I stayed at this HoJo recently and it was decent and basic.
It's a nice location for getting around- both the Red Train and Old Town trolleys have stops in the courtyard and drive through the lot. The Fountain of Youth park is footsteps away, and it backs up to Magnolia Ave- possibly the most beautiful street in America. It's also a pleasant not-too-long walk to the historic district while not, technically, what I would say as actually BEING in the historic district.
Plus, the old-fashioned set-up makes it so you can park directly in front of your room. No hassle to bring your bags in from the car! But that same set-up makes it so if you want natural light in your room you have to be prepared for your room to be very open to everyone that walks, drives, or trolley rides by.
I was very happy to see the trolleys going by and liked being able to catch snippets of what the guides were saying when in my room during the day. Although, the rooms aren't exactly soundproofed and if you don't like hearing the ring of the trolley bells every twenty minutes, it might be a bit annoying.
While I stayed, it was the coldest week Florida had seen in a while and it was a pleasant surprise to find out that the heating and cooling unit in the room did work excellently and kept the room toasty for when I came back after walking around in the chilled air.
A few issues I did have, though:
1) Very few electrical outlets in the room, especially considering the location was recently renovated. To plug in the wall-mounted hair dryer, I had to unplug the microwave. And if I had wanted to make coffee, I would've then had to decide between unplugging the hair dryer or the mini fridge. I had to unplug the alarm clock to charge my phone while keeping it near the bed. And my laptop had to be plugged in on the other side of the room- thank goodness I brought its cord extender!
2) The wind picked up one day and blew my Do Not Disturb sign away, resulting in housekeeping knocking on my door when I very much wasn't expecting it. The man doing housekeeping that day kindly gave me a new sign that I took to shutting half in the door for the rest of my stay. It'd be nice for there to be signs that held up better against the elements considering it's all outdoor access and very open.
3) I extended my stay at one point, having fallen in love with the city, and almost regretted not just going to a different motel when I was treated somewhat like a burden for wanting to give more money to the establishment. But I was treated very kindly when I did check out, so maybe it was just an off night. I almost didn't want to mention it.
4) The internet router and mess of wires in the upper corner of the room was a bit bizarre. Is that the best placement they could get?
The room was pretty clean, though. Some odd blue marks in the tub but nothing frightening, mind you. The double locks on the door made me feel very safe while staying alone. And it was a perfect set up for just wanting to keep to myself and wander the St. Augustine for a few days.
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