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
Our bridge group wanted a St Augustine get away and we chose the Casa Monica. It is a beautifully appointed hotel. The staff are personable and just seemed so happy! Eager to please. Rooms are lovely and it is spotless. Location is perfect. Kudos to Brittany in the bar. She made our day so fun! Overall, our stay for all of us was FABULOUS! Thank you Casa Monica!!!!
First time to stay at this resort, very nice and comfortable, feels like home, nice bar, and within walking distance of pretty much everything, wish they had bikes to rent in the hotel. Very nice gifts in the hotel but very pricey.
I picked this hotel due to its location, historic nature, elegance and spa. It was a disappointment in several areas. The hotel stairways were being recarpeted and painted and were blocked off, leaving guests to ride on two small elevators, of which only one ever worked. Fire exits were blocked with art posters or signs apologizing for the mess. I overheard a staff me,her say this would be going on for a while, so beware.
Room service was great, after you spent too much time playing Guess the Menu. The ones in the room are several months out of date, but you can't get an accurate one because "the chef likes to change things up," the front desk will tell you cheerfully. Change is nice, but not afer a 10-hour drive and the three things you had hoped to order are no longer available. A Marriott property of this order should have accurate printed menus without hand written corrections copied on the front office copier.
Finally, the spa is over priced and with only marginal services. The 50 minute relaxation massage was akin to a lotion rub down. Ask for a Swedish massage instead. The facial was light on treatment and heavy on price. I've had more intensive treatment for half the price at Massage Envy.
On the plus side, it is a great location right in the middle of the historic area with many things you'll want to see within a five minute walk.