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Southern Oaks Inn
Ranked #11 of 78 Hotels in St. Augustine
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Exterior was from an old Days inn - once you look past that you're fine. The new owners purchased this property and are spending the money renovating the front half, and they are spending money in the RIGHT places - the rooms. Sure the back half looks under par, but the parking lot where you are supposed to be is well lit, close to the room (the main advantage of that horse shoe shape), and again, you're staying in the front, not the back half.

The rooms are gorgeous. They have put down all tile or laminate/hard wood (the reason they say they are pet friendly, nothing to mess up). There was no odor from smoking (fee if you do) or pets at all. We had a leather couch and dark wood desk. Tell me the last time you actually had WOOD slat blinds in your hotel room? Nice adequate flat screen tv mounted on the wall so it did not get in the way. Room space was okay, you're not running sprints down the length but not shuffling around furniture either. The bathroom is a little tight, good luck soaping up in the shower without once bumping your elbow - but no where near a deal breaker. Beds felt good, not worn out hotel mattresses. Pulled all the sheets/mattress cover back when we got there (habit of mine) and could not find anything except clean stain free linens.

The lobby/kitchen is nice, and a friendly staff. They had a cafeteria style serving line during the weekend, and the same line up but on a counter during the week. The food tasted good and everyone I spoke with was very polite and helpful.

Location is good. If you decide to take either shuttle they are right there, or its a few minute ride to downtown. I think its the location that is just a tad removed that will help this place be a great affordable place to stay that makes you feel like you are getting more than you are paying for.

You wont be disappointed, recommend staying here - unless you get the last room on a weekend I wanted to come up....

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Stayed in the hotel for 2 nights, booked it because all the good reviews I read, and I was not let down. Very clean, I have never seen a bathroom in a hotel so clean, not even a speckle of mold in the shower, the floors are wood and tile, shinning clean. The staff was very nice and went out of their way to inform us of all the attractions and places to eat. Their breakfast was fabulous. Would not consider it twice if we go back to St Augustine to stay anywhere but there.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Was not disappointed after choosing it online. Perfect for allergic people, really attractive new wood laminate floors, most comfortable (looked new) bed, attractive room. Bathroom tiny, but newly renovated, clean. The breakfasts are huge,the room is large and airy. Best of all, the staff could not be more helpful and pleasant. I am returning in 3 months to St. Augustine, and will
definitely stay there. If I were on a different kind of visit I would stay one of their other hotels,
I can't emphasize enough how pleasant the owners and the staff are.
Also they have a huge nice pool, and an enclosed dog yard too.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

The staff were very in tune to my needs. I felt like I was home not a hotel. The owner Dillon was excellent and went above and beyond to help me find a scooter since I had to leave mine at home. The staff knew the area and the good places to eat. Everything was close to the hotel I would and will stay there again and have told all our friends about them. The breakfast was great and the coffee was real good.

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Southern Oaks Inn is a small and easy-to-find hotel right inside St. Augustine. It was VERY clean, quiet, and obviously recently remodeled with new paint, hardwood/laminate flooring, new shower/tub installations, and incredibly comfortable beds. I haven't sleep this well in a hotel bed in ages! The price was reasonable, especially since it included a hot breakfast bar every morning. By the way, the breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, biscuits, sausage gravy, cheesy grits, french toast, breakfast breads, toast, bagels, fruit, yogurt and cereal) was wonderful; always freshly stocked and tasty. The pool area was clean and well maintained as well as walkways and parking lot. Although we didn't take our dogs, this hotel is pet-friendly with a fenced-in area for dogs to be walked and play. The hotel is located within 5 minutes of Vilano and St. Augustine Beaches. Vilano Beach was quiet and low-key. It is less than 3 miles from historic sites and fabulous dining and another couple of miles to shopping. I would definitely recommend Southern Oaks Inn to others and hope to stay here again in the future.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We needed a place to take our dog and this hotel was perfect!! They definitely cater to both pets and their parents. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful, the rooms were wonderful with wood floors and there was even a dog park to take your pup to. And breakfast??? Fantastic!! Not your typical hotel continental breakfast either. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, cheese grits, french toast and homemade sausage gravy and biscuits!

We just cannot say enough positive about this hidden treasure!!! A definite for dog owners that travel with their pets.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 June 2014 via mobile

We were looking for a reasonably priced hotel to stay in near the downtown St. Augustine attractions. This hotel was perfect. It is an old Florida motel, but has been recently remodeled. The rooms have hardwood/wood laminate floors, modern furnishings, flat screen TV, microwave, mini fridge and updated bathrooms. The management and front desk staff were awesome upon check-in. We were greeted promptly, given suggestions for a nice dinner and even escorted to our room. Now that's service! The hotel was maybe 10 minutes from Vilano Beach and about 10 minutes from the historic downtown area. They also have more than just a continental breakfast; eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits/gravy, pastries, bagels and cold cereals. The hotel is also pet friendly and has a fenced section for the doggies. We will definitely return here. Great price, great service and very comfortable stay! Check it out, you won't be sorry.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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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
#2 Best Value Hotel in St. Augustine
#10 Family Hotel in St. Augustine
#15 Romantic Hotel in St. Augustine
Price Range: £57 - £104 (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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Saint Augustine Rodeway Inn
Southern Oaks Inn St. Augustine, Florida

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