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The Saint Augustine Beach House
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Vilano Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best of everything for both people & pets!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

Amazing oceanfront resort with large spacious tastefully decorated rooms with ocean view and a kitchenette. Super friendly employees that strive to ensure your happiness. We very comfortably fit our family of 3 young children and 2 adults. Great complimentary breakfast with an assortment of food. Free parking & wifi. Pet friendly! We are so appreciative that we could bring our dogs with us. Lets keep the privilege going, pet owners please continue to be responsible and keep your pets quiet, on leash at all times and pick up after them. Highly recommend St. Augustine Beach House.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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sabhadmin, Front Office Manager at The Saint Augustine Beach House, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
We so enjoyed having you and your family (and pets!) stay with us here at The Beach House!! The best news we can get is that you plan to return again - and we will all look forward to seeing you next time. We agree - it is such a wonderful experience to be able to take your pet for a relaxing oceanfront walk and many beaches don't allow it any more.. If everyone takes care to protect their pet... and the beach... it works better for all. Thank you again for your wonderful comments - Regards from all of us.
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Nineveh, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

We loved St. Augustine Beach House and cannot wait to go back! The view from our 2nd floor room was gorgeous. The room was large, comfortable, and clean. Paul and Judy (staff members) were extremely friendly and kind. Our black lab, Gracie, was treated like family. The beach is great, and there are many interesting attractions nearby. This was definitely a vacation to remember.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jayne Y
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sabhadmin, Front Office Manager at The Saint Augustine Beach House, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
We loved having you visit! And we enjoyed meeting Gracie - she absolutely is like family too! We appreciate our guests and hope you did truly feel like Beach House extended VIP family. Please plan to return soon and we'll be waiting to welcome you 'home' for another beachside getaway. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments - regards from all of us..
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Lansing, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

It's hard to find this combination but The Saint Augustine Beach House has it! The rooms are large and have a kitchen which includes a large refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, and toaster. Dishes are not in the room but are quickly supplied upon request. Very accommodating, friendly staff. The balconies are great, wonderful view. Easy walking distance to Publix and local restaurants. The beach is made of crushed shells rather than sand so bring your water shoes; the shells are not sharp, no need to worry about your dogs' paws, they're just kind of hard to walk on. There is a lot of dog-friendly beach so it makes for some good walks. A lot of surfers in the water. We hope to return next year.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Hola4876
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sabhadmin, Front Office Manager at The Saint Augustine Beach House, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
Please do plan to return next year!! Vilano is a very unique beach and it's a plus that you can walk your dog on the shores as well. The sand is shell-based - so tender paws do need to get used to it.. but it is a relaxing place and it's always good to share a walk on the beach with your dog... Thank you so much for your comments - we will look forward to welcoming you back to The Beach House very soon.
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Western NC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014

We checked in around 3, and it's true there is not an elevator but everyone was pleasant and even offered to carry our bags to room 205. You can see the ocean (and lots of cats) from your room. I had an issue not being able to get the slider door to lock but they sent someone with me right then with something to put in the door and a trick to get the lock to work most of the time. I just couldn't sleep somewhere with the doors not locked at night. We left after carrying our bags in and went in to St. Augustine.

BTW the name fooled me -it's on Vilano beach, not St. Augustine beach, but that was all clearly printed - I just didn't see it. We got back late, slept and up early to see the sunrise, back and showered and checked out after grabbing a few items from their breakfast offerings. Publix is close if you have special dietary needs and you can see the sunset from the parking lot.

The beach is shelly, and you can drive out on it if you want to. In fact a cop who must not be a photographer came out in the morning at sunrise and left his darn lights shined at me when I was trying to take my sunrise photos. We didn't get in the water but It looks like quite the drop off from the beach and rougher than what we saw at Coca and Ormond. You can see the lighthouse from the beach too. Lots of birds to see.

A few issues, the coffee pot had only been rinsed not washed even though there was dish soap.
There was several light switches that didn't work anything or all the lightbulbs were burned out. I already mentioned the door lock and the slider door was cloudy but the man who helped with the lock said they were getting new ones. The balcony had 2 chairs and a table but was too tight to add my tripod- we never ended up sitting there. We could not set the clock and make it quit blinking so we just unplugged it. Of course if you want to see the sunrise you have to keep checking your cell phones and only one side of the king bed had a table to set it on. There is no phone in the room. The kitchen, vanity, bath and tables looked new. Nice wide area for make up etc and the vanity was separate from the toilet and shower which is nice.

I rated it average because it was higher priced than the other hotel we stayed in at Coca and offered less in room features. I mean ocean front is ocean front. I saw where they compared the prices to St. Augustine- but they are on St. Augustine beach, they are over the bridge on Vilano beach. The staff gets an 5 star even if the hotel itself didn't. They were all very helpful and gave out coupon books that I wish we wouldn't gotten before doing most of the things we had planned, but that is our fault. Overall nice people but before staying there again I'd take a look around.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KiminWNC
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sabhadmin, Front Office Manager at The Saint Augustine Beach House, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
Thank you for your comments - we appreciate the input and will certainly address the items you mentioned. Actually, we have brand new sliding glass doors already ordered and are planning to install them in the spring!! The view from those sliders is an important part of The Beach House experience so we do want it to be the best possible. We continue to add and improve and hope you will return to visit with us again.
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Marlton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

We loved our stay at the St. Augustine Beach House. The staff was friendly and informative. The hotel is very dog friendly. We had a great ocean view from our balcony. We were happy with the location and the dog friendly beach.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Joanne900
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sabhadmin, Front Office Manager at The Saint Augustine Beach House, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
We agree! The views are beautiful and the beach is great - and we know that being able to take your dog for a walk along these shores is especially enjoyable for pet lovers!! Please plan to return soon and thank you so much for taking a moment to share your wonderful comments.
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Jacksonville
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

Older facility, 3 stories, no elevator, no fitness center, and no pool, BUT every room has a balcony looking at the Atlantic Ocean, the beach is just outside your door, and you can drive a 4WD to the south end of the island if you wish. Dog friendly, continental breakfast included, staff is terrific, and walking distance to several decent restaurants and a supermarket. Plus, St. Augustine is just across the bridge over the intercoastal waterway.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Raskalnikoff
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sabhadmin, Front Office Manager at The Saint Augustine Beach House, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
We appreciate your comments - and we do wish we had a fitness room and a pool. Those are definitely on our wish list for future addition.. but in the meantime we hope that being right on the edge of the ocean with miles to walk and run will help make up for it just a bit!! Thank you for staying with us and we do hope we'll be welcoming you back very soon.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

Beautiful view, wonderful service. We will be back. Comfortable bed. Very pleasant staff. Great location. Reasonable price. I made reservations late and the staff left the keys for us in the after hours box, turned on the heater and lights, and put ice in the room.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank nshumaker2005
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sabhadmin, Front Office Manager at The Saint Augustine Beach House, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
Thank you for sharing your wonderful comments - we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and will return to stay with us another time! We agree - the views are amazing... and we'll be waiting for you to come back and enjoy them again soon as they never disappoint!
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Property: The Saint Augustine Beach House
Address: 10 Vilano Rd, Vilano Beach, Saint Augustine, FL 32084-2964
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Region: United States > Florida > Saint Augustine > Vilano Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Vilano Beach
#1 Family Hotel in Vilano Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Saint Augustine Beach House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy incredible views of the Atlantic from your private oceanfront balcony. Spacious rooms offer king beds, kitchenettes, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. A full, hot breakfast is included with your stay. We are just 5 minutes from historic downtown Saint Augustine and within walking distance to several restaurants and shopping. Pets are welcome! ... more   less 
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