I can tell this hotel was not originally a Hampton Inn. It is a bit more unique than your typical cookie cutter Hampton. It appears to be a slightly older property than most Hampton Inns. However, it is maintained very nicely and kept clean. All in all, we enjoyed our stay.
Our room was on the oceanfront side on the first floor. We could not see the water from our room, but the friendly front desk staff offered to let us move to another room (on a higher floor) the next night. The lack of a view didn't bother us, so we decided to keep the original room. It was convenient that we could just throw our luggage straight onto the balcony instead of lugging it down the hallways to the elevator.
The room itself was decent. My least favorite feature was the small size. The furniture was dated and a bit bulky for such a small area. Even though the room was slightly cramped, it was perfectly acceptable. Not to mention, it was free since we booked this stay as a Hilton Honors Rewards stay. For the price, it was excellent!
One thing that boggled my mind was that the inside hallways were about twice as wide as an ordinary hotel hallway. The extra space was filled with tropical plants. This looked very nice and was cool/different, but I think the space would have been put to better use if it had been part of the room itself. Check out my pictures to see what I mean.
Another thing I wondered about was the fact that they had the laundry room in the little house by the pool! I would rather see a concession stand or something besides a boring laundry room on prime oceanfront real estate. Also, other reviewers have noted that random beachgoers who are not staying at the Hampton Inn use the pool. This is true. They also use the parking lot and no one with the hotel cares! I had to drive around for ten minutes one night looking for a place to park.
As far as the service here goes, both the front desk staff and continental breakfast staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast was just your standard continental breakfast and every day it was packed with the usual bratty kids standing in the way, etc (not that Hampton Inn can help that!).
The breakfast area was kind of small, but they open up the nearby conference room for extra seating. Also, in the evenings, they put out freshly baked cookies in the breakfast area! I thought this was a really nice touch! Coffee and tea were available 24/7.
If I found myself at St. Augustine Beach again, I would most likely return to this hotel.
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