Best Western’s Palm Coast is a good alternative to expensive hotels in Saint Augustine, especially during the weekend, because it is less than a half hour south of the oldest city in Florida on I-95, exit 289 if I have good memory. But don’t trust my memory and check with your GPS before leaving the expressway!
If you prefer to take my usual scenic road A1A by the ocean, you will go as far as FLAGLER BEACH (North of Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach), then take SR 800 going west (you could hardly go east because that’s the Atlantic Ocean…) until a couple of blocks before I-95. Then, you turn right on “Old Kings Road”, which runs parallel to I-95 on the east side, to go north for about ten minutes or so, until you reach “Kingswood Drive” where you turn left for about half a block. BW is on your left hand side, right before a Choice Hotels “Sleep Inn” which is on the right hand side. There is another way, north of SR 800, but you must pay $2 bridge toll.
I stayed there on Tuesday July 24, 2012, before spending one night and two days in Saint Augustine (you may want to read my review of the “Quality Inn Historic District” right here in Trip Advisor); then I returned to the BW for another night on Thursday July 26.
Both nights I got king room 201, a corner room at the other end of the building with an external corridor, facing “Old Kings Road”, for only $55 because I qualify for the “State Employee’s” discounted rate, since I teach at F.I.U., which is a public university. Normal rate is about 20% higher, which is still very good for the type of room that I had. Naturally, all rates include the usual buffet breakfast, for which you pay $15 + extra in Europe!
It is true that this is a rather small room by US standards, as small as the one I had at the Best Western “Hôtel de la Poste” in Troyes, France, where I slept on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. If you are planning a trip to France, you should absolutely spend at least a couple of days in this wonderful city, with plenty of buildings dating from the fifteenth and the sixteenth centuries, together with several medieval churches. In that case, you may want to read my comment about this Best Western “Hôtel de la Poste” in Troyes, France, that I also posted in T.A.
But in spite of its small size by US standards, this room has a king bed (which makes the room seem smaller), a big desk (three times as big as the ones you find in European hotels!) with an executive chair and a comfortable club chair to watch TV, something that I’ve seldom found outside of the US! It also has a coffee maker, a refrigerator with a big ice compartment and a microwave, which you will never find in Europe or in South America. The only place where I have seen a microwave outside of the U.S. is at the Quality Inn “Bibliothèque François Mitterrand” on Rue de Tolbiac in Paris, where you will pay four times the price I paid in Palm Coast! If you are going to Paris, you may want to read my review about this hotel, where I give practical information about public transportation to go from CDG airport to the city center, which might be helpful for you.
I must say that, besides its size, there is a downside to this room 201. In Florida, when the bathtub is too filthy, instead of spending a few weeks scrubbing it with lots of Clorox, as I did with mine when I moved into my current apartment in Miami Beach, they just paint it!
This is what they did with the bathtub of this corner room. The problem is that the paint is gone in several spots, showing the black bottom of the tub! This is outrageous for a Best Western hotel, but that’s why I always travel with my beach rubber slippers, even when I go to famous chains such as BW, HI, etc., including SPG!
On the other hand, this place is less than one mile from a shopping center with a Wal Mart, a Sonny’s restaurant and several other stores. One block from the hotel, there is a CVS and you will find a Starbucks another block farther. There is also a Cuban/Mexican cheap restaurant just about three or four blocks away, on Old Kings Road, called “Los Amigos”, for which I also posted a review in Trip Advisor.
Finally, this hotel is located in a charming area with plenty of trees all around and you should give it a try on your next trip to Saint Augustine.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.