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“A Return to the Inn”

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St. Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #9 of 31 St. Augustine B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
florida
Level 6 Contributor
77 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“A Return to the Inn”
Reviewed January 16, 2014

I hate to continue to spill the beans, but this is one of my favorite places to stay in St. Augustine! We have been coming to the St. Francis Inn for several years and it amazes me how consistent the quality of our stay remains! The amenities provided are many and fabulous. The staff and the services they provide are friendly and generous without being pretentious! I love staying here because it is like staying in an era in time past, but having the modern conveniences we enjoy today. That being said, if you don't appreciate history and antiques(reproductions), this may not be the place for you as it is rich in both of those. Modernists beware. Regardless of your taste, in the end you can't go wrong with a stay that is clean, comfortable, friendly and convenient and the Inn includes all of that and more!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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New Port Richey, Florida
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64 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2014

I loved every minute of our stay. My husband not as much. We needed a first floor room and stayed in Maria's room with a small shower bath. The room was small but everything you need is there. You are a few steps from the pool, courtyard and the main living area. The breakfasts were first class, they have a mid morning coffee bar ,an after noon happy hour with free wine and beer and at 8 until 9:30 p.m.t hey have homemade desert set out.

Room Tip: there are three floors and two houses so talk to the inn keepers on what you need
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gulf Breeze, Florida
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2014

We decided to go to a Bed and Breakfast for our wedding/honeymoon. I found St. Francis Inn on TripAdvisor and saw all the wonderful reviews. The Innkeepers were very accommodating for our ceremony on Dec 30, 2013. We were pleased to find out they were pet friendly so we brought one of our dogs along. Upon arrival we found treats and a welcome note for Princess, our sweet Paplillion! She loved the Inn as much as we did! We were traveling alone and I was worried about capturing pictures from the ceremony without the budget for a photographer. Kelly, the Inn keeper I had been dealing with,was on maternity leave, but assured me someone would help me as well as help with my dress if needed. She even messaged me from home and was so helpful. She gave me another Innkeeper Linda's number, whom was just as helpful, Linda even told me she would come in on her day off to help me if needed! I thought that was very nice, but Janice was there and took care of everything. I do not think I could have asked for someone better!!
Mary was the Innkeeper on duty when we arrived and she preformed our ceremony. Mary was very welcoming and accommodating! The day of the ceremony Janice was there to take pictures and helped with the cake , she was WONDERFUL..she managed to captured some great pictures and we couldn't have asked for someone better to help us!We are so thankful that she was there to help!!
We stayed in the Garden Hideaway which was apart from the main house and was very private which was nice.We loved the whirlpool tub and fireplace! The room was spacious and we loved the old charm of the decor.
We enjoyed the breakfast and snacks each night, everything was beyond what was expected. On New Years Eve we were going to stay in but as we went down to the courtyard to take Princess for a walk we were surprised with Champagne and Chocolate Strawberries at our door such a nice surprise! They also had bags made up to make S'mores in the courtyards fire pit...that was a unexpected amenity we enjoyed. We were extremely interested in the haunted aspect of the Inn and of the town and did have some strange things happen in our room to tell about. The day of the ceremony I was searching through my jewelry for my grandmothers broach to attach to my flowers. She passed away in 2004. My husband searched and I did as well , and we found nothing so we walked downstairs then walked back up a few minutes later and it was laying on top of the jewelry, it was not there! Also in the middle of the night we awoke very cold to find the air-condition on the lowest setting and we couldn't get it to turn off, for a few minutes. Nothing scary just some strange occurrences. I would have loved to stay in the main house or at least checked it out because that's where Lily s room is which most activity has occurred.
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about our stay and special day!! We cant wait to return hopefully before our anniversary or at least to celebrate on our first anniversary! I would recommend this Inn for everyone whom is looking for a quaint, romantic Inn with southern charm and hospitality. It is only a five minute walk to the downtown area so it keeps you in a nice quite area if town! Don't forget to tell Zeke the resident cat hello!! Enjoy this Inn and all the amenities...we will be back!!!
We also returned home and looked at pictures to find the two posted with the house from tour one covered in orbs the next most orbs gone...the pictures where taken seconds apart! No explanation for what we see?

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Florida
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

We had no reservation and happened upon this great B&B. While we had the last room with the private bath down the hall, we loved it and would not have traded the experience for a more traditional hotel! Our stay was a great little trip back into the past at the picturesque main house built in 1791 in the quaint historic part of town! The homemade breakfast was fabulous and plenty of options to choose from! The social hour with free wine/beer and liquor in the room was a nice added touch. All the staff are also very warm, welcoming and very pleasant! Will definitely try to stay here again for our next trip to St. Augustine! Loved it!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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New Port Richey, FL
Level 6 Contributor
409 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Went for a post holiday visit and it was rainy and cold but lovely here at St. Francis Inn nonetheless! More families w/young children noted this visit which was great to see. Wilson Ste. lovely. such a huge whirlpool tub and love that wrought iron bed! only qualm was thermostat is out in the hall. hard to regulate actual temperature of suite but we survived. :) great parking, Zeke is a sweetie, all the staff really lovely. dining room too busy/full and too cold to eat breakfast outside our last morning so had to come back for breakfast. food lovely...cheesy hashbrown casserole very yummy as well as strawberry 'soup'! Our favorite place to stay in all of St. Augustine.

Room Tip: main house noisier/older than house across the street.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Palm Bay, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2014

Our first visit was in July then August, now again in January. Both my wife and I plan to continue to visit St. Augustine in the future on a regular basis. Luckily we picked this bed-and-breakfast the first time and continued to come here afterwards. All I can say is what I said in my original review that the location and accommodations are outstanding. The staff is overly accommodating and the rooms are always clean and ready when we arrive. The location of the Inn in proximity to the downtown area is great. If you ever been to St. Augustine a very wonderful little town but parking is very Limited, so leaving your car in the parking lot at the Inn and walking is a great alternative. We also love and picked this Inn originally because it's pet friendly and have been happy ever since. When you look at the value for what you pay between the parking, accommodating staff, more than adequate breakfast, social hour, free wi-Fi and other activities it's quite a bargain. The building is Old and charming and that's all part of the experience of staying in a bed-and-breakfast. As I said before Being pet friendly is important to me and my wife since our dog is part of our family. Somethings you hope never change and this is one of them we plan on staying here many more times in the future.

Room Tip: There are a few rooms at this Inn that are pet friendly however we stayed in Marie's room where...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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samspenmom
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

My favorite place to stay in St Augustine. The best location and very nice and clean. Upon arrival we had chocolate covered strawberries waiting in our room with champagne. I even got vegan chocolate strawberries for my diet. Janice the one in charge of the food services was so accommodating for my gluten, vegan, and allergy free diet.She made me special dishes for breakfast, happy hour, and dessert. The rooms are very
nice, clean, and the innkeepers are so warm and friendly. This is the only place to stay for me in St Augustine.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Property: St. Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast
Address: 279 Saint George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-5031
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Location: United States > Florida > St. Augustine
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #9 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in St. Augustine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — St. Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The St Francis Inn is an historic bed and breakfast with Old World charm, located in the nation's oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida. Individually decorated rooms and suites grace the inn, many with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, and antiques. The peaceful walled courtyard garden is a favorite place to unwind. Gourmet full breakfasts, private balconies and porches, swimming pool, bicycles and evening socials add to the ambiance. ... more   less 
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