After a few years of preparation in the heart of downtown St. Augustine, a new hotel, inspired by those from the city’s past, has opened at a corner of a busy intersection – and it’s one of many accommodations that have launched or are about to launch in the area.
Created by developer Kanti Patel and his company Jalaram Hotels, the Renaissance St. Augustine Historic Downtown Hotel at 6 W. Castillo Drive opened on September 2, said Troy Blevins, director of development and public relations for Jalaram Hotels. This is a Marriott hotel.
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The structure, which has 89 rooms, is built to resemble several houses with Victorian elements, although they are all connected. The development is inspired by the Hotel San Marco and other popular hotels in St. Augustine.
“I call it a tribute hotel. So the building we’re in right now when you walk in is kind of a pink building, and that’s what the San Marco hotel looked like,” Blevins said. . “It was actually on this property and it burned down in the 1890s.”
Henry Flagler stayed at the hotel and was inspired to build his own, Flagler historian and researcher Tom Graham said in a 2020 interview with The Record. Flagler’s first hotel in the city was the Ponce de Leon Hotel, which is now Flagler College.
While the Renaissance Hotel dominates the corner of West Castillo Drive and San Marco Avenue, its number of rooms is actually lower than the San Marco Hotel, which had 500, Blevins said.
The project cost around $ 20 million to build. While it takes on a historic look on the outside, the interior offers a contemporary feel. A grand staircase greets visitors in the lobby leading to a large work of art depicting the Bay of St. Augustine from long ago.
The property also includes a bar and restaurant called The Castillo, which are both open to the public and not just to hotel guests.
“We want locals here,” Blevins said.
Other features include a library for guests; balconies on the first and second floors; a swimming pool, which was not finished on Monday; parking spaces on site, 60 of which are in the basement; and space for events such as weddings and conferences.
Rooms will likely cost around $ 250 or $ 300 a night at the bottom of the scale for an average week.
Blevins gave a guided tour to a few visitors on Monday. He showed a king suite with an electric fireplace and a large balcony with rocking chairs overlooking San Marco Avenue and West Castillo Drive.
“The second floor has amazing wrap-around balconies,” Blevins said.
New hotels in Saint Augustine
Several hotels have opened in Saint-Augustin or are preparing to open soon.
Patel plans to open a Hilton hotel on North Ponce de Leon Boulevard in February, Blevins said.
In addition, a Marriott is being built at 5 Prawn Street, near King Street and US 1, said David Birchim, director of the planning and construction department.
A Homewood Suites by Hilton recently opened at 10 Prawn St., Birchim said.
“They all hit at the same time,” Birchim said.