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“Hidden Gem” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ocean Sands Beach Inn
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Vilano Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Melksham, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

Staff are really helpful and friendly. Great location. Good breakfast with plenty of choice. Clean and comfortable rooms, new carpet in the room we stayed in. Just across from the beach, you can sit and watch the dolphins. minutes drive from St Augustine.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank socksthecat57
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Ligonier, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

On way back north decided to stop a few days in St. Augustine and stay at the Ocean Sands Beach Inn. I think it has 24 rooms and is just across A1A from the Ocean. Very private part of the Beach. Inn was very clean and undergoing some renovation, staff very friendly and helpful. We had a room on the back side (away from the highway) and it was very quite. I would recommend for a couple day stay as the rooms are small. We enjoyed the visit.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank James R
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msample, General Manager at Ocean Sands Beach Inn, responded to this review, 17 October 2013
First, thanks for a great review, all of us here at the Ocean Sands Beach Inn sincerely love our jobs and making sure all of our guests have a great time during their visit. Next, while we are a small hotel, you sold us a little short, we are actually closer to 30 rooms, but we provide big hotel services. We are also glad you liked our renovation so far and we look forward to you coming back for another visit!
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Live Oak, Florida, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

My husband and I celebrated my birthday there. We had the best time. The staff is very friendly and it is very clean. The food area were breakfast is served is very small. But over all would recommend it to someone.

Room Tip: Corner room is much more sunnier than other rooms..
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  • Stayed October 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
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Debbie S
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msample, General Manager at Ocean Sands Beach Inn, responded to this review, 16 October 2013
Thank you for your comments, I'm very happy you had a great stay and we are a nice little hotel for a weekend retreat. We are working on our breakfast area this off-season and hope to add space by moving our front desk to the opposite side of the lobby and use the space the desk is now for additional seating. I hope you'll come back in the future to see our upgrades as they happen.
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

Want a clean, quiet, friendly place to rest after an exciting day in St Augustine?
Well The Ocean Sands Beach Inn is that place. …..

The new owner has done a great job refurbishing his Inn. There are new carpets, bathrooms, appliances, bedding, flat screen TVs and there are plans to enlarge the lounge.

The Ocean Sands Beach Inn is conveniently located just off A1A in Vilano Beach, minutes away from downtown St Augustine. (An Old Town Trolley shuttle will pick you up at the door or you can take a cab to the Bridge of Lions for $12.00.)

You can walk across the street to their private ocean front beach and dip your toes in the surf or watch the kite surfers skip across the waves. Or you can bathe in their pool.

The caring staff makes sure your stay is enjoyable.
And they do it in a way that makes you feel like part of the family….
Whether it is smiling Stacy…. Who enjoys filling you in on all the local eateries, calling a cab, or slipping freshly made waffles on the plates of two sleepy guests.

Then there is Lisa, who searched the internet to find an emergency Dental Clinic for our grandson.

Did I mention Rebecca, popping out of the office every now and then to make sure there was nothing we needed?

Oh yes, then there is Hardy, who can forget this personable young man? What a smile, somehow Hardy was always there when you needed him.

Just to be clear about this review…
We are just satisfied patrons who had a wonderful stay and we know you will too.

Room Tip: The second floor rooms offer a view of the dunes and the ocean. No matter which room you choose… Ju...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank DORIS R
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msample, General Manager at Ocean Sands Beach Inn, responded to this review, 9 October 2013
Wow - what a great review, thank you very much! I will definitely share your kind words with all the staff and especially all the employees you mentioned. I am so happy to hear you were well taken care of during your stay. I always say you can teach and train staff on how to do a job, but you cannot train people to have a great attitude! Please come back and stay with us again and I think you'll find that we get better with each trip as we continue to upgrade and update the hotel.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013 via mobile

My wife and I decided to stay here based mainly on easy beach access and hot breakfast. Looking at those two things, the beach is on the other side of A1A and the breakfast was not bad. The room when we arrived was ready to enter before 3:00,great. Room was very musty,not so great. They put a damp-rid and I put an air freshener on the a/c. You can get to the beach in about 2 min. Depending on traffic, not that bad. Hot breakfast needs some tweaking, waffle mix not quite enough for a full waffel, eggs got rubbery to quick, too many sausage links,ones on bottom were hard and dry.Melinda maintained our room just right, trash,soap and shampoo only. Left everything else for us to pickup or move. Could use more outlets or provide surge strips as in this day everyone has multiple plugins. We're able to use my propane BBQ on deck off room, that made supper easy. The whole area nees to look into transport into town, the intown ones do but their clients can walk to the areas downtown. Bathroom has a vent but no fan that I could see and the addition of soap dishes,sink and tub would be helpful.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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msample, General Manager at Ocean Sands Beach Inn, responded to this review, 9 October 2013
Thank you for your comments and overall review of the hotel from your stay at our hotel. It sounds like you overall had a nice experience, but there were some items that we need to work on and make better. I can assure you we take all comments and reviews very seriously and will do everything we can to address the issues you mentioned. Our hotel works hard to meet and exceed all our guest expectations and we sincerely want to make sure you enjoy your stay. I hope you will come back for another visit to our lovely hotel as we continue to renovate and improve the hotel.
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Columbus, Georgia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

Ocean Sands Beach Inn is a very quaint inn. The staff we came in contact with were very nice and accommodating. The room was comfortable and clean. I could tell there had been recent updates; new carpet and bathroomn fixtures. We had a first floor room opening to the rear and we loved it. We could park car right by our room. The breakfast was good, nice selection, even included potatoes! We didn't have time to try the pool. Our room had a very nice jacuzzi which we used and loved! We stayed only one night but we are already making plans to return same time next year to stay longer and truly get the full experience of wonderful St Augustine and spend more time at this nice place. Thank you Ocean Sands Beach Inn. PS I have been selling you to my friends too!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank pdjohns1957
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Seffner, Florida
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Rosemary M
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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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