Hotel Review: Inn on Charlotte, a Bed and Breakfast in St. Augustine, Florida
No smoking, no pets, no kids: may sound a little harsh off the tongue, but when you connect those words with lodging, you quickly envision a quiet, clean retreat– perfect for a romantic getaway. And that’s what you get at the elegant Inn on Charlotte in St. Augustine, Florida.
But, why stay at this Bed and Breakfast? Location, location, my dear. The property rests off narrow brick-lined Charlotte Street which runs with one-way traffic and limited entrance. Plus the Inn offers free reserved parking spaces, a real plus in this part of the city. Stash the car as you won’t need to drive until it’s time to leave. All of St. Augustine’s best sites, shops and restaurants are within walking distance.
Rodney Holeman took over the 1918 Inn in September, 2010 and he is meticulous, something you can appreciate when you are the guest. Spotless bathrooms- with new tile and fixtures, crisp linens and not a speck of dust anywhere.
The main floor boasts a warm, welcoming sitting area which leads into the dining room set with eight tables for two. No community table, so you don’t have to chat to others, unless you want to. (A lot of folks have told me they prefer separate seating.) The hall refrigerator stays stocked and complimentary wine is served from 5 to 6:00 PM, usually enjoyed on the front porch.
Find five bedrooms upstairs, plus one on the main floor, each tastefully different and two open to the front balcony. The rooms are freshly painted and charmingly decorated with style and pizazz. No cast off antiques, they are adorned with high-end sturdy furniture featuring classic lines and comfort. Lovely.
Two additional guest rooms are tucked away in the rear, separate from the main house, making them true escapes. The bungalow on the ground floor includes a private patio and both upstairs and downstairs rooms boast a small fireplace and wall-mounted flat-screen TV.
But, visitors don’t go to St. Augustine to watch television. America’s oldest city bursts with Spanish architecture and history. Here, streets names speak the influence: Avienda Menendez , Cordova Street and Castillo Drive. The city’s treasured fort, Castillo de San Marco, reigns as a National Park landmark and must see.
Cathedral Place bordering the city park lies just two short blocks from the Inn and overflows with numerous ethnic restaurants. Athena, with great Greek cuisine and Bistro de Leon with fabulous French fare are two of my favorites. Cross the green and visit A-1A AleWorks or O.C. Whites, two popular pub type restaurants.
Turn in the opposite direction and you’re a stone’s throw from Cuna Street, which leads to the pedestrian only shopping area. Meander just beyond Cuna Street and you’re standing at the corner of Castillo Drive- perfect for a drop-in at the new Pirate and Treasure Museum and, of course, the1672 historic Fort abutting the Matanzas Bay.
Consider a romantic retreat for Valentine’s Day or longer stay taking in Anastasia Beach or nearby Ponte Vedra Beach. The Inn on Charlotte puts you right in the heart of your desires.
Inn On Charlotte Bed and Breakfast
52 Charlotte Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32084