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Set on the East Coast of Florida, the city of Jacksonville is the largest city in the continental United States (840 square miles) and offers visitors pristine beaches, trendy neighborhoods and a bustling downtown area set on the lovely St. Johns River. Whether visiting for business, a beach getaway or to experience the arts and sporting events, there are plenty of places to stay in and around the city. Here are the best hotels in Jacksonville, Fla.
Overall: Courtyard by Marriott Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront
With a top-notch location on the beach, outstanding service and lavish accommodations, the Courtyard Marriott is a great choice for families, couples, business travelers and friends visiting Jacksonville. Rooms have been recently renovated and have private balconies with gorgeous views, mini refrigerators, microwaves, wooden furnishings, a minimum of 250 square feet of space and sofabeds. Guests can gather by the outdoor firepit, go for a swim in the pool, enjoy a cocktail from the Tiki bar or rent beach chairs and umbrellas and catch some rays. The Bistro restaurant offers a breakfast buffet (charges apply), as well as dinner favorites. The hotel is a short cab ride from the beach bars and clubs.
Best Nightlife: Hyatt Regency Riverfront
Situated along the Riverfront in downtown Jacksonville, the Hyatt Regency is perfect for visitors interested in checking out the nightlife scene. The sprawling hotel has 925 rooms with modern, light décor, comfortable beds and floor-to-ceiling windows for dramatic views of the city or the river. A heated rooftop pool and hot tub are perfect to unwind or guests can throw back a few beers at the casual sports bar – which can get lively in the evenings. In addition, two restaurants are available for Southern fare or steakhouse favorites, plus the hotel is steps away from the Florida Theater and surrounded by casual bars offering live music.
Best Budget: Country Inn and Suites by Carlson Jacksonville
If you’re traveling on a tight budget, but still want clean, comfortable, and convenient accommodations, then the Country Inn and Suites by Carlson is an excellent option. The 61-room hotel has plenty of added perks that travelers love: like free cookies, cappuccino, coffee, an included breakfast buffet with make-your-own waffles, plus free Wi-Fi and parking. Modern rooms come with Serta mattresses, plush bedding, microwaves and mini refrigerators. Guests can cool off in the outdoor pool or work out in the fitness center. Note that you will need your own transportation because the hotel is not centrally located. Although it is only one mile from the Orange Park Mall, downtown Jacksonville is 16 miles and the beaches are 30 miles away.
Best Boutique: Hotel Indigo Jacksonville Deerwood Park
Those who prefer a boutique hotel experience should consider staying at the 96-room, Hotel Indigo Jacksonville. The property is set at the end of a lakeside boardwalk in the Tapestry Park Village, with restaurants and shops just steps away. Stylish rooms have hardwood floors, decorative wall murals, bright, colorful curtains and pillows and uniquely-shaped wooden headboards. Room amenities include spa-style bathrooms, mini refrigerators, free Wi-Fi, river views and sofabeds. Travelers can unwind in the lovely outdoor pool or grab a bite to eat at the on-site bar and bistro that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel also hosts “Silent Sundays,” with silent films, popcorn and post-film discussions.
Best Bed and Breakfast: Riverdale Inn
The Riverdale Inn is a beautifully-restored Victorian-style bed and breakfast in the heart of the historic district. The 11-room guesthouse is less than a block away from Memorial Park (located on the picturesque St. John’s River) and is just a short car ride to the shopping neighborhood of Avondale. Each individually-decorated room has a refrigerator and Keurig machine, plus unique features such as pine floors, claw-footed or Jacuzzi tubs and four-poster beds. Guests can enjoy a free wine and cheese social hour, plus a country-style breakfast is included each morning. Free parking is available.
Best for Families: Hampton Inn Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront
Families visiting the Jacksonville area will find the Hampton Inn Jacksonville Beach to be a fantastic option with an amazing location. The 177-room oceanfront hotel has private access to the beach, and a 120-foot, heated pool area that families love - complete with four waterfalls and a whirlpool grotto. There’s also a poolside Tiki Bar and Grill for a bite to eat, and a free hot breakfast is included in room rates. Rooms have pull-out sofas, microwaves, mini refrigerators, and contemporary décor plus free in-room movie channels and amazing views of the ocean. Kids menus, cribs and high chairs are available as well. TripAdvisor members also noted that the staff went out of their way for guests.
Best Luxury: Four Points by Sheraton Jacksonville Beachfront
For an upscale beach hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton is a trusted name with high-end service and amenities. The 80-room hotel is situated right on the sand and features views of the Atlantic Ocean from every room. The onsite restaurant serves American fare for breakfast and dinner, or guests can grab a quick bite from the Family Room lounge, and enjoy a local brew from the lobby bar. Airy suites have modern décor with light wood furnishings, a minimum of 408 square feet of space, signature Sheraton beds, private balconies, two televisions, separate living areas, and sofa beds. Guests can go for a dip in the outdoor pool or Jacuzzi or rent a beach chair and soak in some sun.
Best Business: Aloft Jacksonville
Perched in the heart of the trendy Tapestry Park Village in Southside Jacksonville, the 141-room Aloft hotel is a popular choice for business travelers. Rooms have a minimum of 284 square feet of space with chic décor, keyless entry, free Wi-Fi, premium bedding and bath products, a long work desk with ergonomic chair and reading lamps built into beds. The hotel features four meeting rooms, and after work, you can head to the Spanish-style outdoor pool, the 24-hour fitness center or the bar and lounge with pool tables, live music and a menu of American fare. Parking is free, and restaurants, boutique shops and corporate offices are located near the hotel.