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“JUst Perfect” 4 of 5 stars
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Ocean Sands Beach Inn
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   3465 Coastal Highway, Vilano Beach, Saint Augustine, FL 32084   |  
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Vilano Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Stratford, Canada
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
“JUst Perfect”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife wanted to visit the World Gpolf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, but as we were staying in Kissimmee I did not want to drive there and back in one day. Hey! I'm on holidays . So we drove to the Kennedy Space Center in the morning and drove up th coast to this great little retreat on the ocean to spend the night . The rooms are more than adequate, the location was perfect, the price was right, What more could you ask for????????????

Room Tip: 2nd floor on ocean side
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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
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6 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The location is perfect. Directly across the street from the beach and ocean in a quiet beach neighborhood. The views up and down the beach were amazing. The hotel was very clean and well kept.
The rooms are a nice size with all the amenities. The service was wonderful. Debbie at the front desk was very friendly and accommodating. A definite must stay away from the hustle and bustle .

Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my wife stayed the week of the 15th of April 2015. I am a tax accountant and had to get a way for a couple of days. Amenities were excellent. We had a ocean front upper level room that had a great tv (new flat screen) nice bathroom (granite). The room was clean and up to date. A bit small, but accommodating for me and my wife. The location was fabolous being so close to downtown st. augustine, beach front, the outlet malls, etc. The staff was very accommodating and nice. This place is just an all-around great place to stay with an unbeatable location.

Room Tip: Ocean View 2nd Floor is stunning
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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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msample, General Manager at Ocean Sands Beach Inn, responded to this review, 1 week ago
I'm very impressed that a tax accountant was able to come visit us and relax on April 15th! Thank you for all the kinds words and nice review - I will certainly pass along all your comments to the staff. I'm very happy you enjoyed some of the upgrades in the rooms that we have completed like the televisions and granite bathrooms and I wanted to let you know we have more coming. I agree with you on the location and just love our serene, natural setting and our beach that is never really crowded. Again, thank you for the nice review and I look forward to you returning to see our progress in the future.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our stay was fantasic. The rooms are small but the bathtub/shower was great. They have a large bathtub in the rooms with a shower & the bathtub has jets.
The beds are a bit too firm. But overall the hotel was clean, and staff was friendly.
Its right across the street from the beach with private access and that was wonderful to wake up & watch the sunrise then have their complimentary breakfast, which was delicious.
Very pleased with our stay. But only gave 4 stars due to not being able to get the room we requested.

Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
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msample, General Manager at Ocean Sands Beach Inn, responded to this review, 1 week ago
I was very happy to see that you had a nice stay while visiting our little hotel. I do apologize that you didn't get the room you requested, but it sounds like you were able to stay in one of our jacuzzi tub rooms and those are usually reserved as an upgrade. I hope the jacuzzi room met your expectations as many guests enjoy sitting in the tub and watching the ocean or the beautiful sunset right from the tub! Thank you for all the other kind comments - all of us here do sincerely want each guest to have a very fun, relaxing,and overall great stay at our hotel during their vacation.Pleasedo come back for another visit!
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Park City, Utah
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked this hotel because of its proximity to the beach. From the outside the place looks pretty good. But the inside felt grungy and a bit run-down. There's no elevator, which wasn't a big deal as the person at the front desk helped us get our bags upstairs. But for me, it was the little details that say a lot, like the dirt-smudged doors and unvacuumed floors. The room was small and the sliding door didn't lock. The parking lot is small and it can be hard to find a place to park if you get in late.

However, the staff was very accommodating and gave a terrific dinner recommendation. The beds were comfortable and clean. And the oceanfront view from the deck was great. The hotel is right across the highway from a nice, quiet little beach. Traffic was heavy most of the time and it can be a challenge to cross, particularly with younger kids.

Overall, it seems like the place is overpriced for what you get. Like anywhere, you pay for being close to the beach, but it still requires crossing a busy two-lane road. Even at night, noise from traffic often cancels the sound of the waves crashing on the beach. I probably would not stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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msample, General Manager at Ocean Sands Beach Inn, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your constructive comments and I do want to apologize for the issues you raised. We had an extremely busy spring break this year and were full almost every day for a month. Being on the beach like we are sometimes gives us greater challenges in keeping the hallways vacuumed despite doing it a couple of times a day. We have also gone back through the hotel and removed all the smudges on the doors - that should not have happened. We also went through to ensure all the sliding glass door locks work and the secondary security bar is in place.

In addition, we are in the process of further upgrading the rooms with new furniture and fixtures along with new drapes and pictures. I do hope you'll give us another chance to see that the issues you mentioned were an exception and not the normal at our hotel.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located directly across the street from the beach, this hotel could not have a more perfect location. It's funky vibe may not be suitable for everyone, but I told myself it was like staying at a European pensione. Our room was a little small for 4 people (2 of them children) and I was afraid it would be too loud to sleep at night, but there were no problems there. The breakfast room is way too small for the number of people the hotel holds, and crossing the street to get to the beach can be difficult due to traffic. Those who love the beach and don't need the Hilton will love this hotel; more fussy people may need to go elsewhere.

Room Tip: Ask for a second floor room facing the beach to get a view.
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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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msample, General Manager at Ocean Sands Beach Inn, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
What a great and informative review you wrote! Our location is really outstanding and is in a very natural and serene setting along a quiet and private stretch of beach. We are indeed a smaller, focused-service hotel without a restaurant, but there are so many nice places close by that it doesn't bother most guests. Our beach is really great and it's been a great shell season this year with many guests coming back with some wonderful finds. Please come back and visit again, we'd love to have you return for another relaxing vacation.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This quiet little hotel made a great stay for our vacation. I only wish it had a couch or love seat and a screen door for the balcony. The room was a little small but it was well kept and updated. The staff really made it a wonderful stay. I guess that's the benefit of a small hotel was they were able to get to know our habits. One morning, my wife wanted a powdered donut for breakfast and the powdered donuts were all gone. The staff opened a new box of donuts for us and made sure they were available the rest of the week. They seemed to take notice of our habits, for instance, I am always coming for breakfast at the last minute, so they were in no hurry to put the food up. We always took our time getting out in the morning so the staff would take notice of when we would go to the pool to clean the room, etc... The staff was just very accommodating and helpful the whole week for any requests. We didn't have any problems noted in earlier negative reviews so it's apparent when a tenant leaves unhappy, the staff makes sure to correct any issues.
We were very delighted with our stay at ocean sands beach inn and are likely to return in the future. It's a great value at a reasonable price and they really make you feel like family there. The private beach was great too. Enough shells to find little treasures as we found a sharks tooth, horseshoe crab shells, a seahorse, two live starfish that we sent back into the ocean, etc... But the beach still has plenty of sand for those relaxing walks on the beach. I also got up close to a stingray in the water one evening. Close enough to take a video of him. If you want a good place to eat nearby, be sure to visit Aunt Kate's right down the road for romance, a few drinks, or just really good food.

Don't pass up ocean sands beach inn if you want to visit vilano beach or to be close to st augustine but away from all the crowds for your vacation.

Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
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msample, General Manager at Ocean Sands Beach Inn, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for the nice review of our hotel and caring staff. We sincerely want all of our guest to have the type of experience that you enjoyed while visiting us. I love the pictures of the beach finds you uploaded. The beach here is very natural and unspoiled and you are still able to find a lot of great shells, starfish, sharks teeth, and other beach treasures on a regular basis.

I passed along all you positive comments about our staff and they were extremely pleased you had such a great visit. I do hope you'll be able to come back again for another visit as we continue to upgrade and improve our little hotel.
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Address: 3465 Coastal Highway, Vilano Beach, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
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Location: United States > Florida > Saint Augustine > Vilano Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Vilano Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Vilano Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Ocean Sands Beach Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ocean Sands Beach Inn is the only ocean front hotel in St Augustine with a private beach and unobstructed views of both the sunrise over the Atlantic and sunset views over the scenic wetlands and inter-coastal waterway to the west. Our upscale, boutique style hotel has been recently renovated with new granite bathroom, carpeting, bedding, flat-screen TV's, K-Cup coffee makers, and much more. The upscale facilities and amenities combined with a perfect beach location and outstanding service all ensure you will have a truly relaxing and enjoyable vacation when visiting the St Augustine and Historic Coast area. ... more   less 
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