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This morning we went to the Fountain of Youth, which is a Spanish dig site. It was home to the first white settlement in America.
1. A musket firing
2. The planetarium (to show how early explorers navigated)
3. A canon firing (it was loud)
4. The Fountain of Youth spring (it tasted sulphuric)
5. A native Indian village (an old Indian burial site)
6. Mission de Numbers (the earliest ...
We had a sleep in and then went out to the Fountain of Youth which is where America was first settled. We went and saw how to work a musket. After that we saw a canon. It was very loud when it was fired. We saw some shelters of some Indians that once lived here.
Today we went on a Segway Tour.
1. Flagler College (the first hotel that had electricity)
2. A cathedral (it had a pipe organ with the most pipes in the world)
3. A popsicle shop (it had home made popsicles that were delicious)
4. A house on fire (it nearly took the chocolate shop!!!)
After lunch went to a animal rescue and rehabilitation park for exotic ...
... 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.
... and decisions of that man. I sailed out of St Augustine, under the Bridge of Lions with utmost confidence in my well sailed skipper.
Conditions were a little boisterous with some decent swell. With 270nm ahead of us there was ample time for me to begin learning the rules of the road and become acquainted with the movement of a catamaran in open seas. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront Saint Augustine
The Hilton Bayfront, St. Augustine is a superb hotel. The last time we were in St. Augustine we walked by the hotel and decided to go in and take a look. The lobby was lovely, with many wonderful details. The people at the front desk let us take a look at one of the rooms. It was beautiful, so we decided to stay there during one of our next trips to St. Augustine. We stayed at the hotel over the Easter weekend and were extraordinarily impressed with the hotel and the service.
Every detail has been carefully chosen, from the counter and floor surfaces in the bathrooms, the elegant bathroom fixtures, to the excellent pieces of furniture. The total effect of all this attention to details is an uncommonly beautiful room.
The service is also top-quality. It begins with the outdoor people, who take park your car and take your bags to your room. They are uncommonly courteous, efficient, and helpful.
There is a nice pool facing the bay. Oh, I forgot to mention the hotel's location: it's right across the street from the bay, so you can get rooms with a good view of the water.
I am curious about how the Hilton compares to the Casa Monica, the other top-tier hotel in St. Augustine. We haven't stayed there yet.
The Hilton Bayfront is somewhat expensive ($224-250/night for regular rooms), but this is a case of getting what you pay for. It's worth the price.
We wouldn't have stayed at the Hilton if the B&B "At Journey's End" had not cancelled our reservation (for details see post entitled "Warning: B&B Blacklist" in St. Augustine forums). We have them to thank for encouraging us to book a room at one of the loveliest hotels around. The Hilton Bayfront is one of those superb small hotels that is a real find. We will certainly be staying there during our future trips to St. Augustine. I should add something else.
I stayed at this Hilton for 3 days, 2 nights and loved it. The beds are one of the most comfortable ever - tons of down pillows, a down comforter and soft but firm mattress. The rooms are a little on the small side, but I expect that is typical in St. Augustine. I highly recommend the Aviles Restaurant, located in the lobby, for any meal - wonderful!
The staff is nice enough, not the most impressive I've seen or interacted with, but they are fine for a small hotel in a small city.
The bathrooms are moderately sized with nice bronze accents and marble countertops and floors.
The rooms are quite elegant with dark, Spanish-style furniture and rich gold bedding, wallpaper and curtains. The rooms are also super-quiet, you cannot hear your neighbors or outside noise at all. You also have a digital thermostat in the room and can set the exact degree that you would like your room.
There is no microwave in the standard double Queen rooms, but there is a small (empty) fridge and two bottled waters are left for you in the room.
The pool is outdoors and a little small but fine for kids. The layout of the hotel is a little strange - you may be pretty far from the elevator, so special needs people should request a room close to the elevator.
I plan to stay here again on my next trip to St. Augustine.
Everything in place
Here is one of those small moderately priced hotels that performs exactly as it should. Everything that we wanted in a St. Augustine hotel was in place. The rooms were very well appointed, nice bathrooms with free high speed internet access. Breakfast in the lobby restaurant was excellent with a little different twist and, of course, the location right across the street from the water couldn't have been better. This one is a winner!
Great Hotel & Location
This hotel is located in an ideal location. We parked the car & never saw it again. The parking was a little higher than I expected. The staff went well overboard to accommodate us. We had our 3 young children with us & we were very comfortable there. The room was very nice & clean (This is a new hotel). The only complaint was our room was along a back street & at night it was pretty noisy. Also, they had no access to the internet which they should have. Other than that, it was a beautiful Hotel and we will stay there again.
Great 2 night getaway without the kids! Had 2 plush queen beds with a balcony overlooking the bay. Be aware that many of the balconies are shared with 2 or 3 rooms. There are a few private balconies available with king beds and I would probably opt for that next time although we met some great people from Chatanooga on our shared balcony, having wine and listening to the clip-clop of horsedrawn carriages in the evening. Great location to walk to everything, never got our car from valet parking til check-out. A visit to the San Sebastian Winery on King Street (free tour & wine tasting) well worth the walk. Room service breakfast was pricey but excellent. Eggs benedict & Monte Cristo french toast were delicious! The pool area is pretty small but well kept. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The room was decorated beautifully in rich gold fabrics. There were no drapes to pull, however, only sheers on balcony windows which limits privacy and the morning sun was very bright coming in the room. (not good for those who like to sleep in) Small amount of road noise could be heard, not too disturbing. Only main complaint was at first glance the furniture looks like rich dark wood, but is merely painted plastic which was chipping and peeling in a few spots. Not too impressive for a hotel only opened for 5 months. All in all, we enjoyed our Hilton stay and hope to visit again.
A lovely new hotel directly on the bayfront and close to everything downtown. Rooms were very nice with a extra comfy bed. Enjoyed our bayfront balcony and the whirlpool in the room. Staff was very helpful and pleasant. A definite recommend to anyone staying in the St. Augustine area. Got a terrific AAA rate of $116 per night and was upgraded upon our arrival. Only negative was the $18 per day parking fee but with space at a premium in the historic district, it's understandable but would prefer just add to the room rate.
The new Hilton fits right in with old St. Augustine
We drove down from Jacksonville for a 2 day getaway at the new Hilton.
It fits in very well architecturally with the town, and is in a terrific location. You can leave your car with the valet, and walk almost everywhere you would want to go. The lobby is lovely, with a Spanish theme, though they could lose the big TV, if it were up to me. We had asked for a room with a balcony (there are only a few) and when we checked in, the street below the balcony was full of noisy bulldozers. The front desk quickly and pleasantly changed us to a room with a whirlpool, normally a higher rate, at no extra charge. The room was beautiful and very comfortable, great bed and linens. The small restaurant in the lobby has interesting and truly delicious food - the chocolate cake is one of the best desserts we have had anywhere. We will definitely return.
Stayed for 4 nights in April 2005 for pleasure. It has a great location and ambient. A short walk to the historical area, fort, the busy tourist shopping streets, a plenty of nice restaurants. If you do not mind walking a bit more, say 15-20min, you can easily get to Flagler's College and many museums from this hotel on foot. Or, a sightseeing trolley stop is just 1-2 min. walk from the front entrance.
This is a boutique Hilton. The building is designed to blend in with the rest of the historic town. The front entry of this hotel is somewhat tight and awakward, with a large stone fountain sitting in the center between the front door and front desk, flanked by a restaurant on one side and lounge on the other. The restaurant and lounge are semi-enclosed but practically are in open view of the guests who are arriving and leaving. Efficient and friendly doormen and concierge keep this potential chaos under control. By the front desk is a self-serve starbuck coffee station which was very convenient. Because of the limited land space, parking is valet, $18/day.
Guest rooms and bathrooms are standard Hilton size. They are decorated very nicely with gold tone and dark wood in Spanish theme but not overly done. Our room had 1 king bed (very very comfortable and a lot of pollows), large working desk, comfortable desk chair, armed chair and ottoman, refregerator, coffee maker, TV. Complimentary hi-speed internet (wireless in lobby and some areas of guestrooms, wired otherwise) allowed my husband to work, while I was out sightseeing and shopping.
We found the food at the restaurant was very good, although our server was not very attentive. When we pointed it out, the bartender (who also acted as a restaurant manager that night) fixed the problem and gave us a free breakfast next morning. The concierge was was thoroughly knowledgeable and helpful in selecting and making reservations for local restaurants and sightseeing options.
The hotel has a very small swimming pool (unheated), laundry facility, and meeting rooms. Overall, we enjoyed the stay very much.
Back in time at the Hilton
Having seen the hotel being built on our visit to St Augustine last September we were very keen to see the finished build. We were so impressed with the look of the Hilton , it had been built to fit in with the historic surroundings and did not look out of place on the bayfront.
The hotel is built over several buildings surrounding a quadrangle, upon arrival its best to make use of the valet parking as the car park in underground !. Then check in . Our room overlooked the bayfront we had a fantastic view of the Bridge of Lions and the frequent boats passing our window. Just outside the hotel you must take a horse and carriage ride through the best parts of St Augustine with the very knowledgeable guides.
Our room was very comfortable , we loved the gold decor throughout and the dark wood carved furniture made it feel very Spanish. The beds are very comfortable with an abundance of pillows. After a good nights sleep and a delicious breakfast we checked out to enjoy the sights of St Augustine again. We are coming back to St Augustine in September 2005 and would certainly stay at the Hilton again.
Beautiful Property, Excellent Location
This property just opened Feb. 3,2005. Everything is brand new and beautiful. Our beds had pillow top mattresses and were like a cloud, plus one of the few Queen size beds to be found in the city. By far, the most comfortable hotel bed I've ever slept on. The linens are luxurious and above average-4 pillows per bed, duvets, and plush towels. We were impressed with the special touches, for instance the rounded out shower curtain rod to give you the feeling of more space in the shower. The staff is professional and anxious to please. This hotel has an excellent location for seeing the tourist attractions. Exiting the back of the propery, you are one short block from St. Georges St. and it's just a bit further to either the St. Augustine Train or Trolley. We would definately stay here again, it is very comfortable and well worth the money.
The only additional tips I have are that it may not be worth it to pay extra for a water view here. This hotel is built as a quad with a courtyard that you can drive into. The front facing the water, has the main thoroughfare (2 lanes @ direction) between it and the water. Although you may have a veranda, I'll bet it could be noisy for sleeping. The back of the property is bordered by Charlotte St., a single lane, brick street that is used occasionally and very quiet. The hotel has a small restaurant which has an impressive, "gourmet" menu but may not appeal to your tastes or pocketbook. There is a workout room, but the small gift shop/snack shop was not stocked & operational yet as of 2/14/05.