Casa Monica is the place to stay if you go to St. Augustine. It’s right in the heart of the old part of town, within walking distance to many of the places you’ll want to go. It also has a very historical vibe. Built in 1888, Casa Monica is one of the oldest hotels in Florida and even in the US.
Spanish and Moorish inspired architecture and décor, leather chairs, and canopy beds do a good job of capturing the mood of the town. There are big paintings of Andalusian horses and old Spanish decor, garnet red and iron. My room had a great view of the park in the center of town. Arched windows give the room character.
The King and Queen of Spain have stayed at Casa Monica, as well as Sharon Stone and Angelina Jolie. There’s a discreet underground entrance if you want to hide your celebrity. Or if you’re a civilian like most of us, and you just want to valet your car, this is where you go.
There is a small rooftop pool and restaurant (I didn’t eat there, but I heard from several guests at the hotel that it’s good). My favorite place to eat in St. Augustine is Present Moment Cafe, which is within a mile of the hotel. So is St. Augustine Eco Tours (just a couple blocks down the street), with whom you can go kayaking and which I strongly recommend. You’re also a block from the pedestrian-only main street, St. George, where you will find shops, pubs, restaurants and attractions, like the super kid friendly Pirate Museum.
Casa Monica, The Bottom Line
If you’re going to St. Augustine and want a convenient location and a bit of luxury, I recommend Casa Monica. It’s romantic and captures the charm of St. Augustine wonderfully. Find out more on Casa Monica’s website and click here for special deals through Marriott (Casa Monica is part of the Marriott network).
* I was a guest of the CVB and Casa Monica.