St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest city in the United States, located near Jacksonville. It has mild weather year-round, which makes it a popular tourist location for those looking for interesting things to do. The city has an historic district complete with cobblestone streets where it is possible to find charming bed-and-breakfast accommodations in this area. Additional options, such as hotels, resorts, condominiums, and private rentals are also easy to find. The tourist season is considered to be May through August, and there are differences in room rates from weekend rates to weekday rates. Tourists may find slightly higher costs during Spring Break season in March or April.
The historic district of the city that is located in the downtown area is the choice of those who appreciate history because tourists can walk to shops, museums, and other historical areas. The St. George Inn is located on historic St. George Street, which is a pedestrian only street near the city’s historic attractions. There are 25 rooms and suites, a courtyard with lush greenery and umbrella tables, water and garden views from guest rooms, and modern amenities in a peaceful atmosphere. It is possible to enjoy the view of the old city from the balcony outside of your room for a charming experience. Rates are from around $140 to $240 for each night at the Inn.
St. Augustine has over 60 attractions, and many of them are near the downtown area. This makes it a popular place for tourists to stay at places like the adult-only bed and breakfast, Casa De Solana in the historic district. Rooms feature four-poster beds, Jacuzzis in the rooms, hardwood flooring, luxurious furnishings, and each room has a different décor that is reminiscent of the early Spanish settlers who first came to this area. Guests enjoy a homemade breakfast each morning. Rates are from about $149 to $249 per night to stay at this bed and breakfast.
Many visitors to the city prefer to stay at a hotel near the beach and to travel to the downtown area to see the attractions. The Saint Augustine Beach House is a pet-friendly hotel that is one of the most popular spots on the beach. Nightly rentals are from about $160 to $250 per night. Located on the Vilano Beach that is only three miles north of downtown and is the only hotel on this beach. Guests can choose to stay in the Owner’s Apartment that sleeps up to four persons, motel rooms that also sleep up to four, or in the guest house that can sleep up to eight. The Silver Sands Motel at Crescent Beach is economically priced at $60 per night for a motel room or $450 for seven days. The owner’s apartment is complete with two queen beds, recliners, laundry facilities, and a full kitchen. Guests who stay at the guest house can enjoy two bedrooms, four double beds, recliners, a full kitchen, and a dining room. Both the owner’s apartment and guest house are priced somewhat higher per night.
Guests who prefer to stay at newer hotels that are part of national chains, such as Hampton Inn, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, or Holiday Inn Express will also find these available in St. Augustine. Nightly rates at these hotels is anywhere from $130 to $230. There are also high end luxury hotels, including the Casa Monica Hotel that has been a landmark in St. Augustine since 1888. It is located in the downtown area with nightly rates from $279 to $359. The rooms have authentic Old World décor with antique furniture and many amenities.
Guests planning to travel to St. Augustine need to contact the hotel where they would like to stay to check on availability. Each hotel also has a modern website where reservations can be made and where photos of guest rooms and the other areas of the hotel are featured.