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44 Spanish Street

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44 Spanish Street

Sorry guys, but I have one more question, before making my final decision. I received a quote from 44 Spanish Street that is quite a bit lower than the others, which is a good thing. It appears the ammenities aren't as good as at some of the other's we're considering, & there's very limited service on Thanksgiving day. The room is much smaller, but we're used to staying in hotel rooms together. On the plus side, it seems to have a better location than the others. Has anyone stayed here or at least familiar with the Inn? What did you think? I can't find any reviews anywhere on this Inn. Thanks again for your help, & I really appreciate your patience.

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When you say no ceiling fan, do you mean they don't have AC & a fan may be needed? We would be there over Thanksgiving. I can see us needing heat as much as AC, but it would be odd for any home in FL to not have AC. Your mention of fans reminded me that some of the suites had a fireplace & this one doesn't . A fireplace would be nice, if it got cool enough to use it.

The rooms aren't that small. They're just not as big as the suites we're considering. We always get one room in hotels. With only one child, I won't put him in a room by himself, even if it's adjoining rooms. A suite would be different.

I was thinking the map I looked at made this Inn look more centrally located than St. Francis. AJE isn't on the map I saw. Leaving St.F, it looks like we would need to pass this Inn to get to parts of the Historic District. Our DS wants to go to Ripley's, & we'll definitely be going to the Fountain of Youth. Both of these look pretty far from St.F on the map I saw. Do you know how far the walk would be from AJE &/or St. F to 44SS? As I mentioned, I have no 1st hand knowledge of the locations, & this would help me get a better feel for distances on the map.

We will be driving there & need a place to park. After it's parked, we hope to not need our van much, if any. We're not particular about our vehicles, so it wouldn't really matter if it wasn't parked right at the Inn.

Thanks so much for you help. You've been invaluable, during my planning. I do value your honest opinion. It wouldn't do me any good to ask questions, if everyone said they're all great. I can see that by reading the reviews. :p I like knowing the pros & cons of each property, & hearing the little things that are usually omitted from the reviews.

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course, everyone has AC. I am just addicted to my ceiling fan.

I saw this B & B several times on the Christmas tours when it was with another owner and had another name and made these notes. I make notes about all of them because I always have visitors, it seems, with kids or dogs. I didn't know 44 Spanish was dog friendly. The furthest point from one end of historic district (where all of these

B & B';s are located)to the other is 3/4 of a mile. It is really a small town. Do you think 3/4 of a mile is far? It is all relative. I am used to walking all day (12 hours) on a vacation like the one I just returned from in Europe. So 3/4 of a mile is nothing to me....Just depends on what YOU can do.

If you don't need your car, go for it! I always like my car nearby as I don't haul in all my bags, etc. at a B & B. I am constantly going to my car also to put in the things I purchase on my trips, so it needs to be where I am.

The only thing I would worry about is the lack of response regarding this place from readers / and no reviews. I would always choose a place that has reviews......especially if no one responds to the forum. Had too many bad trips before Tripadvisor and always go with a highly rated top 5 B & B or sometimes a hotel in the top 5 on this site now.. 70 or 80 reviewers cannot be wrong.

I just like a common area in case I feel social - don't like just staying in my room(s) no matter how big they are. Like to get out and mingle a bit.

At Journeys End is right near the Lightner Museum (used to be the Alcazar Hotel) ........are you familiar with the Lightner Museum? It is over there by St. Francis, which is the original (oldest) historic part of town as far as hotels, Ponce de Leon (now Flagler college) old homes, St. Augustine Village, Casa Monica, etc.

Like I said if you can walk 3/4 of a mile, you will be everywhere!!! It is not a large town; quite small actually..

With any of them you will be in the thick of things.

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Does the saga continue, or you have narrowed down your B & B?

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My DH called today & put a hold on the Saffron Suite @ St. Francis Inn (Wilson House). I'm pretty sure we're going to stay there. The fact that we would have 3 rooms, w/ doors seperating each room, won my DH over. Even though we're used to staying in one hotel room, he likes the idea of seperate rooms & 2 TVs. Our DS is liking that idea too. Both of them may get spoiled & never want to stay in a regular hotel room again. ;-) Also, St. Francis' ammenities are amazing! We've never stayed anywhere that offered so much for free. We're used to paying for extras & my DH is loving the idea of freebies. :-) If nothing changes, we'll be in the Saffron Suite for Thanksgiving. Woohoo!!!

Thanks for all the help. Now, I'll move on to the fun stuff like food & entertainment. What's your suggestions??? ;-)

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For your first visit to St. Augustine I think you made a good choice with St. Francis, it is very historic and has that feel to it. Our last visit we stayed right on St. George which I loved it becasue it was so convenient and was perfect for my husband who doesnt enjoy a lot of walking around, I missed walking through the historic district with all the wonderful old private homes. As far as places to eat, my favorite is La Pavillon, they have the best onion soup I have ever had. We also love Denoel, a little french pastry shop tucked away on Charlotte Street, the chocolate eclairs are wonderful. The Inn will be more than happy to give you directions as well as other suggestions. You will love this gem of a city.

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We'll definitely check out the other B&Bs in town. I'm really looking forward to this trip. There's so many things I want to do that we'll have to return often. ;-) I don't know what took us so long to plan a trip there.

I'll look up La Pavillon. Do they take reservations? My family's totally opposed to standing in line waiting for a table. <sigh> On a side note, we stayed in a hotel named La Pavillion in New Orleans a few years ago. It's a beautiful Boutique Hotel.

French pastry shop....... now we're talking!!! I can see us making a daily stop there. I wonder how far it is from St. Francis. Hmmm...... Mapquest to the rescue. :p

I'm off to check out Mahoney's other info.

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Everything is close, remember - 3/4 mile to the other end of town - a short distance in my book!

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Ontheroad - Mahoney is right, please dont fret about the location of these places we mention. I am from Tampa as I see that you are and it is nothing like Tampa where you have to drive every where. Everything is walking distance in St. Augustine in my opinion and a beautiful walk at that. Also, if you get tired of walking, they have a trolley that you pay about 20.00 for two days and you can get on and off anywhere you want. When you go you will see what we mean, there is NO problem getting from point A to point B. Yes, I have seen the website for the hotel in New Orleans called La Pavillion and it did look nice. No, you dont need a reservation there, actually, I recommend it for lunch, there is usually no wait at all, have the onion soup and oysters casino..the best!