THE AREA: The hotel is in the underdeveloped portion of South Beach; South of Fifth. Away from the tourist trap which is Lincoln Road, and the packed crowds of Ocean Drive / Collins Ave. Walking distance to the beach and local restaurants are never more than 5-10 mins. Fairly quiet at night, and relatively safe district.
It seems that for every good thing the hotel does, they mess it up immediately. Be warned, a lot of corners are cut at this place:
PRO: Free Happy Hour in the chic hotel lobby, featuring wine and cheese and crackers.
CONS: The crackers are cracked Tostitos brand chips, and only 25% of the bag is used, the cheese is cheddar and pepper jack cut from a block bought at the supermarket, the wine is just bad.
PRO: 20 of the 24 rooms are non smoking
CONS: They don't tell you which room is which, so they'll put you in a smoking room if you don't ask first.
PRO: Free parking on site...
CONS: ...just don't drive an SUV. VERY TIGHT SPACE
PRO: Fairly large loft-esque rooms....
CONS:...with beds made out of concrete. Seriously, the carpet is softer than the beds.
PRO: Staff seems friendly, and helpful...
CONS: ....until they try to stiff you with a random "$20 upgrade charge". Why would I upgrade to the smoking room if A.) I DON'T SMOKE and B.) I DIDN'T ASK OR WANT AN UPGRADE?!
PRO: Rooms come with fully stocked mini bar and closet safe....
CONS:....neither of which work. The safe doesn't unlock and the mini bar doesn't lock. I heard some poor guy lock his money in a safe then couldn't get it back out.
NOW....With all that said, I can say I've stayed in worse places. Much worse places. Hotel St.Augustine isn't that bad of a place, but you just have to go in prepared of what you'll get and what you're paying for. No hotel is perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Restored Art Deco building dating from 1932 & renovated & re-opened 1999. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel St Augustine
- St Augustine Hotel