We had been here before--well, not exactly, it was in the rolling hills of Tuscany. But we have not experienced the service provided at Ocean Lodge anyplace in the world.
Some may be overwhelmed by the grandiose decor, oversized and overstuffed furniture and bedding with limited dresser space. But it was great to have the lovely sitting area opening to the balcony with room for company to enjoy the limited second floor ocean view while enjoying a cocktail. The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms (two) nicely appointed. The kitchen was sufficiently equipped and if you wanted something that wasn't there you need just ask. The plentiful complimentary bottled water was replaced each day along with coffee and tea enjoyed before breakfast. Cozy robes and slippers are provided as well.
But the staff! The proprietor explained that they had five minutes of training during which it was explained that they were to treat their guests like their mothers had treated their friends when they were growing up. I would wager anyone who fails to get that message is gone by the end of the day. Seeing the boss roll up his sleeves to help clear the dinner tables surely is a great motivator. Cudos to Joe for his management smarts.
Jackie at the front desk does it all, a full service concierge- maître d rolled into one. She makes it happen. The housekeeping staff does what you expect and more, a teapot and lemon tea appearing in addition to refreshed Keurig supplies. The wait staff remembers your favorites and peculiarities, and serves up a delightful breakfast (eggs anyway you want them, frittatas, omelettes, pancakes, fruit platter, and scones right out of the oven) while discussing your day's activities. Gloria offered to give me her funky earrings when I admired them! Holly on the rooftop managed to arrange a table for dinner on a Saturday night when we made a last minute decision to dine (during a full-house birthday party for the entertainer who seemed to be a favorite with the St Simon locals). We mention a few but everyone was exceptional.
Our bucket list is long, but somehow we need to find a reason to come back here. Thank you all at Ocean Lodge for a splendid stay.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Hotel Saint Simons Island