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The Valencia Hotel
276 St. George Street
St. Augustine Florida
Valencia
The Valencia was a smaller family hotel with bell service. The house was located on south St. George Street
near the St. Francis' barracks with a view of the ocean. It was run in the 1890 through the early 1900s by Mrs.
Mary Fraser who had been managing hotels in St. Augustine since the early 1880s. It had electric bells and
gas and a great menu. The water was aerated artesian well water. The hotel was built by
McGuire and
McDonald. The room rate was $2.50 to 3.00 per day or $15.00 to $20.00 per week. It had private baths,
steam heat and modern conveniences. It stated that special attention was paid to table.

In
1892 The Tatler stated: "This beautiful new hotel is situated on South St. George Street and is a first-class
family hotel, with a large, prettily furnished parlor and commodious office on either side of a broad carpeted
hall, which runs the entire length of the building and leading to a large well-furnished dining hall with windows
on either side, making it bright and cheery all day long; in the rear of this is a kitchen that would delight any
housekeeper, as it is fitted out with every convenience for preparing food appetizingly, and the well-earned
reputation Mrs. Mary Frazier, the proprietress, has for furnishing dainty meals, will be an assurance that the
comforts of inner man will be well provided for here.

One of the best features of this house is its height from the ground---about ten feet. This space forms a cellar
cemented on all sides and floor, with numerous windows, so that a current of air is constantly passing through
it. It contains two large tanks where rain water is kept cool after being filtered; there is also a tank for aerating
artesian water, making this a pleasant drink; there are also store rooms and a laundry.

The second and third floors are occupied with bedrooms, daintily and comfortable furnished, and have gas
and electric bells. There are bath-rooms, hot and cold water on each floor, and perfect sanitary arrangements;
in fact, the builders, Messrs,
McGuire & McDonald, with their experience as hotel builders, determined to
make this a model family hotel, and have succeeded admirably.

In
1895 the Tatler reported: "The demand for smaller family hotels, with bell service and all the modern
appliances to secure the comfort of the guests, was admirably complied with in the building equipping and
furnishing of this elegant house, on South St. George street, near
St. Francis' barracks. The Valencia recently
opened, for its fourth season, under the excellent management of Mrs. Mary Fraser, who has catered for
many of the visitors to this city for years past. The Valencia is artistically yet quietly, furnished; has pleasant,
home-like public and private rooms and excellent beds. The sanitary arrangements are superior. There are
electric bells and gas through the house, with good service. The Valencia enjoys an enviable reputation for its
excellent menu. The house opened this year in October and has had an excellent client age, some days
entertaining fully sixty guests."

1909 - Miss E. Frazer. Accommodates seventy-five. It was open from November 1st to May 30th. The rates
were $2.50 to $3.00 per day; $15.00 to $20.00 per week. The hotel was "delightfully situated on St. George
street, south of the plaza. Special attention paid to table."

The hotel was located at 276 St. George Street on what is today the parking lot of the St. Francis Inn (which
as one time was known as the Valencia annex.) Two of the more famous guests were Sinclair Lewis and
William Dean Howells in 1916.
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