Our St. Augustine hotel is proud to share a number of articles and press we have received over the years. You will find links to press and media coverage we have earned from various travel writers around the country and also international. Our awards are based on some of the best service you will find in the St. Augustine area. We have proudly been featured on CNN Travel, HGTV, and Coastal Living, as well as in publications including Food Network Magazine, Jacksonville Magazine, and First Coast Magazine.
As the #1 Waterfront Hotel in St. Augustine we are proud of our welcoming atmosphere along with the personalized service provided by our friendly, helpful staff that has earned us these great reviews and press coverage.
Bayfront Marin House was honored to be named the Best Bed & Breakfast in the 2023 Best of St. Augustine Awards, a testament to our commitment to providing exceptional hospitality, luxurious accommodations, and unforgettable experiences for our guests.
We are proud to receive the 2023 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice award. Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
“As home base, we chose an award-winning bed and breakfast inn that harkens back to St. Augustine days of old. Bayfront Marin House traces its history to 1788, when Francisco Marin acquired the house and lot on the west bank of the Matanzas River.”
“Stay at the family-run Bayfront Marin House Inn, a cozy home with porches and hammocks to relax and enjoy a view of the gardens and the bay. Mingle with the owners and other guests over a free cocktail hour offered every evening.”
“Looking for water views? Bayfront Marin House Historic Inn dates back to the late 1780s and was noted in a Roque Map, one of the most important maps related to St. Augustine’s history. Staying here is a history lesson unto itself.”
Bayfront Marin House is an award-winning inn located in downtown St. Augustine, Florida. It is in the historic district, and across from the Matanzas Bay, just south of the Bridge of Lions.
Guests of Bayfront Marin House have multiple lodging options, including 17 downtown rooms, 8 beach cottages on Vilano Beach, as well as a stylish downtown apartment.
The main house has 15 recently renovated rooms, with beautiful baths, and fresh touches like seaside colors, hardwood floors, and an elegant mix of modern furniture and beloved antiques. The main house was originally three houses:
the oldest part, which was built of coquina around 1790;
a Victorian home, built in 1880, with big porches and windows;
and an eclectic gabled home, built in 1860 just south of the Marin, and moved to its current location in 1900.
The three buildings were integrated and attached in the early 1900s, and the rambling property was maintained as apartments.
Bayfront Marin House was converted to a bed and breakfast in 2003.
Next to the main house is Sanchez House, a historic home built in 1790, which now houses two large luxury suites. Sanchez House has retained much of its Spanish Colonial character, with open frame ceilings and terra cotta tile floors. Its architectural details and design are documented in the Library of Congress; it is the only Spanish Colonial home in St. Augustine open for nightly rentals.
Eight suites in four separate cottages are located oceanside in Vilano Beach. Referred to collectively as the Beachcomber Cottages on Vilano, the suites have all been recently renovated to comfortably accommodate both couples and families. Suites are varied in size and amenities, and sleep from 2 – 6 people, with some boasting large spa baths; sweeping views of the Atlantic; and private decks and porches. One suite and one cottage even have private pools. Vilano Beach is approximately 2.2 miles from St. Augustine’s historic district, and the cottages are roughly 3 miles from the Marin’s main house.
Finally, Bayfront Marin House offers guests who would like to stay for longer periods of time a stylish downtown apartment, located on nearby Marine Street, less than 2 blocks from the main inn. The Marine Street Apartment is located in an historic building across from O.C. White’s; it has two private decks, with views of the bay and City Marina.
Bayfront Marin House is a popular St. Augustine wedding venue as well, hosting almost 70 weddings a year. Up to 60 guests can be accommodated, and both ceremony and reception options are offered.
About the Amenities:
Bayfront Marin House offers its downtown guests a hot breakfast each day. As a Covid-19 precaution, breakfasts are delivered to the guest’s room or served outside at one of the strategically distanced tables. Breakfast baskets are delivered to the beach cottages each morning. Breakfasts include a hot entrée, a homemade baked item, and fruit options.
Happy hour is served by request at the downtown location.
Bayfront Marin House also offers free parking, free wifi, and Hulu Live television. Guests can borrow bicycles, beach chairs, and beach umbrellas.
The inn employs several types of technology to ensure safe social distancing. Keyless locks are on each door. Guests can opt in to a text messaging program that will let them know when their room is ready, and what menu options are offered each day. In addition, guests can use the app to check in, check out, request extra towels, or answer other questions. Each room also has an in-room electronic concierge which has been programmed by the inn’s staff to answer specific guest questions about St. Augustine, as well as the individual property. Guests can ask about favorite restaurants, best attractions, wifi passwords, and where to find the bikes or ice machine.
About the Owners:
Mike and Sandy Wieber purchased the inn in 2010. Before owning Bayfront Marin and moving to St. Augustine, the pair renovated several historic homes, in Galveston, Texas and Cape May, NJ.