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“Beautiful view on quiet beach in a clean and super friendly inn.”

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Ocean Sands Beach Inn
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Vilano Beach
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
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“Beautiful view on quiet beach in a clean and super friendly inn.”
Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

We have been visiting Ocean Sands Beach Inn for years. Every time we visit it gets better. The staff is super friendly, the rooms are clean, and the breakfast is great. The location is the best. Vilano Beach is not congested and is closer to the historic area than St. Augustine beach.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Bagsvaerd, Denmark
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

Visit the Ocean Sands Beach Inn, book a beach front room and you are in for a treat - sun raise with private beach at the doorstep, lovely breakfast and super service by host (Stacy), rooms could thou need to maintainance and tender care.

Room Tip: Book ocean front view room.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

My parents, my husband and I stayed at the hotel last weekend and it was great! The rooms were clean and every staff member we encountered was extra friendly and helpful. The beds were very comfortable. Our rooms faced the beach and the ocean view was awesome! Because it is a small hotel we did not have to walk far to the front desk, kitchen or parking lot. It's an older hotel but the staff and location more than make up for any amenities that you may get from a larger chain. I will definitely be back again and will recommend it to anyone who asks.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Lilburn, Georgia
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

We had a ground floor pool side room and were able to park right next door to our patio. Never parked so close before! Literally two steps off the patio to our car:)It is an older hotel though. It's appeal is the beach not the rooms. But the beach is completely shallow 50 yards out- it was awesome! The beds were nice. Everything was soft, no scratchy towels. Small room, but huge tv that hooked up to our computer right away for our boys to watch movies we brought. Some mildew-ish smell, but to be expected in an older, beach-front hotel. Bathroom could have been a little cleaner. Microwave and fridge were in good condition. You do have to cross a two lane street to get to the beach, but it was no problem. There's a cool little bridge to walk over the dunes to get to the beach. Breakfast was not great but ok- dining room is itty bitty and full sun with no curtain. Old waffle maker, powdered eggs, sausage, potatoes, cereal, donuts and bagels. Can't forget to mention that there's a keurig in the room!

  • Stayed July 2014
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

We stayed three nights and had a great time! Great views, right across from the beach! The rooms were quaint with a decent size refrigerator for snacks! The staff were all nice! Overall, a great value! We will stay again!

  • Stayed July 2014
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

Based in large part on TripAdvisor ratings we booked 3 nights at Ocean Sands Beach Resort. We liked the idea of a smaller (not chain) resort for vacation. The staff at the desk were great! The room was disappointing! The furniture was quite worn, there was some mildew in the tub, cigarette butts on top of the "thatch" roof below our balcony, and dried liquid on the wall by the wastebasket. We were not to be deterred! It was vacation and we were willing to overlook these issues because of the view and the staff. The highway noise couldn't even stop us! But when I took a shower and had 3 inches of water standing in the tub 2 hours later it was time to do something. The girl working the desk was pleasant and polite (obviously new) and attempted to help. Maintenance would not be in until the next morning so she called the manager who offered no solution, and finally stopped taking her calls. Without another place to stay we had had enough at this point and cancelled our room. The clerk was very understanding and explained this had been an issue with other rooms lately. Fortunately (at 10:00 pm) we located a wonderful room at a hotel a short distance away and salvaged our vacation. Due to the staff and the view we might try Ocean Sands again in the future but will only book one night to see if there have been improvements.

Room Tip: Book somewhere else! If you do stay here DO NOT get first floor as you will have no ocean view.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Lazio, Italy
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

It looked nothing like the pictures. The pictures are the same as the hotel however in the pictures the place looks clean. Once we walked in the room you had the stuffy, stinky hotel smell, and you can FEEL the bacteria in the air.

They promoted how beautiful the Jacuzzi suite is! OMFG the tub was gross, the toilet was gross, the stink had hair in it, the balcony had dead bugs stuck in cobb webs, The curtains had a bag with liquid it attached to it, and the bed..the bed looked as if I was sharing it from the pervious guest. sheets had brown stains on them, and the towels had yellow stain on them. Thank god I travel with my own towels and blankets.

Those reviews are not real!

Room Tip: Don't go there!
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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msample, General Manager at Ocean Sands Beach Inn, responded to this review, July 11, 2014
I am very sorry that you had such a poor experience at our hotel. I wish you had said something while you were here, but I cannot find any mention of a reported incident like you are describing in our log book. All of us work very hard to give each guest a great stay and we really want to represent our hotel accurately. These types of incidents and comments are actually very rare and most guests do find our hotel very clean, comfortable, and friendly.

We take our cleanliness very seriously and incidents such as what you have described are simply not permitted. The humidity in the air here at the beach in Florida, in the month of July especially, sometimes can be a problem. The bag of liquid you described was a 'Damp Rid" bag that collects humidity from the air and deposits the liquid in a bag and is placed on the curtain rod in an out of the way place. Our beds are changed between each guest with a completely fresh set and we do not use bedspreads or duvets because we want each guest to have a completely new bed with each stay. I also apologize for any stained linen and that should not have happened. There are procedures and checks in place to ensure this does not happen, but in your case it appears we failed.

Thank you for your comments.
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Property: Ocean Sands Beach Inn
Address: 3465 Coastal Hwy, Vilano Beach, St. Augustine, FL 32084-1723
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Location: United States > Florida > St. Augustine > Vilano Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Vilano Beach
#4 Family Hotel in Vilano Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Ocean Sands Beach Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ocean Sands Beach Inn is the only ocean front hotel in St Augustine with a private beach and unobstructed views of both the sunrise over the Atlantic and sunset views over the scenic wetlands and inter-coastal waterway to the west. Our upscale, boutique style hotel has been recently renovated with new granite bathroom, carpeting, bedding, flat-screen TV's, K-Cup coffee makers, and much more. The upscale facilities and amenities combined with a perfect beach location and outstanding service all ensure you will have a truly relaxing and enjoyable vacation when visiting the St Augustine and Historic Coast area. ... more   less 
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