This photo of The Surf Lodge is courtesy of TripAdvisor
"We arrived on the Monday after Labor Day, pulling into the car park to be greeted by the smell of their [trash cans] being emptied, which was extremely unpleasant. Old fish and heat is not a good combination.
"At dinner, we wanted to sit out in the restaurant and have a drink before ordering our meals. Apparently, this was a massive problem. If we wanted a drink, we couldn't sit in the restaurant, despite our intention to eat there. We were even told to come back in half an hour. Eventually, after sighs and eyes rolled by the maitre d', we were shown to a table so rickety that anyone in their right mind would have thrown it in a [dumpster] long ago. We were told that this usually is balanced up against a wall, but not today. As it was, we'd have been better off eating off a plank of wood balanced on a beach ball.
"There was a girl reading a book in the corner we assumed was a guest, who turned out to be a server. I'm not sure now how we ascertained this, as she did absolutely nothing to help us during our entire stay. Ah yes, we asked the front desk for some sugar to go with the lukewarm coffee. At this point, the server managed to stop reading long enough to pop into the kitchen to get some. The next day, this would be my job. The following day after that, I didn't bother asking.
"As we waited more and more people came in asking if the restaurant/bar was open, indicating us when they were told it was closed. Eventually, we were told to pretend to be friends of the front desk girl rather than her have to explain the situation over and over. I don't know about you, but I don't want to have to pretend to be a friend of the staff just to justify sitting in the lobby of a hotel that I'm staying at."