I did some serious homeworrk before booking this Inn...
03.8.11 09:08 AMI did some serious homework before booking this Inn and I have to say that it was a serious winner! First off, the parking lot is closer than it sounds. Second, the location is SO smack in the middle of downtown St. Augustine and close to EVERYTHING, that it wouldn't matter if the lot was 2 miles away.. you don't have to use your car at all to get around. The location of this Inn cannot be beat!!
The Inn itself is beautiful, the outdoor patio tables in the front are perfect for enjoying mornings or evenings. Once you enter, there are two sun-room areas with round glass tables where you can relax and have coffee, use the WiFi (works in the rooms as well.. we were on the 3rd floor), and where you will have your breakfasts. There is a buffet with snacks and water too, which were nice!
The staff are great! There are friendly and informative, and were just a joy to stay with. At breakfast one morning, I had asked about how they made their poached pear since it was delicious, and the owner printed out the recipe for me! I thought that was so cool!
This was a surprise getaway that I planned for my Husband for Valentine's Day. I booked the Imperial room on the 3rd floor. The room was a nice size (for an over 100 year old Victorian house) and had a small single vanity bathroom, desk, chair, TV, wardrobe, super comfy bed, and the best part... a 2 person whirlpool bathtub/shower! We used the whirlpool bath every night to relax after returning from our adventurous days and it was SOOO awesome! I had also called ahead to the Inn and asked for 2 wine glasses to be set in the room and when we got there, there was a silver tray, 2 wine glasses, and a bucket waiting for the wine bottle that I had brought with us.
The only mention I will make is that since this IS in such a prime location, you can hear (very well) the people walking by having a great time outside. While this didn't bother us, it might bother others. But this isn't on the Inn, so I am not detracting from my score. I loved this Inn, so did my Husband, and we can't wait to come back and stay again!