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Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   142 Avenida Menendez, Saint Augustine, FL 32084   |  
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“Just perfection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

My family and I stayed at the Bayfront Marin House for a wedding celebration and just fell in love! The property overlooks the water and the gardens there are just beautiful. The rooms are even better than we could have hoped for, very luxurious with still having that "bed and breakfast" charm. All of the staff there were extremely friendly and helpful, especially the breakfast ladies (they were awesome!!) The breakfast itself was very good and they give you the option of where you want to dine on the property. The location is perfect, just a minutes walk from the downtown and all the restaurants. Next time I am back in St. Augustine I will most definitely stay here!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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BayfrontMarin, Owner at Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
We are so happy that you all enjoyed your stay with us!! We'll be sure to pass on your comments to our breakfast crew--and we agree that they do an amazing job! (They do all the housekeeping, too--so we're extra appreciative of how well they take care of our guests both face to face and behind the scenes!) Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review--and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit!--Mike and Sandy and the Whole Bayfront Marin House Staff
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Value
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West Palm Beach, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Bayfront Marin House for three nights. The first night we stayed in the main building, in St. Augustine, and the second two nights at one of the new beach cottages. Both were great experiences though they are very different.

First, I'll write about the beachfront cottages since they are newer and seem to have fewer reviews. These were recently completed and they are a totally different experience than the main B&B. These are cottages on the ocean in nearby Vilano Beach. Whereas the main house is at the edge of the historic district in St. Augustine the beach cottages are about three miles away. You can't walk to the St. Augustine historic district from them but you can use the Marin House's parking lot to easily drive back and forth.

The beach house is exactly that: nicely renovated buildings on the ocean (well - there is a small marsh but it's as close as any building). There is one building closer to the ocean and another behind it. We stayed in the one behind which still had a great view from the balcony. There is nothing separating the condo's from the beach, so you get a cool breeze and beautiful view; there's a short path to the beach. This is a shell beach though still fun to swim in. It's not harbor: it's the Atlantic, with waves and salt water. There aren't many restaurants on the on the island though we had a full kitchen and there is a grocery store literally around the corner. The beach houses are a great place for a secluded romantic vacation with a short ride to St. Augustine.

The B&B has been more widely reviewed and we had a nice time there too. This is on the edge of the St. Augustine Historic District which was just fine; it's still a very short walk to everything and not as noisy as I imagine that a B&B in the district would be.

Both the beach house and the B&B had clean rooms. Additionally, the B&B had a spa-style tub that was a nice touch for a romantic weekend. Although they tone it down there are also a few high-quality, pet-friendly rooms in the B&B. Next time we go, and there will definitely be a next time, we'll bring our dog. It'd be a nice touch if they'd allow dogs in one of the beach condo's since lots of people seem to play with their dogs on the beach: I've never seen so many dogs on a FL beach (don't worry; there's no mess - guessing the tide washes it away).

My only suggestions for improvement will probably be straightened out over time: they're from handling two separate properties as one. For people who want to stay in St. Augustine it's probably important to clarify that the beach houses are completely different than the main B&B and that walking, because of the big bridge, isn't really practical. As word of the beach houses spread I'd imagine they will also have to clarify that the the main B&B has a nice harbor view but really isn't on the beach. Also it would be helpful if the beach houses had some basic staples in the kitchens; things like aluminum foil, a roll of paper towels, and cooking oil; stuff visitors probably don't want to buy for a short vacation.

Besides the high quality of the accommodations any review would be incomplete without a callout to the great staff at the Marin House. It's an old saying that the people make the business and while the buildings are obviously a vital component for a B&B the staff at the Marin House really make the whole experience shine.

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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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BayfrontMarin, Owner at Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Thank you so much for the nice review!! You're right about making the two properties more separate...we are trying to do that (we've signed up for a new TripAdvisor account but it isn't live yet, and we have a separate website, so we're getting there!) :) They are VERY different...one is town, and one is country!! We're glad you got to do both, and we hope we see you at one of them again soon!! PS--Thanks too for the callout to the staff--we think that they're the best too!!--Mike and Sandy and the Whole Bayfront Marin House Staff
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Having never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast this was a great way to start things out. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I have to give special praise to Mary who was the cook and her staff for the the best southern style breakfasts I have had in a very long time. I have to say her grits were right up there with my Granny's. The other person I want to single out is Brian. I asked him if there is not one person who does not know him in St. Augustine. He gave us a recommendation for a restaurant that was so eclectic and unbelievably wonderful I will be going back to eat there.
The Bayfront Marin House is on my list of "gotta go back to" places. Thanks to all the staff who our stay amazing!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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BayfrontMarin, Owner at Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank *you* for the wonderful review!! We are in total agreement with you on your assessment of our staff...they really are the best! We think Mary's breakfasts are awesome (she's particularly proud of her grits, so thank you for making her day!), and we think there are about two people in town that Brian doesn't know...but he plans on stopping by and meeting them soon! :) Thank you again for all your kind comments--and we look forward to seeing you next time!--Mike and Sandy and the Whole Bayfront Marin House Staff
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Melbourne, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Had a fabulous time! Clean, fresh, great view, very friendly staff. My husband has tough dietary restrictions due to allergies with gluten and milk, and they were able to offer great evening appetizers and breakfast for him everyday. Will definitely be back!!

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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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BayfrontMarin, Owner at Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! Sandy's mom has a lot of dietary restrictions because she has lupus--so we know how important it is to make food that will keep you healthy and still feel special! We're so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us...and we hope that you'll be able to visit again soon! Thanks again--Mike and Sandy and the Whole Bayfront Marin House Staff
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Lakeland, Florida, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

This is a great place to stay! The room was cozy and beautiful. The breakfast each morning made by Miss Mary was awesome!! The entire staff was friendly and catered to our every need. Hour hour at the end of the day was also lovely. Can't wait to go back!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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BayfrontMarin, Owner at Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
We can't wait for you to come back either!! Thank you for mentioning Miss Mary's breakfasts...she has been with the inn since it opened, and we're so lucky that we have her! (She's been experimenting with some new recipes in the kitchen--so stay tuned for more awesome yumminess!) Thank you for the very nice review--and we hope that you can come back and see us all soon!--Mike and Sandy and the Whole Bayfront Marin House Staff
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Pt. St. Lucie, Fl.
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

The Bayfront Martin House Bed and Breakfast is a quaint, delightful, and welcoming. It was an ideal romantic distination for our 29th wedding aniiversary. The staff was cordial and endearing. They remembered the little things and details which made us feel special. The rooms were clean and comfortable, the breakfasts were delicious and timely served, and the overall recommendations made by the staff made our trip to the oldest US city memorable. We expect to return. Robert and JoAnn C.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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BayfrontMarin, Owner at Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
The biggest compliment we can get is when a guest wants to come back--so thank you!! We're so happy that you enjoyed your anniversary getaway...and we're glad that we could be a part of it. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip!!--Mike and Sandy and the Whole Bayfront Marin House Staff
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

This was our first visit to St. Augustine and we were looking for a romantic weekend to celebrate our first anniversary. Thanks to the staff and accommodations we had a wonderful time! The bay view from the courtyard of the Marin House was spectacular, especially at breakfast and the evening Happy Hour. The food and drinks were phenomenal! Our room was very clean and cozy. The décor was beautiful and our favorite part was the Jacuzzi tub. The Marin House is located in the heart of the historic district and everything is within walking distance. The staff was very helpful, always willing to answer questions about the sites and gave excellent restaurant recommendations. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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BayfrontMarin, Owner at Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
We are so glad you chose us to be part of your anniversary celebration! We're glad that you enjoyed your getaway, and that we could help you find the best places to see and eat on your first visit to our city. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, and for sharing so many details about your experience--we really appreciate it! Happy anniversary, and we look forward to seeing you again!--Mike and Sandy and the Whole Bayfront Marin House Staff
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Address: 142 Avenida Menendez, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
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Location: United States > Florida > Saint Augustine
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Augustine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Find romance on the waterfront in our newly refurbished, elegant Victorian inn located right in the historic district. Memories for a lifetime for your vacation, wedding, honeymoon, vow renewal, family reunion. Enjoy a full southern breakfast each morning, a daily happy hour, and lots of other great amenities--free parking, free wifi, free bikes, beach chairs, umbrellas, and the best water views in town. The Bayfront Marin House has the style of the past with the conveniences of today--double Jacuzzi tubs, flat screen televisions, free wifi and more. Come visit us soon!! ... more   less 
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