The Collector, Luxury Inn and Gardens

An adaptive re-use project, The Collector is now open at the site of the former Dow Museum of Historic Houses, a notable St. Augustine landmark dating back to 1790. Sitting on an acre of land on the edge of St. Augustine’s Old Town, the luxury inn encompasses much of the historic property’s original foundation and structure, occupying nine buildings with a total of 30 guest rooms. Upholding the inn’s history, each individually appointed room will have a unique historic feature such as coquina walls and refurbished hardwood floors from the property’s 18th century construction. Select suites will offer separate living rooms and verandas as well as fireplaces that have been restored from the original building.

Aligning with St. Augustine’s Spanish influence, The Collector draws upon a fusion of modern Spanish and southern styles including exterior coquina walls, a combination of rough-hewn linens and luxurious silk. The design explores core themes of provenance, art and romance, surrounding guests with museum-quality décor from the Dow collection of antiques, artifacts and various sculptures, while artisanal finishes are revealed through carved stone, engraved metal and copper details.

At The Collector, guests enjoy daily complimentary amenities including European continental breakfast, specialty mid-day treats and an evening garden reception. Other features include a heated outdoor pool, cozy outdoor fire pits and a central bar, repurposed from St. Augustine’s first automotive garage, which will serve specialty craft cocktails using local spirits with historic flare.

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