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- Wheelchair accessibility
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- Pets allowed
Historical Traveler Reviews Casa de Solana Saint Augustine
We just stayed for the 2nd time at Casa de Solana. It was absolutely magnificent!!! When we arrived Betsy gave us both hugs and welcomed us back and was so glad we were there. We first came in July, 2005 with another couple and fell in love with this special B&B. We stayed at that time in Francesca's Room and our friends stayed in Rosa's Room. We made the reservations and hoped our friends liked what the room we picked for them. Needless to say we all fell in love with this place. This time we came alone and stayed in Mary Mitchell's Room for our Honeymoon and was given Champagne on ice. We absoltely loved this room too, it was so big and so beautiful. Carolee also made us feel so at home and special when we got there. The room was spotless and felt so inviting and warm. It was chilly so we used the fireplace and listened to the CD with beautiful piano music Casa de Solana gives as a gift. The jacquzzi bath was spectacular. We also got a massage from Kelly, which made us feel so relaxed and "mushy",(you will need to reserve a time for your massage). We sat outside our room in the rocking chairs with a beautiful view of the courtyard with the gorgeous flowers and plants. We sipped our coffee and listened as the horse drawn carriages went by on the cobblestone streets. We strolled to dinner at Harry's and listened to great music and had a wonderful meal outside. The breafast by chef Gary was delicious with choices of different coffee, tea and juices. Everyday is a different surprise for breakfast. The tables were set with linen and beautiful plates and silver with fresh flowers. The dining room gave us a warm inviting feeling. Cookies and tea iced or hot and coffee was available just about all day. The evening social hour with assorted wine and beer with delicious hor'devoures was the added touch. It also gave us an opportunity to meet and socialize with the other guests and meet new friends. To top it off dessert was served in the evening. Right before you sleep top off your night with a glass of Sherry,night cap that is provided in each room. Last summer all of us guests even went out to dinner together at OC White's accross the street. We have never felt so welcomed and so comfortable as we have here. Even the beds were perfect. Not to hard and not to soft, just right, especially if you have a bad back. The furniture in the room are made of wood and antique furniture which gives you the historic ambiance that is so acquanited with St. Augustine.
It was wonderful!
My fiance and I just stayed at the Casa de Solana on a weekend get away to celebrate our engagement. We stayed in Francesca's room and it was wonderful!
We had never stayed at a B&B before, and the experience was amazing. The staff was very helpful and friendly, the breakfasts and desserts were delicious.The room was spacious and clean and we were just a few steps away from all that beautiful downtown St. Augustine has to offer.
I would recommend this inn to anyone. It was great!
Warm & Welcoming
We spent two nights in the Mary Mitchell room to celebrate our 30th anniversary. The room was huge and could have used a touch of color, however, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Also got a quick tour of all the other rooms at the inn which all were elegantly decorated and much cozier than the one we stayed in. Delicious food, snacks and the ever present hot water for a cup of tea were appreciated. The inn keeper was very pleasant. The location of the inn was excellent---very near to restaurants, the waterfront, shops, historic sites, etc. Would highly recommend this B&B. The only negative was parking.... several blocks away at the Oldest House Museum.
The best place in Florida
Spent the weekend with my girlfriend and another couple for a birthday surprise. We ended up leaving with friends from all over. The social hour every evening got us in touch with people we would have never met. We were so pleased with the service, new friends, and the amenities that we already made reservations to be back next year. You cannot go wrong with Casa de Solana. We especially loved Carolee, Betsy, and chef Gary. They went out of their way to make sure we had a great weekend. We will continue to choose this B&B every time we are in St. Augustine.
Casa de Solana is a beautiful place, and the gardens were charming. The staff were available and very helpful, especially Anastasia.
The Casa de Solana is in an excellent location, and is a decent B&B. Two months earlier we stayed at the Bayfront Marin House several blocks away. The rooms there were considerably nicer than the one at which we stayed at the Casa de Solana (Theresa's room). It was fairly small and the ceilings were very low. The jacuzzi was in good shape though.
Love this Bed and Breakfast
We just stay at Casa de Solana for our 10th Anniversary. This B&B is beautiful. The staff is very friendly, the breakfast is wonderful. We stay in Theresa's Room. The bed is small, but it was okay for us. The room is beautiful and the jacuzzi. We love also the garden with little benches , water fountains and a beautiful landscape. Perfect for couples. Walking distance to restaurants and places of interest. Sure we are going to stay here again!!!
My husband and I stayed at the Casa de Solana twice, most recently in July '05. We have not been disappointed. The staff is wonderful, very accomodating and friendly. They offer transportation (limo) on some nights but we preferred to walk since everything is so convenient to the location (one block over from Bridge of Lions). The rooms are very clean, and each one has its own "character". Our last room had a very large jacuzzi tub which was a great way to relax after walking around in St Augustines heat all day. The Casa offers a wonderful breakfast including Mimosas and Bloody Mary's on the weekends, if you're so inclined. If you need refreshments during the day, cookies and tea are provided. The nightly social hour of hor d'voers and free beer and wine are an excellent way to start off your evening. The food was not to be believed- the chef at the St Francis prepares everything and it was delicious! During the social hour (which really lasts more like 2 hrs) we were fortunate enough to meet other couples who were very friendly and personable and had a wonderful time hanging out with them. One couple invited us to accompany them on the Haunted Pub Tour (tour guide Maureen is wonderful) and we had a great time. The Casa provides bicycles from its sister property, the St Francis Inn, free of charge which is another nice way to get around. Guests are also allowed to use the St Francis pool .
While searching online for a B&B in St. Augustine, I stumbled across this gem. My husband and I wanted to enjoy the sites and sounds of the city for the first time but also wanted to stay at a B&B to make the trip more of an experience. I hit pay dirt without even realizing it! Not knowing what to expect exactly, we were overjoyed to find that our choice of lodging put us right in the historic district within walking distance of almost everywhere you would want to go- the Oldest House, Flagler College, the City Gates, Castillo de San Marcos. Betsy greeted us upon check-in and made a great first impression, being professional, friendly, and helpful during our entire stay. She provided us with information on the inn's amenities and the area's local attractions and popular restaurants and even arranged for complimentary transportation to the Raintree Restaurant our second night there. The breakfast menus were well prepared and delicious, and the evening social hour gave us a chance to casually chat with a few of the other guests while enjoying wonderful appetizers and a selection of national and local wines. The nighttime desserts weren't too shabby either! We stayed in Theresa's Room, which is small but comfortable and has its own balcony, and I fell in love with the whirlpool tub in the corner. The personal service and small touches, like sherry and flowers in the rooms, really made for a nice experience. The location is great, as the inn is right in the heart of the historic district, just two blocks from Avenida Menendez, the main road that runs along the bay. We walked to some of the city's most popular attractions very easily, and although we didn't take the trolley, it is also a great option for those who aren't able to handle too much footwork. The inn also has bicycles for the guests' free use, if you want. I think we used the car one time in four days, to go to the Lighthouse and then to the Fountain of Youth. Azalea's Cafe is on the same street, and O.C. White's is a block or two away, so good food for lunch or dinner is just outside your door. We were absolutely thrilled to have found Casa de Solana and even sent my parents there for a few nights to celebrate their anniversary a few months later in the Confederate Room, which they enjoyed a great deal. When you compare things, apples to apples, I think you'll find that other B&B's in the area don't offer as much, and the hotels that are farther away offer even less. The price really couldn't be beat for what we got. This wasn't just another stay in a hotel for us. Casa de Solana provided a B&B experience that we will never forget, and we are now planning another trip to visit them next month.
Do not have anything bad to say about this B&B. The staff was curteous at all times, and very accomodating when we arrived early (not a good habit, but we got off the Disney Cruise a lot easier than we thought). The rooms were clean and pretty. The breakfasts were great, and they had both evening pastries and afternoon happy hour. The grounds are well planted. The location is right on the edge of the historic district. The only drawback is parking, a common problem in downtown St. Augustine. The B&B has no on-site parking, but have arrangements with the oldest house site a couple of blocks away. Drop off your luggage and then park the car. You are within walking distance of a lot of the dowtown area, and only about 50 yards from the trolley stop. We had a great time and would be very willing to go back.