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“Great views on a budget!” 4 of 5 stars
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The Saint Augustine Beach House
2.5 of 5 Motel   |   10 Vilano Rd., Vilano Beach, Saint Augustine, FL 32084   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Vilano Beach
Greenville, South Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Great views on a budget!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

Offseason visit Thanksgiving week, with elementary child & small dog. Room had tile floors, kichette with frig, microwave, sink, and utensils. Pullout sofa good for our child but needed extra blanket; Queen bed very comfy with good pillows. No phone, little soap, asked & got extra towels plus beach towels. Right ON beach with great views! No elevator so 3rd floor was a bit toug w/luggage. Couldn't get WiFi to work, even with assistance. Cafe was closed for season & only a few places to eat. Area seems to be in a big slump, but there is building/renovations going on. Overall liked it but felt a bit isolated.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Suwanee, Georgia, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

We spent a week at the St Augustine Beach House last week and I highly recommend it. The staff just bent over backwards to make us comfortable and answer any questions. Our room was on the second floor and we had a fantastic view of the beach, especially the glorious sunrises. There is nothing between your balcony and the beach to spoil the view. The room felt airy and cheerful. As I said, the staff treated us like old friends even though we just met. I really didn't want to leave and I'm looking forward to coming back.

Room Tip: For the best view of the beach, choose a second or third floor room.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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florida
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

All you would expect: Great location for the beach, close to town, big private rooms with balconies, most friendly people pleasing staff. (they hustle for any little need you may have, something severely lacking elsewhere)

No breakfast like the chains but coffee and kitchenette with a restaurant just steps away is a refreshing change. This place may not be modern but it is clean and has character.

I would definitely return and bring my furry babies with me next time.
What a joy of a stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011

Spent a nice weekend, enjoyed the excellent view and being up on the beach. Management staff super friendly and helpful. Condition of rooms need upgrading. Can tell these were condos. Bathroom cabinets screwed shut, lock on kitchen cabinet. Drywall repair in bathroom wasn't finished...taped and mudded, but not painted.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

What a great find!!!
My wife and I were so skeptical about this hotel that we only booked for one night. We found ourselves very fortunate to have been able to extend our visit to 3 nights and would have made it 4 if the room was available.
Clean rooms, comfortable bed and friendly staff made this a great mini vacation. Next time we plan on staying longer.
With all the broken down hotels in St. Augustine this one is a true gem. If your used to the Ritz this is not for you be warned but for the rest, you wont be disappointed.
I his wife cant wait to go back again! The most amazing mini vacation I've had in a long time!! Sunrises that will take your breath away!!
Thanks to all who made it happen!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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South Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

STAFF:
Unlike other reviewers, we found the Staff to be 'distant and non-personable.' We did NOT receive a Confirmation phone call; but rather, we called them (as we were late for the 3pm check-in) and didn't want our room to be given out to someone else. "Well, what do ya wanna know..?" was what I was aked after I told him my name & why we were late, with only short, terse answers to my subsequent questions.

Upon arrival, I asked the woman if they served breakfast and she said no. SHE MADE NO ATTEMPT TO TELL US ABOUT THE CAFE that is connected to the property, facing the beach; and only upon further questioning did she offer 2 other nearby places. No one gave us any information on using Vilano Beach, either.

When we checked-out, 2 other men were there and NEITHER ONE ASKED IF ALL WAS OK, OR IF WE ENJOYED OUR STAY. Just took the key cards and wanted to know what room. NO ONE EVEN SAID THANK YOU.

VIEW:
We agree THE DAYTIME VIEW IS WONDERFUL...and if weather allows, you will catch a beautiful sunrise. You should know, however, THE OCEANVIEW IS COMPLETE DARKNESS AT NIGHT, with only the sound of the shore-crashing waves.

ROOM:
Although evidence of upgrades are noted, our room was overlooked in several areas of importance: old sink, tub, kitchen/bathrm cabinets in desperate need of new. Only 1 mirror over sink w/poor lighting. THERE IS NO PHONE IN ROOM! No Bible. And NO BIG SCREEN TV. High-top table/chairs are nice. Bed is big and comfortable -although your leg can easily hit into the corners of footboard. Walls freshly painted. Clean tile flooring. Re-arrangement of furniture so that sofa and bed can view TV would be helpful to guests.

NOTE: Dogs are allowed in rooms...and even though we knew this, we did not expect to awakened by their barking every morning. BE AWARE.

Room Tip: 1ST NOTE: ALWAYS try for a room on the 3rd floor...That way no one will be clomping back & for...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Chipley, Florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

We were coming to the end of our 10 day motorcycle trip it was raining most of the day and we had planned on staying the night in Jacksonville but there was some convention stuff going on and we couldn't get a room. We decided to just head out towards St Augustine and happened upon this Hotel. The rate seemed a little high so we were going to check some other places, we trudged back out into the rain to discuss the options when she came back out and offered us a better rate. I was so relieved I was exausted and soaked. We got a room on the 3rd floor it was heaven! The room was so comfortable and inviting and the view was amazing.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10 Vilano Rd., 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 Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Vilano Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Vilano Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Saint Augustine Beach House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy incredible views of the Atlantic from your private oceanfront balcony. Spacious rooms offer king beds, kitchenettes, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. A full, hot breakfast is included with your stay. We are just 5 minutes from historic downtown Saint Augustine and within walking distance to several restaurants and shopping. Pets are welcome! ... more   less 
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