This bed and breakfast is at the heart of old St. Augustine and has great views of the Matanzas Bay. Inside the restored 1914 Mediterranean revival are 22 luxury accommodations with antique furniture and modern amenities. Guests can also enjoy a private courtyard with gardens that are peacefully removed from pedestrian traffic out front. In the morning wake up to beignets and coffee or eggs and toast at Casablanca's restaurant, Brunch. And, of course get a nightcap each evening at the Tini Martini, the hotel's celebrated lounge that sits on the property's charming veranda. It's the perfect place to do some people watching on Avenida Menendez.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Accommodations in a historic building, great views of Matanzas Bay and within walking distance to the major sights.
For a genteel beach respite, the Pearl by the Sea on St. Augustine Beach offers an upscale bed and breakfast vibe. Each of the rooms, all with modern amenities, has a different peaceful theme from the Capri room with Italian touches to the British Suite with a wide, private balcony overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Some rooms and suites face the beach side, but choose a room facing the Intracoastal for the best views. A small dock goes directly from the hotel to an open air patio where you can really soak in the scenery. In the morning, you can choose to go to the breakfast room overlooking the water or opt for room service.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: This mature seaside inn is close to both the beach and the Matanzas River and is perfect for a romantic retreat.
The Saint Augustine Beach House is a small beachfront hotel that manages to feel like a bead and breakfast. Each room is beachy chic with white linens and cozy chairs on the balconies. Guests have access to a private beach for soaking in sand and sun or taking in water views of Vilano Beach. Rooms come with a kitchenette that includes a coffee maker, microwave and 'fridge. Other amenities include a laundry room, a peaceful courtyard, 24 hour reception and turn down service. The hotel is also pet friendly, but be sure to let the hotel know in advance if you plan to bring the pooch.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: This cute hotel on the beach has charming rooms with ocean views and has all you need for an easy beach getaway.
This massive 91,000-square-foot resort has all the bells and whistles for a St. Augustine/Palm Coast beach getaway for the family. Guests can choose from a variety of accommodation options for small to large parties to full-scale family reunions. All condos and villas have balconies with views of the Atlantic Ocean and come with full kitchens, dining sets, living rooms, laundry rooms, private bathrooms, cable television and DVD players. The kids (and their parents) will like the resort's multi-level waterpark complete with a lazy river. Other amenities: a full-service spa, a marina, tennis courts, golf courses, meeting facilities and several restaurants and lounges. Beach outings, surfing lessons, biking, kayaking and yacht cruises are all options here.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: This huge, all-inclusive resort offers family-style accommodation and a wide assortment of outdoor activities including golf and boating.
This is the perfect location to enjoy St. Augustine's historic sites by foot or trolley. Guest here are mere minutes from the Castillo de San Marcos, Flagler College, shops and restaurant. Modern rooms, some with a view of the Matanzas River, give a nod to the city's past with its Spanish decor. Rooms come with complimentary wireless access, cable television and room service. The onsite restaurant and lounge are great for a quick bite before or after exploring the city. Other features include a swimming pool, a fitness center, 24 hour front desk reception and business facilities.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: It's great location and modern amenities make it a comfortable place from which to explore old St. Augustine.
Stay on Aviles Street, the oldest street in the United States at this historic bed and breakfast. Each of the 10 rooms features its own Spanish and English colonial charm. Most of the recently updated rooms feature whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, balconies and modern conveniences such as WiFi, flat screen televisions and refrigerators. After a day of wandering the old city, the pretty, walled courtyard is relaxing with its tropical plants and fountains. In the morning enjoy a vegetarian breakfast made with organic and locally sources ingredients. Favorites include savory crepes and veggie omelets. Every evening from 4:30 to 5;30 is the wine and cheese social hour where you can get to know your hosts and fellow guests.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Located on Aviles Street, the oldest street in the United States, this bed and breakfast has the perfect mix of historic charm and modern amenities.
At this new hotel in St. Augustine's historic district, you can wake up steps away from the Spanish Quarter and other attractions such as the Castillo de San Marcos, galleries on St. George Street, shops, restaurants, Flagler College and the Lightner Museum. Modern guest rooms with plenty of elbow room feature work spaces, free WiFi, large televisions and their famously comfy Sweet Dreams beds. Handicap accessible rooms are also available. Other amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, tropically landscaped outdoor heated pool and a casual restaurant and lounge, and of course a warm chocolate chip cookie when you check in.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Modern and convenient, it's also step away from the major sightseeing stops.
If golf is your passion, there may be no finer stay and play option than a stay at the World Golf Village. The famous golf courses on site are the King & Bear, designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus and the Squire & Slammer. Among the many accommodation options at the village, the Renaissance Resort has a large array of rooms to fit your needs. Luxury guestrooms offer room service, climate control, wireless access, satellite television and valet laundry. Other amenities include a swimming pool, multiple dining and bar options, a business center, fully functional meeting and banquet facilities, and concierge service.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Golfers can stay and play at the World Golf Village with its comfortable accommodations and world class golf courses all on one site.
The grandest hotel in St. Augustine's old city is the Casa Monica. The luxury, boutique hotel was originally built in 1888 by railroad tycoon Henry Flagler. Now updated with the latest amenities, the hotel keeps its status as a member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America with original architectural details. The Moroccan-style decor includes a lush lobby with bubbling fountains and ornate brass and glass chandeliers. Guestrooms offer the expected amenities along with opulent Moorish-inspired furnishings. The hotel is also home to one of the city's best restaurants, 95 Cordova, and a cocktail at the hotel's Cobalt Lounge is a must. Other perks include 24 hour concierge service, a glamorous swimming pool and business facilities.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: This is St. Augustine's most iconic and luxurious hotel in the old city.
This pretty inn, built in 1791, is located on a peaceful street not far from the activity of the main plaza. In classic bed and breakfast style, each room has both charming antique furniture and modern comforts such as televisions, private baths and central air. Some of the rooms even have fire places or balconies and request a suite for more room for the family to spread out. Other perks include a swimming pool and complimentary bicycles for touring historic downtown Saint Augustine. Each morning, guests can go to the breakfast buffet at their leisure and enjoy pastries, hot coffee and hot entrees that change daily.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: This beautiful bed and breakfast has it all: old-school character, proximity to the sights and is a relaxing respite after the day is done.