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The Smart Stay Inn

The Smart Stay Inn is pet friendly! One pet of any size is welcome for no additional fee. A second pet is permitted for $10 per night. Only ground-floor rooms allow pets. Both dogs and cats are accepted, but pets may not be left in the room unattended. There is a fenced dog park with waste station on the property.
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Room Types
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    • 2 double beds
    • Up to 4 people
    • No pet fee
    • 1 king bed
    • Up to 3 people
    • No pet fee
    • 2 double beds
    • Up to 4 people
    • No pet fee
    • 2 double beds
    • Up to 4 people
    • No pet fee
    • 1 king bed
    • Up to 2 people
    • No pet fee
    • 2 double beds
    • Up to 4 people
    • No pet fee
    • 2 double beds and 1 double sofa bed
    • Up to 6 people
    • No pet fee
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When you stay at The Stay Smart Inn in St. Augustine, you'll be convenient to St. Augustine Premium Outlets. This motel is within the vicinity of Royal St. Augustine Golf and Country Club and Fort Mose Historic State Park. Make yourself at home in one of the 102 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and irons/ironing boards, as well as phones with free local calls. Enjoy the recreation opportunities such as an outdoor pool or make use of other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access. A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily. Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk and laundry facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.

Health & Safety

Safe Stay: The Smart Stay Inn has enhanced cleaning and safety measures in place. Masks are provided to guests, and rooms are disinfected between each stay. Social distancing measures are in place, and cashless payment is available. Hotel staff are required to wear masks.


  • Television
  • Pet Friendly
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet Available
  • Free WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Breakfast Available
  • Free Breakfast
  • Parking Available
  • Free Parking
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Laundry Room
  • Outdoor Grills


BringFido Guest Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

The Smart Stay Inn has received a rating of 4.4 out of 5 bones by 31 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 in 300 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Heidi
    May. 31, 2021
    Other Reviews Were Generous

    Room was smelly. The fact that it is so popular with dog owners and is a motel with exterior doors in every room, the sounds and smell of other dogs was a big distraction. Rooms were just okay.

  • Frances
    May. 25, 2021
    Great tropical spot!!

    Great fenced in doggy area for them and fenced in pool and hot tub area for us! Very clean, colorful and cheery. Good location close to America's oldest city, St. Augustine Florida.

  • Kristy
    May. 24, 2021
    Nice place to stay.

    Rooms were clean. The bedding showed age but was clean. Beds were good. Convenient location to I-95.

  • Tamara
    May. 15, 2021
    Great location

    Very nice clean room

  • Andrea
    May. 2, 2021
    Wonderful Place To Stay

    Traveling from Florida to Ohio, my husband and I found this motel on this app and decided to give it a try. We are glad we did! We asked for and received a quiet room in the back. It was clean with everything in good working order, even the freezer in the fridge worked, a rarity in other places. Although our dog didn’t particularly care for the designated area, there were other grassy places to serve her needs. (But PLEASE dog owners: Pick up the poop!!! With bags and trash receptacles available, there’s no excuse.) The staff was friendly and served a HOT breakfast! Good coffee as well.

  • Kelly
    Apr. 1, 2021
    Clean, comfortable unit

    Extremely dog friendly inn. Hotel clerk let us check in hours early which was extremely helpful to us. More than a grab and go breakfast included which surprised us and saved us from having to find a breakfast establishment. The price was extremely reasonable considering all we got in return. Would definitely book again.

  • Robert
    Mar. 22, 2021
    Clean and convenient location.

    Easy access and clean accomodations.

  • Stephanie
    Dec. 13, 2020
    Great dog friendly

    Stayed here 1 night on a road trip. First pup is free & we paid $10 for the 2nd. Very clean room. There is a dog park which was very clean with water provided. Also the staff was great! & there is complimentary breakfast. Would stay here again.

  • Dani
    Nov. 8, 2020
    Super clean, but thin walls

    Very dog friendly, well managed and super clean. Walls are a bit thin; you will hear the tv in the next room and people when they are outside smoking.

  • John
    Nov. 1, 2020
    Very nice and an excellent experience.

    Will definitely return.

  • Mikie
    May. 30, 2020
    Good Stay, Lacking Customer Service

    Me and my wife stayed the night and the customer service was absolutely horrible. Was not friendly or accommodating. The ROOM is great but would not stay again.

  • Alleen
    May. 28, 2020
    Glad we picked here

    If you only have one dog, there is no pet fee. There is a little fenced yard with bags available to pick up pets mess. They were also very accepting with me taking my dog around the property with me. They opened the gate to allow me to take my dog with me into the pool area (he was leashed), and they watched as I threw the ball for him off leash in the large unfenced yard. The man at the desk did tell me not to leave the dog alone in the room, because if someone complains about noise. He said if no one knows he is alone then there is no problem (basically referring to the dog making noise when alone). So if your dog barks alot when it is alone then this may not be the best place. Otherwise, we enjoyed staying here and actually booked extra nights.

  • Robin
    May. 14, 2020
    Great for overnight stay

    We stayed here overnight while traveling from South FL to SC. It has a small doggy park. And, though not huge, there's also a grassy area on the other side of the parking lot where you can walk your dog(s). I was initially hesitant to book here as it's an older 2-story "motel" style but they had a lot of good reviews. Most importantly, they have a very pet-friendly policy - no size or breed restrictions. There's no pet fee for the 1st dog and only $10 if you have additional dogs. The rooms were very clean and up-to-date. If you like a soft to medium mattress (e.g. firmness rating 6 or lower) you'll find the bed a bit firm but it was still ok for a night or two. Jake, the receptionist, was very friendly and helpful. Just one word of caution... if you're going to stay here when it's warm enough to use the pool, I suggest you call and request a room as far from the pool as possible to avoid potentially noisy kids.

  • Aaron
    Mar. 23, 2020
    Wonderful Stay

    First dog stays free! It was super clean! Nice pool, nice dog park area, and friendly staff. The beds were clean and comfortable. The floors were mostly hardwood and clean. Would stay again if in the area!

  • Johanna
    Mar. 1, 2020
    Clean hotel and a dog park

    We had two rooms and three dogs. The staff was helpful and polite, the room was comfortable, and the dog park was a nice touch. We didn't use it because we were there for a short time and had two older dogs and a rambunctious puppy with us. In the park was a covered area, poop station, water bowls, and a hose. Breakfast the next morning was good and set us on our day nicely.

  • Nina
    Feb. 19, 2020
    Ok for price

    Dog yard sort of grubby but well used.. interesting place right on I 95 but amazingly quiet inside rooms. Staff never acknowledged dog but that was ok.

  • Beth
    Feb. 8, 2020
    Nice Place

    Booked our room here because of the reviews and low price. Nice room, everything was very clean and the staff was great. They also have a nice pool, a hot tub and a decent breakfast. Great value - Only downside fenced pet area is small but it's cool they have that option - our dog is big so he needed to be walked and there's not a lot of space to do that there - would definitely stay here again... It's right off the freeway so easy in and out, but pretty much had to drive to get to places to walk and attractions - considering anything decent in those attraction areas was $200+ per night, the Smart Stay Inn was definitely a smart choice!

  • Gail
    Jan. 20, 2020

    Even though The Smart Stay Inn

    is off FL 16 & near I-95 The rooms are quiet, has plenty of parking is near Downton Saint Augustine, the Atlantic Beach,

    The Outlet Malls Restaurants like

    Cracker Barrel,Ruby Tuesday

    The check-in desk people will accommodate with the type of room you want. Two story Inn in U shaped pattern outside facing rooms & other rooms facing the swimming pool spa & grill area.

    We found this privately owned hotel on the BringFido App.

    We needed to take our 15 lb dog with us. No fee for 1st dog $10 for 2nd dog

    (limit is 2)There is a fenced in Dog Park with poop bags garbage & a table with benches for us to sit.The Smart Stay Inn is not a chain. It has been completely updated. Laminate floor  bed area..new larger tile in vanity and bathroom area.

    Has a tub with safety bar and a shower. And an LG large flat screen TV.

    The Lobby is inviting. Free Breakfast served from 6am to 9am. Eggs sausage toast bagels waffles

    cereal fruit yogurt oj milk apple juice coffee

    If we ever go to Saint Augustine or if we're on our way to other East Coast places we will stay at The Smart Stay Inn. I believe this is family owned. This is the only one and only location

  • Audette
    Dec. 22, 2019
    Great Little Place

    We were skeptical of staying here because we have heard nightmares about hotels that don't charge a pet fee. But I have to say this place was great. From thre moment we walked in the room all you could smell was clean. The employees were very pleasant and thre breakfast was pretty good also. My only complaint is some pet parents didn't clean up after their dogs in the park. The hotel offers few waste bags and a garbage can in the park so this was not their fault at all. Great job smart stay. We will be back and will recommend your hotel to anyone traveling with fur babies.

  • Teresa
    Dec. 2, 2019
    Smart Stay

    Not bad for the money!!

  • Kadri
    Oct. 30, 2019
    Safe and clean, pleasant service

    Overall good, clean. AC is super arctic, beds are a bit soft. Great for short stay with pets.

  • Nicholina
    Sep. 24, 2019

    Nice, updated rooms. Not the best location, but well lit and the staff was friendly and accommodating. Would stay again.

  • Sarah
    May. 19, 2019
    Clean And Very Dog Friendly!

    Rooms were clean and everything has been recently remodeled. Staff was very friendly! Beds were comfy which is a must for us lol. They have a small fenced in area to let your pup run around and they provide poop bags. Location is ok, about 15 minutes to downtown and beaches.

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