Showcasing a Spanish invasion in a historic, Florida town.
This Moorish Revival Castle was built in 1888 and restored as a luxury hotel at the turn of the millennium. The red-tiled roof, hand-painted Italian tiles, balconies and Moorish columns push the limit, but the kitsch factor is held at bay by the 138 tasteful and quietly decorated guest rooms. The crowd here tends to be made up of vacationers during the summer months and around Christmastime, with a steady stream of business travelers year-round. Wrought-iron beds and mahogany lounge chairs are the kind of furnishings you might find in your room. If you’re looking for lodgings fit for royalty, the King and Queen of Spain have slept in the corner tower, a four-story suite with three bedrooms and views of the historic town, bay and ocean. The next-door Lightner Museum, home to the largest collection of Tiffany glass in the world, is among the venues available for social gatherings. Access to the oceanfront Serenata Beach Club is offered for a fee. One of the more unusual aspects of a stay here is the chance to tour St. Augustine in one of the hotel’s antique cars.