Jacksonville is a perfect vacation destination for everyone, all year round. When exploring the beautiful Florida beaches in Jax, or indulging yourself in other attractions the city has to offer, you have a wide range of lodging options at your disposal. Whether you want luxury accommodations in five-star hotels, a bit of rustic charm in cabin/tented rooms or a simple and cozy room in an inn, Jacksonville’s thriving hospitality industry has got you covered. Here are some of the best hotels to stay in when exploring Jacksonville, especially with kids.
The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Location: 225 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, Florida, United States, 32202
Suited for: People seeking to explore Jacksonville in Style
Adjacent to the iconic Main Street Bridge in downtown Jax lies this equally iconic hotel that oozes class and elegance. It would be the perfect location to stay for people who enjoy the finer things in life. The location allows you to have panoramic views of the river, whilst being close enough to downtown Jax for convenience when you want to take a stroll in the town. You can expect to find all kinds of amenities inside the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel. Fitness center (including a golf course nearby), free WiFi, laundry services, in-house restaurant and bar, concierge services, room service, and more. From this hotel, you can easily access Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Art, downtown shopping malls, and the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena.
Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park
Location: 4812 Deer Lake Drive West Jacksonville, Florida 32246 USA
Suited For: Tech-savvy people seeking luxury accommodation
As part of the Marriot group of hotels, you can expect the Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park hotel to be as glamorous as they come. Located close to the University of Florida, this hotel has embraced technology to bring a unique experience to its guests. There are charging ports for your electric car inside the facility, a heated swimming pool, free WiFi, room service (with flat-panel TV screens in every room), a fitness center, laundry services, and many more amenities. Attractions you can explore while staying here include having a shopping spree at luxurious stores inside the St. Johns Tower Center, getting a thrilling ride at the Autobahn Indoor Speedway at Brightman Boulevard, or playing the escape game at a suite in the Town Crossing drive. Kids can visit the Zoo, the Museum of Science and History, or the Memorial Park.
Sleep Inn & Suites
Location: 6535 Ramona Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32205
Suited for: Couples seeking modest accommodation on a budget
Sleep Inn and Suites Jacksonville promises modern and stylish accommodations at an affordable rate. You may not have the luxury associated with big hotels (such as Aloft and Hyatt) but you will be comfortable here, with friendly staff going out of their way to make you feel welcome. There is free WiFi inside the rooms and some extras such as a mini-fridge, a microwave, iron (and ironing board), and a coffee maker. One of the main reasons that make this hotel attractive to visitors is its convenient location off interstate 10. From here, you will easily access other attractions and exciting destinations such as the Naval Air Station, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, the Museum of Science and History, the Jacksonville Zoo, and beaches across the city.
Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville JTB/Deerwood Park
Location: 9745 Gate Pkwy N, Jacksonville, Florida 32246, USA
Suited for: People seeking fine dining, with easy access to shopping malls
The location of Hilton Garden Inn allows you to explore all the attractions in Jax (including Downtown) in comfort and luxury. As part of the Hilton Brand, you can expect to stay in luxurious rooms and dine in their exquisite Garden Grille and bar. All the rooms have free WiFi and room service. Shared amenities include an outdoor pool, a fitness center, a business center, and an on-site restaurant. Pets are not allowed though. The staff is friendly, helpful, and courteous. The grounds are beautifully manicured, creating the perfect avenue to hold a party, especially at night. You will be within walking distance of many attractions, including a movie theatre and the St. Johns Town Center.
One Ocean Resort
Location: 1 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233-5262
Suited For: Beach lovers
The One Ocean Resort and Spa is situated on the Atlantic beach, north of Jacksonville’s beach, and offers guests one of the most unique views and beach experiences in Florida. If you book into an ocean-fronting room, you will have unrivaled and stunning views of the ocean as you sip your favorite drink from your balcony. As a luxury beach hotel, you will get access to all the amenities you could think of, including treating yourself to an award-winning cuisine from the hotel’s restaurant.
The nightlife is thriving here, as throngs of people come to enjoy walking on the white sandy beach as they sip cocktails and listen to the crushing of the water waves. All the rooms are equipped with flat-panel TVs and free high-speed internet service. Some of the attractions you can visit while in this resort include the Autobahn raceway, the Jacksonville Zoo, the Kathryn Abby Hanna Park, the Shack Ranch, the adventure landing, the Cummer Museum of Arts, and many more. The shopping and dining experience near the resort will be a legendary experience, especially if you have kids tagging along.
Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel
Location: 10605 Deerwood Park Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32256
Suited For: People seeking a premium lodging experience
Sheraton hotels are renowned for their blend of excellent service and professionalism. When you are booked into this hotel, you will have easy access to attractions such as the Jacksonville beach, the St. Johns Town Center, Adventure landing, Jacksonville Zoo, the TIAA Bank Field, the University of North Florida, the Windsor Parke, and Blue Sky golf courses, the Porte Vedra beach and the Atlantic beach. Sheraton Jacksonville is also part of the Marriott group of hotels. Some of the amenities in this hotel include a fitness center, a world-class dining experience, WiFi, laundry services, concierge services, and many more. Each hotel room is equipped with a mini-fridge and a flat-panel TV.
Navy Gateway Inn and Suites, NAS Jax
Location: Bldg. 845 Mustin Road Jacksonville, FL 32212
Suited for: People seeking rustic glamming experience
If you are in search of more laid-back lodging options, you can check out the Navy Gateway inn and Suites. Although the hotel prides itself on offering accommodation that has a rustic charm, they have gone the extra mile to make their visitors comfortable. Conveniently located near the beach, guests can lounge in the open patio and enjoy the cool afternoon breeze as they sip their favorite beverages. The cabins are basic (as you’d expect) but others have flat-screen TV and WiFi for people seeking a glamming experience. From here you can catch a game at the TIAA Stadium, 20 minutes drive from the hotel, or enjoy a flight simulation at the Naval Air Station. The staff is very hospitable here.
With over 18,000 guest rooms scattered across Jacksonville, accommodation should be the least of your worries when visiting this magical city. If possible, book online to avoid last-minute rushes, especially during the summer season when the attractions in Jacksonville become popular. There are hundreds of hotels ranging from luxurious five-star set-ups to boutique hotels and old-school cabins that offer you whatever experience you may be seeking to indulge in when visiting Jacksonville. If you do not have lodging in mind, the restaurants and hotels we have sampled here may offer you the convenience you need to visit Jacksonville in style.