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“"CUTE, Clean Rooms, Friendly Owners & staff"”
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Magic Beach Motel
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Vilano Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Orlando
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“"CUTE, Clean Rooms, Friendly Owners & staff"”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

We recently stay at the Magic Beach hotel for the second time. The rooms are clean and decorated so cute! You cannot beat the location either, so conveniently located near St. Augustine. The owners and staff are friendly and courteous. We loved the fact that they have pet friendly rooms, which is a must for us! The beach is just a short walk away, as well as, Publix and restaurants! Love this Motel!

Room Tip: Corner room is a two room suite with a seperate kitchen!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Oxford, Ohio
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We just enjoyed a great time here for a "get away from it all" vacation. The owners are friendly and bend over backwards to make sure you are enjoying yourself. The location is perfect: quiet, calm and close to the beach. The room was small and cozy, the wall murals folk-arty and the overall vibe one of old style Florida at its best. It's a great base to tour the many things offered in the St. Augustine area.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

Sitting by the pool now enjoying the whole feeling of relaxation and calm. Love our clean little room. Perfect for a getaway. Vey clean, very friendly staff, and just all around perfect 'old school' Florida beach motel!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Atlantic Beach
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9 reviews
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

This is just what we wanted. It is an adorable property. We loved the neon! All the necessities were there and done well. Everyone was friendly and helpful and really interested in making our stay as pleasant as possible. It is an easy walk to the beach, the grocery store and simple, but good restaurants. Excellent for our get away and I can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: We were in room 203 for 5 nights. We loved sitting out on the decks at night. It is not a large sp...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

The hotel was clean, the pool was beautiful, and the location was superb. One block away from the beach, one block away from the publix and shops. The people who work here were so helpful and very nice. We'll be coming back!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Jekyll Island, Georgia
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66 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Our suite was super clean! I can't imagine keeping these places right next to the beach free of sand, because every time we walked in we had sand on our shoes-we kept our shoes by the door but still, we tracked sand in. The tile floors probably help, but with 5 of us in the room we definitely tracked sand in. After housekeeping came, the floors were super clean and sand-free. I want to know their trick!!

The Motel is within easy (one block) walking distance of the beach (showers/bathrooms available), beach shop, italian restaurant with outdoor seating/live music and bar, and Publix grocery store-it's not full size but it sells all the basics-we needed cold/allergy medicine while we were there and the prices were fine. If you haven't shopped Publix before you're in for a treat-their deli is a great place to get supplies for sandwiches. We love white mountain bread ;)

Here's what you need to know about the suites-ours had one very small bathroom with plenty of towels, shampoo, conditioner and soap. It was a little tight when we were getting ready to go out, but we made it work. Also, the entrance to the suite is thru the king bedroom (with a nice fold out futon), and there is no door to close that room off from the rest of the suite, but there is a door on the queen room. These are the minor downsides to an otherwise great property.

The rooms are brights with every room having a good sized window and blinds or curtains, not much of a view.

The kitchenette has 2 burners, a sink and a generously sized mini fridge (decent size freezer has a separate door from the fridge and would hold a container of ice cream easily). There is zero counter space-the only work area is the kitchen table. The kitchen is supplied with a small coffee maker (the kind that holds 2 cups of coffee). Setup is typical for hotel-pouches of coffee and packets of creamer, sugar, napkin and stir stick. Utensils in our unit included a medium sized serrated knife, forks, knives and spoons, a corkscrew that can also work as a bottle opener, a large serving/cooking spoon (or two?) and I believe there was a spatula. There were several pots-a large pot, saucepan and small saucepan...all with lids. The motel supplied a sponge and dishwashing liquid. We brought cooking oil-if you plan to do any cooking at all I recommend bringing oil/butter, a dishtowel (or you could use a handtowel from the bathroom...) or some paper towels. The hotel supplied a few paper plates, plastic cups and paper coffee cups. We went to the front to ask for some salt and pepper and they happily obliged us by supplying packets of both. We bought paper plates, but I'm sure that if we'd asked they would have given us paper plates or styrofoam bowls from the breakfast buffet supplies.

In my opinion, the kitchen is great for keeping plenty of drinks cold, making sandwiches (Publix is right around the corner!), and maybe some very light cooking. There were only 3 chairs so we couldn't all eat around the table. I recommend going out for a nice big social meal because you probably won't get it if you try to do it in your room.

There are 2 chairs and a little side table outside each room. There are ashtrays available.

The pool is nice and clean-I'm not sure if it's heated but it sure was warm when we were there. There is plenty of nice seating-2 tables with benches and umbrellas and lots of lounge chairs. You can get pool towels from the front desk.

Breakfast is generous-bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, a variety of cereal (including Kashi!), oatmeal packets, milk, juice, danishes/muffins and fresh fruit. They use 2 coffee pots to keep fresh coffee going and there's hot water for tea/oatmeal. If anything is missing, it is not hard to find someone who works there to help you with it. That brings me to my final point...

I really can't say enough about the customer service at this establishment. Everytime I asked for anything, they supplied it immediately and asked if there was anything else we needed. Whenever we saw one of the owners/employees they asked how out stay was and reminded us to let them know if there was anything we needed. They were eager to please and offered great service.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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palm springs, ca
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

This is a renovated 1950's motel about a three minute walk from Vilano's beach. We splurged on the most expensive room ($139 per night). It had two beds a large bathroom with a tiny shower, but a huge jacuzzi tub. There was also a balcony with a peek-a-boo view of the ocean.

The property is immaculate and a great value for the money. I believe that rooms start at under $100. The continental breakfast is filling if fattening and the pool is almost on the street. All in all if you want to be near the beach try the Magic Beach. The surfers park in front to get to the waves!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Magic Beach Motel
Address: 50 Vilano Rd, Vilano Beach, St. Augustine, FL 32084
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Location: United States > Florida > St. Augustine > Vilano Beach
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Vilano Beach
#3 Family Hotel in Vilano Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Magic Beach Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a retro experience like no other, with all the modern conveniences.Each cozy room has been completely renovated and updated. Here in beautiful Vilano Beach, we think EVERY DAY should feel like a Vacation. Just a few short steps from the Atlantic Ocean, there is plenty to do, or nothing to do. Located just five minutes from St Augustine historic downtown, Vilano Beach is known for beautiful family friendly beach. ... more   less 
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