Nice hotel, beautiful setting, overpriced
Posted Apr 5, 2016 on Hotels
When you arrive at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, your car is surrounded by uniformed, clean cut young men wearing Secret Service style earpieces. They politely inform you that you must surrender your car to them as self-parking is not an option.
The hotel is very nice, tastefully decorated and mostly well maintained (although one of two elevators was broken for our whole stay, which made for long waits at times). My wife and I went for a short 3-day escape and we had a lovely time.
The hotel food is okay, but unexceptional, and pricey. (I didn't eat at the flagship restaurant, Salt, on this visit. I had previously and thought it was very good.) There's a bar on the beach, which offers incredibly overpriced drinks. We ordered two $13 margaritas made from a mix with a splash of generic tequila.
The best thing about the hotel is its location, right on a beautiful, wide, pristine beach. Watching the sunrise from the beach was just sublime.
There are two fantastic reasonably priced restaurants within walking distance of the hotel: Bar Zin and Cucina South.
I hated the valet parking. I'd much rather walk to get my own car than stand around for 5-10 minutes waiting.
The service is very good, but often obsequious. I do not have aristocratic roots and find the upstairs-downstairs thing kind of creepy. I really don't need to be asked every few minutes if everything is to his lordship's liking. (They don't actually say "your lordship.")