My husband and I recently stayed at the Bayfront Inn on our first visit to St. Augustine. We definitely liked the location of the Bayfront -- walking distance to the old town, right across from the waterfront, yet a block away from where it gets noisy. We stayed in an upstairs queen room and found it perfectly roomy enough. There was a desk, a small sitting area, an ironing board and a hairdryer too, and the bathroom was small but had a nice tub. I liked the sink on the outside of the bathroom. Everything was very clean. The only thing missing was that the room didn't have a mini-fridge, which would have been nice to store leftovers from eating out. The views from outside our second floor room were quite nice. Our room was quiet, and we thought the decor was better than average for a hotel. Not exactly quaint and romantic like a bed and breakfast, but it was cute and well appointed, and we did enjoy the free chocolates! Although I'd read reviews about the mildewy smell and had worried about that, I didn't smell anything weird, and I have a good nose. Maybe the smell in some rooms is worse than others? There is a free breakfast, but it is pretty plain -- oatmeal, limited selection of bread, apples, yogurt, and orange juice and coffee. I'd suggest that making available some hardboiled eggs, a wider variety of fruit (e.g. oranges, bananas), and some whole wheat bread wouldn't be adding too much yet would make it feel much more satisfying. However, free is a good price, and we enjoyed having our orange juice and coffee on the deck watching the sunrise over the water. We found the front desk staff to be very pleasant and helpful when we asked them questions about where to eat, etc. They let us keep our car parked in their lot for a few hours after we checked out so we didn't have to pay street parking while we finished some sightseeing. I got a AARP rate of $109 for our room, which I think in a tourist town is an excellent value. We were overall quite happy we picked the Bayfront, and unless we'd want to spend much more on a room than on eating and shopping, I think we'd stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bayfront Inn's waterfront location, on Matanzas Bay, is in the heart of St. Augustine's oldest historic district dating back to 1572. Walk to historic sites, restaurant, shops or sit by our pool for a relaxing day. Enjoy bay breezes and watch horse carriages stroll by while sitting on the porch or gazebo. Accommodations at the Bayfront Inn are newly renovated and feature a light pleasing decor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bayfront Hotel Saint Augustine