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Review of Saint Simons Inn by the Lighthouse

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Saint Simons Inn by the Lighthouse
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103 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

We have stayed in a variety of rooms at this inn in the past & been more than satisfied. Thus we looked forward to this stay & were prepared to pay the extra $43 over the nearby Hampton Inn.

Room 110 was a disappointment. The room was so small that the 2 of us had some difficulty maneuvering. There was a stain on the carpet that looked wet but was really a melted carpet. The wall-mounted glass shelf tiled forward when anything was placed on it. The bottom of the work table was too low for either of us to fit our legs under when using the supplied chair. The very narrow lazy boy chair tipped (throwing me) forward when the leg support was raised, also it was broken. The wall bracket mounted TV tilted at a downward angle inappropriate for viewing. When I tried to change the angle it groaned & appeared about to come off the wall. The lighting was dim due to the strange lamps. The I could continue but in general, my wife's comment summarized it best in our report to Barb at the desk in the morning-" the room was poorly maintained & needs quite a bit of care". Future trips will find us booking the Hampton Inn unless we got a room here of quality such as room 106.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank vacationer342
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Decatur, Georgia
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for two nights for a friend's wedding. First thing to note is - each room is owned by individuals and every room is different. Our room was nice but nothing special, while the room next door was excellently maintained with beautiful decorating. Then a good friend was staying in a room down the hall that was equivalent to staying in a hostel. Not all rooms are created equal but it costs the same no matter where they stick you. Keep this in mind while booking at this hotel.

It has nice curb appeal and the location couldn't be better. It's directly across the street from the historical Saint Simon's Lighthouse and just a block off of the main pier where all the fun bars and shops are located.

The breakfast was included, which is always nice, but was very basic. Just muffins, bagels, cereal, fruit.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ecrweil
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mi
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18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

we spent one night here love that we could walk to dinner and wake up to the lighthouse and a nice walk on the beach great place clean and friendly. i would stay again love this place really comfotable.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank veegie
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Northeast USA
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222 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

We spent two nights here recently and loved it. Great location across the street from the lighthouse and within a block of downtown shops and restaurants. Our room was spacious, nicely decorated, equipped with a nice little kitchen bar with fridge, microwave -- and real (not plastic or paper) glasses. The included continental breakfast was very nice and fresh. The manger was very friendly.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank emeraldisle45
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USA
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157 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

very good location, but the hotel could definitely use some improvements. room is full of strange vases, including 2 large ones on the tiny bathroom counter. even after removing those monsters still not enough room for basic toiletries. there is no bathtub, but 2 showers! cleaning needs also needs improvement. there was a plastic cup with a cigarette stub on the balcony from previous guests. bread crumbs we left on the floor had stayed there till we left. if you consider a room with a balcony, keep in mind that the balcony is tiny and has no view of the ocean.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Roswell, Georgia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

It's a good location walking/biking distance to most anything you need. Kind of a cute, quirky, quaint little place really. However, it could stand some improvements in certain areas.

Pros:
-Good location right across from the lighthouse on a quiet street, close to shopping, the walking beach and the pier, and a short drive or bike ride from the swimming beach.
-Good rates for St Simons, which can be a rather pricey place to visit.
-The room was nice enough for the price - the beds were comfortable, the AC unit worked and looked newish, and the wifi was fast and free.

Cons:
-My room could have been cleaner - I am the white-glove sort.
-The room was on the lobby level, and it was noisy when other guests were coming and going in the middle of the night, I could hear everything. Upper floors may be better in this regard.
-Just a tad bit more effort on the continental breakfast would go a long way. For example, I would never serve a guest of mine overripe fruit. And the staff should not gather in the guest areas in the AM - they need a break room.
- I did not realize this when I booked, but be aware that this is an Inn/Condo with folks with dogs living there year round. I heard some barking, but at least the dogs were quiet at night.
-Outside doors really should auto-lock with key-card access only.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank AlM35235
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Clermont
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

I've stayed in hotels on 5 continents and this is my favorite one!!! For the second time we had a family reunion there March 14-17, 2013, and it was an excellent weekend. I reserved rooms 106, 203, & 205 for my adult children, and I stayed in penthouse. Wow!!! What a fantastic suite. Particularly enjoyed telescope, which I took out on balcony overlooking ocean and lighthouse, and did some star-gazing. All the rooms for my family were excellent choices! Love that you can go on-line and see pictures of rooms since each is individually decorated. Warm, wonderful, helpful staff were so very accomodating. (Special thanks to Barb, Mary Lynn, Kevin at the front desk, housekeeping, and to Jared, the manager!) They set us up breakfast in a hospitality room where we could all eat together and visit during the day with other family members. Coffee and tea are always available in lobby. They also arranged for the trolley to come to the hotel to pick us up for a tour of the island. The location in the village is incredible, with lovely ocean views, across from Neptune Park, where they were having an arts and craft festival, and within walking distance of some excellent restaurants. Group rates make this a fantastic choice for reunions or weddings! There is so much to see and do on this historic island and THIS IS THE PLACE TO STAY!!!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank moultrm
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Tim F, General Manager at Saint Simons Inn by the Lighthouse, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Thank you so much for the kind words! We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve you and your family. I will be sure to let our staff know that they were able to make your reunion a little more special. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your very special occasion.
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Property: Saint Simons Inn by the Lighthouse
Address: 609 Beachview Dr, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522-4804
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Location: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Golden Isles of Georgia > Saint Simons Island
Amenities:
Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Saint Simons Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Saint Simons Inn by the Lighthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Saint Simons Inn, in the shadow of a centuries-old lighthouse, is easily within walking distance to all the shops, restaraunts, ocean and the fishing pier. There are 34 spacious guest rooms, each equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, and cable television. Enjoy a host of complimentary ammenities, including continental breakfast, high speed wireless internet, coffee and donuts, and a swimming pool. ... more   less 
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