This place seems to be relying entirely on its historic value to draw customers and, historically speaking, it is a very unique and interesting place....but don't expect to be welcomed just to step back into the lobby as a sign at the front door makes it clear that you are not welcome to step inside unless you intend to buy a meal, a drink or lodging. We booked a room in advance and were given a rate of $135 but it was upped to $175 when we arrived. Barbara, the front desk clerk, was not the least bit engaging or friendly...and did not give any explanation of amenities--or the lack thereof--that we eventually discovered on our own. There are no rooms in the main lodge/club...only what they call cottages. But don't let the word "cottage" fool you as these are former cottages that have since been divided into 3 or 4 very basic motel rooms with few amenities. Our room was clean and quaint with a decent décor but few amenities. The bathroom has only a very small shower stall, no vent fan, no shampoo, conditioner, lotion or hair dryer. There was also no WIFI, no coffee maker or microwave. The nighttime temperature was down to 40 and the heating system in our "cottage" room was sorely inadequate. The lobby doesn't open until 11 am so there was no place to get coffee, let alone breakfast. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner until 8 pm...so, if you have any problems with your room between 8 pm and 11 am, there is no one to contact--you can't run to the front desk for a hair dryer or anything else. The restaurant had some very good dishes and some mediocre ones. There was no drink menu...just the basic bar stock liquors. When we asked about wine, we were told there was a house chardonnay only--no fine wine by the bottle. Not quite what we expected for the old-time elegance of the dining room. The wait staff made no effort to have their attire match the rest of the ambiance...one was dressed in leggings and a baggy top, another in blue jeans and a third in athletic shorts and top. Our waitress was friendly and efficient, but we simply didn't feel that the whole experience was worth $120 tab for dinner for two. Back to the room, we were given no information for checking out, thought we had seen something about 7 am breakfast but the main building/office/restaurant were still all locked up when we left at 9:30 am. (There is a lot of interesting history in this place but, if you want to see it, I recommend just stopping in for lunch or a drink. The sautéed alligator bites would be a good choice.)
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