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Old Powder House Inn in Saint Augustine, FL

Old Powder House Inn in Saint Augustine, FL

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Escape to a romantic getaway at our charming turn-of-the-century Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn in the heart of St. Augustine's beautiful Historic District. Towering pecan and oak trees shade verandas, courtyards, and gardens where you can relax with a cool drink, listen to the passing horse-drawn carriages, and let your imagination take you back through centuries of St. Augustine history.

History

Established in 1899.

This 1899, Victorian beauty is in the heart of historic St. Augustine.   Museums, historic attractions, quaint restaurants, antique shops, art galleries and gift shops are an easy stroll from the Inn. The property has nine uniquely decorated guest rooms (one with a fireplace), each with a private bath.  Lovely common areas include a formal parlor (with fireplace) and two charming dining rooms (great for catering opportunities such as family reunions, small weddings, anniversary parties, etc).  Spacious verandas are welcomed by guests returning from a day of sightseeing and shopping. There is private parking for all guests...a luxury in St. Augustine.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.00

Address: 38 Cordova St, Saint Augustine, FL, 32084
  • Mon: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Comments (8):

1. Claire P.
We recently had a weekend stay here for our first wedding anniversary. It was overall a wonderful and charming experience - Bob and Suzanne really are terrific hosts and the place was top class.  Super friendly, professional, and very knowledgeable about the area as well. The location can't really get any better, you are in walking distance to anything you can think of. The breakfast is a must and the food is outstanding. The OPH should definitely be at the top of anyone's list looking for a B & B in St. Augustine!

29/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Deke K.
Rooms are beautiful in this purple inn.  Price is higher than you can find elsewhere.  Has two balconies and a great location near historic shopping area, with parking in rear.  

They provide breakfast at an exact specified time (only) so if we wanted coffee before our 8:45 time slot we were out of luck.  Great breakfast casserole.

13/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Brett W.
Charming and centrally-located B&B we quite literally stumbled upon. Wakako U took a frightful tumble, tearing up her hands something awful. She fell down; Katie at the Old Powder House patched her up. We decided to stay there, being as we had no place to sleep that night anyway and we wanted to eat at the Floridian (5 stars). A fine decision all the way around. I can't compare this place to any other B&B in town, since I haven't stayed at any other. But we would definitely stay here again!

07/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Ashley M.
Felt like a nuisance the entire time me and my family stayed here. The couple that runs this bed and breakfast seemed awkward and the southern hospitality was just not there. The rooms were beautiful and breakfast was wonderful, but you best get there on time and don't expect much more than a single serving. One warning: even if the (very small and cramped) parking lot is full, DO NOT park in the one parking spot available that's for the neighbors. Even if you run in to ask where else you can park, you WILL get a stern talking to by the innkeepers and one may even run out to hound your 12 year old daughter to immediately move the car. Sorry but we will never stay here again.

03/09/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
5. Don F.
Loved our stay here. Great room, great hosts. Right on the edge of the old town. Maybe too close...lots of noise from the road (Cordova is the first north/south road outside the closed streets of the tourist drag). BUT...it's right across from the Floridian, our favorite restaurant in town, so it's worth it.

The breakfast is great, but it is at 8:45. Period. So my internal clock was thrown by the time we sat down to eat. It would be nice to have food by at least 8 a.m.

Beyond that, we love this place and will stay here again.

10/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Brian P.
We just had a fantastic experience at the Old Powder House Inn, which Katie and Kal (innkeepers extraordinaire) affectionately call OPH. Really struggled with 4 vs 5 stars. They run a fine fine establishment, but everything wasn't quite in order. So here is the breakdown:

(1) Location / Charm (5*)
Awesome awesome awesome. Cool little old house right on the edge of all the action. OPH is far enough away so that you're not listening to the drunken revelers in the town all night, but close enough that everything is within a 5-10 min walk. The house itself is cuteness overload. It's a turn-of-the-century farmhouse/Victorian that has been painted all sorts of crazy Floridian colors. Love.

First "B" (3*)
For better or worse, the OPH is really showing her age. Our shower barely put out a sprinkle of water and the window unit A/C... well, put her out of her misery! Frozen coils? Not sure, but she gave up after a night's work. The bed was soft, though, and everything was cleaned meticulously. I can deal with sprinkle shower and malfunctioning A/C, but my tune might've been different in August or September. Around the inn, too, were signs that guests of yore hadn't been too kind to the OPH, which made me somewhat sad.

Second "B" (4*)
Breakfast is served precisely at 0845h, and thank goodness for that because the natives were getting restless in the parlor as I casually perused my recent issue of Science. The doors to the dining area were closed and lights dimmed as if to suggest that the stage were being set for a magnificent feast. Meanwhile in the parlor, the coffee had run dry and the pirates had raided all of the peanut butter cookies from the jar. I was uncertain if the old French doors could keep back the hungry hordes!

When the doors finally opened (at 0845h sharp!) there was much rejoicing and the hordes feasted. It was during the meal that our hosts' graciousness really shone. Katie circulated about, catalyzing conversation and offering to make reservations. Truly impressive. Kal's (one and only?) creation of Spanish eggs was delightful. The entire breakfast was really quite nice.

My only criticism (and this is VERY slight) is to offer a simple alternative if a guest does not want what is offered. My husband is a bit of a picky eater (so the B&B is always risky - I never expect a B&B to be a restaurant!), but in this case, perhaps an extra muffin or some such would have been the better move, particularly since we were asked. I felt terrible that his egg dish went back to the kitchen untouched.

Innkeepers (5*)
Awesome people. The OPH may be a little tired, but the people are what make a B&B truly special, and Katie and Kal deliver on all fronts. Would've liked to spend more time with Kal, but as I said, we caught him on kitchen duty day. We had a terrific breakfast talking w Katie, though, and this gives us another excuse to return.

All in all a very positive experience. We will definitely return family in tow. Thank you, OPH, for making our tenth anniversary a special occasion.

07/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Pumkin H.
Stayed here during the GOTR stopover. Will try to keep it short and sweet.

Things that were good:
Has parking right behind the Inn
Location, location, location. Easy 5 minute walk to everything.
Lots of charm
Lobby/parlor has coffee, tea, water, sherry, and cookies pretty much all day
Bed was comfortable
Showers had good water pressure
Ac was cold
New Innkeepers were very friendly
Asked if you had any dietary restrictions for breakfast
3 course breakfast: started with fruit, then a freshly made muffin, and lastly an egg dish with plenty of coffee, tea and oj.

The only thing that would be a con would be the wireless. I could only get it in the parlor but in their defense, they are working on getting an extender. It was all made worse by the fact that the city was overrun by concert goers and the towers could not accommodate the influx of people so wifi was even more essential. I made the best of the situation. I'm an early riser, so I would take my ipad and go downstairs to have a cup of joe and catch up on my emails and such.

We really enjoyed staying here and would most definitely recommend it to our friends and stay here again.

15/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Andy J.
We have stayed here about half a dozen times.  Katie and Kal are such wonderful gracious hosts.  They provide good advice for places to eat as well as places that should be avoided.  We have stayed in 4 of the rooms here and they have all been wonderful.  All have their own theme that makes it unique.  The swing on the upstairs porch is nice to relax on and watch the people and carriages go by.

They have off street parking behind the inn.  St. George Street is just a short walk away.  

We have never had a bad experience with our stays here.

29/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0