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“The Perfect Wedding Day”
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Ocean Lodge
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
1 review
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“The Perfect Wedding Day”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

I had always wanted to get married in Saint Simons... I had been coming to the island since I was six months old! After searching for the right place, I met with Tina Harris, the event coordinator at Ocean Lodge. There was no question in my mind that this was exactly what I had been looking for! Not only is the hotel amazing (very beautiful Italian revival)... the food was delicious and fresh (thank you Chef!), and the STAFF made my wedding perfect (thank you Anne, Jackie, Michelle and Bill)! Tina was so helpful and full of wonderful ideas, and every single member of the Ocean Lodge team went above and beyond what I ever dreamed. I couldn't imagine such an important day in our lives happening anywhere else. It was truly perfection. Thank you all so, so much!

Room Tip: All the rooms are magnificent... you can't go wrong. But the higher up, the better view of the o...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tina H, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean Lodge, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Danielle
Our thanks are out to you for selecting Ocean Lodge, and allowing us to play a part in the most memorable experience that wedding and festitives should be!
The photos too serve as a reminder to us of a beautiful couple on their beautiful day!
We are truly delighted to have you and Gui as part of our Ocean Lodge family, and look forward to your return, whenever the occasion, to celebrate your most special of days at our special place in time... Tina.
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Raleigh, NC
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

To celebrate our second wedding anniversary, we had many choices and locations from which to choose. Having returned from Europe 3 weeks ago, we decided to stay state-side and enjoy the Golden Isles of GA. After having a great conversation with William, in reservations at the Ocean Lodge, we decided we'd stay here.

Upon arrival, William and other staff at the Ocean Lodge greeted us with smiles, humor and southern hospitality.

Each room at the Ocean Lodge is decorated in old world style. Original artwork with breath-taking European scenes decorate the walls. Our room, #301, was just what we needed to make our 2 day stay a memorable getaway.

Each suite has 2 full baths, a fully appointed kitchen, a large living room and a large master suite bedroom. The balcony has a spacious sitting area that is covered and can be enjoyed no matter what weather greets you.

The Ocean Lodge is within walking distance to convenient stores, restaurants and a wine shop.

In addition, the rooftop restaurant at the Ocean Lodge offers a menu of just about anything you might want to enjoy for dinner. Try the onion soup and the bread pudding filled with GA peaches.

Full breakfast is complimentary with your stay; and it's made to order - no buffet here. Also, the scones are great with morning tasty coffee.

Always it's wonderful to stay in a special hotel, villa or place of choice. Most of all........those who make the stay special are the people who care about our visit. Just to name a few........William in reservations, Jacky at the front desk, Michelle in the breakfast catering area, Lorna at the rooftop restaurant and last but not least, Joe McDonough, the owner/creator of this Lodge.

As Joe says, he created this for us. You will feel that way. We did.

Enjoy!

Room Tip: Suggest a corner room #301, 401 - All rooms are wonderfully appointed and this side has a wider sea...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wes B, Manager at Ocean Lodge, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. All of us here at Ocean Lodge enjoyed reading your wonderful comments and are certainly proud that we were able to make your stay as pleasant as you described. We are also glad that you were able to enjoy The Rooftop. Hopefully, you will visit us again soon. Until then...Thanks again.

Wes Burgner
Director of Operations
Ocean Lodge and The Rooftop
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louisville,ky
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We had a delightful three night stay at the Ocean Lodge during the last week of September. The staff was just amazing from the time we checked into the Lodge until we departed. Everyone from the housekeepers, wait staff, front desk, and managers could not possibly have been nicer. Our room was not ready when we came to check in because of a large wedding on the weekend so we were upgraded to the Penthouse. Wow, what a suite! We spent a lot of time lounging on our lovely terrace watching the water, shrimp boats and occasional dolphin go past. The Lodge has complimentary bikes and we had a great excursion riding down the beach. The staff also helped us arrange a kayak trip and round of golf at a nearby club. Both of their recommendations resulted in perfect outing both times. It is truly a glorious place.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wes B, Manager at Ocean Lodge, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay at Ocean Lodge. We are glad that you were pleased with the accommodations of the penthouse and always enjoy upgrading our guest when we can. We are always thrilled when we can arrange special activities for guests to enjoy when they are are from the hotel and we're certainly glad that you guys had a great time. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again.

Wes Burgner
Director of Operations
Ocean Lodge and The Rooftop
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Spring Lake, North Carolina
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

We spent our 30th wedding anniversary on St Simons Island, and stayed at the Ocean Lodge. We had one of the best vactions we have had in a long time. We loved everything about the Ocean Lodge.

The decor and location were great, but what sets this place apart is the people who work there. Everyone was very friendly, attentive and professional. They have a nice restaurant on the roof with great views, and the limited amount of suites allows for a lot of personal attention from the staff; including the owner who personally checks on and chats with guest.

They also provide a cooked to order breakfast every morning that is hot and fresh.You have to try their grits!This was our first time visiting St Simons, and the Ocean Lodge. We had a wonderful time and will definitely be going back. We love this place.

Room Tip: Book a suite on the 3rd or 4th floor to get a better view of the ocean. They make very good Martini...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wes B, Manager at Ocean Lodge, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

First of all, Happy Anniversary and congratulations on 30 years. We are very grateful that you chose us to celebrate such a wonderful occasion. We are so glad that we were able to make your first visit to Saint Simons, a memorable one and hope to see you guys year after year. Thanks again for taking the time to review your stay.

Wes Burgner
Director of Operations
Ocean Lodge and The Rooftop
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Bella Vista, Arkansas
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Let me start by saying that we had the least expensive suite at the hotel and it blew my wife away! We stayed at Ocean Lodge for a romantic weekend on the way to a college graduation, and could not have been happier. The room was spacious and impeccably styled. The service outstanding! Since we were from KC, we used it as a base to check out St Simons Island. So it met our needs perfectly!

I think Ocean Lodge is a perfect Boutique Hotel. If you are looking for an active pool and happy hour, if you are looking for a destination restaurant, or if you insist on a room with a view, you might look elsewhere. But if you want a 6star room, with 5star service, and the best breakfast in the area, book the Ocean Lodge.

P.S. I think Ocean Lodge would be a wonderful host for wedding events.

Room Tip: Upper floors have the best views. Otherwise, rooms are all the same.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wes B, Manager at Ocean Lodge, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
Thank you for your kind comments. We are very happy to hear that you were pleased with what we have to offer. I do want to mention that all of our suites have and ocean view. The view gets better as you go up in floors. I also would like to invite you to dine in our restaurant, "The Rooftop", next time to experience a truly unique evening. Thanks so much and we hope to see you soon.

Wes Burgner
Director of Operations
Ocean Lodge and The Rooftop Restaurant
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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

This is a wonderful newish Hotel that just impresses! Truly a boutique hotel. We actually live on the island and always recommend the Ocean Lodge to our friends and relatives when they are visiting. They prefer having their own place and we enjoy it right along with them. It is super convenient to the beach, right across a not busy street. It is walking distance to the village (where you want to be). The rooms are all individual in decor. I could easily live in these rooms. Oh yes... They have a full sized kitchen as far as appliances with a nice little hammered copper sink. The rooftop is awesome for evening cocktails and sunsets. The owner, Joe, is a local guy that makes us all proud. He built this hotel and it's his vision realized. You will never meet a cooler guy. He is the embodiment of a gracious southern hotel owner. I find the person at the top sets the tone and Joe has it set to Southern Cool. Y'all come.

Room Tip: The higher up the better the view, oceanside of course.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Wes B, Manager at Ocean Lodge, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Thanks so much for wonderful comments. It is great to have locals in the area who support us and have had the opportunity to experience all that Ocean Lodge has to offer. We are also very proud of Joe and the beautiful hotel that he has built. It is very rare to find a hotel where the owner has the opportunity to interact with the guests and we are very fortunate to have that. Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing you again.

Wes Burgner
Director of Operations
Ocean Lodge
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

My wife and I celebrated anniversary #22 at the OL arriving just after labor day. This was our first visit back to St. Simons in 23 years despite the fact we live just 4 1/2 hours away in Atlanta. We usually fly somewhere for our anniversary but Carol was diagnosed with breast cancer in July so we just didn't know what to do. When an e-mail offer for the Ocean Lodge came along, that clinched our plans. Friends here in Atlanta who have a second home on St. Simons told us how great the RoofTop restuarant is. We were not dissappointed in anything. Well, let me correct that. I didn't discover until too late that the tire on my free bicycle was flat. Made the trip to the village a little harder. There was a wedding taking place the weekend we were there and so the restaurant was closed both Friday and Saturday nights. We made satisfactory arrangements with Jackie in guest services to stay another night longer than we had planned so we could dine there. The hotel provides beach chairs that we loaded in the trunk along with an umbrella and took them to the best (only,...really) beach on the island, just minutes away. I guess the most important thing to say about the Ocean Lodge is to praise the staff. From the gentleman that collected our luggage and delivered them to the room, to sweet Gloria that served us breakfast and to the friendly people at the front desk, especially Jackie, everyone made us feel very special. The hotel was sold out but never felt rushed or busy. The room is to die for. Not a room actually but more like an apartment with his and hers TV's and bathrooms. And we didn't even have the best one. Ask for rooms ending in "01". If you are wondering, Carol had a lumpectomy in mid-August and the pathology came back good. No chemo is needed and as I write this she is starting radiation treatment. We will definitely return to celebrate our anniversary and one year cancer free, next year. I just hope they'll offer us as good a deal as we had this year.

Room Tip: I don't think there is a bad room but some staff members suggested asking for rooms ending in &q...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wes B, Manager at Ocean Lodge, responded to this review, October 2, 2012
Dear Guest,

It is wonderful to hear that we could make this trip special for you. Anytime that we can make a guests' experience as you described yours, it reminds us all why we work here. We are also glad that you were able to enjoy dinner at The Rooftop. I do want to apologize for the flat tire on the bike. I know that can be frustrating. We have since implemented procedures to ensure that will not happen again. So we look forward to you guys exploring all of Saint Simons on those bikes. Thanks again for the nice review and we hope to see you soon.

Sincerely,

Wes Burgner
Director of Operations
Ocean Lodge and The Rooftop Restaurant
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Property: Ocean Lodge
Address: 935 Beachview Dr, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522-5014
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Location: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Golden Isles of Georgia > Saint Simons Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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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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