Before I begin my official review, let me say that I strongly recommend traveling to St. Augustine in the late fall, winter, or early spring. St. Augustine is a very warm and humid town, and even if you're used to such climate conditions (as I am), you still may find the city rather uncomfortable during the daytime.
Okay... the inn. Simply put, the location cannot be beat. No matter which room you choose, you will be in the heart of the action, within steps of St. George Street, the pedestrian thoroughfare of the Historic District. Though the inn is listed as a hotel, it is much like a bed and breakfast. The innkeepers - Irving, Barbara, Lori, and Paul - are extremely hospitable (like at a B&B), but also stay out of your way and respect your privacy (like at a hotel). Our reserved room was upgraded by the staff to a Santa Maria room, and from reading other reviews here on Tripadvisor, I get the impression that they do this on a semi-regular basis when they aren't fully booked, and that it quite good PR!
While the location and hospitality was excellent, I'd have to give the room itself an ever-so-slightly lower mark. The good: an extremely comfortable bed, large room, mini-fridge, and an enormous balcony with a great view. Even with the complimentary upgrade, they remembered that I'd asked for a view of the City Gates, and the gates were so close to our balcony that we could practically touch them! The not quite as good: I found the A/C to be lacking (maybe the unit wasn't adequate for the room size and the scorching outside heat?), the carpet had stains, and the bathroom was rather lackluster.
The only other complaint I can offer up has absolutely nothing to do with the inn or its proprietors: I was awakened at 5am by what I'm pretty sure was a streetsweeper machine. Not five minutes later it came by again. Also, if you're prone to taking a nap during the day or early evening, just remember that the trolley tours (also the walking tours, ghost tours, etc.) make their rounds all around the St. George buildings.
I didn't try to access the Internet via laptop during the day (supposedly there is a wi-fi signal on the courtyard side of the buildings), but I can tell you that I was unable to get a signal when I tried around midnight.
Summarizing, the St. George Inn is an ideal location from which to explore the Historic District. I'd recommend looking elsewhere only if you or your traveling companion are super light sleepers or have developed a strong affinity for luxury bathrooms.
While in town, be sure to make reservations for a meal at the Columbia Restaurant on the corner of St. George Street and Hypolita (less than a five minute walk from the inn). T-shirts and shorts are okay, at least at lunchtime. Be sure to order the "1905 Salad" with your meal. You won't be sorry. Also check out the Habana Village Cafe at 1 King Street, Suite 108 for simple Cuban dishes and live entertainment on many nights.
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- Also Known As:
- St. George Hotel Saint Augustine
- St George Saint Augustine