Pirate Haus Inn & Hostel is a great choice for a stay in St. Augustine. Staff are friendly, the location is perfect, and pancakes with morning cheer written right into them are a wonderful touch!
The hostel is right in the heart of the historic section of St. Augustine -- down the stairs and out the front door, and you're in the heart of the city. One block down, you're on the main shopping/dining, car-free strip; one block in another direction, you're looking at the bridge that will take you to Anastasia Island; a couple blocks another way, and you're at one of the oldest forts in the country, the Pirate Museum, and more. There's lots to do and see in St. Augustine, and what you can't reach by foot from the hostel, you can certainly reach by bicycle, the bus, or one of the many tour buses/trolleys. Of course, there's also a hansom carriage ride!
Parking can feel a bit challenging at Pirate Haus -- there are a couple of spaces for those staying in private rooms only. Metered parking is available across the street and around the corner, but if you don't mind walking just a few blocks, skip the meters and head into the neighborhood behind the hostel and park on the street. It's easy and seems as safe as any street parking can be. If you're arriving by bike (or have a bike on your car) -- perfect, because St. Augustine is a great city for pedaling around. You can lock your bike outside the hostel (no rack, but a few posts that work just fine), or bring them up to your room -- some people did that while we were at the hostel, so we assume that's fine.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Dorm rooms are fine -- nothing stellar to write about, but nothing negative worthy of note either. Bathrooms are clean and well supplied with the basics like shampoo/soap. There's a bathroom in the hall as well as bathrooms in all but one of the dorm rooms.
The kitchen is a good size, with room in the fridge and on the shelves to leave your things. People tend to congregate in the kitchen (don't they always?), especially early morning while hostelers eat pancakes that Conrad the owner or other staff has prepared. Having pancakes and coffee included in the overnight fee is great, and the smiley faces and little "good morning" notes on the flapjacks are a darn nice touch! In addition to the kitchen, there's a nice-sized living room, replete with large-screen television, toys, games, books, and a life-sized pirate!
The desire to make this hostel family-oriented is clear, as evidenced by the types of toys and games in the common room. In fact, the owner seems to have a want to have the place considered less a "hostel" and more an affordable, family B&B. But we're not sure why -- it's a hostel, and a rather nice one with very friendly staff, great location, and wonderful travelers passing through.