Casa Monica, Autograph Collection
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Memorial Day... tours day. We decided to make this the day of the paid tours we wanted to do on the island.
First stop, the lighthouse. We got on the trolley van to head over to St Augustine Beach to tour the lighthouse. After a 50 minute drive (van makes multiple stops at the beach) we arrived there. We paid the admission and headed to …
Our first full day in St Augustine. We got ready and headed to The Bunnery for breakfast. We had the Southern Breakfast and the Eggs and Bacon... and a Cinnamon Roll in case that wasn't enough LOL. It was very good with large homemade biscuits.
Then we got on the trolley and started ridding around town to the different sites. We decided …
We got up at 6am this morning so that we could get ready to leave Marco Island and head to St Augustine. We packed most everything last night, so this morning we just had to finish up and eat... and eat we did, we used our complimentary breakfast passes at the Tropiks restaurant buffet. We had omelets, pancakes, French toast, bacon, eggs sausage …
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Answer: Ice Cream is made with High Fructose Corn Syrup, heavy cream and 20-40% milk fat. It is also expanded 40-80% and frozen for long periods. Gelato is typically made daily with 4-5% milk only. It is much more dense, so while lower in overall fat it tastes at least at rich.
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... to art galleries to study the work in person. I was blown away when we went to the gallery and he sat down to study a sculpture book for 20 minutes without me suggesting it. Additional photo's from the Lightner Museum.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCasa Monica, Autograph Collection Saint Augustine
This an old historic hotel in St Augustine.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Monica, Autograph Collection Saint Augustine
My husband and I visited the Casa Monica late January 2004. Based on reviews and the great ratings we decided to splurge a little and stay at the Casa Monica. We purchased the Nights of Lights Package that included room, ghost tour, and breakfast. The hotel's location relative to all the shopping and tourist sites is fabulous. We noticed as we checked-in to our room at 4:15 PM that the halls were littered with the previous night's and that morning's room service trays. Also our Nonsmoking room strongly smelled of marijuana smoke and deodorizer.
Loved the Monica
We went for New Year's and thought the hotel was great. It was a great location, the lobby and restaurants were very nicely decorated and our deluxe room was very comfortable, quiet and had a view of the pool. The staff was friendly and helpful. The breakfast and room service in the hotel was superb. The only problem was that our New Year's 7 course dinner that started at 8 p.m. was not over before midnight because of poor event planning and too few wait staff. However, when we complained they took part of it off the check (the meal was very good). The parking was very expensive and I would suggest not bringing a car if you can help it or finding a local garage nearby. We will return.
A very special stay.
We stayed there in April of 2002. Room was smaller than I expected, but the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was very nice. Everything on the bed was changed everyday, even the bedspread. We walked everywhere, did not need our car. The first night there we had to leave the bar by 7:30 because of a previous engagement, but we were compensated with free drinks.
This review is on a short, three-night trip with friends to St Augustine. Everyone has different preferences, so just to give you an idea about us, we had about 16 people participating in this trip. Most of us are in our thirties, but some of our parents and our kids joined also.
Wow, what a nice renovation! I figured the service would be first class
We were getting ready for our wedding and decided to check out our honeymoon suite before the wedding. Glad we did. Stairs very steep, room had an odor as well. The carpeting was very dirty with a big spot on it. The balcony was about 15 inches wide to see city with no chairs.
Not what you expect for $500 per nite. Restaurant is very good, lobby nice.
Casa Monica - lots of great reviews but we found the hotel and service to be inconsistent. It really is well-located for walking to sights, shopping, and restaurants. Our rooms were comfortable and clean, though not huge. But, the bathrooms were exquisite! Huge and beautifully tiled. The front desk service is very slow and not so knowledgeable. At most, only two front desk staff members were on duty and with long lines of people waiting to check in, order taxis (yes, in St Augustine, taxi cabs are not readily available and are extremely dirty!), it was discouraging for us to have to wait so long to get help. Not having a concierge really creates hassles. Also, we had to take a dirty cab ride to the Beach Club, which is a condo development. It gets extremely crowded on weekends, so beware! It does have a separate adult-only pool and that was great! Our biggest issue came when checking out. Someone added a charge to our bill that was incorrect. The hotel staff could not show the correct receipt, but a receipt someone had forged. Not only did we have to wait and re-explain the problem to staff and management, the charge was not completely removed from our bill. I do not understand how a charge we did not sign for and no receipt could be produced could be required to pay!!! However, we found the city of St.
This hotel is the perfect location for exploring St. Augustine. Right in the heart of the downtown area you are able to walk everywhere. This hotel is beautiful and sight to behold.
Casa monica and st. augustine
casa monica is a beautiful. located in the heart of the historic district, it is within walking distance to most of the sites and shopping. You can relax in a king size bed with feather pillows(the beds are so comfortable we slept like we were at home), shop at any one of the many small shops located within walking distance, go for a horse drawn buggy ride, dine at any one of the many restaurants nearby(some with outside tables accross from the water), visit the beach, or swim in their beautifully decorated pool located outside on a rooftop over looking the site. It is a very quiet, romantic, as well as relaxing place.
BEST HOTEL I HAVE EVER STAYED WORLDWIDE
Friendly outgoing staff, best food ever, wonderful rooms and a fantastic location downtown with an oceanfront beach club that exceeded out expectations.