The Kenwood Inn
About The Kenwood Inn
Built in 1865 and formerly known as the Hotel La Borde and Hotel Kenwood, The Kenwood Inn is the only remaining hotel structure of its size from what was known as St. Augustine’s Gilded Age (the time period between the Civil War and World War I during which the U.S. population and economy grew quickly and many wealthy people lived very fancy lives). During that time, St. Augustine was home to many luxurious hotels and guesthouses, including the famed Ponce de Leon Hotel, which is now Flagler College. Many a famous visitor has walked its halls, to include Mr. Henry Flagler himself who considered it the finest inn of its time.
With the exception of The Kenwood, the Buckingham Hotel (now Flagler College Gymnasium), and Hotel Villa Flora (now the retirement home of the Sisters of St. Joseph), all others hotels and guesthouses were lost in the devastating fire of 1914.
Originally built with 22 bedrooms and all outdoor plumbing, The Kenwood Hotel thrived as a hotel or boarding house until the early 1970s when new owners petitioned the City of St. Augustine to allow bed and breakfasts and were granted the first license. The Hotel Kenwood, renamed The Kenwood Inn, became St. Augustine’s first and oldest bed and breakfast.
Today, your Kenwood experience will blend traditional elegance with with hints of the tropics in the inviting, individually decorated guest rooms that bring to life that Old Florida elegance, with rich hardwood floors, four-poster and antique beds and warm-colored fabrics.
Each of the fourteen guest rooms and suites (includes 2 two bedroom suites) features premium bedding and deluxe linens. Slipping into our high thread count cotton sheets is a decadent pleasure matched only by the lavish cotton towels in your bath. The Kenwood provides spa-quality amenities for an elegant accompaniment to your bath or shower. Additionally, each room is equipped with television service, hair dryer, clock radio, iron, ironing board, and robes.
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not needed).
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.
ENTERTAINMENT & FAMILY SERVICES
Shared Lounge/TV Area
Bikes Available (free)
FRONT DESK SERVICES
Concierage, baggage storage, and 24-hour front desk.
You always have the option of socializing with other guests or maintaining your privacy, though the company of fellow travelers as well as the Innkeepers is what keeps many guests coming back again and again.
Everyone is invited to enjoy the evening wine service in the living room or the inn’s courtyard. You may even want to take a glass of wine to your room. Coffee, water, lemonade and iced tea are available all day.
The owners of this historic bed and breakfast wish to make sure that, from the time you check in until the time you check out, you are completely comfortable and relaxed and have all the information you need to fully enjoy your St Augustine getaway.
Modern comforts are available but not intrusive. A large screen television, for example, is tucked away in an elegant cabinet in the sunroom. Many a night finds guest gathering to cheer on their favorite teams. You have the choice of making use of Wi-Fi thorughout the inn, watching television in the privacy of your room, or ignoring the present day completely and immersing yourself in a bygone era. Take a long hot bath in your tub or Jacuzzi tub by candlelight. Get lost in a novel while enjoying the breeze from the bay, swinging gently in a hammock on the Inn’s balconies or lounging by the pool or under a century-old tree in the courtyard.
Queen (antique, step-up), 2nd Floor, Compact Bathroom with Shower, Flat-screen TV, Pool View. From $139.
This very sunny yet cozy, second-floor room, is decorated in warm shades of yellow and blue and has an elaborate, wood carved, step-up, antique queen-sized bed. One of the best features of this room is its view overlooking the pool. It also has access to the wraparound porch complete with rockers and a hammock. Uniquely tucked away in an antique armoire is the sink, featuring a tiled countertop, mirrored back wall, and shelving for the amenities. Recently updated compact bathroom with shower. The room has a wall-mounted flat-screen TV.
Queen, 2nd Floor, 36" Flat-screen TV, Shower, View of Historic Bridge Street. From $149.
Recently renovated with a totally new spacious bathroom, this queen-bedded room is one of our coziest and most comforting. The room is decorated in rich jewel shades of golds, greens, and burgundy. The warm wood tones of the furniture add to the welcoming of this room. Additionally, a large 36″ flat-screen HD TV is perfect for relaxing. Located on the second floor overlooking historic Bridge Street, the Brass Room features a very spacious tiled bathroom with large glassed shower featuring multiple shower heads. A plantation-style butler vanity with vessel sink completes the look.
Queen 4-poster Step-up Canopy; 2nd Floor; Vaulted Ceiling; Flat-screen TV; Compact Bathroom with Shower. From $139.
Tucked away in a side wing of the inn’s second floor, you’ll find this sun-filled room draped in warm earth tones with a touch of soft corals. Adding to the uniqueness of this room is its two-story vaulted ceiling with a stunning large wrought iron chandelier. This room has an antique queen-sized, four-poster, step-up canopy bed, two lounge chairs, loveseat, and antique dresser with mirror. It also features a large flat-screen HD TV. The plush wall-to-wall carpeting is a pleasure on which to walk barefooted. One of the best features of this sun-drenched room is the wonderful view to the west of the courtyard and to the east, the swimming pool. The recently updated compact bath has a tile shower, wall mounted sink, and ample storage shelving to accommodate your items.
King (4 poster), 2nd Floor, TV, Tub/Shower. From $169.
This very large one room suite is one of the most popular. The sun-filled suite is located on the second floor overlooking historic Bridge Street and features a beautiful natural-finish, pine four-poster king-size bed and over-sized TV armoire. Two comfortable lounging chairs provide perfect seating for conversation, reading, or TV watching. A separate foyer area with a stunning chandelier separates your bedroom from the entrance door. This room is decorated in shades of cool sage green and creams which only enhances the dramatic crown molding and detailed wainscoting surrounding the room. You can’t resist walking barefoot on the very, very plush wall-to-wall carpeting. The just renovated (Nov '14) spacious bathroom features a Jacuzzi tub and shower combination plus a hand-painted vanity with glass vessel sink.
King, 2 Rooms (divided by French doors), Sofa, Flat-screen TV, Shower, View of Courtyard/Koi Pond. From $159.
Transitional and elegant in style, The Country Suite features soft gold and steel blue shades. This second-floor, two-room suite includes a bedroom with a king-sized bed and a separate living room with a queen-size sofa bed. The rooms are divided by double French doors. The living room includes a queen-size sofa bed, mini-refrigerator in the closet, two-side chairs, and coffee table. Additionally, a stunning large armoire houses a second large flat-screen television. The large bath includes a tiled shower and spacious sink cabinet. The special feature of this suite is its quiet location overlooking the courtyard and koi pond.
COUNTRY VICTORIAN ROOM
King, 2nd Floor, Electric Fireplace, 36" Flat-screen TV, Walk-in Shower, Private Balcony with Bridge Street View and Partial of the Bay. From $169.
Totally renovated and rebuilt, this spacious second-floor room is one of the prettiest, with shades of soft blues and corals and rich dark wood floors. A beautiful king-sized bed adds to the beauty and charm of your stay. The two chairs create a comfortable sitting and reading area and pleasant viewing of the 36″ HD flat-screen located over the wonderfully-restored electric fireplace. There is a private porch with views of the bay and historic Bridge Street. The luxurious and large bathroom features an unique sink area and exceptionally large glassed shower with multiple shower heads.
Full & King, 2 Rooms (separated by a pocket door). Each room has its own Bath (1 with tub and shower; 1 with shower/Jacuzzi combination) and 32" inch Flat-screen TV. From $169.
This unique suite features two separate bedrooms (separated by a pocket doorway) One bedroom features a full-sized bed, the other a king-sized bed that can be converted into two twins. The decor is Country French in tones of soft creams, sage, and antique black. Each bedroom has its own bathroom -- one with a shower and the other a shower/Jacuzzi tub combination. They each have their own televisions including a 32″ LCD wall-mounted flat screen TV. The rooms are located on the first floor and feature an entrance to the large porch which opens to the walled-courtyard. This is the perfect room for families, girl-friend weekends, or guests preferring separate bedrooms and bathrooms.
King (4 poster), Queen Pull-out Sofa, Coffee Table & Chairs, Oversized TV in armoire, 2-person Walk-in Shower, Private Balcony with Table for 4 and Courtyard/Koi Pond View. From $169.
The very spacious Captain’s Suite is located on the second floor and features a very large private balcony overlooking the courtyard and Koi pond. The balcony has a dining table for four plus two over-sized, cushioned wicker chaise lounges. This one-room suite features a king-sized four-poster bed and a sitting area with a queen-sized pullout sofa, coffee table, and chairs. The suite is decorated in handsome rich fabrics and plush area rug. The mahogany armoire at the foot of the bed is equipped with an oversized television. The bath has a large walk-in two-person tile shower and a sled-shaped copper vessel sink mounted on an antique writing table. The sofa opens to a comfortable queen-sized bed. This room is ideal for a party of up to four guests.
BLUE PORCELAIN SUITE
King four-poster, 2nd Floor, Sitting Area (Indoor and Out) Electric Fireplace, 34" Flat Screen TV, Rainfall Shower Head with Body Massager, Pool View. From $179.
This newly renovated one-room suite is wonderfully decorated in hues of blue and features a king-sized sleigh bed. This room is located on the second floor overlooking the lush pool area. The sitting area in front of the decorative electric fireplace has two traditional wing-back chairs, ideal for reading and passing the time away, Also featured is a large 34″ HDTV flat-screen TV. An extra special feature to the room is its access to the wrap-around porch from your French doors complete with rocking chairs and hammock. The bathroom is exceptionally beautiful with a blue porcelain vessel sink and large Carrera marble shower featuring a rainfall shower head and wall-mounted body massaging shower heads. This open-concept bathroom is loved by many of our guests.
COUNTRY FRENCH ROOM
King, Sitting Area with Queen Pull-out Sofa, Coffee Table, Wingback Chair, 42" Flat-screen TV, Jetted Jacuzzi Tub / Separate Walk-in Shower, Private Access to Wrap-Around Porch, View of Historic Marine and Bridge Streets with Partial Bay View. From $189.
Completely renovated and restored, this stunning and very spacious one-room suite is one of our most popular. The suite is located on the second floor, with private access to the Inn’s wraparound porch, complete with hammock and sitting area. The views of historic Marine and Bridge Streets are complimented by the views of the bay in the distance. The Country French Suite is especially quiet and boasts of a king-sized bed decorated in striking shades of burgundy, golds, and teal. Adding to the comfort is a very large upholstered bench at the foot of the bed. The bathroom is exceptional with a large glass enclosed shower that features a rainfall shower head and a separate Jacuzzi tub. Stone tiled walls and floors with pewter inlaid accents add to the elegance of the suite plus a glass-tiled ceiling over the Jacuzzi. A separate sitting area by the electric fireplace includes a queen-sized pull-out sofa, coffee table, and wing-back chair, not to mention the very large 42″ flat-screen HD television over the mantel.
OLDE ENGLISH ROOM
King, 1st Floor, Pine Plank Floors, Electric Fireplace, 32" Flat-screen TV, Double Jacuzzi/Jetted Tub and Shower, Private Porch, View of Bridge Street. From $189.
Original plank, heart-of-pine floors along with rich shades of ivory and soft yellows compliment this wonderfully elegant and spacious first floor, one-room suite with king-sized bed. An additional special feature is your private spacious porch overlooking historic Bridge Street with views of the bay in the distance. You’ll enjoy hours of people watching and listening to the stories told by the horse-drawn carriage guides on historic Bridge Street. Totally renovated and restored, this suite is complimented with an exquisite crystal chandelier and stunning crystal scones over the fire place. The modern conveniences include a large 32″ flat-screen TV. The large bath features a double Jacuzzi-style jetted bathtub and hand-painted Bombay chest with a glass vessel sink and crystal scones mounted on the mirror. One of the special features to this room is the sitting area in front of the fireplace with its pair of comfortable and classic wing chairs. The spacious bedroom with 9.5′ ceilings is a rare find in a 19th century inn.
BAYVIEW GRAND SUITE
King, Queen, 2 Bedrooms, 3rd Floor, Sofa, 2 Flat-screen TVs, Walk-in Shower with Body Massaging heads, Small Fridge, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Balcony, Partial Bay View. From $199
This very spacious and sun-filled, four-room suite features elegant contemporary furnishings and is located on the entire third floor. This is the ideal accommodation for families, friends, or couples traveling together but wanting separate bedrooms. The suite can only be rented exclusively as a one-bedroom or two-bedroom. Additionally, the living room and queen bedded room have twin size leather ottamans is large enough for two twin-size roll-aways. The suite has spectacular water views from all windows and a private balcony with bird’s eye view of the Matanzas Bay. The Bayview Suite consists of two separate bedrooms, one with a king bed and the other a queen. Both bedrooms include 32″ flat-screen televisions. It also has a separate living room with a rich mahogany-colored leather couch and love seat ideal for viewing the 32″ flat-screen television. In addition, you will enjoy having a coffee maker, microwave and a mini fridge. The very spacious bathroom is the perfect option for this suite. There is a double-sink in the bathroom foyer & a separate private bath with a large tile, glass dual-headed shower with body-massaging heads. Also known as the Bridal Suite, this special and most-private suite is the ideal choice for those wanting expansive accommodations, optimum privacy, and blissful comfort.
King, 1st Floor, Living Room, 48" Flat Screen Television, 1.5 Bath, Walk-in Shower with Multiple Shower Heads, From $179.
Located on our first floor, the totally renovated suite comprises of a living room and spacious master bedroom which features a king bed, 46” flat-screen television and large couch for cozy reading. The very comfortable and elegant living room has a queen-size sofa bed, oversize lounge chair and 42” flat-screen television. What makes this suite so unique is the hallway from the living room to the master bedroom with a half bath on one side and on the other side a bathroom with a large vanity, spacious walk-in shower with multiple shower heads and a shower bench. This is ideal as it allows access to the bathroom without walking through the bedroom. Plus the 1.5 bathrooms makes it ideal for several guests getting ready at the same time. This suite is particularly popular as it can connect to the Wellington Room making it into a very spacious two-bedroom suite. From $179.
Queen, 1st Floor, Walk-in Shower with multiple shower heads. From $159.
This beautiful queen-bedded room is located on the first floor and features a Serta® Motion Perfect™ III bed with an adjustable foundation and six-level massage system allows you to relax and unwind after a busy day. The room has a stunning bathroom with French doors, oversized vanity, private commode area, and large walk-in shower with multiple shower heads. Chairs for sitting plus large flat screen television. Elegantly decorated, this is one of our most popular rooms, as it can connect to the Bridge Suite, thus making it into a very spacious two-bedroom suite. From $159.