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“Great Funky Weekend Escape”
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Magic Beach Motel
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Vilano Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great Funky Weekend Escape”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

Spent a quick 2 night weekend getaway. Marvelous!! Motel was redone in 2012 and is very clean and updated. Flamingos in the stucco have been restored and are so cute. We booked two king jaccuzi suites on the second floor. Both had a kitchenette with a refrigerator/freezer and microwave. The balcony view (although not right on the beach) was relaxing and we could enjoy the cool beach breeze. Adequate continental breakfast each morning. Only a 1 block stroll to the actual beach which is much more laid-back than the beach at St Augustine Beach. More family friendly for sure. Grocery store across the street and several restaurants within walking distance. Will definitely return when we need a quick relaxing weekend. Only minutes from the historic sites in St. Augustine to the south and nature preserve to the north.

Room Tip: second floor king Jacuzzi with balcony
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

Wow! I don't even know where to begin, this place is great and we can't wait to go back. This was a last minute plan that fell into place. Three girlfriends celebrating Mother's Day weekend in retro-style. This place had everything we needed, stayed in room 204. It has a great balcony to people watch with views of the ocean. We'll be back soon!!!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Orlando, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2014

We recently stayed at the Magic Beach and had a kitchenette with two bedrooms (including a seating area in one) – each bedroom with cable TV, a small bathroom (and small shower – no tub) with a nice eat-in kitchen (table and four chairs). The kitchen had a nice under mount sink, granite counter top, small (but not micro) refrigerator, a two burner built-in electric stove-top, microwave, toaster and small coffee maker. There were dishes, silverware, a few utensils and a couple of pots/pans. The free breakfast was great (dry cereal, packaged oatmeal, packaged sweet rolls/muffins, bagels, cream cheese, jelly, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, bananas, orange & apple juice, coffee, hot tea and milk). You could eat in the area where breakfast was available or walk back to your own room. The bathroom was small, but adequate and there is no shortage of hot water! The A/C worked like a champ and there were ceiling fans in both bedrooms. Vilano Beach is a very short stroll down to the end of the street and the drive into St. Augustine takes less than 5 minutes. This place is clean, clean, clean, very quiet and the owners are very pleasant. My only suggestion would be to replace the futon in the seating area (I know it’s there for an additional sleeping area, but it was very uncomfortable to sit on) and to add more outside chairs so that each room has two outside the room doors. Having said everything, if you are looking for the Hilton, this is not the place for you, but if you want a nice, clean, affordable property that is located a short distance to all the attractions, this is the place for you. You can’t beat the value or cleanliness and you won’t find a better place to “stay” on a vacation. I intend to stay there again and to recommend it to all my friends.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Beverly Hills, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2014

Stayed one night. Staff was very helpful and nice. Original Warner-Brothers sign decorates the motel; a lot of the retro decor is true retro, original! Clean, priced well, simple, but a great find ! Beds very comfortable. Owners were very friendly and helpful. We will be back!

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kansas city
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2014

Stayed 2 nights in April at the Magic Beach Motel in one of the King rooms with a deck. Limited view of the ocean but great place for people-watching and fresh air. Room was very nice and clean with microwave, refrigerator and sink. Internet worked perfectly. Continental breakfast as advertised. One suggestion would be to have information in the room on how to operate the AC unit, as it is rather unique, at least in that room; also breakfast hours, etc. Steps from the ocean, great little community to walk around, with a few restaurants and Publix supermarket. The regular motel rooms are really a bargain, even our more expensive room was way cheaper than any of the surrounding lodging. Would love to return.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2014

We stayed 3 nights. A very nice, newly painted clean room. Loved the heated pool and the proximity to the beach. It was quiet at night. We saw people maintaining the hotel and pool area every day. The owners have a lot of pride in their property.

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Mount Dora, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 26, 2014

This eclectic little gem is highly recommended for those wanting a little getaway in a reasonably priced, very clean motel right off the beach. It is cute as a button and we will be back. Nothing fancy, but comfortable, clean and well priced.

Room Tip: Choose the 2nd floor for an ocean view
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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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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Vilano Beach Hotel Saint Augustine

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