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Ocean Sands Beach Inn
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Vilano Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 August 2013

This place is a gem! Small and friendly with great access to the most quiet and clean beach. We just returned from a two night stay and I must say that the value of this hotel can't be beat. The renovations are good and the staff were so friendly. The hotel is in the middle of renovations and it shows in a good way. They are making it so nice for guests. If you want the most pleasant stay with access to a wonderful stretch of beach, this is it.

Room Tip: The room we stayed in was on the second floor facing West. While not a beach view, it had a nice vie...
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Great stay! Our room had brand new carpet and bathroom remodeled. Freshly remodeled hallways. New owners a few months ago going through gradual renovations really sprucing it up! Older building but neat, tidy, with great beachy character. Beach access is gorgeous! And... Awesome make-your-own waffles!

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Reviewed 7 August 2013

My family of 18 with 6 rooms, came for my daughters wedding. Everyone on staff was great especially Stacey and Lisa! Every question was answered, very friendly. They were always smiling and helpful! Vanessa kept are rooms clean and tidy. The rooms are small but with the ocean across the street, you are not in your room long! There is no elevator but the staff helped us with our things up the stairs. We will definitely go back to stay again!

Room Tip: Book early to get an ocean view room on second floor. I was on second floor marshland and it was gr...
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

Staff was courteous and worked at making the quests comfortable. Stacey at the front desk made a world of difference. She arranged for tickets to local activities, her recommendations were honest and she never tired of entertaining any question posed to her. The hotel itself is older and has recently changed ownership. Upgrades are a work in process and the cleaning staff needs to be trained on some details, but overall our stay was pleasant with no issues. The breakfast was adequate but the eating area was small and crowded.

Room Tip: Corner suite was larger and had good view of ocean. Some street noise, but close to stairs.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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OceanSandsBeachInn, General Manager at Ocean Sands Beach Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2013

Thank you for your comments and I sincerely appreciate the feedback. I have shared your comments with our entire staff - especially the housekeeping comments. I completely realize that we can have the best facilities and the best service, but if the rooms are not clean, than the experience is not good. The housekeeping staff is being closely monitored to ensure there are no cleanliness issues and I believe we have correct all the former challenges. I look forward to having you return for another visit to see for yourself that the hotel is in tip-top shape!

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

My husband and I recently stayed a week here to celebrate our anniversary and his birthday. The location could not be better; Cross the road and there is a nice quiet beach or drive a few miles and you are in St. Augustine's old town. I don't think you could get anything better for this price. They are currently renovating, btw, but the staff and workers did all they could to work with us. The breakfast was great (with a sunrise view), the staff was more than accommodating (esp the housekeeping staff!) and had a great sense of humor. The refrigerator was a bit small for our week but we just kept a cooler stocked with ice for anything too big. We had a coastal view with wonderful sunsets over marshland every night. There is no elevator so beware if you can't do stairs and maybe don't pack so much junk to trudge up and down. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will recommend it to anyone planning a beach getaway.

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Reviewed 24 July 2013

Our family of 4 recently stayed here for 3 nights. The hotel was very clean, the room was small but big enough and the breakfast was really good. All of the hotel staff were extremely helpful, friendly and professional...we had no problems. They gave us great recommendations for local restaurants...fitting our family and budget.
Super price for the location..directly across from a beautiful and quiet beach.
Our kids are already asking about coming back next year!

Room Tip: We were on the bottom floor without a really great view...but we didn't pay for a view..the beac...
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The staff was very, very friendly and helpful. The room was adequate, but a bit cramped. Pretty tight quarters for 4 people in the room. However, the location more than made up for the room's shortfalls. Just a 50 yard walk across the A1A to the beach. There are few options that get you that close to the beach for this price.

Room Tip: Book early and ask for an ocean view room. We had a garden view, and seldom ever opened the curtains...
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Address: 3465 Coastal Hwy, Vilano Beach, St. Augustine, FL 32084-1723
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Region: United States > Florida > St. Augustine > Vilano Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Vilano Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Vilano Beach
Price Range: £74 - £121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Ocean Sands Beach Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ocean Sands Beach Inn is the only ocean front hotel in St Augustine with a private beach and unobstructed views of both the sunrise over the Atlantic and sunset views over the scenic wetlands and inter-coastal waterway to the west. Our upscale, boutique style hotel has been recently renovated with new granite bathroom, carpeting, bedding, flat-screen TV's, K-Cup coffee makers, and much more. The upscale facilities and amenities combined with a perfect beach location and outstanding service all ensure you will have a truly relaxing and enjoyable vacation when visiting the St Augustine and Historic Coast area. ... more   less 
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