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Southern Oaks Inn
Ranked #10 of 78 Hotels in St. Augustine
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Ocala, Florida
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24 reviews
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“Great Experience”
Reviewed 25 March 2014

We arrived as part of a group of SSR Chevrolet owners for a rally. What a pleasant surprise to open the door and find clean hardwood floors and a King Bed with a sofa area. The bathroom was spotless and clean, one of our priorities and much appreciated. The staff went out of their way for our group and made the entire 3 night stay excellent. The breakfast offering was over the top, with fresh made bisquits and gravy, bacon and scrambled eggs, french toast that was brought right out of the kitchen to our tables and homemade muffins. Overall just excellent for our big crowd.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

We stayed at the Southern Oaks Inn for 3 nights during a car rally. There was 70 cars there so almost 140 people. It was so comfortable sitting out on the veranda. The rooms were comfortable, the breakfast was good, the staff was so pleasant and accommodating. I vote we have our rally there every year.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Cherryville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

I love this motel. It's a typical, old-fashioned two-story motel - with a secret twist. It has been updated and brought into the 21st century in the best of ways. The carpet has been ripped out and replaced with beautiful dark wood flooring - so no more nasty motel carpet to tiptoe over. The quilted bedspreads have been replaced with the modern thin, tucked covers that get washed!!! The bathrooms are absolutely immaculate, with a stand-up shower the size of an old tub. And the buffet breakfast is outstanding. Real grits, real oatmeal, real eggs. What a homey touch. The staff couldn't be friendlier if they tried. If you are going to be anywhere close to St. Augustine - then don't even look anywhere else for a room. This motel is fairly close to the Fountain of Youth, and a short, easy drive to the old part of town. A trolley service is just across the street. Dogs are welcome. There is a nice fenced in pet area across from the rooms. The pool looked really pretty, but it was a bit cold to swim. They have even stained the sidewalks and made them look really nice. A lot of thought has gone into the reno of this motel, and it was very much appreciated by us.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wildwood, Florida
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

This Inn was a very clean and a very nice place to stay. We will bring our dog next time after seeing all the places you can go in town with your dog. The only downfall for this Inn was the water pressure in the shower was very poor.

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sabhadmin, Owner at Southern Oaks Inn, responded to this review, 13 March 2014
Dear Reviweingforyou:
Thank you for staying with us and for the kind words. I am sorry the water pressure in your room was weak. In Dec, 2013, we replaced all of the water pipes in the property (124 Rooms) including the water main connecting the Southern Oaks Inn to the city water. The good news is that low pressure in a room is caused by buildup in the shower head, a result of St Augustine’s hard water. Once we clean or replace the shower head, water pressure is strong. The bad news is that we did not catch this before or during your stay. To this end, we have established a procedure to check water pressure in our rooms on a regular basis. Please also note that there are several Southern Oaks Inn staff members who are very handy. Generally, if there is a problem in a room, we can fix it within a matter of hours. I hope you come with your dog to visit again soon.
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2014

The Southern Oaks Inn is a wonderful place to stay. When we arrived and checked in, the lady at the counter walked out to show us where our room was as we drove around to it. Rooms were great, beds were very nice and the pillows were some of the best I have ever had at a hotel. The rooms were also extremely clean, the cleanest I have had. Very nice fenced in dog area too. The breakfast, absolutely incredible. We had eggs, homemade biscuits, cheesy grits, and OJ. Many more choices were available. The second day the cook had made an egg/hash brown casserole. It was fantastic. Very nice to see a hotel take such pride in their breakfasts, and not just go to the store and buy items to throw out and call it a breakfast meal. Overall the Southern Oaks Inn is a wonderful place to stay, and I will be back over and over again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Brandon, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2014

We were referred to this motel after a one night stay at the place next door. The manager personally welcomed us and showed us our room. The outside is your typical 'walk-out' older motel, but the interior was newly refurbished, and not in the same tired old motel room decor. The floors were hardwood, and the furniture resembled what you might get at IKEA. The breakfast was fabulous, everything homemade and hot. The staff was very knowledgeable about the area attractions and restaurants. There was a great pool, unfortunately not heated, so we couldn't try it out. They are pet friendly, and have a fenced dog run, which is nice since the motel is on a busy streeet. We will definitely book again when we return to St. Augustine. Linda Walker.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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McKellar, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2014

What a great place! The motel has been refurbished & everything is new,& I mean everything , right down to the door hinges. The place is immaculate and we really loved the hardwood floors.
All of the staff were friendly & will go out of their way to help you. Breakfasts were great . If you are coming to St Augustine I would really recommend the Southern Oaks. Too bad the weather wasn't great--I would love to have tried the pool - it appeared very clean & tempting. I will be back

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Southern Oaks Inn
Address: 2800 N Ponce de Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084-1649
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Region: United States > Florida > St. Augustine
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in St. Augustine
#4 Best Value Hotel in St. Augustine
#10 Family Hotel in St. Augustine
#15 Romantic Hotel in St. Augustine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Southern Oaks Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located at the northern entrance to historic Saint Augustine, Southern Oaks Inn is welcoming guests to the newly renovated and redesigned hotel. Spacious guest rooms offer comfortable queen or king beds and new furnishings. Relax by the pool, enjoy the complimentary, full hot breakfast in the spacious dining area, and visit our concierge to discover all there is to see and do in this beautiful city. Restaurants and shopping are close by, and the boarding station for the downtown trolley service is just across the street. The Inn is pet friendly, as well. ... more   less 
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Saint Augustine Rodeway Inn
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