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“Such a disappointment!”
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Florida House Inn
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Was looking so forward to my stay and enjoying staying in such a historic place. Such as shame. The room was no larger than a closet and the staff were not on hand at night to be contacted as we needed help to turn down the air as it was cold as a meat locker in our room. I left a message and NEVER received a return call back. The staff who served breakfast acted like they were being put out. Dropped the plates and never came back to the table. Such a shame. The whole stay there was very sad.
They say there is free wifi, but you can't get a connection to save your life. The staff confirmed this and suggested we sit on the front porch for the best reception.

Room Tip: Do not get a room by the bar next door way too loud most of the night.
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

The last time I was at the Florida house the food was not very good. I must say the renovations are wonderful and the food was great. The waitress could have been a bit more friendly but it was a large group and she may have been overwhelmed although it was only lunch and three choices. I will go back it was great. The mermaid bar is gorgeous!

Stayed: October 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

A very, very long wait for our order - table of 4. 2 orders of grits were burnt and smelled like an old ashtray. Server said "Oh, we have a new chef" - she did however, graciously replace the item with alternative of watermelon slices or berries. 2 orders of Fried chicken tenders on the "Hoss" were beyond being over-fried. Admittedly, it was fully booked out so a busy Sunday, but we were disappointed overall.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Room Number 7 is an absolute disgrace. Very small, cramped, out dated! An old 13 inch TV sitting high on a tall dresser, of which cable TV did not work. Bedding was old and smelly, nobody around after 5PM to discuss issues with. Although the facade is cute our recommendation is to stay away, there are many lovely hotels on Amelia Island, this was so not worth the money

Room Tip: At least stay away from room 7
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Grant Y
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Our room itself was lovely. We arrived at around 7, and the front desk staff was gone for the day, leaving check-in to consist of just grabbing our room key from the front desk.

That was odd, as we were new to the area and wanted to ask for recommendations. Also, the private side-door that led to our room was locked and it took us longer than it should have to realize that the second key was for that exterior door.

Anyway, we were in Room 12, which is the closest room to the bar next door -- nobody likes this room. Closing the bathroom door and the window shutters helped alleviate most of the noise, and they were finished by 11, which worked for us. What actually bothered me more was the hallway light peering in through the top of the glass window on the door. Not very helpful if you like to sleep in a dark room like I do!

The next morning, we actually met with a staff member, and she was most helpful. She offered to move our rooms, offered us earplugs, and was generally very friendly. The staff, on the whole, was really helpful when they were available, which appears to be between the hours of 8-5 or thereabouts. An after-hours line for emergencies or questions or something would have been appreciated, even if it was just operational from 5-10 or something. It seems weird to not have an innkeeper available during the early evening hours.

Otherwise, the wifi extender didn't work on that far side of the building, so there was no wifi. We tried to reset the device, but it still wouldn't take the password the staff had provided. They really need to get someone in with some tech savvy to fix it, because that was pretty annoying.

Breakfast was one of the best I've ever had at a place like this, with delicious buttery croissants, fresh fruit, and plenty of other options. The complimentary bottled water and Keurig in the lobby 24/7 is also a welcoming touch.

Overall, I'd stay there again. The staff was great, the beds were very comfy, and the location was excellent if you wanted to be downtown. Our room location wasn't great, but I'll try to avoid getting that room next time, and I think it would improve things considerably.

Room Tip: Room 12 is the room right next to the Green Turtle. Avoid that room for a quiet sleep.
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

My daughter & I were there for the Jax Triathlon and stayed at Florida House Inn. Nice accommodations but there is a tavern next door and the music and loud voices kept us up until 2 AM, having to be at the event at 5 we had very little sleep so not a place to stay if you want a good nights sleep. Rooms are small but quaint. Parking was also an issue

Room Tip: do not take a room on the right side next to tavern if you want to sleep
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the Flordia Inn because a friend was in a triathlon on Sat. This is where she booked.
We booked the king room which waa OK, a little pricey for the amenities.
The bed was pure torture, so hard that come tomorrow morning I need to find help since I can't stand up straight.
Other suggestion is tub/shower leaks all over the floor, and there is no place in the bathroom to hang anything up. A few hooks would be very helpful!
We did not get the breakfast 1st morning because of race. But went in and ordered off the menu mid day, food was Great!
If they would invest in some mattress toppers I would give 4 stars.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
2  Thank lesliehicks
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Additional Information about Florida House Inn

Address: 22 S 3rd St, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL 32034-4207
Region: United States > Florida > Amelia Island > Fernandina Beach
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Fernandina Beach
Price Range: $164 - $214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Florida House Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Florida House Inn was built in 1857 by David Yulee and is considered the oldest active Inn in Florida. The Inn has housed many famous people like Ulysses S. Grant, The Carnegies and the Rockerfellers, just to name a few. Come for a visit and step back in time with us.... ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Florida House Hotel Fernandina Beach
Florida House Inn Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach, FL

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