"Great location, basic lodging at an unbeatable price"
Overall Score3.0/ 5
Let's be upfront: the Regency Inn is not a five-star resort. However, you can't beat the location or the price. It's a short walk to the beach or the pier, and there are a lot of great restaurants also a short walk away (we had great experiences at the new Salt Life, which is right next door, and Sunset Grille). They seem to be about 2/3 of the way through remodeling, but the hotel remains dated in some ways (those bedspreads! Ye gads!). Our King room still had an old CRT TV, although our neighbors had a modern flat screen. The towels are small and if I had 10,000 words to describe them, I still wouldn't use the word "soft." Wifi worked fine and was reasonably fast. Our room was clean and the staff was friendly and did a good job. The indoor pool is small, but a good place for kids to take a dip when the ocean waves are too high. Breakfast is limited: coffee, juice, milk, cereal, bananas, bread and assorted pastries. You'll be tired of it after two days. Our room was quiet and we had no problems, except for one bleary eyed fellow at about 2 a.m. who knocked on our door thinking it was his own (one too many beach cocktails, it seems). But I've had that happen at more expensive hotels, too. Ultimately, the Regency exceeded our expectations. We snagged a room on sale for well below what any other hotel on A1A Beach Boulevard was going for, and were prepared to stay one night and bolt for greener pastures if some glaring flaw presented itself. It didn't. If you're planning on spending your time laying on the beach, checking out the sights downtown (a quick drive over the bridge), and enjoying the night life, and just need a place to lay your head before doing it all over again the next day, then give the Regency a look. It gets the job done, and at a price that allows you to spend your vacation dollars on all the other attractions St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach have to offer.
28-Apr-2014 Verified Review, stayed from Tue Apr 22 to Sun Apr 27 2014 at a $60.20 average nightly rate.