This was our first visit to St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach. When I called to make sure ours rooms were beachfront, I was told about the machinery on the beach and that our beach access would be unavailable. I panicked and booked a room at another property. However, after calling the Hampton Inn and asking for a discounted rate since our reason for staying there was beach access and now there wouldn't be any, we got a better rate and decided to stick with our original plan and stay at the Hampton Inn on St. Augustine Beach. We lucked out (completely) because there was beach access on all days we stayed but one. The one day towards the end of our trip when the beach was closed, it was closed because of swimming dangers deemed so by the county.
Yes, the hotel is showing its age and needs sprucing up. We had two rooms. My mother-in-law's room had a sliding glass door that didn't close properly. I called and the issue was remedied immediately. Our rooms were clean. The laundry facilities were a plus--I did a load of laundry on 2 different days, and I was the only one using the washer and dryer.
Hotel staff were very friendly and helpful.
I think it is probably pretty hard to keep a beach front hotel in pristine condition. The hotel had absolutely no control in the work being done on the beach, and as I said, it was pure luck that we were able to have the access to the beach that we wanted.
The beach in front of the hotel is wonderful. The first afternoon, the water was way too rough with strong rip-currents. We live in California and are used to the Pacific, but I didn't feel comfortable having my kids swim in the water unless I was right there with them (they are stong swimmers and both on the swim team). That was the first afternoon. The next day was 100% better--not as rough. Maybe we were there at the wrong time the first day with the tide going out.
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