The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort
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... of a detour round a slightly ropey part of town when the sat nav went a bit wrong, we parked up on Laura Street (!) and followed the map we had with all the events on it. Throughout the part of town we were in (Jacksonville is the biggest city in the US based on square miles but it's all very spread out- like lots of little towns grouped together in to a city) shops and cafés were open showing the work of local artists, jewellery makers,sculptors etc. ...
... I've got to retrieve my washing from the dryer and hope it hasn't shrunk!! I had a bit of a nightmare trying to work the washing machine at first, as you actually have to do the exact opposite of what the instructions tell you. Fortunately I had ignored them (as I couldn't understand what they were on about!) and just did my own thing until it eventually whirred in to action. Speak to you all soon. It's meant to be a sunny week here so I should be out and about doing quite a bit to tell you ...
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.
... than the road itself. Crossing the road proved quite difficult all day; I still can't quite work out which way to look when I cross and their four way junctions are confusing for everyone involved. Once I found where the button was to cross at the traffic lights I was fine though! Sqn Ldr Faulds had shown me the medical building last night so I recognised it when I came across it and walked in to it with the American National Anthem being ...
... Mum, you'll be pleased to know I've got an iron and ironing board! I can't tell if it's leaking or I'm doing something wrong, but I'll find out when I iron at a time I'm not shattered. I've got everything unpacked now and I'm just watching a bit of telly before going to bed. It's 10pm here (so 3am at home). I've been up for 21 hours so I'd probably better get some sleep now, I start at 8 tomorrow and need to get some breakfast from somewhere before ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort Saint Augustine
We just returned from a 2 night stay at the Renaissance (11/26-11/28)
Great property, great service
We have stayed at numerous golf resorts - this was truly one of the best. The golf and service were first class. The rooms were comfortable and well appointed, and all the beds will be upgraded we are told in January. We look forward to returning next year.
Pros: Large, attactive central atrium, ample free parking, adjacent to St. Johns County Convention Center and golf courses.
I am a travel agent and requested a King bed no smoking. We got to the hotel and were given 2 double beds. Which I know that happens, however I called down to see if there was a King available and the girl said no. I called down again to see if they had a queen bed and just magically a king bed appeared. We went to the room and while the room was nice, there were dirty blankets piled up behind the door. Mind you we were there at 9:30pm, not early afternoon. They have bottled water in the rooms for your consumption, but if you consume them they are $4.00 each. I asked about the internet cafe, they showed me to a room with 1 computer. There are wall jacks if you want to bring your laptop and work in their. They have a nice decor and the staff was nice for the most part. The grounds are beautiful an we had a beautiful view. The bed was comfortable and the pillows were just right. The shower head is wonderful. The bathroom is very large and even has a tv in the bathroom.
Smells like mold
A number of the rooms have had water damage. We requested a room change after spending one night in a room that smelled of mold. The 2nd and 3rd room shown had the same smell. We settled on the 4th room that didn't smell too bad, but did smell. Evidence of water damage could be seem by water stains on the walls, crumbling drywall near the sliding glass doors where we could see mold growing. We were told the rooms were scheduled for rehab, but in the mean time this is all they had. Since I was on a golf vacation with my buddies, we stuck it out. The golf was good, but I would find another place to stay.
We just returned from the World Golf Village where we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Renaissance Hotel. The decor in the bedroom was not light and bright, but was certainly tastefully done. We had a room with standard sized double beds, which were what we expected. King size beds are assigned on a first come, first served basis--so make your reservations & request early if that is what you want.
We arrived at this hotel on the 14th March. The reviews we read of the hotel and the hotel description made us decide to splash out a bit more money to stay there. When we got there the hotel looked impressive from the outside and the foyer area. However when we got to our room we were disappointed. In the bathroom the sink surround was hanging off, the bed spreads looked like they had come out of the 1970's and the room had a musty smell. The hotel offered foam pillows which I thought I would request and they never appeared. The lady on the front desk was helpful and allowed us to change rooms, but still the room looked very tired. In defence, the sheets, towels and the bathroom were very clean and the bed was comfortable, but small (make sure you request a king sized bed). The breakfast was also nice and the staff helpful. We enjoyed looking around the Hall of Fame and having a pleasant walk around the lake. But would not recommend the Legacy restaurant (totally separate from the hotel). Here we had the worst meal of our stay in Florida. With hinesight we wish we had stayed at the Comfort Suites (the only other hotel in the area) which looked cheaper, brand new and also overlooked a lake.
This hotel is very nice. The rooms are spotless and well decorated. The hotel can only be described as luxury class. It is the nicest Renaissance Hotel in which we have stayed. We are not golfers and used it as a base for visiting St Augustine. It is close enough to make it a good starting point if you don't want to be in the city. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that asked. From the TV in the bathroom to the terry cloth robes, they do their best to make you comfortable.
Can't say enough about it. The room was impeccable and well decorated. My wife loved the bathroom with its great lighting, TV, wide counter, and lit magnifying mirror. Her birthday was on Saturday so the room service staff brought our breakfast with a birthday candle and a nice note. VERY nice of them.
A great golf experience
The resort was great, wonderful service and the rooms were clean and decorated in a lovely golf theme. We spent three nights there, enjoyed golf on both courses and even had time for an excursion into historic St. Augustine (the concierge could not have been more helpful!) We can't wait to return next year.