Usually I wait a couple weeks before I get around to writing a hotel review, but I could not wait to tell people about this hotel. Hampton's are always good for the price and they have great consistency in their properties compared to other chains, but this property goes above and beyond in every way possible.
I stayed at the Vilano Beach Hampton Inn and Suites last Tuesday (October 14th) for 1 night as a quick getaway from Orlando. I booked this hotel since I trust Hampton's and since this hotel received such great reviews here on tripadvisor (they did not dissapoint). Arrival was as smooth as I have ever experienced, I checked in early and was still able to get to my room immediately and the front desk lady was able to give me some great recommendations for places to eat in the Historic District.
The room itself was exactly as I was hoping for and more. I had reserved an ocean view room with a balcony online, and not only was I given that, but my request for a 3rd floor room away from the elevators was also honored. I was about as secluded as you could get in the hotel, which was exactly what I wanted. The room itself was absolutely perfect, the king bed was simply the most comfortable bed that I have ever experienced in a hotel. The room was spacious with an office desk, couch, and kitchen area with a refrigerator, microwave, and sink. The kitchen area was above what I have experienced at other hotels and even other Hampton's, where the refrigerator and microwave are just in an area of the room together. This area was well designed and very classy, above a typical Hampton. The view of my room from the balcony was great, the ocean was directly in front of you, unlike other hotels where an oceanview room might be anything but the ocean.
The hotel itself was in great shape, I never saw any trash or any parts of the hotel needing repair. The fitness center and computers in the lobby all worked well. The large lobby area was simply breathtaking, as well as the pool and spa area with the nice fountain. The pool itself is fairly normal for a Hampton in terms of size and temperature, the hot tub could have possibly been a little warmer but it was not cool by any means. In terms of the beach, I have seen some reviews criticizing the fact that it is not actually on the beach. While it is not directly on the beach, the walk is simply across the back parking lot of the hotel and across a small road onto the beach. Simply put, you are practically on the beach, it's not like you have to cross A1A or anything. Look at my pictures and decide for yourself if the beach is close enough, for me it was great.
Breakfast in the morning with Reggie was really a nice touch. Usually breakfast hosts are not that nice and just wait in the back until the food needs replacing, but Reggie was out interacting with everything (myself included since there was only 1 other person) and even got the USA Today for me. He made sure everything was good and that I was all set. The breakfast itself is your typical Hampton breakfast, but having Reggie there is another aspect that sets this Hampton Inn and Suites apart.
Checkout was smooth, no issues in terms of that. In terms of location you are only a 5 minute drive from the Historic District and you are practically on the ocean, so you get the best of both worlds. The only reason I would suggest anyone to stay anywhere else in St. Augustine (the Hilton by far was the nicest hotel in that area) is if they will not have a car, as all of the attractions and restaurants are in the Historic District. Other than that, I will recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the area.
My only regret was that I was only able to stay 1 night. This was one of the best hotel stays I have ever had, only Place 'D Arms in the French Quarter of New Orleans is a better experience. In terms of Hampton's or any other chain hotel, this was by far the best hotel I have ever stayed at. This hotel is a great value and is superior to many "upscale" hotels. I hope they keep the condition of this hotel as good as it is and the friendly atmosphere! If you are coming to St. Augustine, you need to stay here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hampton Inn & Suites St. Augustine - Vilano Beach hotel is only 40 steps from the sands of beautiful Vilano Beach. Guests enjoy free hot buffet breakfast, free WiFi, outdoor pool, fitness center and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hampton Inn & Suites St. Augustine Vilano Beach Hotel Saint Augustine
- Hampton Inn And Suites St. Augustine Vilano Beach
- Hampton Inn Hotel Oceanside
- Hampton Inn Saint Augustine
- Saint Augustine Hampton Inn