Described as "the best in town" by Frommer's, the Casa Monica in St Augustine has long turned heads with its extraordinary design and services, attracting the likes of the king and queen of Spain in 2001.
The grand Moorish-revival property dates from 1888, making it one of the oldest in the country, and -- post renovation -- is now a restored member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America.
The hotel, with its turrets and stone exterior, is prominently placed in the Historic District, near the amphitheater and the shops on St. George Street, and facing the Lightner Museum, which exhibits a large collection of Tiffany glassware. Castillo de San Marcos fort is a 10-minute walk away.
Outside there’s a pretty pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by plenty of plush lounge chairs to soak up the Florida sun. The dramatic 95 Cordova restaurant is trimmed with gold and shimmering drapes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu is eclectic, ranging from chop house favorites to Savannah-style shrimp and grits.
There’s also a European-style café for light meals and snacks and a lounge bar for martinis and live music.
The regal rooms are sizeable and styled with heavy Spanish furniture, overlooking the rooftop or pool deck. Pricier rooms -- the best of which are the lower-numbered rooms on the third and fourth floors -- face the Historic District. The top-end signature suites in the towers have spacious living rooms and original stained glass.
From the press:
"This Moorish Revival hotel is the best in town, with top-notch rooms and services" -- Frommer's
"Hand-stenciled Moorish columns and arches, handcrafted chandeliers, and gilded iron tables decorate the lobby of this late-1800s Flagler-era masterpiece" -- Fodor's
"This colossal turreted landmark encompasses St. Augustine's finest digs and is worth a stop even if you're not sleeping here" -- Lonely Planet
Infant cots / cribs
Newspaper / magazines
Extra beds / roll away beds
Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
24-hour front desk
24-hour room service
Express check-in / checkout
Laundry / dry cleaning
Room service (limited hours)
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
Pay-per-view / movies on demand
Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
Internet access (fees apply)
Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
Parking (fees apply)
Valet service (fees apply)
Accessible bathroom in some rooms
Accessible meeting room
Accessible path of travel
Accessible pool area
ADA compliant rooms
Facilities for guests with special needs
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 4pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Standard checkout time: 11am.
Children and additional guests
Children under 18 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Cot/crib available on request, free of charge for children up to the age of 3. Extra bed available on request for older children and adults in the Premium Guestrooms and Suites: $15 per night. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.
Pets under 40lbs are allowed on request and will be charged $150 per stay. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
Minimum stays may apply over holidays and other high-demand dates.
Daytona Beach and Jacksonville international airports are both about an hour’s drive away and valet parking is available at the hotel (extra charge).
Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.
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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.
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