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Hotel on the beach or downtown.

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Davenport, Iowa
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Hotel on the beach or downtown.

We are coming to St. Augustine June 14th - the 17th. I am getting a bit confused on the hotels I am looking at. By the descriptions I am having a hard time figuring out the locations. I would like to spend right around $100 a night. We are looking at either a place near the ocean or closest to downtown. Can anyone reccomend a few place to stay? Would like a pool for the little one in the family.

posts: 397
reviews: 74
1. Re: Hotel on the beach or downtown.

For me, at that time of year, I would want to be closest to the beach. Spend the day at the beach and come to town to see the sights early and late because of the heat. Check out the hotel reviews here. I think the La Fiesta is a good value for a family.

Edited: 4:45 pm, January 11, 2012
Panama City, Panama
posts: 5,790
reviews: 78
2. Re: Hotel on the beach or downtown.

The Beachers Lodge is a good value also.


Edited: 6:40 pm, January 11, 2012
Panama City, Panama
posts: 5,790
reviews: 78
3. Re: Hotel on the beach or downtown.

Avoid Beachfront "Resort" no matter how much of a deal they give you to stay there.

Punta Gorda, Florida
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4. Re: Hotel on the beach or downtown.

we are planning a trip to st augustine in april or may 2012, what are some good hotels ($100 per nite) near the old district so we can just walk the area to see the sights. we are also interested in good food restraunts for dinner and drinks.

Punta Gorda, Florida
posts: 2
5. Re: Hotel on the beach or downtown.

We are planning a trip April or May 2012. What are some good hotels near the old district ($100 per nite) that we can walk to the attractions ? Also we are interested in some good restraunts for dinning and drinks.

Panama City, Panama
posts: 5,790
reviews: 78
6. Re: Hotel on the beach or downtown.

That is still a very busy time in St. Augustine, so book soon.

The only one I would suggest within that price range is The Cozy Inn, clean, close to trolley train and very near your budget. If you find others within your budget, DO read the reviews first as they may be old, and moldy and worse, I am afraid. Always check reviews PRIOR to booking.

They have one "bad" review, but all others are great. I always take into account that some people complain and want 5 star accommodations at 3 star prices!

enuf said.

Edited: 7:09 am, January 19, 2012
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7. Re: Hotel on the beach or downtown.

St Augustine is the only coastal town in Florida that I would rather stay downtown than on the beach. For locations, Google one of the main attractions like the Castillo De San Marcos, the Lightner Musuem, or my favorite southern rock bar (The Tradewinds) to see if your hotel is walkable. Almost all of the hotels on US 1 are not walkable to the main historic area even if they call themselves "Historic District". Rates during the week are usually much cheaper than on the weekends. On the weekend, $100 per night in that area might be a little tough. During the week you may be able to find something on the normal travel sites.

St. Augustine, FL
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8. Re: Hotel on the beach or downtown.

Another idea would be the Bayfront Inn - pretty good reviews on TripAdvisor. Rates right now (weeknights) are about $99 per night - might increase during spring & summer. Great location - in the heart of the historic district and walkable to everything. I have no personal experience with it, but basing my suggestion on other reviewers and tripadvisor and walking past it every day!

Altamonte Springs...
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"we are also interested in good food restraunts for dinner and drinks."

Here are my restaurant recommendations, based solely on my personal preferences... and 21 years of enjoying their cuisine:

For Lunch

Café Alcazar (25 Granada St, Saint Augustine, FL 32084-4387) is a true hidden gem…and is definitely off the main tourist path. It is a small restaurant located in what was once the deep end of the world's largest indoor swimming pool, now the Lightener Museum building. The food is quite good (I love their curried chicken salad.) and the atmosphere is absolutely unique and very conducive to conversation. They don't take reservations and only serve lunch. If you have trouble finding them, you can phone them at 904-825-9948. Check out their Trip Advisor reviews: http://tinyurl.com/5qlvrq


For Dinner

Old City House http://www.oldcityhouse.com/

Outstanding breakfasts and dinners. Located just steps away from the Casa Monica.

The Raintree http://www.raintreerestaurant.com/

The Reef http://www.thereefstaugustine.com/index.html?

This is the place to come for Sunday brunch. Try to request a window table when making your reservation.

Saltwater Cowboys

(My personal favorite for ambiance and value combined)


Gypsy Cab Co. http://www.gypsycab.com/

Creekside Dinery http://www.creeksidedinery.com/

Le Pavillion http://www.lepav.com/

Purple Olive http://www.purple-olive.com

Casa Maya

This tiny restaurant offers fresh, organic ingredients to make the most delicious Mayan dishes.

17 Hypolita St

St Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 217-3039

And, for a special treat...you should try Collage http://www.collagestaug.com/ It is strictly a special occasion restaurant, but if you like good service, warm & relaxing ambiance and a creative, eclectic menu, this restaurant is a wonderful experience. They do everything right!

Honorable mention


(Perhaps the best shrimp in town. ZERO ambiance, no reservations, reasonable prices)


You'll notice that I did not mention the Columbia restaurant. IMO, their food is good, but not as good as any of the other restaurants I have mentioned.

Saint Augustine...
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