Embassy Suites Hotel Jacksonville - Baymeadows
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Roy took off for the Keys early Friday morning. He had a great time seeing old friends, going to some of his favorite haunts and spending time with his former neighbor and buddy, Mike White. He said Mike’s kids, Grady, Evan and Macy have grown quite a bit in the last year and it seems Grady is following right along in his Dad’s footsteps, as Roy found him outside tearing down an outboard ...
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7. Some albino peacocks
Then we went to the old fort, Castillo de San Marcos. This was built in 1695 to protect the town from pirate and other attacks. It was never captured by force. It was star shaped with walls constructed of limestone shell that wouldn't crack. And the walls were over 5m thick on the outside. It had a gun deck lined with canons and sentry posts and a mote.
... drove to the fort. It was a big building made out of stone. We went on top and it was a beautiful view but we got sent down because there was thunder and lightening. Then we walked and had a drink.
PS The fort was called Castillo de San Marcos and it's over 300 years ...
... br> We saw lions, tigers, leopards, lynx, wolves, hyenas, bobcats and a porcupine. One jaguar had had a good life with his owner and got left there while his owner went on holiday but he never came back so the jaguar suffers from depression. There were more stories like this. All these animals could be walked on a leash.
We weren't allowed to take photos because it would scare the animals.
... stopped and had a homemade popsicle at the Hypo.
Then we went to the St Augustine Wildlife Reserve. It looks after big cats and lions. A lady bought a lynx for a pet but it was too rough and so she kept it in her garage and just threw it some food now and again. So they rescued it and care for it now. We also saw lions, wolves, tigers, black jaguars, white Bengal tigers, a cheetah, some leopards, bobcats and porcupines.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Embassy Suites Hotel Jacksonville - Baymeadows
Where do I begin? I was traveling for business, and the reservations were made by the host. The hotel is nice in the common areas, but the rooms are old and run down.
We stayed during a busy Jacksonville event and found the motel efficient and friendly. Our suite was clean and fresh, quiet, and nicely presented. Check-in and check-out were smooth. I would definitely stay here again.
Was management not expecting the hords of guests who came into town for the bowl game? Towels were not replaced. The bathroom amenities were limited to small bottles of shampoo and lotion and small bars of soap. I sorely missed hair conditioner. On Sunday, January 1 the line at the manager's reception snaked through the eating area. Initially, only one person was pouring beverages. Later the on-duty manager did appear to help. Unfortunately, the line was again present on January 2. The snacks were disappointing; potato and corn chips and salsa. Perhaps in consolation, the drinks were generous. Breakfast on January 2, 2006 was a zoo! Obviously, many of the guests had large number of bodies crammed into their suites. The crowd was overwhelming and the floor was a sticky mess. The food was depleted. Half frozen doughnuts were put out at 9:00 a.m. Speaking of breakfast - only eggs are available at the "cook to order station". I would rate the breakfast poorly compared to other Embassy Suites. The morning of January 1 only one fruit (melon) was presented. The hot dishes never vary. In fact they are listed so you can be certain that the choice will be scrambled eggs, pancakes, grits, hash browns, sausage & bacon. Pass on the hash browns as they are "reconstitued potatoes" and have that "instant potato" flavor.
Loved this place. Check-in was quick and easy; very professional staff (including housekeeping). Beautiful courtyard. Very sunny and warm. Glass elevators. Loved that rooms were centered around the courtyard. Kids loved the heated indoor pool area and the wall murals. It felt like a warm bath. Would love to see a restroom in the pool area, instead of having to walk wet across the hallway to the locker room and then use my hotel key again for pool re-entry. Free cocktails (alcoholic/non) in the evenings with snacks (we had cheese nachos and Shirley Temples) in the courtyard (we sat in the gazebo). Complimentary breakfast with very good selection. Omelettes were made to order. Rooms were spacious and perfect for families with kids. We had a 2-room King bed with wall unit/vanity and a pullout sofa-bed in living area for the kids. Two TV's. Microwave and refrigerator. Sink. Dining table. Only gripe was that the living room curtains didn't close enough to keep bypassers from possibly peeking in at night. No problems though. Bed was spacious, but average. Easy check-out (electronic stations in lobby) got us on our way quickly. Very professional. Highly recommended. Would stay here again.
I had booked a room for 4 nights back in July with a reasonable rate. In August I noticed that there was an AARP rate available for $10 a night less. That rate wasn't there when I originally had booked it. I called Embassy 800 number and asked if I could rebook at the lower rate and they were very accomodating.
I stayed here at the end of August for a business trip. I was very pleased with most all aspects of the hotel. The Mediterranean feel of the cental courtyard is absolutely beautiful. And the view from the glass elevators made the morning trips down to breakfast and to the start of the meetings so enjoyable. The rooms were very spacious and clean. The only problem was that I could not get the room to a comfortable temperature. Even when I turned the A/C off completely, it was still cold! But, since I didn't spend much time in the room, it wasn't a big deal. Just bundled up good at night. The breakfasts were great. I didn't use the restaurant (although it seemed kinda small) but did spend about an hour in the bar area one night when I just couldn't seem to wind down. The bartender was very friendly and attentive. One other minor complaint, and this is at no fault of the hotel, was that my room was on the front side of the hotel and there was roadwork being done on Baymeadows that started about 9pm each night. Kinda noisy and there were some flashing yellow/orange caution lights that made their way through the curtains. If you're planning a trip in the next week or so, I would call the hotel to see if they're still doing roadwork there, and if so, request a room towards the back of the hotel. The only other complaint would be that the side door that I used to enter and exit the hotel seemed to be the general smoking area for the hotel staff and any other guests. Being a non-smoker, it wasn't very pleasant to have to walk through the blue cloud of smoke every time I left or came back. After the 3rd time, I just started using the front entrance instead.
The Embassy Suites on Baymeadows in Jacksonville, Florida is a great hotel for the whole family. From check in to check out, our experience was superb. The front desk was friendly and quickly handled any questions or request we had during our stay, including providing us with daily movie listings and extra pillows. The hotel is conveniently located on Baymeadows Dr, just off of I-95. From there we were able to drive to downtown and the beaches, as well as the local malls, fairly quickly. The two-room suites were roomy and clean. My only complaint about the rooms would be that there was no ventilation or A/C in the bathrooms, so hot showers made the room humid. Overall the accomodations were great. Our favorite feature of Embassy Suites is the cook-to-order breakfasts, and the kids enjoyed the indoor, heated pool. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to the Jacksonville area in need of a suite or a family who needs to share a room with small children.
Wonderful stay !!
Myself, fiancee and daughter stayed here for one night en-route to Orlando and thought it was a wonderful hotel. The suite was quite spacious and well equipped and well maintained. The breakfast was very average but as it was included in the price (and plentiful), it was ok. The main highlight for me was the friendliness of the staff...a credit to the hotel. If we ever are in Jacksonville again, we will not hesitate to use this hotel.
This hotel is generally run down and old looking. The rooms were clean but, again, looked run down and the linens were rough. Our deal came with breakfast and this breakfast was terrible-- greasy omlettes and a few cartons of yogurt. The worst was the swimming pool-- it hadn't been well-cleaned and had lots of hair in it!!
Embassy a great way to get out of the house but not out of town!!
We enjoy visiting the close by Embassy in Jax, Brunswick, and Orlando.
We are a family of four that can all find fun at your Hotels. Every year we come for our kids birthday. The kids are allowed to bring a friend and other families get a room along side of ours. The kids have a blast in the pool and the adults go to happy hour!! In the morning we all meet for a wonderful buffet. I would like to offer some advice, Happy hour has lost some of its fun, no snacks and each place now dictates what is on happy hour. When did coconut rum become a top shelf drink??