Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites St. Augustine/Historical District
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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.
... 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 ...
Finally our pre season preparation was complete, provisions stashed and stowed, crew ready! The lead up to this day built a certain amount of anxious excitement. Having never sailed before or even knowing if I suffered with sea sickness, it was a world of unkown's and firsts for me.
The trust in your skipper is essential when you realize that your life is in ...
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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.
Good for the price...
... 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.
As for the hotel itself: the room was fine, and the bed was comfortable, but I thought the bathroom could have been cleaner -- you could see mildew in some spots. The staff was quite helpful. We had breakfast at the hotel (not the greatest but I had low expectations on that front) and the waitress gave us a few tips for finding parking and for getting around. Everyone was very nice.
If you're looking to stay someplace that won't cost you a bunch of money and is reasonably close to the attractions, I'd recommend staying here. If cost isn't as much of a concern and you're looking to stay right in the middle of everything, I'd check into the Hilton or the historic hotel downtown (the name of which I forget). They're really within what I'd consider walking distance of the big attractions, St. George's Street and the fort...
I would give it one star (or zero), except the staff were so friendly and helpful! Housekeeping was another matter:
· The dust on surfaces was caked on and clearly had been there since long before our stay. The sink's counter surface looked and felt grimy.
· The room's rug was so stained and dirty we wore shoes at all times.
· Dirty towels we left on the bathroom floor remained there after housekeeping had cleaned our room.
· Twice when housekeeping did take dirty towels, they did not replace them.
· Empty toilet paper rolls were not replaced.
· On at least three days, our garbage cans were not emptied; once old newspapers were left on the floor.
· The bathtub and shower curtain looked dirty when we arrived and remained dirty throughout our stay.
· One night, dried black mud from our shoes came off onto the bathroom floor. After housekeeping had been there the next day, the dirt remained.
· Our coffee maker yielded foul coffee, even using our own good coffee we had brough. When the taste improved over several days, we realized the machine had been filthy. We'd been drinking the cleaning water.
· The day we checked out, the same large pieces of dirt I noticed upon checking in still resided on top of the air conditioning.
I wrote to the hotel manager, but a month later have heard nothing. I just forwarded all my complaints to corporate headquarters.
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.
Too far from George St.
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.
Plus you paid admission at most stops. The hotel was adequate but not a "suite" as I expected. It was a plain rectangular room with little "walking space". The pool was not heated and the spa was very small, filthy and covered with caution tape (not open) yet advertised as such.
If visiting S.A. again, I would definitely stay in one of the B&Bs downtown or at the Casa Monica.
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.