Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast

Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast

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5.0
#1 of 22 B&Bs in St. Augustine
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Located in downtown St. Augustine's historic district, directly on the water, this St Augustine bed and breakfast, Bayfront Westcott House, was built in 1880 as a private residence for Dr. John Westcott who was well known for his prominent military career, interests in transportation and politics, and research efforts in the cause and cure of yellow fever. He was a land surveyor for the St. Johns Railroad (whose tracks spread from the San Sebastian River to Tocoi) and was a heavy hitter in the development of the Intracoastal Waterway that links the St. Johns River to Miami. The house changed hands a few times over the years and saw its fair share of soirees amongst St. Augustine's elite. In the 1970s, it was converted into a guest house and has been entertaining tourists and travelers ever since! Today, Bayfront Westcott House is a 16-room, full-service bed and breakfast. Every room has a private entrance. Most rooms have a Jacuzzi tub, electric fireplace, and outdoor sitting area.
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Property amenities
Free private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Water sport equipment rentals
Windsurfing
Couples massage
Adults only
Concierge
Wifi
Coffee shop
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Bowling offsite
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Full body massage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Room features
Allergy-free room
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Iron
Private bathrooms
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Bay View
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Languages Spoken
English
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146 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084
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Great for walkers
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Nestled by the waterfront, Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast is often celebrated for its comfortably elegant rooms adorned with antique furnishings and praised for their cleanliness. Guests are consistently impressed by the welcoming and attentive staff who add personalized touches to their stay. While the hotel's prime location near downtown is a highlight, opinions on value vary, with some finding it a bit steep despite the exceptional amenities like gourmet breakfasts and social hours that are frequently lauded.
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Travelingfl wrote a review Mar 2020
Satellite Beach, FL
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Where to begin to try and describe this extraordinary bed & breakfast. As you walk up to this elegant and historic inn, you will notice everything is impeccably maintained. The staff at the Bayfront Westcott House should be the model for every hospitality establishment. They are truly second to none. They are warm, informative, and they will do anything to make your stay perfect. The rooms at the Bayfront Westcott House are impeccably clean. The rooms blend the best of modern luxury while still maintaining a historic inn. High quality linens, soaps, and hot water will greet you. Before you walk to dinner (as you are walking distance to everything in downtown St. Augustine) enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and hors d' oeuvres served daily. Imagine sitting on the covered porch looking out at the Matanzas Bay sipping your wine and feeling a slight breeze across your face, and hearing the inn's water fountain gently cascading. All of your stress will slip away. This inn is geared towards adults. A more refined atmosphere. In the morning you are treated to a gourmet breakfast served to you by the amazing staff. This inn runs like a well oiled machine. Free parking is included in your room rate. The parking lot just a few blocks away, and you are able to load and unloaded your luggage in front of the inn. If someone should have a complaint about this inn, than honestly your dealing with an unhappy person who could never be satisfied.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Andrew and Joy Warren, Owner at Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast
Responded Mar 7, 2020
WOW and WOW ! Thank you so very much for the amazing review. We love to hear that all our hard work and dedication to our guests is so appreciated!! In today's busy world where time to relax and relieve some stress is hard to find, we are glad the Westcott House and our staff achieved that goal for you both. Please remember those great feelings and know we are always here for you!! See you soon.
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DiDI wrote a review Jul 2020
St. Pete Beach, Florida
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Words can not express the level of service, beauty, care, and cleanliness that this B&B exudes. Our stay was nothing less than perfect. Every request was taken care of immediately, down to the smallest detail of leaving ice in our room before the staff left for the night and remembering my preference for vanilla creamer with morning coffee. The breakfast was delicious, filling, and excellent quality. Afternoon snacks were a mini meal with a nice selection of cheeses, fruit, crackers, and wine. Everything was spotlessly clean, great quality, and done with comfort in mind. The location is close to everything you would want to see while staying in this historic city. You will not be disappointed. We are already planning a return visit in October largely to stay at this B&B.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Andrew and Joy Warren, Owner at Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast
Responded Jul 29, 2020
Our words cannot express our gratitude for this great review! We are here for you and love to pamper our guests. Thank you! We look forward to your return in the Fall.
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Rachel S wrote a review Jul 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Bayfront Westcott House was absolutely delightful! The staff were amazing and could not do enough for us. The owner Joy obviously loves the inn, as her touches of hospitality are reflected in the exceptional service and personal touches you receive. The rooms are decorated beautifully, beds are comfortable with soft fresh white linens. Breakfast was homemade and delicious! Happy hour included a gorgeous cheese and fruit platter with wine daily, served whenever we wanted. The decks are comfortable with spectacular views of the inlet, bridge and famous lighthouse. They provide beach chairs, umbrellas, beach towels and waters for guests to enjoy. Don’t miss out on staying the the Bayfront Westcott House!! We will be back for sure.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Andrew and Joy Warren, Owner at Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast
Responded Jul 7, 2020
It was great to have you and your family here. We are so happy you enjoyed everything. See you next time!
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Johntesh18 wrote a review Jan 2020
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and i live 45 minutes away and we decided to go to ST. Augustine for a long birthday weekend. We love this city and have stayed at many places but none as friendly and attentive as the Baycott. From the minute we stepped on the property the entire staff introduced themselves and were friendly, informative and ready to help.
There are lots of choices for breakfast and the food is awesome. There is also a 5 o'clock happy hour with snacks, desserts, wine and beer. The location is only two blocks from downtown and the river and all the boats are just across the street . Spectacular views from the porches and many balconies....this our new go to place to stay. Thank you Joy, Ryan and all your staff for a great weekend.
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Date of stay: January 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Response from AndrewJoy, Owner at Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast
Responded Jan 19, 2020
10 STARS! Thank you so much for this outstanding review. We also really appreciate you sending those great photos. We hope to see the two of you again soon.
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Alicia H wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This bed and breakfast had a lovely honeymoon special including breakfast in bed with mimosas, hour long couples massage and a free happy hour. Everything you want to visit is walking distance and any accommodations needed are done for you. My husband and I will be returning to celebrate our anniversary!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Andrew and Joy Warren, Owner at Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast
Responded Mar 2, 2020
Thank you! The Bayfront Westcott House can be your destination for any celebration. Ask and you shall receive is our motto and we will accommodate your every need! See you for the anniversary.
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jaime p wrote a review Nov 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our first time staying in a bed and breakfast. It was a very special occasion so I wanted something high end that would make us feel spoiled. The Bayfront Westcott didn't disappoint! The rooms were nice. The breakfast was AMAZING and catered to exactly what you need or want. The service was outstanding. We were treated like royalty. Unlimited non-alcoholic drinks all day and free beer/wine during their happy hour, with dips and cheeses. I may or may not have gotten just a giant plate of cheese. My advice to new comers is to look at the location of your room before booking. We had a room in the newer second building. We preferred this because we had a private entrance. Many of the rooms are inside the main house and you will have people walking by your room/door often. I imagine it would cut down on the privacy and "romance" a bit. The location is perfect walking distance to all of the St. Augustine attractions and a such drive to the beach. We will definitely be coming back!
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Date of stay: November 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: ask for a room not in a main area of the house for privacy
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Response from Andrew and Joy Warren, Owner at Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast
Responded Nov 15, 2020
We really appreciate your kind words and lovely review. It is always nice to hear how much our guests enjoy their time with us. We look forward to your next visit.
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Charles and Naree wrote a review Jun 2020
Jacksonville, Florida
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After COVID hibernating for two months we made the short trip to St Augustine for a wedding anniversary get-away. Discovered this gem while looking for a waterfront view. We were not disappointed and the stay exceeded our expectations.

On arrival we were met by Ryan, the manager, who greeted us warmly, showed us the room and identified highlights of the property. As this was our first time staying at a B&B, his help throughout the weekend was always appreciated.

We stayed in Anastasia, a lovely room with hall access to the wide second story balcony overlooking the bay south of the Bridge of Lions. Large bathroom with a soaking tub. While the tub is designed as a jetted tub, the jets have been disabled on account of health department rules on recirculating water. Hopefully when the COVID threat has passed the jets will be restored. No matter, we enjoyed soaking after a day of exploring the town.

As it was our anniversary we requested roses and a card to be placed on arrival. The staff did an exceptional job and allowed us to bring the vase home with us.

In lieu of the social hour in and around the dining room, the B&B offered a nightly cheese and fruit plate delivered to the room. Once again, the attention to detail was apparent.

Sleeping was comfortable and quiet.

Breakfast was top flight with several delicious choices. The wait staff went above and beyond ensuring our culinary satisfaction.

All in all, a simply wonderful weekend. While the accommodations were exceptional, the care and attention of the staff was even more so. Every question and comment was received with patience and a smile. Equally important was the friendliness of the other guests. All those we had the pleasure of meeting had stayed here before. We made some lovely new friends too.

I am afraid this will become our "go-to" place for future weekend escapes.
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Date of stay: May 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Andrew and Joy Warren, Owner at Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast
Responded Jun 2, 2020
It was lovely to meet you both. Thank you so much for your kind words. We absolutely enjoyed helping you celebrate your anniversary. Our staff is pretty amazing and we are grateful for each and every one of them. See you next time!
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John & Mia Lore... . wrote a review Jan 2021
Raleigh, North Carolina
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We do not customarily stay at B&Bs but this property seemed to check all the boxes of what we were looking for in our one night stay at St. Augustine and it did not disappoint! We were greeted with information that was helpful to our stay; free parking a few blocks away (after unloading in front of the house); walking distance to most EVERYTHING; wonderful food; super comfortable bed; awesome bed linens. The room was a picture of perfection when we entered. One thing: the descriptions of the rooms are very accurate and if you are wanting a certain type of onsuite bathroom be sure to read the descriptions. Our onsuite was perfect for our needs - it appears to have been a converted closet. if someone was wanting a larger bathroom, they would not have wanted to have been in our room. we loved everything about the stay. wish we could have stayed longer.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Room Tip: read the website descriptions of the room before making your choice!
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Response from Andrew and Joy Warren, Owner at Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast
Responded Jan 9, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review. We truly do appreciate it. We are so happy that you celebrated your anniversary here with us at The Westcott house. Happy anniversary and Happy New Year!
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DeeR wrote a review Sep 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have always wanted to stay at a bed and breakfast. This certainly set the bar high and made my birthday getaway so very special. The room was really clean and well set up. The balcony and outside of the room were well-lit at night. I thought it was great that complimentary bottles of water were included in the room. The birthday package exceeded my expectations. Although I saw pictures online and knew about the package add-on, the special touches and attention to detail still made it a sweet surprise. Breakfast was delicious with lots of choices. The staff was wonderful and made me feel special throughout my stay. They were so attentive. Even, the newest staff member Austin was knowledgeable and helpful. He answered my many questions and even provided a restaurant recommendation which we absolutely enjoyed. I hope to return again one day.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Response from Andrew and Joy Warren, Owner at Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast
Responded Sep 30, 2020
We are so proud you chose us as your first B&B experience! It's a bonus you let us help celebrate your birthday also! Thank you for your review and all your kind words. Please do return soon.
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dflachjr wrote a review Jun 2021
Sarasota, Florida
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Almost excellent—almost

We stayed for 5 days and 4 nights in the Caroline room. The room was charming, comfortable and well appointed. The entire inn was beautiful throughout.

The staff was very friendly and accommodating. In fact, two of the staff were very, VERY helpful and knowledgeable about local restaurants, attractions, and happenings and helped us plan much of our stay.

Breakfast—every day—was exceptional. Both my wife and I are vegetarian and had certain dietary restrictions at that time and all of our needs were met without a hitch.

A couple things came up that, in my opinion, earned “almost” excellent status:

The happy hour was charming, but the hors d’oeuvres plate comprised of all store-bought food. The cookies in the parlor were store-bought. They did such a nice job at breakfast I am sure they could pull off some wonderfully creative fresh made cookies and snacks!

My biggest complaint is noise. While we absolutely loved the waterfront location, there was quite a bit of construction going on. And while I know this is uncontrollable, we could have been told. And, we specifically asked for a quiet room.

And regarding the noise, our room was on ground level, directly outside the breakfast and meeting area of the B&B right next door. So, early every morning and every evening we had people gathering right outside our lovely bay window for breakfast and social time. Good for them—I am glad the guests are having a good meal and a fun time. But again, I would have appreciated that my request for a quiet room would have been honored.

In the end, I do recommend staying at the Bayfront Wescott. Just make sure you have a candid discussion with the staff about the noise and how your room’s location might be affected
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Press the staff to be forthright about construction noise and outside dining areas.
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Response from Andrew Warren, Owner at Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast
Responded Jun 21, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to send us this review. We genuinely appreciate your feedback and we will use this to serve you and others better in subsequent times. We are all also looking forward to the construction of the new restaurant to be finished a few blocks away! We hope to see you again in the future.
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Hi, we do have one room that has two queen beds, it is Elizabeth's room. Please call he inn and we will gladly help you with room availability for your selected dates. Thank you
AmArty asked a question Jan 2017
Brookfield, Illinois18 contributions4 helpful votes
Are you a sister B&B to Bayfront Marin?
Answer from sahmomof3
Cumming, Georgia41 contributions30 helpful votes
no
Vinnystix asked a question Sep 2014
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Are you Pet friendly?
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So sorry for the delayed response. This is a relatively new TripAdvisor feature, and you are the first person to send us a message. I am sorry to report that we no longer have pet friendly rooms.
George Tweedy wrote a tip Jul 10
5 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking can be a process especially with the busy traffic"
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Megan H wrote a tip Jul 7
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plan to walk everywhere! There’s a free lot a few blocks away from the B&B and the city is very walkable. "
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MamaWinkWink wrote a tip Jun 2024
Orland Park, Illinois6 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Definitely take advantage of the breakfasts and social hour!"
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Renee L wrote a tip Jun 2024
Bethesda, Maryland12 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just sit back and enjoy."
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Carol E wrote a tip Jun 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"A beautiful spot to unwind after a full day of seeing all the sights!! "
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast
Which popular attractions are close to Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include Magic Hideaway (0.3 miles), Ximenez-Fatio House Museum (0.1 miles), and Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a concierge.
Which room amenities are available at Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an outdoor dining area, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast?
Yes, free private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include Casa Reina Taqueria & Tequila, The Kookaburra, and Gaufres & Goods.
Is Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of St. Augustine.
Are there any historical sites close to Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Old Jail Museum (1.4 miles), Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (0.6 miles), and National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios (1.1 miles).
Does Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
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