Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort
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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.
... We made one more stop before lunch at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. This Spanish fort, begun in 1672, stood firm against English attacks and helped Spain to hold Florida for many years. During the American Revolution, it was a British stronghold. Later it became a battery in the U.S. coastal defense system. We didn't have time to go inside the fort. We walked around the outside and our guide gave us the history of the fort. It ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort Saint Augustine Beach
Not Bad - must have gotten lucky!
Stayed here during July '04; paid ~$68/nt through HI's website and the Entertainment discount.
Pros: Location (on nice beach; nice pool; huge room (I was in room 200); quiet; clean; nice bathrooms
Cons: Couldn't turn down the A/C; was told they wouldn't charge for local calls and they did (but they credited me double for my trouble).
Overall - I'd stay there again for this price.
Will not stay at this HI ever again!!
We stayed at this hotel and it was awful!! For $100 a night, it should have been a lot cleaner than it was. I showered with my flip flops on because the bathroom was not clean and then threw away my flip flops afterwards. The rooms were run-down and I slept in long sleeping pants so as little of my skin as possible touched the sheets. It was obvious that this hotel does not clean their comforters. The room had an "old hotel" smell to it and the hallways smelled very bad. I definitely would not recommend this hotel to anyone. It seemed like it should be in the $50 range.
Great Location - older hotel - good value for money
This hotel is older but there have been attempts to update - they just have to put more time, money and effort into it. They should as the location is great. The rooms very clean and you could view the ocean. The eleavators could use some updating or put another one in. All in all good value for your money and the desk staff was friendly and helpful
Our accomadations were right on target. We paid $86.50 a night.
Temporarily Not that Good!
Although we stayed here 10 years ago and liked it, things have temporarily gone downhill. Major constuction was underway in December of 2003--replacing or rennovating balconies and painting. Also, the room next to ours had smokers sitting on the balcony next to ours and there is no separation of the outside balconies on the older units that are not yet rennovated. We had to go in from our balcony, the smoke was bothering us so much. When I first walked into the hallway with our luggage, a man was walking out of the building with his huge dog inside the hallway. Pets must be allowed in some rooms. This was a disappointing stay. I suggest you try The Beach Club, which was rennovated in 2003 and looks very nice.
There When I Needed Them
I was exhausted from 8 hours of driving down I-95. I thought I could make it to Miami, but with a restless child, no way. I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on a hotel room, but by divine intervention I cruised over to the beach to see the ocean and the Holiday Inn Express was priced right for this worn-out mom.No disturbances, clean hospitable facilities, cable, and a peaceful night's sleep, was what we needed, and what we got.A nice waitress at the nearby Denny's restaurant entertained my child so that I could eat a peaceful dinner.
I am grateful to both establishments.
I transefered at 11:30PM one night as I fled the roaches from St.
Shabby and outdated
The hotel was shabby with frayed carpeting, worn out mattresses, an air condition system so loud that normal conversation was impossible. The elavators were a real adventure.Many of the guests quit bothering to use them.There is a very nice beach which was easy to access so if you don't care what your room is like it could be ok. We found out later there were much nicer hotels at comparable prices near by.
The Noisy Door, and The Bed That Wouldn't Stay Made
The staff were very nice, however, the door that opened up to the balcony, was very difficult to open and close.
I am sure that we woke up our neighbors every time we opened and closed that door.
They woke us up every time they opened and closed theirs.....so I am sure we did the same.
The beds that we slept on would not stay made up. So, consequently, I had to sleep on top of a mattress cover, and "fitted" sheet every night we were there.
Either the "fitted" sheets and mattress cover didn't fit the bed, or it was made up improperly.
Our "ocean view" room that we reserved turned into a "partial ocean view" when we checked in. The "view" consists of straining your neck, standing on your tiptoes and seeing a few waves beyond the dumpster in the parking lot. They are proud that all their rooms have balconies --- it appears that these balconies used to be an outdoor entrance to the rooms, with each balcony divided by a metal railing. When you are on your balcony, you are there with several other people from other rooms. This is an old hotel where they have done "just enough" to maintain it. The restaurant was very disappointing. When we sat down and began to order from the limited menu, the waitress began to inform us of all the items that they were OUT of. We ordered a patty melt with french fries. We got a hamburger with no cheese or fries --- the waitress apologized that she did not tell us they were OUT of fries!