Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites St. Augustine/Historical District
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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.
After a 2 1/2 day drive from Boston we arrived in St. Augustine. St. Augustine is an easy town love given its history, quaint historic downtown, plenty of activities and of course a FORT! Being Bostonians we tend to think of the Mayflower as more or less the first European settlement in the U.S., or maybe Jamestown, VA. However, while Jamestown was established in 1607 and Plymouth Plantation was 1620, St. Augustine was established by the ...
... the Pats. We'll be cheering QB 18 of Denver just to keep Amanda happy, sorry Colm, Judy, Dave and Mary.
Hello out there to all our friends. I wish you were all here - well not here in our one bedroom condo but close. Today has dawned beautifully sunny and warm and the beach is only about 50 feet away so I am about to head down to look at the water. Maybe I will be able to spot a few dolphins.
... for the night, having a quiet one, watching some tv before heading of to bed… those who did head out into town apparently enjoyed it… there's a lot of cobblestone roads and things like that… I suppose its in recognition of the towns history Anyway just a short one today… tomorrow we're off to Savannah, ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHoliday Inn Hotel & Suites St. Augustine/Historical District Saint Augustine
The room was great and the price couldn't be beat! Traveling with a group of six can be difficult, especially if there are no suites available. This suite had two queen beds separate from a living space that included a sofa sleeper. Plenty of closet space and two televisions. It was clean and the property was well- groomed. This Holiday Inn & Suites is conveniently located in the heart of the historical district of St. Augustine and minutes from the beach. There are plenty of restaurants nearby, such as the Red Lobsters where we had a delicious dinner the previous night and a Dunkin Donuts is right down the road (where we had a quick breakfast the following day). We will remember this hotel for future vacations in St. Augustine.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites St. Augustine/Historical District Saint Augustine
Very, very nice hotel and friendly staff
My wife and I were so happy with our comfortable and clean room. It was a pleasure to be welcomed by such a friendly staff. We needed help with area information and extra towels. They went out of their way to help us with everything. We pampered ourselves with room service, too. Plan to recommend to all our friends. Bob and Nancy
This is one of the best hotels I have every stayed in, It was close enough to downtown, and very clean, the staff was well informed of the events in the historical area. The room we had was large enough to sleep 6 and had a refrig and microwave in it. The Restaurant was a buffet and had all the home cook items on it, not to mention kids eat free and the waitstaff was pleasent as well. I will be back to this hotel again on my next vacation.
... but it's not what I'd consider walking distance from the historic district. It is near the Fountain of Youth and Ripley's, but a bit of a walk to other sites. It rained while we were there so we drove around (we thought both the sightseeing trains were a waste of money) and eventually paid for parking. It was only $6 so it wasn't too bad.
I would give it one star (or zero), except the staff were so friendly and helpful! Housekeeping was another matter:
This was an excellent hotel. Not to far from downtown, so you avoided most of the traffice. New hotel, rooms were large and very clean with a soft comfortable bed.
The hotel itself was very nice, rooms good size and clean. Check in took some time, had to come back and room still was not ready but the staff was pleasant enough. The only improvement could be on their breakfast buffet, was okay but charged you for extras such as toast which was strange and other juices if you didn't like orange.
This hotel was great.. It is fairly new and very nicely decorated. It has interior corridors which I prefer. If you want to enter through any door other than the lobby you have to use your room key, which made me feel very safe. It is within walking distance to restaurants, antique shops and ice cream parlors.Ripley's Believe it or not and many other sites are practically right behind it. Staff are very helpful and nice. We had a problem with a our toilet in our room, and we were upgraded to a suite at no extra charge. We were very pleased and would highly recommend. The only problem was that is was hard to find from the road. We passed it twice and had to ask for directions before we finally found it.. Would recommend a bigger sign on the main road.
I truly didn't expect much from this hotel because I am not a Holiday Inn person but did think it would be closer to the downtown activites than it actually was. Downtown was many long blocks away, you needed to jump on the "A" trolley or drive and park. Be aware that the front desk will call for a shuttle pickup for you, but the shuttle drops you off at the "Red train" ($15./3 days/pp). The "Green" trolley is across the street ($16./3 days/pp) but has more trolleys that pick up more often.
Very nice new hotel
We stayed at the Holiday Inn in St. Augustine in Feb. 2004. Our stay was very nice. The staff was very professional and quite helpful if you had a question. The rooms are very clean and tastefully decorated. We had been traveling for several days before we arrived and I was in need of a laundromat, the hotel had one that was quite satisfactory. I travel with my laptop computer and it was nice to be able to plug into their high speed internet access. The weather was terrible but that's another story. Would stay at this establishment again.
We stayed here for a night on January 3, 2003 and generally were satisfied. The rooms were clean and everything was in good condition (this seems to be a fairly new hotel, at least the paint was new). The hotel was somewhat difficult to find, as it cannot be seen from the main road and is a little hidden. Downside was that you could hear what was going on in the halls (which was annoying in the morning....). All in all it was a nice hotel, but not the most impressive I have stayed in.