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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 …
... the Spanish, British and United States. Confederate troops took control of the fort during the civil war. Our day ended with a visit to Nombre de Dios (mission) which was the site of the first settlement in 1565.
Today we took a tour of Flagler College. It is an unbelievable building. Originally the Ponce de Leon Hotel, built by Henry Flagler (Standard Oil), in 1888. It was the first hotel to charge $100 per night. ...
Oh, it is so good to be back in the big comfortable bed again! Slept like a baby.
Poots, that's another story. Since arriving home, she has taken up homesteading behind the sofa in the living room. And she ain't comin' out! Okay she goes to the sun porch to take a dive into the litter box, but that's all. No socializing, none. Well, maybe she'll get used to this new old new life.
... in this old city. We got to see the oldest school house. After walking around we went to eat some ice cream. We left St. Augustine and headed to Georgia. We then arrived at Savannah, Georgia. We went to the pool and everyone stared at my sister because she was so loud. Then we went to Savannah's River front where I had some good seafood chowder .Then we went back to the hotel. ...
... though. KOA is down one site post, our front license plate has a dent and one downspout off the camper is gone. But we're in, set up and having a VERY MUCH needed drink.
OH OH.....one down. Was putting the groceries away and dropped a bottle of wine on my toe. Thank goodness the doctor/weather forecaster/financial wizard/park ranger was in to ice it. He's hoping it's ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ascend Collection Castillo Real Saint Augustine Beach
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.