My family stayed here 2 years ago and we were much happier with the resort then, despite the construction that was going on.
Check-in takes place at one of several concierge desks in the lobby. Our room was not ready at 4 p.m., the stated check-in, but at about 4:45 p.m. Since there were 5 of us, we had reserved a 2 BR suite and were told upon arrival that there are no 2 BR suites in the main hotel - only 1 BR and 3 BRs. In addition, there are apparently no 2 BR suites in the villas that are closest to the hotel - again only 1 BR and 3 BRs.
The concierge said the only 2 BRs were in the villa the furthest away from the hotel and that there was no place to drive and park near to the hotel but that the bellmen would take us back and forth to the villa in a golf cart if we requested this. For the record, we called 3 times from our room for a golf cart ride and never got one. In addition, we twice requested a ride from the hotel lobby back to the villa and were told that they were "too busy" to take us to the villa at those times.
So my advice: skip the 2 BR suites. It's a 10 minute walk (slightly uphill) to the hotel and 15 minutes to the beach & pool under that hot sun. Try to stay in the main hotel.
The suite was huge and nicely (if darkly) furnished. There were 2 seperate bedrooms (one master suite with 1Q , and another bedroom with 2Q). The 2nd bathroom was in the hall. The beds were a little hard, but not too bad, with ceiling fans in each bedroom
There was a very large living room/dining room/ kitchen combined room. The furniture was oddly very large, oversized - even the dining room table and chairs. Combined with the fact that the suite did not get much light, it made for a dark interior, but we just kept the lights on during the day and that worked fine.
The full kitchen was wonderful - full sized refrigerator, oven, stove-top, microwave and coffee maker, as well as a double sink and dishwasher. To our surprise in the hallway there was a washer & dryer. The resort included a one-load starter for the washing machine, automatic dish detergent and dish soap for hand-washing.
The view in this building is terrible, even being on the 3rd floor. We overlooked a road and there was no hope of seeing the ocean even on the higher floors. We would sit on the large outdoor balcony and sometimes had trouble hearing each other as larger cars or trucks passed by.
I remember that bike rentals were free last time we stayed at this resort. Not any more. Now they charge $10 for 2 hours per bike. If you want to play putt-putt on the resort's course, the cost is $5 per person. If you want to take a fitness class, the cost is $10 per class. That didn't strike us as typical of an upscale resort. None of us were impressed with this visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hammock Beach Resort is situated on over two miles of pristine unspoiled beaches just south of historic St. Augustine. With exceptional amenities, such as our recently updated suites and facilities, 36 holes of Signature Golf by legends Nicklaus and Watson, a rejuvenating spa, tennis, marine activities, multi-level water park including a three-story slide and lazy river, fire pits and activity lawns, we’re certain to have all the ingredients you need for success. The resort features 330 luxury accommodations that range from ocean view studios to multi-bedroom condominiums that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Our ballrooms are beautiful, but we’re best known for our five ocean view event lawns that allow your group to some of the most spectacular views on the coast. Our service professionals aim to exceed your expectations and we look forward to welcoming you to our very special place. ... more less
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