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“Great Location, Pet Friendly & Lovely Staff! ”
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Southern Oaks Inn
Ranked #9 of 78 Hotels in St. Augustine
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Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

After reading multiple reviews, we decided to stay at Southern Oaks Inn. We drove up from Fort Lauderdale and arrived a couple of hours early. We went into town to explore and received a call when our room was ready. The room was clean, with wood and tile floors. The microwave & refrigerator definitely came in handy. The water pressure in the shower was great. There was free Wi-Fi and plenty of cable channels available. This property is very pet friendly, even though we were traveling as a couple without our dogs. There was a nice fenced-in dog area and also a pool. A homemade breakfast is available everyday. Dunkin' Donuts is around the corner (very important for me) and the trolley stop is right across the street. The trolley system takes you throughout the city and stops at all of the major attractions. The bed and pillows were comfortable and there were plenty of extra towels and linens. I loved that there was no carpeting in the room and the curtains blocked out the sun very well. My only issue was that you can hear your neighbors. I sleep deeply and this is not an issue for me, but this could bother people who have difficultly sleeping. The property and amenities are simple and exactly what we needed. We spent about 10-12 hours out during the day and looked forward to resting here to tackle our next day of adventures. I will definitely return to Southern Oaks on my next venture to Saint Augustine (with my dogs!). Thanks for this gem and your Southern hospitality!

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Melissa G
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Nicely refurbished, clean, quiet older hotel. Delicious home cooked breakfast buffet free with room. Eggs, bacon, french toast, biscuits, sausage gravy, grits--yum! Very pet friendly--fenced dog run. Staff provide list of pet friendly attractions. This was our first stay and I am certain we will be back!
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Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

In past years, we had trouble finding a hotel close to the historic district of St. Augustine that was clean and pet friendly. Earlier this month, we found it with Southern Oaks Inn and we plan to stay here on our annual trips to St. Augustine.

So many positives to mention here! Staff was exceptional and helpful for whatever we needed. Our housekeeper mentioned how careful she was when entering the rooms to make sure our pet wouldn't run out. (We'd had the pet with us every time we left, so no worries there.) There were hardwood floors and leather furniture. We booked connecting rooms... one was two beds with a chair and the other was a king bed with a loveseat. Very nice surprise to find something a step above the usual hotel decor!

All beds were quite comfortable and the air conditioner/heater units worked without a problem or smell. (Yes, St. Augustine was cold and rainy a few days in early March and we needed the heater for a while!) The bathroom towels, I'm amazed to say, were SOFT and more like the towels people have at home. Not scratchy at all. I assume it's like that for all rooms at Southern Oaks Inn.

Our 6 night stay was made very enjoyable because of this hotel choice. Another perk was being able to walk across the street to board the red trolley. Other years we always had to drive somewhere to do that.

If I'd have to find a negative, it would be very difficult, but I'd say that I wish breakfast would be served earlier. We're early risers and the first time I went for breakfast, most things were still being made. I don't know when the official starting time is, but it was well after 7 that morning... so it appeared at 8 would be a good time to go. Not easy for someone who rises at 5 :-) but not much of a problem whatsoever.

The rooms each had a mini fridge and microwave... also important to us.

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Thank Kate S
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

We booked the Southern Oaks Inn for our Annual SSR rally. The staff at the Inn were absolutely FANTASTIC! They treated us better than any of us could have imagined. The weekend was perfect in every way. THANKS on behalf of the SSR Fanatics Florida Chapter.

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1  Thank mfederko
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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.

Room Tip: We had a ground floor room, close to the breakfast room.
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1  Thank dutchlaker
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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.

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1  Thank SSRTraveler
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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.

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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:
#1 Green Hotel in St. Augustine
#3 Best Value Hotel in St. Augustine
#15 Romantic Hotel in St. Augustine
Price Range: £67 - £131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Also Known As:
Saint Augustine Rodeway Inn
Southern Oaks Inn St. Augustine, Florida

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