You can practically hear the sound of cannon fire standing at the steps of the Spanish stone fortress — Castillo De San Marco. In fact, you can actually hear them during weekend weapon demonstrations, starting your time warp back to the 17th Century. That’s St. Augustine, Florida.
Prepare yourself for impressive views from the St. Augustine lighthouse, authentic and historical architecture, ghost tours and graveyards, tours of the local winery and distillery, an array of shopping and dining, and a lively atmosphere with Old Florida charm. You’re going to need more than a day to take in all that St. Augustine has to offer, so I’ve compiled a list of the coolest places to stay in and around the downtown district.
Well, don’t just sit there – get going and start planning a memorable trip to one of the oldest cities in the U.S.
7 Best Hotels in St. Augustine, Florida
Old Florida charm in the heart of the city with the St. George Inn
Nestled within the hustle and bustle of St. Augustine, this century-old, locally-owned Inn features accommodations with fantastic views of the Castillo, the City Gate, Matanza’s Inlet, or the Inn’s charming courtyard. The St. George Inn is just steps away from Old Town – streets lined with shops, restaurants and historic sites, such as the oldest wooden schoolhouse – as well as having a wine bar on premises.
Traveling with your furry companion? St. George is also pet-friendly and accommodates guests with small furry family members.View Hotel
Lavish in royal architecture and exquisite service at the Casa Monica Resort & Spa
Prepare to be awestruck from the beauty of the Casa Monica Resort & Spa‘s Moorish and Baroque Revival-style architecture to the original artwork and Spanish tapestries that line the interior walls. It’s pretty easy to swoon over the ornate chandeliers and hand-painted Italian tiles as you tour the grounds and the Grand Bohemian art gallery. Sip on drinks in the exotic setting of the hotel’s Cobalt Lounge or lose yourself in the atmosphere and fine dining of Costa Brava.
The hotel features two-story suites divided by spiral staircase, and ornate king and queen rooms with stunning views that span across the city. Guests can also enjoy complimentary access and shuttle service to Serenata Beach Club – a private beach paradise, featuring two large pools and beachfront dining.View Resort
Get swept away by the bayfront views of Marker 8 Hotel & Marina
A hidden treasure with modern appeal, Marker 8 has some of the best waterfront views that span the historic downtown skyline. Rooms are decorated with clean and sleek modern furnishings and an understated nautical feel.
Start off each day with breakfast in the Captain’s lounge and hors-d’oeuvres with cocktails after a day taking in the sights. Guests can relax in the dip pool and watch the boats cruise through the bay. Dock your boat at the hotel’s private marina, stay a while, and expect smooth sailing with beautiful panoramic views of the St. Augustine horizon.View Hotel
Step back in time to the late 18th century at the Old City House & Inn
Don’t let this late 18th century-built bed and breakfast fool you. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – as each elegantly-styled room tells its own story at the Old City House Inn & Restaurant. Cathedral ceilings, stain glass features, beautiful hardwood floors, sunburst windows, exquisite hand-carved mahogany furnishings, and private room entrances give that home away from home feel. Breakfast is served daily with your stay and you can enjoy a quiet dinner at the Old City House restaurant (get the crab bisque or pork osso bucco). As if this gem isn’t perfect as is, this B&B is just steps away from the historic downtown district.View Hotel
St. Augustine Beach House – a beach lover’s paradise off the beaten path
With pristine beachfront views and the sounds of crashing waves from your balcony, you can’t get any closer to the water than with the St. Augustine Beach House. Since ‘beach house’ is in the name, there’s no doubt you will feel the coastal vibes from this hotel’s selection of seaside rooms (Porpoise Point, Sandcastle and Coastal Suite just to name a few).
Bring Fido along with you during your travels. This pet-friendly establishment caters to your precious pup, including a fenced-in play area and the dog-friendly beach steps from your door. Best of all, guests are just 10 minutes by car from the historic sites and downtown district of St. Augustine.View Hotel
Saragossa Inn – an escape from the modernized world
Saragossa Inn is a unique bed and breakfast experience – preserved with southern charm and ambiance – situated in a quiet, residential area. Guests will be taken back in time – literally – from the ornate Florida décor to classic furnishing dated back to the early 1900’s. Each room is equipped with mini kitchenettes as well as a private porch entrance. So, kick back in a rocking chair and wake up daily to a three-course breakfast before heading out to the Potter’s Wax Museum or the Castillo De San Marco. The epicenter of St. Augustine is only a hop, skip and a jump away.View Hotel
A luxurious bed and breakfast experience – the Bayfront Westcott House B&B.
Built in 1880, the Bayfront Westcott House Bed & Breakfast is your ticket to St. Augustine tranquility. Guests are served a gourmet breakfast on the veranda. (This is no continental breakfast, folks.) From biscuits and gravy, French toast to eggs benedict, the Westcott takes great pride in serving up guests a hearty, home-cooked start to each day. With spacious rooms, each adorned with antique decor and luxurious hypoallergenic bedding, you will feel like royalty.
If you stay upstairs in Alison’s Attic Loft, you’re in for a unique dollhouse attic experience with the added romance of an in-room soaker tub. Residing in a quiet location just blocks from the Castillo De San Marco, this B&B is only a short walk to shopping and dining. Post up with a drink on the front porch, or private balcony, as you watch the boats cruise the bay at sunset. You’re bound to spot the Black Raven pirate ship (a popular floating performance and attraction) make its way out to sea.View Hotel