Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island has two personalities - the beach on the Atlantic Ocean and, a couple of miles away, the Fernandina Historic District on the Amelia River/Intracoastal on the west side of the island. This little bit of Florida has been around for 400+ years and still has a small town charm, intact historically significant buildings, and several blocks of shops and eateries that are ALL locally owned. A number of art studios with well priced quality art are scattered though this historic district. Watermen are available to take you on various types of boat touristing.
When we want a sand-in-our-toes quiet few days, we stay at our favorite beachfront hotel with B&B charm that I have reviewed previously. However, when we want to experience centuries of history, a marina, a cold drink while watching a setting sun over a marsh, and some interesting shopping, we hang out at the Hampton Inn & Suites on the waterfront in Fernandina's Old Town.
There are nearby old Victorian home B&Bs that are fine, but we prefer this particular Hampton for location, location, location, pricing, and a little of its decor. You will have all the expected amenities of the chain, with no surprises. However, this Hampton had to meet specific requirements to fit into the Fernandina Historic District, and it did that well. Their wood circular staircase and old pine floors in the lobby are a nice touch, as is the decor of the 2nd floor breakfast hall.
What I find most useful about this Hampton, as opposed to the various B&B's and my favorite Fernandina beach front hotel, is the reservation and reservation cancellation policy. I have sometimes wanted to stay in this area when the potential for seriously bad weather is possible. Most of the interesting and upscale hotel/B&B places have policies that limit you making a late decision on whether or not to cancel your reservation due to bad weather without losing some (or all) of your money. Not so with this Hampton Inn & Suites location - they have the standard cancellation policies that exist at the company's locations across the country. That policy and their surprisingly low prices for a beach/historic town are why we come back here when the weather is iffy, like this past week when the storm that became Hurricane Arthur was off the Florida coast. Arthur stayed away from this area, so we didn't have to cancel and miss a few days in what turned out to be beautiful weather.
I would rate all the standard Hampton Inns I have stayed in, across the eastern U.S. at three stars, which I consider to be a place worth staying, at an economical price, when traveling by car to an upscale destination hotel or B&B somewhere. This Hampton I rate higher because of the reasons already stated - location, location, location, etc. It is not a perfect place though, for one reason - the Amelia River side of Fernandina is not exclusively a tourist resort. It is a working town with one factory to the north and one to the south of the old town, with a waterfront railroad track alongside the waterfront road. Train noise and movement is the issue. The trains don't run/make noise during sleeping hours, in our experience. So, four stars for this Hampton.
I have stayed here off and on for many years. I recommend you check it out, if it fits your needs.
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