Jacksonville, Florida’s largest city in both area and population, has invested extensive resources to develop its downtown riverfront areas, including Jacksonville Landing, Northbank Riverwalk and Southbank Riverwalk. These developments have attracted shops, restaurants, nightclubs and hotels. Four hotels, all of them overlooking the St. Johns River in the heart of Jacksonville, put visitors close to all that these areas have to offer.
Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront
Just off Interstate 95, the main north-south artery through Jacksonville, and close to the Southbank Riverwalk, this 10-story, 292-unit hotel is near a number of attractions, including Jacksonville Landing, Gator Bowl and Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. All rooms and suites feature balconies, in-room video checkout, ergonomic work desk and high-speed Internet, which is also available in all common areas, including the 24-hour business center. Other facilities and services include the riverside pool and deck, 24-hour fitness center and gift shop. On-site dining options include Ruth’s Chris Steak House, which is open for dinner daily; American Grill for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting; and Starbucks Coffee Bar for coffee, tea, fruit juices and pastries.
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Located on the Northbank Riverwalk, this 19-story, 963-unit hotel towers over the banks of the broad St. Johns River and is within easy driving distance of Alltel Stadium and Jacksonville Zoo. Each of the hotel’s hypo-allergenic guest rooms and suites features an iHome stereo with iPod docking station and oversized work desk; wireless Internet is available for an added fee. Recreational facilities include a rooftop heated outdoor swimming pool and 24-hour StayFit gym, which offers sweeping views of the river and city skyline. On-site restaurants include Trellises Restaurant, Currents Lounge, Jaxx Sports Bar and Einstein Bros. Bagel Shop.
Omni Jacksonville Hotel
Just steps from Jacksonville Landing Riverfront Marketplace, this 16-story, 354-unit hotel puts guests in the heart of downtown Jacksonville yet close to Interstates 16 and 95 for excursions a bit farther afield. Accommodations range from deluxe rooms measuring 362 square feet to presidential suites that cover nearly 1,600 square feet. All feature plush bathrobes, executive writing desks, 24-hour room service and fully stocked mini-bars; high-speed Internet is available for an additional charge. Other facilities include business and fitness centers, a rooftop heated swimming pool, ATM, concierge service and gift shop. Juliette’s Bistro provides fine dining, and J Bar serves up lighter fare and drinks in a more casual setting.
Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk
This five-story, 323-unit hotel lies on the south banks of the St. John’s River in the heart of Jacksonville’s San Marco entertainment district. Accommodations are provided in 310 standard-size hotel rooms and 13 suites, all of which feature bathrobes, stereo, high-speed Internet and work desks with lamps. Other facilities and services include business and fitness centers, an outdoor swimming pool, concierge services and complimentary shuttle to local attractions and businesses, as well as the airport. On-site dining options include the Charthouse Restaurant and Currents Lounge, both of which serve dinner only; St. Johns Cafe for breakfast and lunch; and Tastings Wine Bar for lunch and dinner.
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