The staff was certainly welcoming.
The room was small with 2 twin beds, but roomy enough to get around.
The bathroom door slid closed (because there isn't enough room for a swinging door.)
The shower looks relatively new and the water became hot when allowed to run for a few minutes.
The towels were large and absorbent. They were changed daily.
Shampoo, conditioner and lotion were supplied.
A small corner wardrobe stands in the corner for hanging clothes. On top is a very small television. We don't watch television, so I cannot attest to the stations available.
Breakfast was very good, located in a special room in another part of the hotel. There were 2 options to choose from: pancakes or sausage quiche. Coffee and juice were also available, as well as a fruit cup.
There is free parking in a lot behind the hotel, and a lovely fountain with tables and chairs in a garden setting where one can relax.
We were in room 7, which is located near the back entrance to the hotel. We were fortunate that the hotel had only a few patrons, because we noticed that the door does not completely shut, so any noise in the hall was as loud as being in the room with us. Had there been people walking in and out of the door, the noise would have been extremely irritating.
There was quite a bit of dust on the window blinds, and there was mildew behind the sink faucet. It really needed a good scrubbing behind the faucet. Other than that, the room was clean. The beds were very comfortable.
Over all, the room experience was acceptable. However, I do have to admit that the Bar next door is quite disruptive to someone who wants to get to bed at a reasonable hour. I had read the reviews, but really did not think that it could be all that bad.
Well….I was wrong. The first night, a band was playing, and we could not even hear each other talk in our room, the noise was so loud. During the ruckus, someone decided to stand right outside our window and have a conversation with someone on the phone. He might as well have been in the room with us as we could hear every word.
I am by no means a prude, and generally tolerate quite a bit, taking it all in with the aura of my surroundings, but the noise level from the band was really way too much. They did finish around 10:00, but the outdoor clientele were active and noisy until 2:00 a.m. The same for the next night as well.
So, unless you have a hearing aid that you can remove, are a sound sleeper, or are one of those youngsters participating in the party, I give you fair warning of the noise that you can expect while you are staying here.
In addition, I want to mention that upon arrival, we were given a sheet of paper inviting us to enjoy happy hour in the hotel bar. The special, according to the bartered, was $2.00 off per drink, but we were charged different amounts on both nights for the same drinks. We had decided to try the Mermaid Slap, which was really quite good. It just wasn't that much of a bargain, if you ask me. And, there weren't any prices listed for one to know what the costs were.
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- The Florida House Inn was built in 1857 by David Yulee and is considered the oldest active Inn in Florida. The Inn has housed many famous people like Ulysses S. Grant, The Carnegies and the Rockerfellers, just to name a few. Come for a visit and step back in time with us.... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Florida House Hotel Fernandina Beach
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