I'll start by saying we stayed here because I was in a wedding being held here, which is apparently the primary reason this place is in business. There were probably three different ones on the weekend we stayed here. The setting is picturesque: huge stately oak trees, spectacular river views, gorgeous old buildings. During the week they also serve as a private dinner club as well.
We stayed in the English room in the main house. It is the only room that doesn't face the river. The main house is very old and the rooms are quaint and unique. With that comes some issues when trying to bring the place up to speed with modern conveniences. The in-room AC was cold but loud. The plumbing is old and temperamental, prepare to spend a fair amount of time adjusting the water temperature. We also had an opportunity to check out the Mexican room (larger room but tiny bathroom) and the rooms in the River Suites, which were basically a modern style hotel room set right on the River. All were comfortable but if I were staying here again I'd go for the River Suites.
If you are in the main house and there is a wedding, you will be part of the wedding whether you like it or not. The noise from downstairs celebrations is inescapable during the event, so don't plan on sleeping until the last wedding is over. On our stay, this was 10 pm but I'm told they can go later.
The River House pub is definitely worth checking out. The miniature bar in the 150 year old house is pretty cool, but there is a dock over the river too that was great to hang out on and drink.
The place is worth a stay, but know what you are signing up for. This isn't a Ritz or a deluxe resort. It's a historic home with accommodations. Ask before you book about events during your stay and choose your eom accordingly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Club Continental Suites is more that just a bed and breakfast. Our fifteen River Suites all have private riverfront balconies and each room offers dynamic views. Completed in 1993, these accommodations offer a one-of-kind overnight experience. The seven individually decorated rooms in our mansion feature a romantic old world ambiance. Of course, each overnight stay also includes a complimentary Continental Breakfast. The on site River House Pub gives an added dimension with lively entertainment, spirits, and good cheer, in a relaxed and casual environment, while our elegant riverfront dining room pleases both the palette and the eye. Amidst manicured gardens, majestic oaks ad aromatic magnolias our dedicated staff looks forward to serving you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Club Continental Hotel Orange Park