Casa Monica Hotel
Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront
Castillo de San Marcos
First Friday Art Walk
Old Town Trolley Tours
St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains
Luxury in the Old City
St. Augustine's resorts, historic sites, restaurants and shops surprise with little luxuries.
In the ancient city of St. Augustine, just steps away from Florida’s Atlantic coastline, lies a paradise offering all the trappings of elegance. Be chauffeured through the brick streets by horse-drawn carriage. Shop specialty boutiques for everything from art to chocolates and fine wines. Then get dapper for dinner and cocktails. St. Augustine’s historical glamour is worth dressing up for.
Begin at the Casa Monica Hotel, where opulent surroundings engage the senses. From the triumphant lobby fountain, richly tiled and flanked by high-backed leather settees, to thick velvet curtains tied with sashes, you’ll find yourself steeped in luxury. The Casa Monica is strewn with royal flourishes that complement its castle-like exterior. Rooms are appointed in mahogany and wrought iron, and luxury suites in the hotel’s five towers offer antique furnishings, circular living rooms and generous views.
Once in your lavish retreat, choose from a bevy of services and activities to experience on your visit. Take a dip in the second-story pool, arrange a horseback ride, or duck into one of the hotel’s upscale boutiques.
Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront hotel is another sophisticated option for staying in style within steps of the bayfront and all of the Oldest City's attractions. Its colorful Spanish Colonial buildings with views of Matanzas Bay are close to most of St. Augustine's atractions, historic sites, restaurants, bars and shops.
Whether uptown or downtown, St. Augustine’s shops will satisfy serious shoppers and casual spectators alike. Visit The Spice and Tea Exchange for aromatic teas and other specialty gifts. Relish the vintage atmosphere of The Way We Were, where vintage clothing and accessories for men and women – including costume jewelry – can be found. Looking for art? Make your way to The Starving Artist consignment shop, located just off St. George Street on Cuna Street, or check out Saint Augustine Art Glass located at the north end of St. George. For unusual gifts, stop in at Rembrandtz and marvel at fanciful art and unique prints.
Let a horse-drawn carriage ferry you back to the Casa Monica, where a delectable meal awaits at the hotel’s in-house restaurant, Costa Brava. Take a culinary journey with their shareable dishes and a bottle of carefully selected wine as you settle in to one of the sumptuously decorated dining rooms. Afterwards, explore the city’s galleries on the first Friday of each month during the evening Art Walk. The St. Augustine Sightseeing Train and Old Town Trolley Tours are available for transport to the galleries, where you can see new exhibits and enjoy the street music.
Cap off your stay in St. Augustine with a trip to the antiques shops clustered around San Marco and King streets. Here you’ll find European furniture, estate items, art glass, costume jewelry, antique stained-glass windows and other wonders. Located in what used to be the Hotel Alcazar’s pool, Lightner Antique Mall mixes the old with the older.