Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- A gorgeous example of 19th century Spanish Revival architecture
- Excellent Old Town location within walking distance of restaurants and sights
- The second-floor pool terrace, with heated whirlpool
What To Know
- Overnight valet parking costs $24
- Rooms facing the Lightner Museum offer great views of their beautiful gardens
- Lower-floor rooms facing the street can get some noise in the mornings
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This 138-room Spanish Revival gem is all Moorish arches, frescoed fountains and ornate chandeliers. It could double as a film set—and so could St. Augustine, arguably the most Old World town in America (and definitely the oldest). Casa Monica is right off the gallery- and restaurant-lined pedestrian thoroughfare through the Old Town, but it’s a destination in itself thanks to the grand lobby, elegant 95 Cordova restaurant specializing in American and Middle Eastern cuisine, and live local bands performing in the Cobalt Lounge every weekend.
In the Area
St. Augustine is a history buff’s dream—which is to be expected from the nation’s oldest city, discovered by Ponce de Leon in 1512 (you do the math, Pilgrims!). Visitors can explore the past at the Castillo de San Marcos fortress, follow Ponce’s footsteps at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, or relive the Gilded Age of Henry Flagler’s development of Florida at the Lightner Museum and Flagler College. If the active pursuit of leisure is more your style there are three golf clubs within 20 miles (the closest, Palencia Golf Club, is only 8 miles from the hotel), biking trails, a nature preserve to hike, and 43 miles of shoreline at St. Augustine Beach.
How to Get There
I stayed here in a double queen bed room for one night in mid September. Although the hotel was comfortable with beautiful decor, I would not pay to stay here again. It was very overpriced. I paid a little over $400 for one night. There was no breakfast included and one glass of champagne offered at check in. Truthfully the Hilton or Best Western has better amenities, breakfast included and at a fraction of the price. You pay to enjoy the decor and for the ego boost of saying you are staying at “the Casa Monica” . It was perfectly located, right next to the Lightner museum and across from the Governor’s House.
Hotel location was priceless. Was in town attending a wedding for the evening. St. George Street is located right across from the hotel. Please be advised hotel has $30 resort fee (outlined when booking but not sure what it included) no self parking, only valet for about $30.00 per night.
Cozy lobby and bar area in the main entrance.
Bed very comfortable, bathroom was spacious.
What a nice hotel, looks so good from the street and that’s exactly what you get. Friendly helpful staff, valet parking and a great central location. Shop around or ask about their best rate, it’s up there in price but sooo good.