St. Francis Inn - St. Augustine, Florida - Hotel Review
Located on a quiet corner in what is known as St. Augustine Antiqua—the oldest section of the city—is the St. Francis Inn, the city's oldest inn, built in 1791, during St. Augustine 's Second Spanish Colonial Period. It has the unique distinction of having a professional chef on staff who can not only cook but can also marry couples; he is an ordained minister.
Its serenity and quiet grace make the St. Francis Inn a popular choice for small weddings, anniversary celebrations, vow renewals or just a romantic getaway. Guests can arrange for special gift baskets upon arrival that might include Champagne or Asti Spumante; keepsake glasses; chocolates; bubble bath and accessories; candles, and massage oil.
Enter the inn from a peaceful walled courtyard garden—perfect for receptions or just a nightcap. Each room is uniquely designed with antiques or reproduction furniture. Several are equipped with Jacuzzis, fireplaces, private balconies and porches. There is also a swimming pool—very unusual at a bed and breakfast inn. It also offers guests the use of its bicycles at no charge.
St. Augustine has no beaches near the city, but St. Francis has a beach a few miles away that guests are welcome to use. Towels and beach chairs provided. A licensed massage therapist is on call for guests. In addition to the full gourmet breakfasts, the inn also offers evening socials. Specialty coffees are available all day, and in the evenings, complimentary homemade desserts are bound to tempt.
Inn guests receive complimentary admission to the Saint Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, and 50 percent off admission to the nearby Oldest House—a not-to-be-missed historic site. Complimentary guest parking is available adjacent to the inn.