First of all, those of you looking for a cookie-cutter hotel are in the wrong place. This is the "specialty lodging" section. The Pirate Haus is a hostel, which may be an unfamiliar concept for many Americans. Hostels are informal, social, self-service, budget accommodations. If you must have a TV in your room, can't live without a restaurant/lounge in the lobby, and/or want to remain anonymous - stay at a hotel.
This particular hostel has both dorm rooms and private rooms. The dorm rooms (one co-ed and one female-only) sleep 8 people in bunk beds, have lockers, share a bathroom and do not include parking. The private rooms accommodate from 4-6 people in queen beds and bunk beds (perfect for families), have private bathrooms and mini-fridges, and do include one parking space per room. There is also a communal family room with TV/DVD, computer, books, games and toys. Wi-Fi is available throughout the Haus. Guests also have use of the kitchen and a guest fridge and are expected to clean up after themselves. The pirates make breakfast pancakes and coffee for the guests. There is also a deck with tables and chairs where you can eat or just hang out (it was quiet and shady in the afternoon). 10pm quiet time is strictly enforced (but you are welcome to party on St. George street until the wee hours).
My teenage daughter and I stayed in the jungle room for three nights. It is very spacious and quite comfortable. The Wi-Fi works great - we had no problems streaming a movie on my daughter's laptop. The guys who work at the Haus are very friendly and gave us good tips on places to eat and places to avoid (shout out to John - thanks for the conversation!). It was nice to be able to park the car on arrival and walk everywhere. The only negative was the city garbage truck that came around at 6am - so you might want to bring ear plugs if this bothers you. A couple people said that the church bells woke them up, but I find that sound peaceful so it didn't bother me. Would definitely stay here again!
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- We offer the best value lodging in the heart of the downtown historic district. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Pirate Haus Hotel Saint Augustine