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
- 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 love the history of this hotel and I especially love the location. Park your car and forget about it until you’re ready to leave. So many places within walking distance or jump on the trolley.
We loved our upgraded room with the views.
My family and I stayed for my birthday weekend in February. We booked a connecting room and although more than what we originally wanted to spend, it was worth every penny.
I cannot say enough about the staff here. When we checked in, Barbara C. at the front desk asked why we were there. I let her know it was my birthday. Later that night, when returning from dinner, she had left a bottle of champagne for me with a sweet note for my birthday. WOW!
My son was also joining us, but arriving later that night. The valet and bellmen were so accommodating, making sure there was a spot for his car near by so we wouldn't have to wait on it when he left on Sunday. When we departed, the bellmen and valet were so friendly and personable, it felt like we were leaving our home!
We went to the bar for a short time, and the bartender was great- again, very friendly.
We also enjoyed the "sister property" at the beach for a bit and it was beautiful. So convenient to be able to charge drinks/food there to our room.
I wish we would have known about the buffet brunch on Sunday morning- we went to the Raintree. I would have passed that up to eat at the hotel brunch- looked like crab legs, oysters on the half shell, etc.
THANK YOU for your over the top personable associates at the Casa Monica. We will be back for sure!
Despite the countless guests who would be impacted, the hotel booked a party with a DJ in the pool area for Friday night. The music is nothing short of blaring and is radiating thru my room. There is no way based on the set up of this building that the hotel would not have known how the music from this party would have impacted guests. It is clear they are looking to make money and do not care about their guests. The front desk is being bombarded with angry guests and has no resolve. I am appalled that Marriott is affiliated with this establishment.
This is the worst hotel stay of my life. I'm here now, listening to to music blasting from the pool into my room two floors up. The front desk says it's only going on for two more hours (until 10:00 at night). There were people in front of me complaining about the same thing and a line formed behind me while I waited my turn. They waved my resort fee which I'd have gladly paid for them to move my room or pull the plug on the ridiculous event. I have about 1,500 nights in hotels over the past decade and this us by far the worst experience I've ever had in a Marriott.
We booked a King Room (211) for two nights (Thurs. & Friday). We were charged $300 the first night and $400 the second for a tiny room that needed updating. The bathroom, also small, had a toilet, dated shower stall and one sink. The shower had little water pressure, and the air conditioner shut down in the middle of the night, leaving the room very warm. The toiletries were nicer than most hotels, and there were 2 small bottles of water left for us both days. Other than that, the amenities did not seem to go along with the price we paid for these two nights. There was no quiet place in the hotel to meet with friends. The only indoor public seating was in the long lobby, but there were always lots of people checking in and checking out, including the porters with the luggage racks moving through the small space. The food in the restaurant was good and the staff everywhere in the hotel was friendly and cooperative. This historic hotel is very grand looking, both outside and in the lobby with its Moorish decor. We felt that the price we paid for the room was much too high for the accommodations we had.
We’ve stayed in 5 star hotels all over the world. While the prices were 5 star, the accommodations were not.