Marin House - St. Augustine, Florida - Hotel Review
Rose petals and scented pink candles greet guests at this lovely Victorian bed and breakfast on Matanzas Bay. Although recent renovations have given this grand old dame a polished look, nothing can erase the carefully tended patina of a bygone age. Each of the inn's fifteen guest rooms is furnished in period antiques, many have fireplaces and all feature wondrous views.
In addition to its high-period style, the inn boasts the original coquina (seashell) walls of the 1790's colonial house originally built by Francisco Marin and the two Victorian sections built during the 1840s and 1890s. Homemade breakfast is served in courtyards, on balconies, a gazebo or the veranda, which allows guests to enjoy soft sea breezes and the beautiful fluffy clouds of a Florida sky. Of course, breakfast is also served in the enclosed dining room, as well as in bed.
The innkeepers love designing romantic weddings, vow renewals and anniversary celebrations. Champagne can be ordered for rooms, and each evening there is complimentary wine and dessert social hour, followed by a morsel of fine chocolate served in the inn's common areas.
Marin House is within walking distance of many of St. Augustine's attractions, such as the Bridge of Lions and The Oldest House. The public marina is just a block away, where fishing and sailing trips can be booked. The inn also provides bicycles for any of its guests who want to pedal along the narrow streets and quaint byways.