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Residence Inn Amelia Island 3.0

Amelia Island, Florida, United States

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Pros

  • Walking distance to Egan's Creek trail
  • Rooms are condo-style with separate sleeping and living areas
  • All rooms have fully-equipped kitchens
  • Heated outdoor pool has a nice brick patio with plush loungers
  • Guests with pets are assigned to first- and second-floor rooms
  • Free hot breakfast buffet served each morning
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking
  • Self-serve laundry facilities on-site
  • On-site gym and business center are small but modern

Cons

  • All booking fees are due upfront
  • Not directly on the beach
  • Late afternoon check-in can be inconvenient for some
  • Reports of weak in-room cell phone signals
  • Occassional complaints of musty smells in some bathrooms

Bottom Line

Residence Inn Amelia Island, part of the Marriott chain, is geared toward long-term guests and is the most popular mid-range option on Amelia Island.The 133 suites here have sofa beds, fully-equipped kitchens and, in most cases, separate living rooms. The inn provides a free hot breakfast buffet each morning, free Wi-Fi, a coin-operated laundry facility, and a small fitness center. Restaurants, shopping, and the beach are conveniently down the road, while the historic downtown area is a 10-minute drive away. If kitchens aren't a priority, the more upscale Omni is often only slightly pricier.

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Scene

Well-manicured grounds and contemporary interior

Built in 2009, this Residence Inn is a modern-style hotel. The property has a well-manicured lawn with trimmed hedges and tropical plants. An open outdoor parking lot surrounds the perimeter and is separated from the actual walking grounds by gates. The building itself is plain and blends in with the surrounding area. Inside, there’s a large, bright open-air lobby and breakfast area with pops of bold color. The sofas and inset fireplace have a modern feel and clean, fresh look. Staff members clad in beach colors and floral print shirts continue the inn’s overall sand-and- sea motif. Past the lobby, guests are able to access the private courtyard and outdoor pool opposite the gates facing the parking lot. For sun bathers, loungers surround the pool, and if anyone's looking to dry off from a night-time dip, the fire pit in the courtyard offers a cozy way to end the night. 

Location

Close to beach access points and Egan's Creek trail, with other sights a quick drive away

For anyone looking for outdoor fun, this Residence Inn is conveniently located across from the Egan's Creek trail, a popular spot for runners and bikers. The hotel is also a short walk from beach access via Seaside Park, while Peter's Point Beachfront Park is further out. For dining, there are several casual options down the road from the inn by the beach, including Sliders Seaside Grill, La Mancha, and Cedar River Seafood. The historic district is a convenient 10-minute drive northwest and is flanked by Fort Clinch, the northernmost point of the island.

Rooms

True suites with full kitchens and separate living areas and bedrooms

Rooms here are spacious and consist of four categories: Studio, One BedroomSuites, One Bedroom Executive Suites, and Two Bedroom Suites. Like condos, guest units offer kitchens with full-sized refrigerators, dishwashers, stovetops, microwaves, and sinks with garbage disposals. Suites have separate sleeping and living room areas. Many families and large parties opt for the One Bedroom Suites with two queen beds and Two Bedroom Suites, as both options have the capacity to hold five people. 

Overall, decor is bold and different from generic hotels. Expect modern-looking furniture and deep colors that add personality to the rooms. Keep in mind, however, that guests might also be able to smell the food being cooked by their neighbors. Bathrooms have shower/tub combos, hairdryers, and generic toiletries. Some bathrooms are also reported to have slight mildew odors.

Features

Free extensive hot breakfast, free shuttle bus, and heated outdoor pool

Each morning, the hotel offers a free hot breakfast buffet with fruits, breads, eggs, breakfast burritos, and biscuits, among other items. During certain nights of the week, the hotel has themed dinners, from taco nights to burger nights. While the meals are free, guests often opt for off-site meals because the food can be either soggy or extremely greasy. Other amenities include a small fitness room with limited cardio machines, a business center with computers, a spacious guest laundry area, and a free island shuttle that will drop off and pick up guests from morning to evening. And for those who want to take a break from the beaches, a heated, gated amoeba-shaped pool is located just outside the property, overlooking a parking lot. Sun loungers and patio furniture are available as well, while wicker sofas and a fire pit are in the neighboring courtyard. 

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Address

2301 Sadler Rd, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034-4559, United States

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