I know when we return it will be more like visiting friends. There was a welcoming feel from the moment we booked until we drove away. The location could not be more perfect and sitting on our porch overlooking Charlotte Street we were struck by the onlookers walking by, taking pictures, obviously impressed with the appearance of the inn.
Though often looks can be deceiving, not this time. From the moment you step in the front door you feel surrounded by a much loved home with every possible extra effort made to make you feel comfortable. The inn is immaculate, lemonade and iced tea available at all times along with plenty of ice. There were delicious baked chocolate chip cookies in the living room and I wandered in there for more of those than I should have.
Rod prepared two of the most delicious breakfasts. His waffles were simply "to die for", crispy on the outside yet warm and moist inside with the most amazing (his own recipe) citrus syrup. They were able to serve all 16 of us in the lovely dining room, each of us sharing our own table for 2. Breakfasts were perfect and served with love.
We stayed in the Henry Flagler Suite which is a wonderful room with an amazing jacuzzi and really comfy bed, tons of pillows, one my personal favorite ... almost took it with me. Add to that the ambiance of a "fire" (electric, but so pretty) and it was pretty darned special.
The Inn sits right in the heart of the historic district which was great for me as I can't walk for a long time or long distances due to an old ankle injury. So we were able to walk around, enjoy the area, but return often to our wonderful cool, breezy porch where we could watch the envious passers by.
The Inn offers a time to gather with other guests from 5:00 to 6:00. We went down the first night and were sorry no one else showed up so we didn't go down on Sunday. Having seen photos of guests on the porch I thought this could be a fun time, but this was our only disappointment and it's certainly through no fault of the Inn's. They "built it" and nobody came that night ... no biggie.
Overall, just a wonderful way to unwind in wonderful St. Augustine for a couple of nights. We live in Florida, but this seemed like a trip to another land, like going back in time. I highly recommend a visit to St. Augustine and most especially a stay at the Inn on Charlotte.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Saint Augustine's only 'Adults Only' Inn that ranks in the Top 5 because of clean rooms, our breakfasts, and the Inn's great location. It was built in 1918 so she is an elegant Edwardian bed and breakfast in the heart of the nation's oldest city. We are just steps from the bay front on a brick-lined street. The home has been lovingly restored to reflect its original grandeur and is carefully decorated with antique furnishings and accessories. As a bed and breakfast since 1993, the Inn on Charlotte has become known for its Southern hospitality which, of course, means relaxation and comfort for you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn On Charlotte Hotel Saint Augustine