My husband, teenage daughter and I stayed at the Vilano Beach Garden Inn as we could not get a second night at the St. Augustine Beach House, a sister property. The Garden Inn is not right on the beach, but was only a few short blocks away, and also, very close to the Vilano Pier, which is a lovely place to walk, watch boats, go fishing or just relax. Everything is walking distance in that part of Vilano Beach, with a Publix just up the street, a very good Chinese restaurant, China Wok, where we got delicious take out, and some very tasty restaurants, like 180 Vilano right across the street, or Beaches, just a two minute walk down by the pier. The location is really perfect, just 5 minutes across the bridge to historic St. Augustine. The hotel itself is a restored, old-timey Florida motel, renovated beautifully inside with comfortable, large rooms, cushy four poster beds, a small fridge, large big screen tv, coffee maker and microwave. We had a king suite, with a separate area for a Queen sized pull out couch. Their is a continental breakfast in the office in the morning, and we were greeted by the very friendly Janie, who clearly loves her job and is a great ambassador for the area. We ate our breakfast at a lovely table outside, and also enjoyed sitting by the koi pond in the courtyard. There is some construction going on outside, and we heard there is a plan to have a pool in the future, but we heard nothing but the birds and the gurgling of the koi pond when we were there...very quiet and relaxing. We would definitely recommend and would definitely return. (I would recommend, though, that the management accept AAA or AARP discounts for this property--they do not currently). Give this sweet place a try if you plan to be in the area, you won't be sorry!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax in vintage Florida style in our cozy, pet-friendly Inn. Rooms offer comfortable, brand new king or queen beds, a mini-fridge and microwave. Our landscaped gardens feature native Florida plants and plenty of space to enjoy the sunshine. Walk to Vilano Beach, the floating dock and fishing pier, supermarket and restaurants. You are just a five minute drive from all the sites and attractions of historic Saint Augustine. ... more less
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