that, our stay was practically perfect. We stayed from December 30 - January 3. We got an extremely low AAA rate of $270 per night for an oceanfront king room. I'm sure the same room is at least double that amount in high season. The rooms are very spacious and quiet (although we did hear water flowing down through the pipes on occassion from our upstairs neighbor and heard our next door neighboor a couple of times). The ceilings are high, with exposed beams and a ceiling fan. We had a balcony and window seat. We couldn't open the mini bar fridge b/c it was locked and they didn't provide us with a key, but the turn down service provided us with bottled water, chocolate, and pretty seashells (nice touch and souvenirs for us). The bathoom is the largest I've ever had in a hotel - double sink, with granite countertops, and a huge garden tub, with a separate walk-in marble shower. Shower pressure could have been stronger, and I initially had difficulty getting the right temp on the H2O. They had very good toiletries, which were usually replenished every day. Towels were nice and fluffy. The bed was a little firm, but comfy. Service at the hotel was pretty good. I worked out at their gym (it's included in your $18/day resort fee), which is a decent size and has adequate equipment. He had "high tea" one day - the finger sandwiches were great and so were the cookies (scones were a little burnt). The resort is located in a very upscale area. I believe it's actually a club to which many locals belong. Recommendations on what to do in the area (besides go to the beach): (1) 30 minutes to the south is St. Augustine (a charming city; visit the old town, el Castillo de San Marcos - the Spanish fort, Flagler College, and Lightner Museum - all are easily walked to; had fabulous fresh shrimp at the White Lion pub), and (2) 10 minutes to the north is Jacksonsville Beach (we had New Year's Eve dinner at Giovanni's, an excellent Italian restaurant - the chocolate hazelnut cake was to die for!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located midway between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, The Lodge & Club is situated in the lovely seaside setting of Ponte Vedra Beach. Framed by graceful palms and rolling dunes, the intimate AAA Four-Diamond boutique hotel has charmed guests with world-class amenities and gracious service since its debut in 1989. Panoramic vistas of the Atlantic provide an awe-inspiring setting for The Lodge's 66 luxurious rooms and suites. Indulgent days are spent enjoying the Atlantic surf, shelling along the beach, swimming, surfing, cycling and sampling The Lodge's inventive cuisine. Nearby, guests have access privileges to oceanfront golf, world-class tennis and a relaxing spa. The Lodge & Club and its nearby sister property, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, comprise the oceanfront luxury vacation experience known as Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts. Hotel guests enjoy reciprocal access to the amenities of both establishments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Lodge And Club At Ponte Vedra Beach Hotel Ponte Vedra Beach
- Hotel Ponte Vedra Beach