St. Augustine is home to dozens of historic bed-and-breakfast inns in restored, centuries-old Victorian and Mediterranean mansions sure to immerse guests in the rich history of the region. Often offering service, amenities and accommodations far superior to traditional hotels, B&Bs are amazing alternative vacation lodgings that can actually save travelers big bucks in the long run.
Certified and inspected for quality and authenticity, St. Augustine’s inns provide unique antique atmospheres and elegant environments while catering to the every need of the guest. Stately suites and posh guestrooms come with luxurious bedding and private baths along with balconies or porches. Breakfast is complimentary and parking is usually free and on-site. That’s not to mention all the freebies like WiFi, evening socials and happy hours, private pools, gorgeous architecture, breathtaking views and close proximity to the city’s many monuments, shops, eateries and attractions.
Check out our list of some of our favorite St. Augustine B&Bs perfect for making your home base during your next stay in the nation’s oldest city.
The restored Carriage Way Bed & Breakfast and Cottage has been entertaining in its beautiful Victorian home since 1883 and is the recipient of the White Glove Housekeeping award. Sporting two expansive verandas perfect for relaxing and socializing, along with an opulent parlor and bistro-style dining room, the inn is ornamented with the hues of gem tones and precious metals and adorned with antiques, architectural artwork and elegant modern amenities. Constructed by Edward Masters, a carpenter for Henry Flagler who worked on many projects including the Ponce de Leon Hotel, the home remains a jewel of the ancient city and is situated just steps from St. George Street. Though very close to the action of the Old City, Carriage Way is quiet and peaceful in the evenings. 70 Cuna St., St. Augustine.
Casa De Suenos
In the heart of St. Augustine's historic district, Casa de Suenos is an intimate bed and breakfast built in the early 1900s that’s close to everything. It’s easy to walk to nearby landmarks, attractions, restaurants, museums and the waterfront from any of the inn’s seven distinctive guestrooms that feature private baths with jetted tubs and private balconies. Classic Mediterranean flourishes adorn the façade of the Casa, complete with romantic archways, three-part Palladian windows and a Spanish-tile roof. A hearty breakfast buffet is served each morning in the sunlit dining room overlooking the ancient city, and a happy hour social is held there each night. Other amenities include free WiFi, off-street parking and evening socials. Guests can also take advantage of special-occasion gift baskets and ala carte extras including in-room massages and homemade birthday cakes. 20 Cordova St., St. Augustine.
St. George Inn
The boutique St. George Inn, nestled in the peaceful courtyard of City Gate Plaza, offers European-style lodging on St. George Street in the heart of the nation's oldest city. Many of St. Augustine's historic sites, restaurants, shops and art galleries are literally at your doorstep. Guests choose from 25 rooms and suites, many with balconies and rocking chairs that offer views of the Castillo de San Marcos, the City Gate, The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse and Matanzas Inlet. Antique elegance is paired with contemporary conveniences including free WiFi, private baths, in-room refrigerators and coffee makers and a complimentary continental breakfast. 4 St. George St., St. Augustine.
St. Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast
Rich with old-world charm, the historic St. Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast, located in the heart of the Old City, features romantic rooms and suites complete with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and balconies overlooking a private, walled courtyard around lush gardens and a temperature-controlled swimming pool. Built in 1791, the inn’s ambiance combines the stately atmosphere of the past with modern innovations. The cozy, on-site cottage is ideal for a large family or a couple’s retreat. Gourmet, hot breakfasts are offered daily. 279 St. George St., St. Augustine.
Penny Farthing Inn
Built in 1897, the Victorian-era Penny Farthing Inn, with nine eclectic rooms, offers accommodations and amenities to satisfy any taste and budget. For the classic Victorian experience, spring for the antique-rich décor of the Victoria, Elizabeth or Cambridge room, which is also pet-friendly. The Catherine Bedchamber features a two-person Jacuzzi and the exotic, newly remodeled two-room suite in the attic provides total quiet and seclusion, perfect for romance. The inn also sports a tree house complete with private bath, TV, A/C and WiFi. Guests are treated to complimentary wine, coffee and tea in the afternoon, dessert on demand and a gourmet bistro-style breakfast. 83 Cedar St., St. Augustine.
The Kenwood Inn
The lovely Victorian Kenwood Inn, built between 1865-85, was advertised as a private guesthouse as early as 1886 and maintains the charm and character of 130 years of tradition. Providing casual yet elegant style in the city’s Historic District, one block from the Matanzas River and the Bridge of Lions, the inn's spacious rooms feature beautiful balconies or porches, and come with private baths. Bicycles provided by the inn are available for you to tour the city and the walled-in courtyard is a wonderful place to sit and relax after a long day of exploring. A refreshing, saltwater swimming pool adjacent to the courtyard cools off guests during the sweltering summer months. 38 Marine St., St. Augustine.
Bayfront Marin House
Offering luxury and romance right on the water, the Bayfront Marin House offers a full, Southern breakfast every morning along with complimentary sweets and happy hour every night. Each room sports breathtaking views of the bay and waterfront along with pillow-top beds and candlelit Jacuzzis built for two, with separate showers. The inn’s gazebo, courtyard and second-floor porch are popular wedding locations. 142 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine.
Casablanca Inn on the Bay
Choose one of 23 luxury suites and rooms at the restored historic Casablanca Inn on the Bay with panoramic views of Matanzas Bay. Accommodations feature whirlpool tubs, private porches and sundecks, antique furnishings, decorative fireplaces and private entries. Built in 1914, the Mediterranean-revival bed and breakfast inn also offers views of the Castillo de San Marcos from its sprawling verandas complete with porch hammocks that sway in the breeze. On-site amenities include the Tini Martini Bar sporting a rich oak bar and intimate porch seating, two-course gourmet breakfasts, rainfall-style showers, large flat-screen TVs and complimentary wine or beer. 24 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine.