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On the morning of te 28th we flew from Minneapolis to Jacksonville. There's nothing like stepping off a plane in the middle of winter into 70 degrees and sunshine! We picked up a rental car at the airport and drove about an hour south to St Augustine where we would spend the night. We got to our hotel (Castillo Real) mid afternoon, checked in, and …
Arrived in Jacksonville Beach on Wednesday afternoon, in time to meet Ken and Vicky at our favorite Beach place, Cruisers Grill. Been going there since we discovered the place in 1997, when we owned a SMALL condo on Jacksonville Beach. Unfortunately, like a lot of other things, an ownership change, and the "legendary" marinated chicken soft tacos disappointed us. ...
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A few people have asked how home schooling has been going. It's undoubtably the most challenging part of cruising so far. Our approach is also still being refined. When I was traveling with the kids, prior to Toutou joining us, I had only been doing math because the quantity of books and scope of material was too great for one person to handle. With Toutou getting settled in we began covering all subjects, one of us working ...
We're back in St. Augustine! This is my 5th trip here in the last 5 months. It's Toutou and the kid's second. It's a really neat place, though, and there is a ton we haven't done yet. The overnight passage was incredibly smooth with just 2-3 foot seas. The entry ...
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Must Stay Here!
We stayed at the Clarion Collection Castillo Real over the Christmas holidays. I would highly recommend this hotel to everyone. It is very clean, comfortable, beautifully decorated, and the pillowtop mattresses are just heavenly. Thank you for a wonderful accomodation! We will be back.
Let me begin by saying that I had researched places to stay near I-95 on our way down to Disney World and found St. Augustine to be a "perfect" place to stop in. The city itself was very beautiful I must say and I really hate that we couldn't stay but one night. Anyways, on to the review.....
Some friends and I came to St. Augustine for the Wine Festival and since we were not trying to "rekindle any romance", we decided to stay at a hotel by the beach instead of opting for a B&B. I have to say that the Castillo Real's lobby looked fancy and inviting. The rooms were just as nice. Clean, comfortable, hot tub in room, pool & jacuzzi on property, and just walking distance to the beach.
This hotel is like a farm girl on her first night in the city. She looks cute from far away, but up close you'll see she's wearing the wrong eye makeup and shoes that clash with her belt.
Great Hotel! The rooms were large and well appointed with granite and travertine floors, nice color scheme and a DVD player to boot! The beds were "pillow top" which made for a restful sleep. Our room had a refrigerator and a microwave. I think this is standard for all the rooms which came in handy since the breakfast was expensive so we stocked up on cereal and milk, OJ, and water. The hotel also has FREE high-speed internet access (wired and wireless) but I did not bring my laptop since this was a vacation. The hotel staff was non-existent, but in a good way. The hotel was always clean and our rooms were picked up and beds made when we returned from sight seeing, but we never saw housekeeping. The pool was kid friendly and clean, but it closed at 10PM. The ocean was just a short walk from the hotel (100 yards) and you don't have to cross a busy street. There is a good selection of restaurants within a short drive from the hotel, and a few were within walking distance. Overall I was impressed with our stay and at $109.00 a night; we got what we paid for.
First the good - the hotel is approx 8 months old and is very attractive. Our street side room on the 4th floor was very large. While not on the beach, it is a very easy walk to the beach. The furnishings in the room were very nice although the art was too modern for my taste but it did not detract from the ambience.
Just near the beach
This is a new place. We read that they were on the beach and they are not. They are located about one block away and you have to walk down a residential street of old rental houses to get to the beach then there is no way to get to the beach. You have to climb down big rocks to get to the beach which is very risky.
Our room was nice and we hoped that since they aren't on the beach maybe we would at least have a view of the beach. You have to look over those rental houses and two old condo buildings to catch a peak of the ocean. Two public parking lots on either side of the place for locals .
If you just want a room then yes, if you came for the beach no.
The hotel is awesome!
We originally booked a room at the Holiday Inn and were terribly dissapointed (the place is nasty, cheap, and it smells bad). We went looking for a different place and stumbled across the Castillo Real. What a pleasant suprise! The hotel is new, clean, large rooms, foam toppings on the beds, and gives the feel of a very expensive luxury hotel. We had a corner room with two queen beds for $159 a night. The walk to the beach takes no more than 1 minute. There is no doubt the next time I stay in St Augustine Beach it will be at this hotel.
Beautiful place to stay!
Very nice hotel! The room was beautifully decorated, a little larger than average and am happy to report, immaculately clean as well. The pillowtop king-sized bed was very comfortable; I slept great.
I loved the enormous shower! I don't know what kind of shower head they had but oh boy did it feel great. I didn't want to get out!
The beach is just a couple minutes' walk away. Very enjoyable experience. You won't be disappointed.
One tip: If you have Triple A, mention it when you check in for your discount, because they won't ask if you have it. I overheard the people in front of me inquiring about it, but when it was my turn, I wasn't asked if I was a Triple A member. I had to mention it.