Thanks to the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau for hosting my travels to their beautiful city. I did not receive any other form of compensation for this post. As always, reviews and opinions are 100% mine and unbiased.
Finding a hotel that is affordable and comfortable can be a real challenge when visiting a new city. During our recent visit to St Augustine, we stayed at the Jaybird’s Inn. I was a little daunted when we pulled up to the hotel. From the outside, it looked like a roadside motel from the late 1950s, but as soon as we checked in we saw that they had done an excellent job of renovating the interior. The lobby was attractive, the staff was friendly and helpful, and it was very clean all around. Jaybird’s Inn turned out to be a charming boutique motel.
The room was attractive, clean, and spacious. The framed artwork was all done by local artists. Our room had two queen-sized platform beds with pillow-top mattresses and down comforters. Very comfy. There was a large desk with two adjustable chairs, another comfy chair, a refrigerator, and a microwave. (Our microwave burned our popcorn. No really, it was the microwave, not operator error. ) We ended up popping the popcorn in the microwave in the breakfast area.
I was especially grateful there were plenty of power outlets & USB charging ports. Everyone was able to recharge their electronics without having to leave the device in the bathroom or unplug the bedside lamp to get enough outlets. The room was also equipped with a 42 LCD TV with over 80 channels. The free Wi-Fi was fast enough to stream Netflix.
Parking is at a premium downtown and can get costly. Jaybirds Inn offers free parking. This is not the case with other St. Augustine hotels. Parking fees will be tacked on to the price of the room. Driving downtown and parking in the public lots will cost around $12 a day. Finding ways to save on parking fees while in the “Ancient City” will help keep the costs down. Jaybird’s Inn is only about 1.5 miles from downtown so walking is not totally out of the question, the hotel also offers complimentary bicycles and helmets, but my favorite alternative is the hop-on-hop-off Red Train which stops less than a block away. For about $25 you can purchase a 3-day pass right at the hotel. It stops at about 24 historic sites and you can ride it all day and you can always Uber.
The hotel offers other amenities. It is a family-friendly hotel. Free cribs/infant beds are available. Sparkling clean pool with chairs and loungers. There is an arcade/game room with air hockey and other games. Some of the complimentary bikes are children’s bikes. There are a 24-hour front desk and a nice 24-hour fitness room with weights, bands, stability balls etc. The hotel offers a complimentary continental breakfast. It is mostly baked goods, yogurt, make-your-own waffles, cereal, oatmeal, coffee, and juice—adequate, but nothing special. We chose to satisfy our appetites at the breakfast in the full-service restaurant on the same property.
Jaybird’s Restaurant and Pizzeria
The hotel gave us a pair of $5 vouchers for breakfast for each day we stayed. The first day we decided to opt out of the continental breakfast and eat a cooked-to-order hot breakfast in the restaurant.
The restaurant was nice with dark wood floors and bright colors (yellows and red walls with red and beige booth seating and chairs and tables.) The restaurant also has a beautiful tropical outdoor patio also with a waterfall.
Both mornings we opted to eat inside. Breakfast was good and we got a hearty portion for the price. The servings were so large my sister and I split breakfast the next day. We added an extra side of toast and left the restaurant feeling full. Service was fast and friendly and we found it a good choice for breakfast. The restaurant only serves breakfast and lunch and closes at 2 PM.
The Jaybird’s Inn is a great place for people/families who don’t need room service or a lot of luxury but want a comfortable, contemporary place to stay. It is the perfect hub for a day of sightseeing, outlet shopping, and taking day trips to the beach in St. Augustine.