Then stay at the Renaissance World golf Village in St. Augustine. This resort is surrounded by golf. Adjacent to the property is the World Golf Hall of Fame, various golf centric activities, two courses designed by golfing legends, and the largest golf shop in the world.
I however don’t care about golf, but stayed here while visiting the St. Augustine area on a family getaway trip. The resort is about 20 minutes from the historic district, and I chose this resort because I am a Marriott rewards gold level member, and was looking to stay within the brand, but at a nicer property.
As a Marriott Gold member, few of the “perks” are available at this property. Gold members generally receive free room upgrades, free breakfast, and free internet access. Of these only the free internet was available (which normally cost $12.95/day). The room upgrade cost $50/night for an upgrade from a standard room to the Jr. Suite. Breakfast is $16.95 for a continental buffet in the restaurant on the first floor.
Since I was with my family, I choose to pay the additional fee for the Junior suite, which is a little less than twice the size of the normal room. This suite provided a bedroom area, a large balcony, and a living room area with an attached bathroom. The normal room must be rather small if the Suite was twice the size, as it was certainly not huge, and at times felt a little cramped with 4 of us.
In general for the caliber of the resort, the rooms were run down. There were stains on the furniture, window dressing, and carpets. The balcony area was a no-go as it was overwhelmed with insects and spiders (more on this later). The bathroom was the highlight of the room, with a decent sized area, and nice stone countertops.
Strangely though, the door to the bathroom and the main door had a gap at the bottom of about an inch (maybe a little more). Looking around the hotel all of the doors seemed to be constructed this way. Below the doors there were granite thresholds, which combined with the gaps, provided a nice reflection to see into the room, or bathroom if you were at the right angle. I strongly recommend throwing a towel down in front of doors if you desire privacy.
Our room was on the north-west corner of the building, which from the balcony provided a terrific view of the golf hall of fame, the course, the putting course, and the pool area below. Aside from the morning maintenance on the golf course, I noticed no distracting noises from the outside. Given the proximity to the Interstate, eastern facing rooms may have some traffic noises.
The biggest distraction on the balcony was the insects. I am not sure what they were, but they were reasonably docile, and content to just hang out on the walls. This however brought spiders, and a lot of them to the balcony. The area was covered with webs, and in the evenings the spiders came out. I saw at least 30 on the wrap-around balcony area. Normally spiders do not concern me much as I am from Florida, and it’s a pretty normal thing around here. These spiders however had a body shape similar to the Widow family, and the nests, and webs were similar too. They were light brown though, so I am unsure what they were. I took caution and prohibited the children from going out once I discovered this. Unless the balcony has been swept clean, I would suggest avoiding it all together. This is a shame since the weather was beautiful and the sunsets gorgeous from our 8th floor view.
The beds were rather firm, and somewhat uncomfortable for me, but the linens were fresh as would be expected at a Marriott. The towels in the room (of which there were only three for the suite that slept 6) were in very good condition for a hotel.
I found that there was also a slight odor to the room when first arriving, and at one time, the sink in the open room was gurgling indicating a plumbing problem somewhere which may have been related to the smell.
Around the grounds is a jogging area, an exercise room (with a sauna), a pool, a playground, a game room (with two xbox-360s with a couple of games), and a billiards room. We took advantage of the small playground, and the pool (with a hot tub). The pool is a large circle shape, maybe 40-50 feet across. With few people at the hotel the time we stayed, we had the pool to ourselves until one of our party was injured from loosen screw on a drain cover underwater. The hotel response was to close the pool, and apologize. They did offer medical attention, but we declined due to the lack of severity of the cut.
Overall there were some good aspects to this hotel, and there were some negatives. I was most disappointed by the lack of perks offered to the Marriott Elite guests. I feel though, that the hotel needs maintenance, and the rooms need to be cleaned better (especially the balconies!). If Golf is your thing, then this is likely the place for you. If you are visiting St. Augustine with the family, there may be better options with other brands.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Explore everything that downtown St. Augustine has to offer! Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center offers a complimentary shuttle for individual guests to and from downtown St. Augustine(based on availability). The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort offers fresh, well appointed accommodations featuring 37 inch flat-panel televisions, sparkling new bathrooms and furnishings, high-speed wireless Internet access, spacious work areas, wet bars and refrigerators among many modern luxuries. Meet in the largest combination hotel and convention center between Orlando and Atlanta. Within 15 minutes of the resort enjoy 108 holes of championship golf, including the Slammer and Squire, located just steps from your guest room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance World Golf Village Hotel Saint Augustine
- Renaissance Saint Augustine
- Saint Augustine Renaissance