I stayed 2 nights at the Amelia Hotel at the Beach with my 2 teenage sons. We went to the beach and explored the local area.
I made sure to reserve a room with a balcony--at the cost of $180/night--so we would have a bit more room to spread out in the room and also enjoy a view of the beach. If you are thinking of a balcony as a light, airy outdoor space to enjoy a breath of fresh, salty air, you will be disappointed. The balcony was tiny, with a solid wall that reached my chest, so I was able to peek over the wall, but it certainly did not provide a sense of being outdoors. The window air conditioning unit spews noisy hot exhaust onto your legs as you take in the view...and scent...and noise...of the greasy restaurant dumpster area across the street. Yes, you may catch a peek-a-boo view of the ocean between buildings. Between the noise/heat of the air conditioner and the view/smell/noise of the dumpsters, the balcony was a disappointment in every way and certainly not worth the extra cost.
The room was nice but nothing exceptional--it had a fridge and microwave, which was good. The bathroom seemed new and everything was clean. The room had a large TV and a non-carpeted area to place sandy beach items. The bed was very comfortable and was the best part of the room!
They had cookies in the lobby in the afternoon, and the breakfast was standard, nothing exceptional but nothing bad either. The night desk clerk--I think her name is Wendy(?)--was fantastic. She deserves a 5-star, excellent rating for her friendly personality and helpful advice about where to eat etc... The guy at the desk in the morning was the exact opposite...he seemed grumpy and reluctant to replenish an empty item on the breakfast bar.
So, overall, we paid premium prices for an average room. The hotel is OK, decent, and safe...we had no specific complaints (except for the balcony), but there was nothing we just *loved* about this place. We stayed there...once...but probably won't be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amelia Hotel & Suites on Amelia Island features 88 rooms, some suites with whirlpool and balcony with partial views of the beach and ocean. We offer outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi Internet. The famous Amelia Island/Fernandina beaches are just steps from our front doors, and we are just minutes to the historical Fernandina downtown area, and of course, our renowned Fernandina Beach golf courses. We also have facilities for small meetings, Beach Weddings and family events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amelia Island Hotel
- Hotel Amelia Island
- Amelia Hotel At The Beach Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach, FL