I decided to take a stroll this past weekend to photograph 5 unique Beach Drive accommodations in St. Pete. Beach Drive has become a popular attraction for restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, contemporary bars, and art galleries. With it’s vibrant, artsy, diverse and lively atmosphere, it has everything you ever wanted in a city with a small town feel.
While the hotels are all unique in location, price and style, they all have one thing in common, that they are all within walking distance and located on Beach Drive of the downtown district in St. Pete. In the months ahead, I will be exploring each accommodation individually and give you more information on each.
1. The Vinoy Renaissance (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tpasr-the-vinoy-renaissance-st-petersburg-resort-and-golf-club/)
My favorite resort in St. Pete is the Vinoy Renaissance Resort right in the middle of downtown. I won’t share with you all the history and details of why this resort is my #1 choice, as I will be highlighting and blogging about it in July. But, If you are looking for a historic resort with lots of history and high end amenities, then the Vinoy Renaissance Resort is for you.
This historic Mediterranean Revival resort was built in 1925 and it’s located on the north side of Beach Drive. The resort faces the Vinoy Marina, Waterfront, North Straub Park, restaurants and shops.
2. Historic Beach Drive Inn Bed & Breakfast (http://www.beachdriveinn.com)
The Historic Beach Drive Inn Bed & Breakfast is secluded and nestled on the north end of Beach Drive across the street from the Vinoy Resort. It also faces the downtown waterfront district as well as North Straub Park. The Inn offers 6 beautifully newly redecorated rooms.
It was built in 1910, however the inn was reopened in 2007 offering amenities like a private roof top sun deck, complementary bicycles, a tiki area with barbecue grills and some suites offer their own private jacuzzi’s. Also, it is the only bed and breakfast in the area that can sell beer and wine.
3. The Birchwood Boutique Hotel (http://thebirchwood.com/boutique-hotel.html)
The Birchwood Boutique Hotel is conveniently located across the street from North Straub Park and within walking distance of restaurants and shops. It offers 18 boutique rooms with both luxury and comfort. It has the 1920’s feel with modern conveniences with upgraded and soft warm colors. What I love about the Birchwood is that it also offers a restaurant, rooftop lounge as well as a ballroom to have that special event that you’ve been wanting to plan.
4. Hampton Inn and Suites (http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-st-petersburg-downtown-PIEHSHX/index.html)
The Hampton Inn & Suites is located on the south end of Beach Drive, facing North Straub Park as well as the waterfront marina and within walking distance of the Salvador Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of History. It offers large suites with balconies available. Some of the amenities that they offer are free hot breakfast and free high speed internet access in every room. They even have a Gym and Fitness for those of you who want to stay in shape while traveling and an outdoor pool.
5. Ponce De Leon Boutique Hotel – (http://poncedeleonhotel.com)
Built in 1922, this hotel is a Spanish Mission Revival building of great historic interest and it’s the oldest hotel in the city. It’s located only one block away from the waterfront in the heart of downtown. It’s also located near shops, restaurants, a movie theatre and all of the downtown museums. It has 74 contemporary rooms and is home to the city’s award winning Ceviche’s Tapas Bar and Restaurant.
If you are ever in the downtown district of St. Pete, FL. make sure to check out my top 5 unique accommodations located on Beach Drive.
Happy Travels ~ Ruthie
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