Half a block from the beach, near restaurants and bars
Rooms feature microwaves, mini-fridges, and air-conditioning
Most rooms have sofa beds; a few have fully equipped kitchenettes
Heated outdoor pool, plus whirlpool and fire pits
Resort fee includes umbrellas, loungers, and toy wagons for the beach
Poolside lounge with happy hour (but no food menu)
Tennis, basketball, and beach volleyball courts
Free loaner bikes, and discounted rates at a nearby golf club
Free, property-wide Wi-Fi, and free outdoor parking
Free -- albeit basic -- breakfast buffet with a few hot options
Pet-friendly: maximum two dogs per room, for a one-time fee
Meeting room for up to 200 guests; audiovisual equipment available
Complaints of paper-thin walls in rooms
Daily, per-room resort fee
Most guests find the breakfast spread mediocre
No restaurant on-site
Formerly a Days Inn, the 135-room Ocean Coast Hotel is a basic, motel-style value property whose best feature is its location half a block from a lovely, fine-sand beach. The property is currently undergoing renovations and the experience varies widely depending on whether guests are assigned an up-to-date or an old room. All units come with amenities such as microwaves, mini-fridges, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. The heated outdoor pool is pleasant and spacious, with several loungers and a bar that’s popular at happy hour. There is no full restaurant on-site, though, and most guests find the free breakfast mediocre at best. Rates are some of the lowest in the area, but those who can afford a few extra dollars may prefer next-door neighbor, Amelia Hotel at the Beach.
Basic motel-style property in the process of a major overhaul
The Ocean Coast Hotel is in the midst of leaving behind its former Days Inn self. It is still a simple, motel-style property with few on-site amenities and generic rooms, but some common spaces -- including the lobby -- have already received some cosmetic updates, and all rooms now have new mattresses and flooring. The new management plans to add a gym and a business center, some extra meeting space, and a lazy river, but these changes will happen slowly. Until then, guests should expect to find a mix of old and new throughout, and depending on the room assigned, to get more or less value for their money.
Rates are some of the lowest in the area, and the inexpensive resort fee -- which is charged per day per room -- includes perks such as free breakfast, outdoor parking, two-for-one golf at a nearby course, loaner bikes, and free use of loungers, umbrellas, and toy wagons at the beach that’s just half a block away. There are plenty of reasonably priced properties in Fernandina Beach, though, so it’s worth shopping around for a more consistent experience.
Half a block from a great beach and near restaurants and attractions
The hotel is located on a side street off South Fletcher Avenue, the road that runs parallel to the beach all along Amelia Island. There are plenty of restaurants and bars within a few blocks of the property, and the beach is just half a block away, making this a convenient location for leisure and business travelers alike. Though most guests drive to local attractions such as Fort Clinch State Park and the Amelia Island Museum of History -- each about five minutes away -- guests can also borrow the free loaner bikes available at the hotel, which puts most sights within a 15-minute ride. The drive to Jacksonville International Airport takes about 40 minutes.
Rooms have good amenities but are in varying states of disrepair
The hotel has 135 rooms housed in a single two-story, motel-style building with outdoor hallways and room entrances. Since the Days Inn changed hands and reopened in January 2018 as the Ocean Coast Hotel, the property has undergone some renovations, but updates in rooms are coming slowly, as they only happen during off-peak season. All rooms now have new mattresses, but only a handful have new furniture, and maintenance issues abound in non-renovated units, with broken power sockets, scratched wood surfaces, and general lack of upkeep in bathrooms. Decor is straightforward and generic in all units, consisting of plain wooden furniture, blue satin-like bed skirts, patterned bed runners in blue hues, and neutral seating.
Standard amenities are good for the price and include flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, microwaves, and air-conditioning. Wi-Fi is included in the daily resort fee, and some units have sofa beds for two additional guests. Kitchenette Rooms have fully stocked cooking areas with stoves, sinks, coffeemakers, and a range of pots, pans, and utensils. Bathrooms haven’t been renovated and are old and worn. They feature shower/tub combos, hairdryers, and a selection of basic toiletries.
Pool, bar, sports facilities, a range of freebies, and some event space
The Ocean Coast Hotel at the Beach offers limited amenities. The heated outdoor pool is the highlight here, thanks to a spacious terrace around it, a couple dozen loungers, and access to a lounge with happy hours, pool tables, and a wooden deck overlooking the street. Tennis, basketball, and beach volleyball courts are available on-site, and loaner bikes can be borrowed at no extra charge. The daily resort fee covers a wide range of perks, including beach loungers, umbrellas and toy wagons, two-for-one golf at Fernandina Beach Golf Club, on-site parking, Wi-Fi, and free appetizers with the purchase of an entree at a nearby restaurant. Breakfast is included in the room rate, but quality and variety are lacking according to most guests. The hotel also features 2,400 square feet of meeting space. Two dogs per room are allowed for a non-refundable, per-stay fee.
The management has announced plans to build a lazy river, a fitness center, a business center, and additional meeting space in 2019-20.
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