Hampton Inn St. Augustine Beach
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We had a great day touring St. Augustine, the oldest European city in the United States. We took the trolley around and really enjoyed seeing this beautiful city. Yesterday it rained all day but today was clear if a little cool.
Never knew that the history of United States really started here. This colony started before Jamestown. Ponce de Leon was not looking for the Fountain of Youth, he was looking for gold for the King of Spain.
... would make us official Castillo de San Marcos Junior Rangers. It took us about 1 1/2 hours to fill the form out. Some of the form questions were the following. What would you do to protect this National Monument? Ask a Castillo de San Marcos Ranger why they liked working at the Monument? After we finished the booklet, we turned them in. We earned the Junior Ranger badge + a Junior Ranger Patch.Tyler and I were so Proud we wore them for the whole day.
... 1565, making it the older by 2-3 generations. A few pictures from day 1 follow.
A note about photo 4 "Alhambra Jr." : Franklin Smith, a wealthy Bostonian, moved his lovely socialite wife to sleepy little St. Augustine in 1883 and set about building his fantasy dream house. His amazing "Zorayda Castle" was the first building in the United States made by the new technology of poured concrete. It was modeled after the Alhambra in Grenada, albeit 1/10 the ...
... Bistro and O.C.Whites all under-attended and all incredibly cheap. This year we lacked the frenetic zeal displayed in 2013, rather like sea lions moving slowly in the frigid San Francisco waters, we plodded the streets in 3 successive 10,000 plus step days, we never took the bikes off the car, and even took in Ripley's believe it or not museum just to be indoors and warm. Now we really have been there done that in every square foot ...
... and happiness. We kissed beside it so only get 40 years. Good enough for me.
Saw the oldest wooden school in the United States, and the building and tower that thanks to Thomas Edison was the first in the US to have full electric power. Very pretty old town. We sat in an outdoor pub and just imaged what it was like in the late 18th century before the American's took over.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hampton Inn St. Augustine Beach Saint Augustine Beach
We had expected much better quality. The room was shabby and slightly dirty and the furnishings were noticeably worn. Our balcony door would not lock properly and the ice machine on our floor did not work. The breakfast was very limited and the 'fresh' fruit was definitely past the fresh stage. The exercise room was small but nice. The front desk staff was business-like but not at all cheerful or friendly. The beach was beautiful but I don't credit Hampton Inn for this! Overall, we have come to expect much better quality from Hampton Inn.
The rooms at this hotel need some work! I could see they were trying to make improvements, but I've had a better room at a lower budget hotel like a Days Inn or Comfort Inn. The saving point is that the oceanfront rooms do have a good view. Unfortunately, during our stay they were delivering new furniture for the hotel rooms and we had the furniture crates and workers right in front of our room. The beach does get better the further south you go.
If you are looking for a great deal for an oceanfront stay, this one is a winner. The employees are eager to please as in all Hampton/Embassy. We stop here every year on our way to relatives in Southern Florida...the restaurant across the street is a great place to relax and refuel, and we use that Oceanfront Hot tub to unwind upon arriving. The sunrises are fantastic and a morning walk on the beach is always in order. You can carry your breakfast right outside to poolside ...the breakfast is free and includes various hot choices (biscuits, eggs, sausages, etc) that put it above the selections of a typical contintental menu. The pool and deck are a nice size, there are private little cabana chairs on the beach and a small gym room. We stayed in a mini-suite that had 2 tvs, a desk, a refrigerator and microwave for less than 120$.
This is a rather ordinary hotel. Lodging was only adequate. Much could be done to the property, particularly the beach area, to improve its quality. A few plants and some grooming maybe? Rooms are fairly standard, typical of Hampton Inn with some exceptions in cleanliness and quality. Certainly not luxury, but adequate. Much nicer lodging and surroundings in historic district. The breakfast might be "stingy" as one reviewer commented, however, it was certainly "okay" considering it was complimentary. So as for the hotel and amenities itself, this hotel is just satisfactory. The staff, however, is another story. If you have a question, request or concern, do not turn to the younger hotel desk staff - - be sure and see a more mature individual or a manager. There were vast differences in how we were treated between the two. The younger staff is unfriendly, and certainly not helpful. While we stayed there 4 nights and requested an ocean view, we were simply told they were booked. However, when we asked about the following three nights of our stay, we learned immediately that ocean view rooms, in fact, were available. An accomodating hotel staff would have informed us of that and offered to switch us to another room the next night. They also spoke badly about their housekeeping staff, something we thought was unprofessional. However, while their comments about them to us were indeed inappropriate, we found them to be true. Our particular maid was totally unsatifactory. She came to the room and did not say hello - -she said nothing, as a matter of fact, but scowled and turned her back. I asked if something was wrong, whereupon I was scolded by her for asking the front desk when my room would be cleaned! (This was 1:30 in the afternoon) All days, she cleaned the room while I sat out on the balcony, so I was able to observe a few things: she spent no more than 5 minutes in our room. The bed was made as a 5 year old would - -rumpled and thrown together. Room was not vacuumed all four days we were there. In fact, by the day we left, the leftover popcorn and other crud left by previous hotel guests was still on the floor by the bed. On each day, she neglected to leave something - -either towels (no hand towels whatsoever), coffee cups, shanpoo, etc. The bathroom floor was not vacuumed or wiped off. The Jacuzzi looked as though it had not been touched after the previous hotel guest either. No way were we going to use it! The day after I was scolded by her, her attitude was not much better, nor was her service - -basically a repeat of the same. Yet, she took the $2.00 tip we left for her in the room each day. The door to our room stuck and made a great deal of noise each time it was opened or closed. Key cards are temperamental. Bathroom could use some serious renovating. We will not stay here again, particularly when there are so many better options available, especially in the downtown/historic district.
Nice motel--great ocean views
This is a nice looking, clean, friendly, quietly located, reasonably priced, small motor inn, affording absolutely magnificent oceanfront views and sunrises. This is not a luxury hotel by any means. But it does have some very nice, popular amenities--e.g., outdoor pool and deck, jacuzzi, continental breakfast, exercise room, private beachfront area. good sized rooms, many with fantastic balconies overlooking the ocean. Also, there are plenty of pretty good places to eat close by.
I will definitely be back.
I stayed across the street at the Hilton Garden Inn, but wish I had saved my money and enjoyed my vacation more by staying here. Although I didnt' see the rooms, I would assume they are typical Hampton quality.
The advantages it has over the Hilton (other than being cheaper) are that it is on the beach, with free cabanas offered, has a larger pool and offers free breakfast (vs the $8 one offered at the Hilton). If you're tying to choose between these, I would strongly recommend this one.
2 person jacuzzi
This hotel is located on the beach. Depending on the time of year there is more beach to use. Surfers will enjoy theis due to location to inlet. Jacuzzi tub is big enough for 2 large adults. Jacuzzi is raised next to king bed. There are many places mto eat in close proximity.
Late Fall will get you the best rate. Hotel is well kept. Staff is friendly.
The only complaint is when people open the sliding doors you hear it in your room. You'll think it's thunder.
A Wonderful Hotel and the staff are happy employees.
It was obvious to me rather quickly how happy and proud the employees are of the hotel. There is a short distance in between the exterior of the hotel and the actual water front but this hotel is on the beach. I will return here again and again, I rate this one AAAA+++++ Thank you staff!
The beach and interior of the hotel were nice, but the bed was terrible. You could feel the springs when you laid down. Also the breakfast was stingy.
The staff were pleasant and friendly, the rooms were adequate, and the grounds were lovely, including the private pool area. This hotel has no beach access! They do have a boardwalk and steep steps leading to a small, rocky strip of sand that is fully submerged at high tide. (The water comes all the way up to the bottem few steps!) If you have children who prefer tidal pools to surf, this location would work at low tide.