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 in this hotel when I attended my granddaughter's wedding. The hotel is beautiful and located in the heart of town, but it was a disappointment in a couple of ways. The room was situated next to the pool - and on the first night there was a very noisy pool party that continued until late at night. My daughter and I had driven down from Tennessee and were anxious to have a good night's sleep. The next night another pool party took place, although it was not quite as noisy. They did move us to another room for the first night after we complained, but for a hotel of this quality it was an annoyance. The other complaint I had was that the shower temperature was very difficult to adjust. It was either too hot or too cold.
Valet parking was the only parking available and required payment each time the car was taken out or brought back.
My husband and I have stayed in quite a few properties and I have to say this hotel rates among the very best! Staff, amenities, room accommodations, location... It has it all. You feel special just walking in the front doors and throughout your entire stay. Splurge on room service, it's worth every penny! We look forward to every stay there!
I’m glad we booked this place and would come back. Especially compare to its competition. Although, it is rather pricy for what you get. It is not a value, rather a splurge. Atmosphere, staff, rooms, food all very pleasant.
My big complaint would have to be the tv in rooms. Horrible quality, no usable channel guide, delayed remote response. I would say a good tv if you were transported back to 1990. I’m certain Best Western on the way into town has better TVs. Maybe bring your own Apple TV if you desire any real service.
Dated, dark decor, poor service, phone and blow dryer in the room did not work. Pool is very small -- rooms are overpriced for this hotel. I left an item in my room after checking out and had to call the hotel four times to finally determine Housekeeping did not find the item. I was promised twice someone would call me back regarding the lost item but that never happened. At one point, I spent 15 minutes calling the main number to the hotel to speak to Housekeeping and the phone was never answered.
The hotel is beautiful and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful! The fact that it’s also pet friendly made it even better! The food was also delicious...would definitely recommend this hotel and I’ll definitely come here again!