The Casa Monica Hotel was designed by amateur architect Franklin W. Smith and opened in 1888 at 95 Cordova St. in the town of St. Augustine, FL, directly across the street from the Alcazar Hotel.
The exterior of this Moorish Revival-style hotel features hand-painted Italian tile inlay, intricate balconies and a red-tile roof. If I could, I’d opt for a room in the turret shown above.
In 1902, a bridge was built between this hotel [then known as the Cordova] and the nearby Alcazar, and the two became one larger hotel. Later, it was used as the St. Johns County Courthouse, before reopening as a hotel in 1999, 111 years after its original opening.