St Petersburg Florida Hotels & Resorts

by Tricia Chaves

St. Petersburg is home to pristine white-sand beaches, retail shopping and fine dining. The area’s vibrant arts scene includes galleries, the Fine Arts Museum and Salvador Dali Museum. Travel editors and guide book authors singled out some of the area’s best lodging choices, from quaint inns to sprawling resort complexes.

Bed and Breakfasts

The Frommer's Florida 2010 guide book recommends two bed and breakfast hotels in St. Petersburg. The mission-style Dickens House Bed and Breakfast hotel was built in 1912. Four of the five rooms have whirlpool bathtub. Each room has a refrigerator, and a full breakfast is included in the room rate. Walk just two blocks to reach the Vinoy Park on the Tampa Bay waterfront. The 14-room Mansion House Bed and Breakfast , located in St. Petersburg’s historic North-East district, was built between 1901 and 1904. The hotel’s outdoor garden courtyard has a swimming pool and hot tub. Complimentary American breakfast, snacks and nightly wine is included in your daily room rate. Spa services at the hotel include eight types of massage, facial and body treatments. The hotel is just three blocks from the bay and the Florida Sailing School.

Golf Resort

The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club has the AAA Four-Diamond distinction and was featured in Florida's Finest Inns and Bed & Breakfasts travel guide. Highlights of the 361 rooms and suites include patio rooms with whirlpools and a 2,400-square foot Presidential Suite. Enjoy five dining options that include casual American fare along with steakhouse and seafood selections. The resort has a 25 tee driving range and a 6,590-yard, par 72 golf course with18 holes. Summertime guests with kids can enroll in a Junior Golf Camp.

LGBT Hotels

The Flamingo resort won a 2009 WAVE award from the Watermark LGBT publication for favorite local hotel and place for a weekend getaway. Lodging options include suites and king, standard and spa rooms. The resort has a packed weekly event calendar with daily happy hours, movies under the stars, Sunday brunch and nighttime poolside dance party with entertainment. Continental breakfast is free on the weekend and the restaurant serves weekend breakfast and daily lunch and dinner. The Gay St. Pete House is a six-suite bed and breakfast and cottage built in 1929. Amenities include a clothing-optional pool, six-person outdoor hot tub, sauna and fitness center. Friendly pets are welcome for a $10 fee. The owner is active in the LGBT community and has resided in the area more than 20 years.

Spa Resort

The Don CeSar Beach Resort is an AAA four-diamond-rated beachfront property situated on 7.5 acres. The resort is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has 275 guest rooms. Signature treatments at the full-service Spa Oceana include an island spice body scrub and floral pedicure. The Insiders' Guide to the Greater Tampa Bay Area guide book suggests two dining experiences at the resort: the 200-item Sunday brunch in the King Charles Ballroom and five-course tasting menu at the chef’s table in the Maritana Grille.

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