Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island-Historic Harbor Front
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We spent most of the afternoon in the sun watching a Boules Competition. There were teams from all around the world so I'm thinking to come back next year with a team. Any takers? Last night was a blast and met some lovely people. We spent the night at Sliders Bar which had a couple of bands playing. Inside there was duo that had Lucy Alexander on …
Thus is a quick update but I'll add something longer tomorrow. So I've been at Fernadina Beach for 48. I have had a blast and the locals have been ever so friendly. They all seem to like me and they treat me like a lord. Sliders is my new favourite bar and both nights they have had live music. Those who know me know that I'm a music geek and I …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island-Historic Harbor Front Fernandina Beach
Nice property, but not he quietest
I would rate this 3.5 stars if given the chance. Only real problems we had with it were the thin walls and the noisy couple next door, along with the frequent sound of trains passing by our room, though they never seemed come in the middle of the nigh. The hotel is nicely appointed and does not look like your typical Hampton Inn. The rooms are nicely furnished and you feel like you are staying in a new hotel. Desk clerk was very friendly as well. It is also in a great location as far as being in the heart of the historic area.
Nice room. Liked view even if we were almost literally on the train tracks. Trains do not run after about 8:30 pm and hadn't started up in the morning when we got up about 7 am. Breakfast buffet was nice plus and computer for guests was very helpful in checking airlines and e-mails. Would definitely stay again.
I don't understand what all the complaining is about regarding this property. As a seasoned traveler I can say without a doubt that this is a terrific proerty and I would recommend the hotel to anyone. My wife and I spent two nights at the hotel in November. Everything was fine, check in was quick and staff was very pleasant. We did change our room however, because our first room which over looked the water had railroad tracks close to the room. We didn't want to take the chance of being awaken by a passing train. Our next room was fine and never did hear the train. This Hampton has one of the best breakfast areas of any Hampton I've ever stay in. Also, there were many signs around the Hampton stating that this Hampton was voted the number 1 Hampton in the US.
Nice Hotel and Great Staff
We just stayed at the Harborside Fernandina Beach Hampton Inn over Thanksgiving. The hotel was perfect for we needed and the staff was great. We have stayed in many Hampton Inns & this one ranks right up there. You don't even need to take the car out, everything is right in walking distance. We would stay with them again!
Having read some very poor reports about the Hampton Inn at 19 south Second St. Fernandina Beach, I looked at the other Hampton Inn first, and as it was not in a central enough location decided to go on and look at the one downtown. A very wise decision. The hotel is in a perfect location, walk to everything, beach is about 1 mile away. The hotel itself is quite new, well furnished and the staff were very helpful and always around. There is a outside pool which while small is fine for a swim, I ignored the 1000 am opening time and had a swim at 0730, its ridiculous to have so late an opening time for business people and early flight departures.
The rooms are fine and well stocked, pity about the plastic glasses, but everything worked . There is an exercise room, well equipped, a business suite with free internet access, and a self operated laundry, which my wife was delighted with as she had all her washing done before she got home. Breakfast, included in the price, was fine but once again the utensils were all in plastic.
I found it good value ($97 Total), with helpful staff, and everything worked and it was clean. Would I stay again? Absolutely, highly recommended for the price charged.
Super Clean, Cozy, and Very Friendly!
My family of three just got back from a long weekend at the Harborside Hampton Inn & Suites. We had a wonderful time. Great location, close to all sorts of sight-seeing, shopping and dining.
We had a suite--it was very clean, neat and well appointed. Our suite had a dishwasher as mentioned in another review. Ours had a small sign just above it saying that the dishes, utencils, etc. had been washed for our convenience, hence, these items were still in the dishwasher. Not a negative point in my opinion since it was a way of reassuring their guests that the items were clean.
Anyway, the pool was great! It is acutally on the second floor of the hotel and overlooks the harbor on the river. It is a wonderful place to sit in the evening and watch the sunset. My three-year-old loved swimming in the pool.
This is also the level where they have the complimentary breakfast. It was one of the best complimentary breakfasts we have seen. It even included hot items.
Above all the best thing about this hotel was the staff. Having stayed there over a three night period we ran into the cleaning staff, in particular, on numerous occations. They were always smiling and friendly. They often even asked our little girl how she was enjoying the trip and hoped that she would come back to visit again. We take a lot vacations and this was the friendliest staff we have encountered. They stand as a wonderful example.
Just as we were going to leave the electricity went out. Being on the 4th floor, we had a long way to go with lots of luggage. As we walked toward the stairwell one of the housekeeping staff, Patrice, offered to help us to get our luggage down the stairs. She was very sweet and talked with us the entire way down the stairs. The electricity came on just as we were exiting the stairwell downstairs. We all got a good laugh out of it. This just illustrates the wonderful hospitality here.
We will be back again and again!
Depending on your needs....great place to stay
Having read a previous negative review, I checked in with some trepidation. I had booked a suite.
Upon arrival I noticed a dishwasher in the room, opened the cupboard and saw No Dishes, noticed the coffee maker but No Pot, opened the freezer with the ice maker and No Ice and the microwave was missing the turntable.
In going out that evening, I stopped at the front desk and asked if someone could bring a coffee pot and while I was assured that this would happen....it didn't.
The next morning after a great continental breakfast, I asked one of the cleaning personnel about the missing items in our suite. It turned out that EVERYTHING was in the dishwasher which we hadn't opened.
In the end, we LOVED our room, the amenities and the friendliness of the people working there and the location.
If you are looking for SERVICE, this is not the place to stay. If you are looking for attractive, spacious, clean accomodations with a substantial array of breakfast food, then you will be very happy.
I paid MUCH MORE to stay at a B&B within walking distance of the Hampton Inn and I wouldn't do it again.
Great Location/Top Shelf Decor
This was a lovely spot to stay, steps from the historic town center. The decor was very nice, clean rooms, but I agree w/ others--the place IS understaffed! The lovely outdoor pool overlooking the harbor was closed, I suspect because of lack of help! If you stay here a MUST is dinner at Pompeo's on Centre Street-the BEST italian food I ever had, hand prepared by a old world owner.
Really gone down hill....
This used to be a beautiful hotel with an outstanding staff.
Unfortunately they have changed owners and the downfall is apparent.
Though the grounds of the hotel are still maintained, the staffing is extremely poor. It is not possible to have anything brought to you room (from towels to a plunger) and generally quite impossible to even speak to the front desk staff as they are so busy. On my most recent stay I only saw one person working the hotel in the evening and that same person the next morning! When I asked to speak to her manager the following morning.. of course there was not one on property. I never saw anyone else working besides her during my evening stay. Apparently one person can run a hotel? This is unfortunate as my wife and I began staying on the harbor because they pampered their guests, now it is just another Hampton Inn.
Beautiful hotel- absolutely NO SERVICE whatsoever! This property has lost what made it charming in the first place and they have raised prices! For the money stay at one of the many bed & breakfasts downtown or one of the luxury resorts in the area.
The Hotel is beautiful and nicely appointed. It is located close to everything you could ever need. The entire staff is very friendly and hospitable. I wuold recommend this Hotel to anyone considering a wonderfull stay at the beach.