Thursday, July 21, 2011

St. Augustine: The Bayfront Inn

 During our trip to St. Augustine, we stayed at The Bayfront Inn for three nights. This was a beautiful place in the historic area, within walking distance to many restaurants and attractions. It overlooks the marina, so you can sit back and watch the boats go in and out!
 When we pulled into the parking area, we were instantly charmed by the character of the building. Walking up to our room, we turned to take in the impressive views of the marina and Matanzas Bay, all framed by lovely arches. The Inn features 2 stories, 33 guest rooms and 3 suites. Our room was a standard room with two queen beds. It was immaculate inside! The room was well maintained and it had a fresh, clean smell.
The Bayfront Inn offers:

King, Queen or Suite Rooms
All Rooms Non-Smoking
Coffee Maker
Iron and Ironing Board
Wireless Internet Access
Voice Mail
Clock Radio
Cable TV with Remote
Triple Sheeted Beds
Electronic Security Locks on Doors
 The room was spacious and I liked the layout. The choices in furnishings and all the little details did not go unnoticed. I appreciated it all and it made our stay more comfortable. It was always nice to "come home" to our room after a full day on our boat or sightseeing.
 The beds were so comfortable! There were plenty of pillows and the soft sheets welcomed me each night! By day, it was light and airy. By night, the room was dark after the drapes were closed, even with a well lit exterior. There was no noise from neighboring rooms and no elevators (which is both good and bad) to wake us up at night. The ice machine and a drink machine were tucked away on the first floor, so there was no chance of being disturbed by the sound of ice dropping into an empty bucket! They really thought of everything at The Bayfront Inn!
 Inside, we had a coffee pot and everything needed to make a pot of coffee each morning. There were also plenty of cups next to our ice bucket. On the counter, next to the sink, we found a basket packed with soaps, moistened make-up remover towelettes, shower caps, and shampoo. We also had a few bars of soap and plenty of towels.
When we walked into our room after check-in, two beautifully wrapped Whetstone Chocolates tempted us. As soon as we turned our backs Sam devoured one and was starting to unwrap the second. Luckily I grabbed it in time to give Logan the opportunity to taste this wonderful chocolate!
 Outside, we had the opportunity to enjoy the two level deck! We sat for a few hours and enjoyed the company of new friends, who were also guests of The Bayfront Inn. When we first arrived, it was a little smokey outside because of all the wildfires. This cleared rather quickly and it didn't trouble us again, except for a couple of hours near the end of our stay. All in all, it was beautiful while we were there, except for the heat! With all the inside attractions, it wasn't too bad!
 Guests can enjoy a simple breakfast each morning. We had apples and cereal. Logan also had yogurt. We could take it back to our room or enjoy breakfast downstairs in the dining area. The food was fresh and there were a few options that would satisfy most.
 The pool was beautiful and used by many of the guests during our stay. There were a few lounge chairs around the pool and the view was fantastic! It was always quiet at night! The Inn is in a safe area of the city, but in truth, I found almost all of the city to be safe. One night, after spending the day on the boat and on the docks at the marina, Sam and I walked back to the Inn alone. It was a nice quiet walk and the area was well lit. Others walked the streets and I was very comfortable among them. This is a perfect location for couples, young and old, a girls' retreat, or a family vacation! Consider staying at The Bayfront Inn if you will be visiting St. Augustine, by boat or by car!
Disclosure: I received a three night stay in order to complete this review. Honest opinions given. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

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