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“Retro Riot”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Magic Beach Motel

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Magic Beach Motel
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Vilano Beach
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Cortez, Colorado
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“Retro Riot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

As a retro collector and a flamingo lover myself, this stay will give you a magical retro weekend experience at a great restored motel.
Room was spotless and housekeeping is amazing .Owners are wonderful. Great little pool but also close to the beach. We had the king balcony ocean view whirlpool suite and it was the way to go. Great for ocean morning viewing while having your coffee, or sipping wine in the evening. There is another hotel that partially blocks the ocean view, but does not deter from the ambiance.
The free continental breakfast in the morning is a nice touch.
Thank you for a magical weekend getaway. We will be back.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

We just spent the weekend at this hotel- and had a wonderful time in the most comfortable room (and beds). Feliza and her father are great hosts, and really want to make sure you are happy with your stay.

Breakfast is a very good continental, the pool is extremely clean and housekeeping does a super job. Would recommend without hesitation.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

Close to the beach, walking distance to great restaurants, ice cream shop, grocery store, beach! Small town feel very friendly and accommodating. Clean room, pool, and affordable. Free breakfast, allowed us a late checkout. No complaints by our group who stayed in 3 rooms.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

Oh - and a great price, too!

My husband and I came for our vacation (in August) and stayed for 6 nights in the king kitchenette. We were initially drawn to the location because of the retro feel and the family ownership. (We dislike large chains. Predictability can be nice, but it gets boring.) Of course, discovering that the Publix grocery store is even closer than it sounds on their website - so we could easily stock food in the kitchenette - and Vilano Beach, too (1/4 to 1/2 a block away)... well, that was just fantastic.

Our room was very clean and the mural on the wall where the bed's headboard would've been was a great touch! Plus, the owners & staff were wonderful. They made sure we had what we needed and gave great recommendations for local restaurants and attractions. (The Chinese restaurant next to the Publix that they recommended when we got there late the 1st night was great!)

All in all, it was a fantastic, laid-back place to stay - motel and beach - and we will absolutely be back. Thanks for a great time, y'all! :)

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Edisto Island, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013 via mobile

If you are tired of the same old chain hotels and want to experience a neat small friendly little place close to the beach stay here! We lucked into this kitschy little gem on our recent trip to Fl . Driving into historic st Augustine we took a bridge towards the beaches and wound up in tiny laid back Vilano beach. The magic motel only one back from the beach front was easy to locate given its bright tropical colors, flamingos , and low profile . The lady at the desk treated us like friends and since we were traveling w our 9 Lb Chi we were assigned one of two dog friendly rooms on the first floor front. It opened into a kitchenette w fridge, stove top, Microwave, sink, and coffee maker,nicely stocked for light cooking. After walking thru the little kitchenette we entered a nice sized room w queen bed and full size futon flat screen tv small dinette and tile floors! The bathroom though small still had old 50s tile but updated fixtures. The room also had frosted panes French doors opening to a small patio along the sidewalk. Though not fancy this place exudes charm! It takes one back to the mom and pop motels that started sprouting up in the early 50's.
the motel is within walking distance of many restaurants as well as a large Publix grocery store. The public beach is also very close and easily accessed.
The ac worked well as did the ceiling fan and we had a quiet nights sleep. We didn't swim in the pool but it looked well taken care of and inviting! All in all we enjoyed staying here and will stay again next time we are in the area!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Edwardsville, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

stayed for 3 nights at this property and really enjoyed it. renovated property was very clean, room was spacious and comfortable and quiet. 50 feet from the beach entrance, and walking distance to several restaurants and Publix supermarket. friendly staff. an old 50's style Florida motel that has alot of charm. highly recommended, and pet friendly too!

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013 via mobile

I was looking for a place that was pet friendly when I found this gem! I asked for a room with a king bed, mini fridge, and microwave. What I got was so much more! I had a kitchenette, futon, French doors with stained glass, and clean tiled floors! I lived not having to worry about walking around on nasty motel carpet with all it's germs! The owners were super nice and even invited us to a birthday party. I would definitely recommend this place!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Magic Beach Motel
Address: 50 Vilano Road, Vilano Beach, St. Augustine, FL 32095
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Region: United States > Florida > St. Augustine > Vilano Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Vilano Beach
#3 Family Hotel in Vilano Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Magic Beach Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 24
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Vilano Beach Hotel Saint Augustine

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