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“Historic Waterfront Small Town Getaway”

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Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island-Historic Harbor Front
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Fernandina Beach
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Tallahassee, Florida
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8 reviews
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“Historic Waterfront Small Town Getaway”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

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.

Room Tip: The rooms on the west side of the hotel (eg. Room 221) have an unobstructed view of the city marina...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014

Fantastic location for Amelia Island July 4th celebrations.
The music stages were very close to the hotel and the fireworks were very close by. Room value was excellent. I stay at a lot of Hampton Inn hotels and I would say this was on the high end quality of the Hampton chain. Very clean and you cannot beat the convenience of the location. If you are in the area July 4th ...wear your Red, White and Blue ! These people go hard at it !

Room Tip: close to all the down town restaurants.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Rye, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2014

We were here for a family reunion. I love this town and the hotel was in a great location. I wish the pool was a little bigger and the fitness center was larger. They have a great breakfast that comes with your room.

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Kissimmee, Fl.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2014

My wife and I took a trip to Fernandina Beach, Fl. with little planning. After 39 years of Florida living
and never having been to the Amelia Island area; we decided a day in advance to go. I did my usual homework of hotel and restaurant research and came up with the Hampton Inn @ the Fernandina Beach historic district. It's a long main street with side streets that offer dining, boutiques, watering holes etc. and a full fledge marina. The hotel had three floors and I had reserved a king with in room jacuzzi. It was done up nicely. The tub was in the bedroom side of the total space. It was in an alcove type setting that also offered a large mirror on the wall to give the room a larger effect. The bath had a decent size vanity made of granite. The shower was an independent stand up. The breakfast was one of the best we've encountered including more upscale properties. It had very good choices from yogurt and fresh fruit to the make your own waffles. Eggs were served differently each day with breakfast meats. The room is right off the swimming pool and sun deck. Two things were quite humorous to us, 1. The hotel cocktail and hours derve hour. It took place in the same room as breakfast. The funny thing was you are charged for beer and wine, and the hours derves were a spinach wrap with very tasty ingredients however; it was cut into 1/4 inch slices; one per person. It gave us a laugh and we joked about it for a good while.2. The other laugh was the train. It passes on the marina side of the hotel blowing it's whistle several times in the middle of the night. It reminded us of the train in My Cousin Vinny the movie. We would use the hotel again if we were to make another trip to Fernandina however, it's one of those places that once you see it another trip would be needless.

Room Tip: Go with the jacuzzi tub. Plan on a two night stay max.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hickory, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 June 2014

This was our first stay at this location. The hotel is located in the historic district so you don't really have to drive to enjoy Amelia Island shops and restaurants. The staff at the hotel were super. They were very helpful and courteous. Our housekeeper, Linda, noticed our anniversary cards on the table. She cleverly made 2 swans out of hand towels and left them on the bed. How thoughtful and clever. We did have our bicycles with us so we went to Fernandina Beach and thru the state park on them. The beach is located about 2-3 miles from the hotel. The marina is directly behind the hotel. We will be back, for sure.

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

This was our second stay, the last time was in the winter. It was every bit as wonderful as the last time. the staff was very helpful and pleasant. The room smelled so fresh. We can walk to great restaurants and see a beautiful sunset on the harbor and drive to the beach so quickly.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

We arrived at 9p on a Friday at the hotel. The desk clerk was bright eyed & Friendly! She greeted us as if we were her 1st guest of the night. The room was just as they described on their website. It was clean & spacious. The air unit was a lil loud & kept my fiancee up a bit but it wasn't too bad as I slept like a baby. The breakfast was hot but not like you think. They had sausage, juice, fruit & make-your-own waffle station. We went to Ms Carolyn's for breakfast.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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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 Business Hotel in Fernandina Beach
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Fernandina Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Fernandina Beach
#2 Family 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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