The Flagler Hotels part II

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Alcazar Hotel

While the Ponce de Leon Hotel’s target market was the super rich, Flagler also sought to caputre market share of the merely rich. So he built the Alcazar Hotel, a smaller, “less lavish” hotel across King Street from the Ponce de Leon. This hotel also opened in 1888. Although it cost about half of what the Ponce de Leon cost, the Alcazar was a very impressive hotel nonetheless.

Ponce de Leon酒店的顧客是非福則貴的大富翁,但是Flagler 也想做普通有錢人的生意。於是他在 Ponce de Leon 酒店對面建了 Alcazar 酒店。Alcazar 酒店比 Ponce de Leon 酒店小。材料,裝飾,和家私也沒有 Ponce de Leon 那麽豪華。修建這間酒店用的錢比 Ponce de Leon 酒店便宜一半。但是普通人來講,這酒店也是非常非常美麗和豪華。也讓我們旅客大開眼界。這酒店1888 年開業。

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The Alcazar Hotel was designed by Carrere and Hastings, the same architects who designed the Ponce de Leon and later the US Senate office building. The Alcazar’s highlight was its indoor swimming pool. It was 120ft by 50ft and the bottom sloped from 3ft to 12ft. It was the world’s largest swimming pool at the time. Wonder if they treated the water like we do with chlorine and chemicals. You can still see this pool today, and when I saw it in the basement of the Alcazar, I would not have known it once was a pool if I had not read about it beforehand. It is now a café with a seating area that is lined with antique shops along the walls of the pool.

Alcazar 酒店的建築師也是設計 Ponce de Leon 酒店的 Carrere and Hastings。他們設計了這幾間酒店出了名以後也設計了美國議員辦公大樓。Alcazar 酒店的特別之處是它的室内游泳池。 游泳池 120尺長,50尺寬,深度 3-12尺。當時是世界上最大的室内游泳池。不知道以前會不會用化學物質來清除毒菌。現在這個游泳池還在酒店的地窖。但是已被改爲古董商場和咖啡廳。我到這個古董商場參觀都不知道以前是游泳池啊!

Welcome home to the hotel

Welcome home to the hotel

Back then the hotel also had a steam room, massage parlor, gymnasium, and sulfur baths. The open courtyard was used for businesses. There was a casino, not a gambling casino, but an entertainment center. In 1894 the cost was $3.50/room. Originally intended as an overflow hotel for the Ponce de Leon, The Alcazar soon became the more popular hotel. Flagler’s good friend Thomas Edison who supplied the electric lights and steam heat to both hotels preferred to stay here over the Ponce de Leon.

Alcazar 酒店還有蒸汽房,按摩室,健身室,和硫磺浴。院子用來做生意。顧客喜歡酒店的娛樂場所和比較休閒的氣氛。Flagler本來的計劃是 Ponce de Leon 酒店住滿的時候, 顧客就可以到 Alcazar 酒店住。但Alcazar 酒店快就比 Ponce de Leon 酒店多受歡迎。Flagler 的好朋友 愛迪生就是喜歡在這裏住。他在這兩間酒店安裝電燈和暖氣。那時候,電燈發明了沒有多久。而佛州暖天氣比較多,中央暖氣也是罕見的。1894年,Alcazar 酒店每一晚的酒店費是 $3.50。那時候是很貴的。

lobby of Lightner Museum

lobby of Lightner Museum

detail of column

detail of column

The hotel closed in 1932 and was purchased by Chicago publisher Otto Lightner in 1946 to house his collection of American Victorian antiques. Today the Alcazar Hotel is owned by the city and houses the Lightner Museum and the St. Augustine City Hall. The Lightner Museum is housed in the former spa and Turkish baths and 3 story ballroom of the hotel.

1932年酒店關門了。 芝加哥出版人Otto Lightner 買了這間酒店來收藏他的美國維多利亞時代古董, 建立了 Lightner 博物館。 後來 Lightner 把他的博物館捐了給市政府。 現在 Alcazar 酒店是 Lightner 博物館和 St. Augustine 市政府大樓。Lightner 博物館就是在以前的水療室,土耳其浴室,和三層高的舞廳裏。



koi pond in courtyard

koi pond in courtyard

another view of the koi pond

another view of the koi pond

The grounds and courtyard are really beautiful. There is a lot of landscaping. There is a koi pond under the arched stone bridge in the courtyard. The lobby is set up in the American Victorian style and has antiques from that period. The Alcazar is a very impressive building and definitely worth a visit.

Alcazar 酒店的園子很漂亮。很多花草樹木。有鯉魚池和石橋。有高高的棕櫚樹。美國維多利亞色的大廳有19世紀的古董。Alcazar 酒店會讓你大開眼界,值得一看。

If you go/ 旅行質料:

Address/ 地址:75 King St, St. Augustine FL 32084

Tickets/ 門票:$10, free to wander courtyard, lobby, outside, and antique mall/ 免費參觀院子,大堂,外面, 和古董商場。

Hours/ 開放時間:9am-5pm daily


2 responses to “The Flagler Hotels part II

  1. St. Augustine is one of my favorite cities in Florida, if not the number one for me. your posts are great and your photos are fantastic! Keep up the good work!

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