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“nice place, nice staff” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ocean Sands Beach Inn
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Vilano Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Seffner, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“nice place, nice staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

my granddaughter and I stayed two nights while visiting St. Augustine - All of the staff were very nice and helpful. The room was clean and comfortable - There was a wedding party there at the same time, made it even more fun! We would definitely stay there again. the price is reasonable and even though it's not a new building, it's up to date and in very good condition.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rosemary M
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Brantford, Canada
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

Ocean Sands Beach Inn was fantastic. We stopped there for 2 days after a long road trip from Toronto. We were made to feel like family and Lisa was fantastic! Had a small problem with our door lock and when Shawn couldn't fix it they promptly moved us to another room and Shawn carried all our luggage.
The Inn is small and family oriented and best of all right across the street from the ocean. Rooms were clean, staff was excellent and everything was perfect. We were one of 2 bookings that were not part of a wedding party but you would never know as everyone made us feel at home and part of the "group"
Would definitely stay here in again and recommend it for family's, couples or solo travelers.

Room Tip: Ask for 2nd floor ocean view or first floor pool side.....there are no elevators
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KoKoOreo
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msample, General Manager at Ocean Sands Beach Inn, responded to this review, 9 October 2013
Thank you for the nice review and the helpful comments. You'll be very happy to know that we just upgraded our hotel guest room door locks to the most state-of-the-art RFID system available in the business. Please come back for another visit and I think you'll see that we continue to improve as our renovation continues.
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Miami, Florida, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2013

This place was fabulous. The right price, right place, clean, quiet, and the staff was enjoyable and friendly. We had brought our boat to explore the area by water and there was no issues with taking an extra spot in the parking lot. We're adding this motel to the top of our list for places to stay in St. Augustine, which we visit on a regular basis.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TomDomack
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Notasulga, Alabama
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2013

We stayed at the Ocean Sands in July when most of the hotel was blocked out for a friend's wedding. We were pleased with everything about the hotel, but the staff was the biggest highlight! We had a change from 2 people in a room (was booked for a king) to 4 people (where we needed 2 queens) that didn't make it into the system. When we got there, Lisa and Stacey worked hard to move things around and accommodate our request. They were successful and we had a wonderful stay. These two ladies were amazing!!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ecrozier
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Leesburg, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

My Husband wanted to get away for a night over Labor Day weekend. He was referred by our credit card rewards program. We got in around 3 pm. We were greeted by Lisa, with a smile. Lisa was SUPER nice. We had room 113, first floor at the end of the hall. The room looked brand new. There was a mini fridge, microwave, keurig coffee maker with real creamer too! We had a nice little porch off the room, with 2 chairs. It was a 50 foot walk across the street to the beach. Only the top floor had "beach view', but that didn't make my stay any less enjoyable. The breakfast the next morning was great. The only issue we had was the WIFI was VERY weak. We talked to Lisa about it, and she let me know they were having some issue with that, and the MNGR knew and would be in the next morning to fix it.. too bad we left the next day.
we will be back.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank dansmel
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msample, General Manager at Ocean Sands Beach Inn, responded to this review, 9 September 2013
Awesome Review!

Thank you for your comments and I have shared them with the staff as a great example of how to set the tone for a great guest experience. I have also shared them with Lisa and she was very pleased. I also wanted you to know that since your visit - I actually think it was the same week - I have upgraded our Internet experience with additional boosters and I know the weak signal issues are gone now. I hope you will be back for another visit in the future and you'll see that we are continuing to improve each day.
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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

My husband and I took a weekend away to stay here, It was GREAT! The staff, the room and the the overall enviroment was so Relaxing and Tranquil! The staff from the front desk to the Housekeeping treated us like we were at a home away from home... Breakfast was HOT and filling, Coffee was fresh and refreshing.. I have no complaints! Our room overlooked the pool and the intercoastal waterway.. Beautiful Sunset! You can clearly see that the New Owner has put alot of hard work and $$ into this place and wants you to feel happy leaving and wants you to come back!! They truly treat every guest with the upmost respect and courtesy and want you feel like you matter.. and that I did!!! I recommend this Inn to anyone wanting a peaceful place to go and enjoy theirselves... The Jacuzzi tub was AWESOME!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jolene L
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msample, General Manager at Ocean Sands Beach Inn, responded to this review, 9 September 2013
Jolene,

Thank you for the nice review - I'm so glad you had a great time. I spoke to you beforehand and tried to paint a nice picture of how the hotel was moving along in our renovation and it sounds like you really enjoyed your stay. The Jacuzzi rooms are great and the Wetlands view to the west really do have a spectacular sunset view and are one of my personal favorites. I hope you'll make our hotel a regular choice when you and your husband are looking for the weekend beach getaway!
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Muscadine, ALabama
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

My family had a great time at the Ocean Sands Beach Inn. Our room was clean and the staff was excellent. Stacey even had cookies for the kids in the evenings! The weather was perfect and the beach was clean and uncrowded. Needless to say will will be back again to visit real soon.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the second floor facing the beach. First floor rooms do not have much of a view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Brent L
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OceanSandsBeachInn, General Manager at Ocean Sands Beach Inn, responded to this review, 29 August 2013
Thank you for the nice review, all of us here at the Ocean Sands Beach Inn appreciate the feedback and strive to make each guests stay a very pleasant and memorable vacation. We hope you can come back again for another visit and I think you'll find that the hotel gets better and better with each stay.
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Property: Ocean Sands Beach Inn
Address: 3465 Coastal Hwy, Vilano Beach, St. Augustine, FL 32084-1723
Phone Number:
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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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