Not every Hampton Inn is cookie-cutter sterile. Well, maybe most are, but the one here overlooking the Fernandina Beach Marina and within walking distance to shops and restaurants happens to be the chain’s crown jewel, at least in Florida anyway. The outside of the hotel looks—dare I say vaguely Portofinoqesue, with different structures, all in the styles and sherbet hues of the Victorian storefronts lining Centre Street. Wooden floors taken from an old Jacksonville church, slatted door panels straight off of a 19th-century schooner, and a lobby with grand staircase, fireplace, and ceiling clock add to the place’s charm. Half the rooms have king-size beds, gas fireplaces, and two-person whirlpool tubs. Standard suites are large enough for families, and the other rooms are adequately equipped for business travelers. About a third of the units have balconies. Those higher up on the west side have fine views over the river and marshes. Trains slowly rumble by the west side a few times a day, but somehow that only adds to the place’s charm. This is not your roadside Hampton Inn—not even close.