We just returned from a four day stay in St Augustine at this hotel. If it weren't for the location of the hotel, it would not have much to offer. As in previous reviews, I would agree that the outside looks somewhat charming, the inside leaves much to be desired. We did not come across anything outright disgusting, but the rooms and facilities could definitely use more thorough cleaning and upkeep. They are a regular size hotel room, but are quite dark and dank inside. It is a pet friendly hotel and perhaps one would have better luck requesting a smoke free/pet free room. So, here are the good and bad:
Good: Location is good. Outside of the direct historic district, but within walking distance of most attractions. The Fountain of Youth is directly behind the property, so close you can hear the peacocks. The trolley sightseeing tours (which I would recommend by the way) stop directly at the hotel as there is a large 600 year old oak tree that is on the historic trolley route. There is a great pizza/italian restaurant a bit down the road (Borillos, I think) and a Dairy Queen and liquor store directly near by. So if you want to use the trolley or walk, the location is good for both.
Bad: Rooms dark and dank, breakfast is sparse (two kinds of dry cereal, toast, bagels, juice, coffee- no baked goods were ever available when we were there although it is stated as part of the selection and the fruit available wasn't suitable to feed to farm animals), the pool was full of leaves, quite cold, and the entire pool area was actually closed one day due to high winds (?)
After sightseeing around both the historic and beach area of St Augustine, there are tons of hotels that would probably offer better conditions within the same price range. We didn't have a horrible experience, but I definitely would not choose this hotel again.
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