My Wife and I stayed at This Inn this past June 2-5 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and I wanted to share our thoughts about the stay with you, both good and bad.
First and foremost we had a wonderful time, this was our first time going to St Augustine and our first time ever using a Bed and Breakfast type Inn and we found both experiences fantastic. The city is wonderful, so much so my wife and I plan on making several other trips to the area to decide if this may be our retirement location. The Inn was priced very well considering we are normally Marriott Resort folks when we stay on vacation in different places. The Inn is very charming and the staff very pleasant. The Inn advertises that they were featured on HGTV (which they were, but not because of the renovations) which lead us to believe this would be a fabulously restored old home, in truth it really is not, the trim wood is all mis-matched, there are holes in the room walls that they cover up with drapes and the photos on the site must be years old as the place is getting a bit run down, however we did have a few issues, one in particular that should be addressed...
1) Bed Bugs - after the first night I noticed some sort of red marks on my wife's legs only two or three but each night/next morning there were a few more and then I had a couple on my shoulders, I had a feeling of what they were but I wanted to be sure before I contacted The Inn about them. We had them checked by a dermatologist and she confirmed that they are Bed Bug Bites. Now when I was going to school I worked for my Fathers Pest Control Company, so I know bed bugs are not scourge that they are made out to be. They are not an issue due to cleanliness, but simply an insect that gets into bedding and feeds on human blood. The fact that we only have a few dozen bites over three nights mean that your bedding is not too infested. (I sent this information to the Inn Keep and had no response, do to the fact that some people can be allergic to the bite I had to call the department of health to resolve the issue)
2) The shower - the 24" x 24" shower was amazingly small. it was actually too small for me to fit my 250 lbs frame into. When I attempted to use the shower I could only stand in it corner to corner, the shower head was at my shoulder height, and I was unable to get the top half of my body wet. It actually seemed funny at the time, but seeing that the Serenity Suite is The top room I would have thought a proper sized shower would have been in the highest end room they had. I ended up using the bath tube for the remainder of the my stay. My wife who is tall and slim also found the shower so small and uncomfortable to use that she too uses the tube instead. While conversing with some of the other guest it seems this was the only room that had this tiny Winnebago sized shower. If I had known I would have chosen and will chose a different room next time as we are shower people not tube people.
3) The windows and shutters - now this is just opinion but you the Inn has beautiful views of the city, the trees and the court yard from the windows all of which are blocked by the shutters. From the outside of the home the shutter look nice, but from the inside looking out they look as if scrape wood was used to back the shutters and makes for an unpleasant view from the windows. The glass panes are original and should be displayed, not covered up.
4) The Grounds - My wife and I had planned on getting a message, as offered on the Inn's web site but when we arrived we did not find the garden to be private enough or kept up enough to do so, it was disappointing.
5) Parking - parking in the city is at a premium and assigned parking spots per room would be a good idea, we had one night when we arrived back at the Inn after dinner and drinks at about 10:30 pm and had no place to park. A large Pickup truck was in the lot using two spaces and left us parked at the end of the block for the night, worried if our car would be their in the morning or towed by the city. We did call the Yong Lady who was running the Inn during our stay and her first suggestion was that we knock on all the rooms until we found the owner of the truck and ask them to move it, next suggestion was to park at the meters at the end of the block and she would assure that the meter was taken care of in the morning, not being familiar with the area we took this advice but still worried if the vehicle would be towed or ticketed.
6) Service - Lastly the fact that no one was at the Inn at night to deal with issues like the parking was different and disconcerting at times. I had pictured that the Inn keep would live in the Inn? It may have just been the notion that I had in my mind but it seemed odd that the home is left the guests at night to fend for themselves. The staff leaves the Inn at about 6pm after they put out cakes and wine.
7) The food/ breakfast was very good and the service was excellent, the cakes in the evening are store bought/supermarket cakes of average quality.
The Inn has the potential of being fantastic top quality Inn but needs to be brought up to that standard and worked on a bit. The Location is fantastic and their are several other Inns on the same street
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn is located in the very heart of the historic district and steps away from three of the most important landmarks in St. Augustine FL: the Alcazar Hotel, circa 1880 (now the Lightner Museum), the Ponce de Leon Hotel, circa 1888 (now Flagler College), and the Hotel Cordova, circa 1887 (now the Casa Monica Hotel). A two block stroll will take you to the Ancient City's center and Plaza de la Constitution. Retreat into our quiet neighborhood or walk downtown and bask in the city's vibrant nightlife. Guests enjoy the best of both worlds without sacrificing ease of access for quiet repose. Our lovely walled garden is the ultimate in romance. It features fountains and a cozy pergola with propane fire pit. ... more less
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