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The Lodge at Wakulla Springs


    The Lodge at Wakulla Springs
 in Wakulla Springs
    The Lodge at Wakulla Springs
 in Wakulla Springs

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  • Great staff and charm

    by Keith H on 2018-02-10 08:51 am

    I recently had to visit Tallahassee for a work event And decided to stay outside the range of the normal every day hotels.

    The Lodge at Wakulla is where we had our meeting. I will say, that it has some great charm and a beautiful location with rooms that have water views.

    First. it's in a great location in the Wakulla Springs Park. The Lodge offers plenty of hiking trails, a Manatee boat tour, and great meeting/events spaces.

    Second, The Lodge has lots of historical charm as a couple movies from the past were filmed here - The Creature from the Black Lagoon and the original Tarzan.

    The rooms do not come with TV but I actually did not miss it. They do have Wi-Fi to use. Recently, the hotels under new management who is making upgrades to the facility and property.

    As part of the room amenity you also get custom order full breakfast made for you from scratch each morning. Food was excellent.

    Most importantly, The staff was friendly and very attentive. Zack(events manager) and Lexie (our primary dinner attendant) were fantastic and took care of us from morning until night.

    Overall it was a great venue to get together and take in some history.

  • Charm-free

    by Jimbenben2 on 2018-02-03 05:25 pm

    I'm usually a fan of historic hotels, but this one is a charm-free failure. My jaw dropped when I saw the guest room. I'll post photos so you'll know I'm not exaggerating. The room is sparsely furnished with a few mismatched, outdated and worn pieces. The walls are empty and half-painted with measurements written in pencil. The bathtub is made of such cheap plastic that it gives under your feet. And the room rate is $150 per night! In addition, my reservation was lost when I arrived and then, I was given a key to the wrong room. The elevator requires employee assistance, and I watched a disabled guest wait while the front desk clerk opened the elevator door with a wire coat hanger! We'd planned to stay two nights, but we departed early for a better place. Frankly, almost any place would be better.

  • What a disappointment!

    by historyknut on 2018-01-31 03:23 pm

    I stayed at this hotel decades ago in it's heyday but it has been mis-managed & is nothing like it's former glory & charm. We were there on one of the coldest days of the year - The famed fireplace in the lobby was empty. I asked about a fire & was told they were out of wood & had been for 2 weeks. In the middle of a forest there was no wood??? The beautiful lobby was not well-lit & needed a good cleaning. The trademark marble was as dull as old vinyl flooring. The room #33 was the same dismal disappointment. The beds were not comfortable. The heating system was not adequate for the unusually cold temps. There were no extra blankets in the room. The bed linens were so old & pilled, I turned my pillow cases inside. The head boards banged against the wall when you moved the slightest in or around the bed. The floors needed mopping & polishing. The walls needed painting. The hot water was tepid so we ruled out a shower during our stay. When the wifi that was advertised as free to guests wouldn't connect we were told the walls were thick cement & they only had a router with an extender which wouldn't reach all the rooms & we should expect our cell phone's to not work either. This made it very inconvenient to stay on top of the weather as it was predicted to snow & we had a flight out of Atlanta the next day to keep track of. We knew there were no TV's & had hoped to use the wifi. The ball room was closed for meals and the only place to eat on site was the gift shop snack bar. It could have been a nice trip down nostalgia lane. We ordered a sundae in a glass that was displayed on the counter but was told, they were only for looks & were given ice cream in a paper cup. Ice Cream that was old & had freezer burn - all the 4 flavors tried. A coffee station was set up on the 2nd floor near our room - It was ice cold so I asked for it to be replenished. I was told that it was set out in the morning about 6:30 each day and if I wanted coffee (at 5:00PM) I would have to buy it in the snack bar. We went to breakfast at 8:00AM - what a joke. There was one little toaster for bagels and bread - no jams, jelly's or preserves and it took several workers more than 10 minutes to find some marmalade. Apparently there had been eggs but they were out with an hour remaining of their breakfast service. There was a small bowl of strawberries as the only fruit option. The coffee was hot. Even though there were few guests - the tables had not been cleaned. I turned the tablecloth over so I could sit there without dealing with the former guests' mess. It was dismal. We presented our complaints to the front desk when checking out & were given a partial credit for our inconvenience. The staff we spoke with was very apologetic & explained the hotel would be under new management soon. That the current management had stopped providing the services & the amenities because they were soon to be out of there which may have been true but the negligence we observed had been going on for months & years. This could be a jewel of a hotel under the right management. It's a one of a kind place & deserves to be refurbished from top to bottom - then I could see being charged more than $150 a night.

  • Lovely old Florida, wonderful history, beautiful, serene

    by blissbear on 2018-01-29 06:01 am

    large room with water view, we were very comfortable, loved the history of the lodge. The elevator is very old, so much character, so rarely seen anymore. Thankfully, much of the character will remain with upcoming renovations. And the walking trails are quiet, nice for family outings. And no TV's in the room...conversation is once again the prime entertainment. They had breakfast voucher if you stayed the night. Service is slow, but once again, time to converse, and the waitresses we had were wonderful. The staff throughout were always very helpful with anything we needed. We are planning a return visit next year.

  • A beautifully classic! Stunning setting.

    by n s on 2018-01-20 06:03 pm

    Grand old rural hotel/lodge. Beautiful ground floor hall/lobby and 'public' rooms. Bedrooms are sparsely furnished though spacious. This is not a place to come if you are looking for the plush comforts of a high end chain hotel. But you cannot beat it if you are looking for a piece of history in a remarkable natural setting. Complete with hiking trails and boat rides to see the Springs. And don't bring your pets -- you wouldn't want to feed the alligators.


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