I've never written a review for a hotel before, and I doubt I will again, but I just got back from a quick stay there with my three kids and the Pirate Haus was the best lodging choice I've made in St . Augustine. It impressed me enough to actually sit down and review it! That's after about ten trips there, and stays in everything from the Hilton to some of the less savory motor lodges. So you read the reviews and the web site and you know you're getting budget lodgings, but the little things make it so much more comfortable than the cookie cutter motels, and the location is way better than any of the larger chains at similar rates.The common room was full of toys(there were at least three of each toy, too, so no fights!), the pancakes in the morning were great, and most importantly, the beds. You don't expect comfortable beds with cozy sheets at any hotel, and these were the best. Clean, soft and snuggly. I didn't expect it from the pirates!
And finally, the staff was just awesome. So accommodating, friendly and truly interested in making sure you were comfortable. With one adult and three kids, I really appreciated the extra hand they gave here and there, without making it seem like any big deal. You don't get that kind of friendliness elsewhere. It was also a perfect adventure for the kids. In comparison, I took them to one of the kid suites at the Universal Studios hotels in Orlando a while back, and the Pirate Haus was WAY more fun and exciting for them. You get an authentic experience with one-of-a-kind decorations and the real kind of wood bunk beds, not just a silly mural of a dinosaur on the wall and a roll-away.
Any flaws you might find are clearly advertised(these guys are honest) and if you're on the fence because of some of it-the tight parking, or the older building-book the room. It is absolutely worth it. This will definitely be my go-to lodging for St. Augustine from now on.
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- Also Known As:
- The Pirate Haus Hotel Saint Augustine