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Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island-Historic Harbor Front
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Fernandina Beach
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Charleston, SC
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29 reviews
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“A good option for the historic district”
Reviewed 19 March 2012

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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Reviewed 16 March 2012

My wife and I and another couple stayed here one night on our way home from Saint Augustine (Fernandina Beach is a very worthwhile overnight side trip if you are on I-95). The hotel is nice, as most Hampton Inns appear to be, and the location is excellent for exploring this very charming town. A great choice for dinner is Le Clos, right across the street. We also did a walking tour of the old homes in the surrounding area, and the shops; highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2012

The Hampton was a great location for getting around Amelia Island. Close to the historic downtown, dinning, Fort and not far from the Ritz Carlton where the car show was held. The staff was very pleasant and they went out of there way to make the stay more comfortable. This was a 5 star Hampton and showed... I did have problems with Allergies in the room that may have stemmed from unseen mold from the whorlpool tub in the room. I requested they change the air filter and believe they did but, allergies still were bother.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2012

I booked this property based on Trip Advisor reviews and the price with included amenities. We were not disappointed.
We had a two room suite with kitchenette which included two tvs, two beds, and a pull-out sofa. There was plenty of room for our family of four. We received an in-house price of 4 nights for the price of 3 and this included free internet in the rooms, free parking, AND a delicious, varied, and plentiful HOT buffet breakfast each morning.
The hotel is located across from the harbor right in the heart of the town and historic district. We were able to walk to restaurants and shops.
It was nicely decorated and very clean - especially the lobby area with its spiral stairway and roaring fireplace. Also, there's a small convenience store off the lobby for snacks and things which came in handy.
The train did pass the hotel on numerous occasions but after the first time hearing it, I barely noticed it after that.
Two issues worth mentioning: The air conditioning units in the room were very noisy. We ultimately shut them and used the ceiling fans which worked for us. However, this would be an issue in warmer weather when A/C is definitely needed. Also, the bathroom sink was in an alcove in the bedroom with the toilet/shower in a seperate and very small room. I personally would have liked these in one larger enclosed area. It seemed to cheapen the "look" in what was otherwise a lovely suite.

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Macon, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2012

If you do not want beach but do want history, shopping and fine dining, this is a very reasonably priced way to experience the historic district of Fernandina Beach. The hotel is near the waterfront and virtually everything is walking distance except Fort Clinch.
The lobby is really upscale with a fireplace and 24/7 coffee. The staff could not be more accommadating.

The rooms are large particularly the suites and include wide screen TV's. The suites have a full kitchen.

The included breakfast is beyond usual "Hampton" standard.

Just one caution and one that the hotel itself takes pains to point out. The river view rooms overlook the railroad serving the port and nearby paper mills. The engineers seem to delight in making as much noise as possible shuntng rolling stock after midnght.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lithia, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2012

My husband and I visited Fernandina Beach for the first time and we stayed here because of the reviews and also because of the hotel's proximity to downtown and the marina. We actually thought it was a little closer to the beach, but that's our fault for not researching sufficiently. The hotel was clean and our room (a suite overlooking the marina) was comfortable, and we were within walking distance of anything one could want to see or do downtown.

The only complaint I have about our stay was due to noise -- there was an awful lot of noise coming from the air conditioner (an older unit, maybe?) and also there's a train that comes through every night and blows its horn, both of which are hard to sleep through. The AC we can attribute to the Hampton, but that's obviously not true for the the train. They have a sign in the elevator stating that the train blows its horn to "keep us safe" but a staff member another hotel on the beach side of town said that the previous owner of the railroad never blew the horn at night, so who knows why the recent change? Apparently this issue is causing quite a stir in town... not a deal breaker but certainly something to be aware of, particularly if you're a light sleeper. If so, I'd recommend the beach side of town.

Either way, we enjoyed our stay here and would definitely come back.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Virginia
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

The hotel is very attractive both inside and outside. It's walking distance to a variety of shops, restaurants and pubs. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was quite good. Our room had a very comfortable king bed, a fridge and microwave, but my favorite thing was the whirlpool tub that were delighted to find when we walked in the room.

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Property: Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island-Historic Harbor Front
Address: 19 S 2nd St, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL 32034-4201
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Region: United States > Florida > Amelia Island > Fernandina Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Fernandina Beach
#1 Business Hotel in Fernandina Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Fernandina Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Fernandina Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island-Historic Harbor Front 2.5*
Number of rooms: 122
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