In a perfect matchup of old and new, St. Augustine, Florida, nicknamed the Ancient City, welcomed a new property in its historic district in October. A former Ramada Inn, the 97-room DoubleTree by Hilton St. Augustine Historic District blends in with the charming Old Spanish-style architecture of the city thanks to wrought-iron, distressed brick and earth-tone details.
While it’s located in the first permanent European settlement in the United States, the hotel has interior style and amenities that are updated for the modern guest. Well-lit workspaces and 42-inch HDTVs characterize each guest room, while the Oak Room Restaurant and Lounge serves up St. Augustine-influenced American cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. DoubleTree by Hilton has two rooms with 2,700 square feet of meeting and event space, which can accommodate groups of up to 200.
Post-meeting, attendees can head out on the city’s cobblestone streets to explore landmarks such as Castillo de San Marcos, the Fountain of Youth and Fort Matanzas national monuments. Flagler College, with its designated National Historic Landmark Ponce de Leon Hall, and the Lightner Museum, which has a collection of 19th century artifacts, are also around the corner for those looking for more historic finds and palm tree-lined pathways.