Amelia Island seems to have two distinct areas – the historic district and the beach. The historic district is on the harbor, so while you don’t have beach access, you do have lots of restaurants, bars, and shopping. The beach is on the other side of the island, and there really is not much to do over there besides the beach. So, we decided we wanted to stay some place close to the action and just drive to the beach and that led us to this hotel.
The hotel itself is nice. The lobby is much nicer than the typical Hampton Inn. There are several conference rooms downstairs and a small business office with a couple computers. The hotel has free WiFi that worked very well. There’s a small pool on the second floor overlooking the harbor. The breakfast area seemed to have plenty of seating and was the typical Hampton Inn breakfast. Parking was a little tight. We always managed to find a spot, but there were not usually many (if any) extra spots. We did notice that across the street from the hotel was a grass lot that had a sign for additional over flow hotel parking. There were multiple conferences going on while we were there, so that may explain all the cars.
The train – yes, there is a train right behind the hotel, and yes, you can hear it in the rooms. We noticed it and occasionally heard it at night. We both were able to fall right back asleep. If you’re a light sleeper or especially someone who can’t fall back asleep easily, you may want to reconsider staying here. We had no issues though.
Our room was quite large. We decided to upgrade to a suite and actually ended up booking the Princess Amelia Suite. It was a really good amount of space with a kitchenette, living area with a couch, dvd player, and flat screen, and a large bedroom with a Jacuzzi tub and a separate bathroom with a shower with two shower heads. The room décor felt a little “Grandma-ish”, but wasn’t too bad. There was a view of the pool and harbor from the suite and there was a balcony, but because of the layout of the hotel and this suite, it was basically worthless (no view and no space to sit). Although, you could open it up for some fresh air (and a louder train).
Overall, it was a really good stay. The staff was friendly and always said hello. We booked it because we got a great deal. If you want to stay here and contact Hilton directly, mention the special on the Amelia island website – stay two nights, get the third free. This made it an excellent bargain (they won’t accept any discounts on the room price like AAA, but it’s still a deal). We would stay here again
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- Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island Hotel Fernandina Beach
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- Hampton Inn Fernandina Beach
- Fernandina Beach Hampton Inn
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