by Karon Warren
Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, opened in 2006, welcoming guests of Callaway Gardens to a posh, upscale retreat. With 141 guestrooms and eight suites, the hotel provides an intimate experience among the thick pines that surround it without sacrificing service and comfort. In 2011, the hotel underwent a soft goods renovation, followed by new hardwood floors throughout in 2013 to ensure the property retains its high level of style.
Families staying at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens will love the onsite amenities like the restaurants and swimming pool. They also will love the hotel’s convenient location right outside the gate of Callaway Gardens, which can be accessed by a brief car ride or via bicycle on the gardens’ Discovery Bicycle Trail. Staying so close to the gardens means more family time to explore the area, as well as a quick jaunt back to the hotel when everyone needs a break.
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Our Editor Loves
- Swimming pool and hot tubs
- Spacious accommdodations
- Biking distance to Callaway Gardens
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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There are 141 guestrooms and eight suites at the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens. Standard amenities include mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Cribs and rollaway beds are available for $10 per night. Connecting rooms and ADA-compliant rooms also are available. All accommodations sleep up to four guests.
The majority of all guestrooms, this standard guestroom features either two queen beds or one king bed in a 360-square-foot room. It also includes a large bathroom with a separate bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. Complimentary shower gel, shampoo and conditioner are included. Each guestroom also includes a private balcony, mini-fridge, complimentary bottled water, free Wi-Fi, coffeemaker and a 32-inch, flat-screen TV.
The 560-square-foot junior suites feature a separate sitting and living area that is outfitted with a sofa bed, chair, mini-fridge, complimentary bottled water, free Wi-Fi, coffeemaker and a 32-inch, flat-screen TV. In the bedroom, there is one king bed, and the bathroom comes with a separate bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. Complimentary shower gel, shampoo and conditioner are included. Every junior suite includes a private balcony.
At 700 square feet, larger suites include a separate living room with a sofa and chair, plus a workstation. The bedroom has one king bed, and the bathroom has a separate bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. Complimentary shower gel, shampoo and conditioner are included. Like the other guestrooms, these suites also have private balconies, mini-fridges, complimentary bottled water, free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers and two 32-inch, flat-screen TVs.
At 750 square feet, these suites are the largest at the hotel and include a separate living room with a sofa and chair, plus a workstation. The bedroom has one king or one queen bed, and the bathroom has a separate bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. Complimentary shower gel, shampoo and conditioner are included. These suites also have private balconies, mini-fridges, complimentary bottled water, free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers and two 32-inch, flat-screen TVs.
So much fun riding through Fantasy in Lights on bike night! Enjoyed the trolleys in years past. The accommodations first rate as always. Purchase the package with room, breakfast and tickets for Fantasy in Lights. This includes access to all facilities and an ornament to remember your trip. It is well worth it!
We chose to stay here for the convenience to Callaway Gardens and the March of Dimes night walk. Our room had coffee/wine stains all over the floors, broken seats on the balcony chairs, a broken television remote (SEC football!), and partially used hot tea supplies. No extra blankets or towels for this hotel. I called the front desk to request a remote and extra towels at 10:30 p.m. Around 11:50 p.m. a lady knocked 4 times. I was woken up when I realized I heard her try to use a key to enter our door. I then heard the staff member tell the front desk that she had knocked and tried to use the key on our door, but it wasn’t working. A quick call from the front desk confirmed I wasn’t dreaming. ***Since when does a resort instruct staff to deliver towels by just entering a room around midnight!?
The Piedmont Room dining was slightly disappointing. Not because of the staff, but because of the food. French toast and omelette station were underdone. The staff had to dip bread into the egg mixture for French toast and go across the whole station to the griddle. Can you say cross contamination? No gloves or washing of the hands...while the same person stirred and flipped omelettes. Other stations were just okay with lumpy gravy, dry biscuits, and overly rich (cream) grits. The coffee was actually spot on.
Callaway Gardens Lodge Resort and Spa—please consider the same upkeep for your overly priced hotel that you provide for your plant beds, fields, and forests.
On a side note—REPAVE the road where the night walk takes place. Several large potholes were dangerous stumbling blocks. Flashlights cannot help anyone see the problems on these paths as some of these cracks and dips appear very small and are actually more than 5-6 inches.
Visit the gardens and support the local hotels in Lagrange.
Behind the hotel, you'll find a heated swimming pool and two hot tubs, all of which are open for families from dawn to dusk every day. The swimming pool ranges from 3 to 5 feet in depth, with stairs at one end and ladders in the deep end. There is a variety of outdoor furniture, including tables and chairs, as well as loungers with cushions; towels are provided. There is a seasonal cabana bar that serves drinks and snacks.
Inspired by Callaway Gardens' iconic azaleas, the 13,000-square-foot Spa Prunifolia features 13 treatment rooms where guests can enjoy a range of massages, body treatments, facials, and nail and salon services. The spa also includes a menu of men's services like massages, facials and nail services. There's even a "young adults" menu created exclusively for guests ages 14 to 17 with services that include a massage for two (mother/daughter or father/son), a facial, nails and makeup. All guests receiving "young adult" services must be accompanied by an adult.
In addition to these services, spa guests also can enjoy the spa's facilities, including saunas, steam rooms, relaxation lounges and locker rooms on the day of their appointment. The spa is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (subject to change), and appointments are required.
Just behind the hotel, there is a walking trail into Callaway Gardens. While Callaway Gardens is not a walkable destination, guests at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway can enjoy a walk to a nearby picnic area complete with a children's playground. In addition, guests can bike from the hotel into the gardens on the Discovery Bicycle Trail that travels throughout the entire gardens. Guests also can bike to the beach and amenities at Robin Lake, just inside the gardens from the hotel.
This onsite restaurant is open for breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. There are highchairs and booster seats, as well as crayons and color sheets available for kids. A children's menu is available alongside an a la carte regular menu. For breakfast, a buffet is available every weekend (weekday availability varies) that features breakfast meats, eggs, fruits, yogurt, breads and cereals, plus a made-to-order omelet station and a pancake station. On Friday nights, the restaurant features a seafood buffet, which includes crab legs, shrimp, fish, side dishes, a salad bar, soup, and a shrimp and grits station, as well as a large selection of desserts.
This onsite restaurant is open daily at 2 p.m., closing at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at midnight on Friday and Saturday. For lunch, you'll find a selection of small plates, salads and sandwiches; for dinner, you can order any of the lunch items, as well as entrees like flat iron steak, roasted prime rib and sweet tea roasted chicken. Guests can dine in the pub-style lounge, or opt to dine alfresco in the adjacent courtyard. The lounge also features live music on Saturday nights from 8 to 11 p.m.
In the lobby and Ironwood Lounge, you'll find complimentary coffee service in the morning. In the afternoon, you'll find fruit-infused water and apples in the lobby.
At Callaway Gardens, guests will find a wide variety of dining options that are just minutes from The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens. More information on these eateries, including hours and directions, can be obtained at the hotel's front desk.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens does charge a daily $15 resort fee that covers Wi-Fi, bottled water and Callaway Gardens admission; however, many of the hotel's special packages will include this fee.
The hotel has a coin-operated laundry facility for guests to use.
In the 24-hour fitness center, guests will find a variety of cardiovascular equipment such as elliptical machines and treadmills, along with a selection of free weights. There's also a small room for Pilates and yoga. In addition, guests can find complimentary water and towels.
Onsite parking is free for all guests.
Check-in is at 4 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m.
The Art of Smart Timing
The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens experiences high volume from March through December, which coincides with the high season at Callaway Gardens. For the best rates and to avoid the crowds, plan a visit during January and February. Due to its location, The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens usually experiences mild winters with some cold nights. The weather warms in the spring, becoming hot during the summer before turning milder in the fall.
Two airports service The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens. The hotel is 72 miles southwest of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta. The hotel does not provide shuttle service, but the staff does have a list of preferred vendors for a car service. Guests also can fly into Columbus Metropolitan Airport (CSG), which is served by Delta Connection. The airport is approximately 28 miles south of the hotel, and there is no shuttle service. When driving, The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens is easily accessible via Interstates 85 and 185.
When traveling from the hotel to Callaway Gardens, guests are free to drive their car on the short journey, or they can bike from the hotel into the gardens on the Discovery Bicycle Trail. The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens also offers shuttle service by golf cart to the golf courses at Callaway Gardens.
For Mom and Dad
When parents have some alone time, head to Spa Prunifolia for a couples massage followed by a stop in the steam room. After you have time to freshen up, head to the Ironwood Lounge, where you can enjoy an intimate dinner on the patio under the stars. Finish the night with an evening cocktail by the outside fireplace on the Ironwood Lounge patio.