St. Francis Inn Bed And Breakfast
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Historical Traveler Reviews St. Francis Inn Bed And Breakfast Saint Augustine
A little Old World with a Few Updates
My wife and I stayed at the St. Francis Inn for four nights at the end of July. After reading some of the Tripadvisor reviews I was a bit nervous about what we would find upon check-in. I was more than happy with the whole St. Francis experience and unless you are only fond of sleek, new hotels with large bathrooms and high-end furniture I think you will enjoy your stay as we did.
First, All the staff (especially Carolyn and Bev) and guests we met were very friendly without compromising privacy. The Inn is just that...an Inn and not truly a bed and breakfast where there are required seating times for morning dining. We loved feeling almost at home relaxing in the sitting room or gathered around the dining room tables in the morning or during the evening social hour, or just sitting in the beautiful courtyard relaxing in the evening.
Second, The food was great and substantial. Breakfast was different every day and always had two "main course" options including lots of eggs and casseroles. We hardly ate lunch our whole time in St. Agustine as we ate a late breakfast and then waited until 5:30 when food was again provided in the dining room along with beer and wine. Again, there were enough hor's doeuvres to ruin your evening meal if you weren't careful.
Third, the accomodations were somewhat dated, new linens and shower curtains would have really made a difference, but the place was very clean and there were some obvious renovations that had been made within the last few years especially obvious in the pool area which was great for an afternoon dip to cool off and in the bathrooms which had new tile and updated fixtures. The wood ceilings and the window shutters were amazing. Much of the carpentry must be original as it's intricacy would be too expensive to recreate today. The house was built in the 18th Century and I thought it was in great shape. We stayed in the Balcony Room, but there is a larger balcony that's shaded and overlooks the courtyard which is open to all and and more comfortable with a ceiling fan.
Finally, We also took advantage of the proximity of the Inn to everything and the parking (which is is short supply in St. Augustine). Once we parked our car we didn't get back in it until we left. We borrowed the Inn's bicycles and rode all over the town and even out to The Inn's beach house which is about a six mile ride (but very easy to do if you don't mind sharing the road with cars). We walked to dinner every night and had our final meal at La Parisienne where the cuisine was superb and the atmosphere quite lovely.
We will definitely return. Next time with a Uhaul to bring back all the inexpensive antiques we couldn't fly with.
This was our first time at a B&B, the inn was dated inside. We staying in the Balcony Room one of the most expensive rooms, the room was comfortable. Although sleeping was terrible the road noise was terrible the street cleaner can through and sounded like it was in our room. It is right above a stop sign and believe me it was nothing but quite The room was clean, the fireplace did not ever give the illusion of a real fireplace. The breakfasts were good. The social hour was okay, nothing special. When I was booking the reservation I had researched online I noted that with a 2 night stay you got you choice of 2 packages the Scooner that was a boat ride or a walking tour package. They told me to choose when I got there. Upon arrival they did not mention either package and when I asked they said that nothing was noted and would check. When they got back to us they said that the only package there was was the Scooner with a bottle of champange in your room. Was disappointed that what was online was not available. Most of the people seem friendly. The pool was really dirty both days and if a pool is important, I would not consider.
Nice,but needs work
We just returned from the St Francis, and I must say I was a little disappointed-especially because of the rave reviews. The place was just a little too old looking inside. Not a cool kind of old but bordering on the seedy kind of old. Pool was dirty but rooms were pretty clean. Food for breakfast was not that great. Lots of breads and English muffins and everything made with cheese. Need fresh fruit and a good kind of coffee. Everyone seemed nice.
Needs more comfortable beds & better groundskeeping
I've stayed at the St. Francis Inn a few times. The last visit was in 2004. The staff was friendly and helpful as always and the breakfasts are really delicious. The koi pond is a great touch and the location of the inn itself is one of the best in the city. The off-street parking is a great perk!
However....the last time I was there I booked the Garden Hide-Away room which is in back of the main inn over a raised area next to the small outdoor pool. I have to say the double bed was extremely uncomfortable (as was the The Ballerina Room bed I stayed at one other time) and the room itself was TINY. Not necessarily overpriced because there IS a 2 person hot tub next to the room but still.... The only other complaint would be that the grounds were in terrible condition. Tons of dead leaves everywhere. I don't think the place had been raked in months. Kind of ruined the ambience of staying in this usually lovely historic inn.
I'll be visiting St. Augustine again next month (staying at a different b&b this time), but will make a point of walking by the St. Francis to see if they've improved their groundskeeping any. If they have, I might consider staying there again.
Adore this B&B!!
My husband and I have stayed at the St. Francis several times over the past seven years, sometimes with the whole family in the Cottage and sometimes just the two of us for a romantic getaway. For the romantic trip we stay in the inn. Marie's room is our favorite so far. The owners and staff are very friendly and the breakfast is delious. The only negative I have is the coffee is too weak. On Friday nights sometimes they have the local actors in costume come and interact with their guests during the social hour. Their social hour is from 5:30 - 7pm nightly. They serve a nice assortment of beers and light wines with finger foods. We find that we can get away from it all at the St. Francis. The Inn has several fringe benefits and discounts to the local attractions and is very knowledgeable about the various restaraunts in St. Aug. We will be going back!!
St. George Street Historic Stay
After going to the same resort in St. Augustine for years and driving every day to the same historic area we couldn't seem to stay away from, we decided to find a place closer to town. We found the St. Francis Inn at the end of St. George St., close enough to walk to the historic area in the event someone in your party wants to go elsewhere and take the car. They have a private lot for parking for their guests and it's a nice change to walk places instead of having to get in the car. On Sunday mornings after or before walking to church, we would find a special place on St. George for breakfast if we didn't want to partake of the one served at the inn.
The inn offers accommodations for everybody, from a single person to a family of six. You can either stay at the main inn with several suites (one of them supposedly haunted for the thrill seeker in you), or you can stay at the Wilson House across the street where you enjoy a living room, sleeper sofa and separate bedroom, or if the family is bigger you can stay at the cottage (used to be an old slaves quarter), where you have your own kitchen, dining area, living room with sleeper sofa, 2 bathrooms, and two bedrooms upstairs. It's a wonderful feeling after a day of roaming around or just being a tourist to feel you're coming home to a cozy environment. One evening while watching TV in the cottage, my daughter said she could hear an owl. I went outside and sure enough, we couldn't see it but could hear it clearly and tried to follow the "hoot" across the street. Without noticing, we found ourselves sitting outside in the garden area listening to the sounds of the evening and forgot about the TV.
Every evening they have snacks, apperitifs, wine and sodas for their guests, as well as coffee or tea. For those that must have a pool, there is one you can cool off in. We loved it so much, we're going back in March for a week during Easter and I can assure you it won't be the last. We stayed at the cottage and at the Saffron Suite in December and are planning on staying at the main building in March - more to come! This is really the only way to enjoy St. Augustine - word of caution, after you've been at one of the famous walking ghost tours, you'll be glad to see the lights of the Inn getting closer as you also find yourself picking up the pace.
Our stay at the St Francis Inn was delighful! We stayed in the Wilson Suite in January and found it to be charming and quite comfortable. The inn is well located in the heart of historic St Augustine within walking distance to shopping and restaurants. The staff is friendly and helpful and the accommodations are clean and well maintained. Breakfast was lovely! The use of the beach house amenities was wonderful. It is an inn we highly recommend.
Outstanding service, nice rooms, close to everything like restaurants, old city, shops, will be baxk soon!
A living history
We stayed at the St Francis Inn for 5 nights in November 2003. The room was very small (even by British standards!) but quite comfortable. The people there were very welcoming and the breakfasts were great! Especially the strawberry soup!!
It was the kind of place where it was easy to get to know the other guests, particularly over complimentary wine, beer and snacks in the evenings and we'd certainly recommend it. It's pretty close to the city centre and everything is within easy walking distance.
Wonderful unless you get scared easily
This place is truly a favorite of mine. It's cozy, offers great food at all hours of the day (included with room), bikes, free parking, walking distance to historic area, and comfortable rooms. Now, the rooms vary in price, and the cheaper ones are rumored to be haunted. We had a very interesting experience there too... the closet light turned on at 3am (my fiance was awake and saw this). He ignored it and told me the next morning. So I got up to look in there. This is an OLD house..1700's. There is no electrical source/bulb/anything even in the closet... He's too scared to ever go back, but I still love it!
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