Luxury and Historic Hotels

Known for its 35 miles of gorgeous white beaches and breathtaking sunsets, St. Pete/Clearwater is also home to world-class museums, award-winning chef-owned restaurants and a bevy of luxurious hotels, some with historic designation. On your next vacation, experience the luxe life! Surround yourself with grand, historic architecture and be pampered at some of the most celebrated hotels in the area. 

Don CeSar

PRETTY IN PINK: THE DON CESAR

It’s not everyday you have a chance to stay where authors, musicians and celebrities such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Al Capone and the Who have rested their heads on down-filled pillows. You may have guessed from the first two names that this supremely pink palace has been around for a bit (since 1928, in fact). Guests can stay in one of 277 luxurious guests rooms (including 36 suites), most with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico or Boca Ciega Bay. An unforgettable architectural landmark in its own right, “the Don” sits on the ultra-soft, white sands of St. Pete Beach, named the No. 4 beach in America by TripAdvisor. 

Also worthy of note: The Don CeSar offers shopping on site, a kids’ camp, several restaurants (including a great beach bar) and Spa Oceana. Bring Fluffy, it’s pet-friendly!

Nearby: Discover tiny-but-charming Pass-a-Grille Beach; Fort De Soto Park’s stunning beach; rustic John’s Pass Fishing Village with restaurants, boat tours and more.

THINK PINK

 

Vinoy

BAYFRONT CHIC: THE VINOY RENAISSANCE ST. PETERSBURG RESORT & GOLF CLUB

While not quite as pink as its beachy-luxe neighbor (the Don CeSar), the Vinoy’s salmon-hued walls and ornate tower loom large over Tampa Bay and St. Pete’s ultra-chic Beach Drive area. Completed in 1925 at a cost of $3.5 million, the Mediterranean Revival-style Vinoy has been “the place” to stay luxuriously in St. Pete for nearly a century. The lobby area, with its soaring archways and gold chandeliers, might well be described as palatial. Its gorgeous formal ballrooms have hosted many a society wedding. But the Vinoy has a less buttoned-up side, too: its rooftop pool offers stellar views, and the open-air Promenade Lounge is a great place to relax and watch the marina hub-bub while enjoying cool drinks and tasty snacks.

Also worthy of note: The Vinoy offers five restaurants, a private marina, a tennis complex, an 18-hole golf course and the Vinoy Salon & Day Spa.

Nearby: Walk to tony Beach Drive with its shops and restaurants, the Museum of Fine Arts, the St. Petersburg Museum of History and the Salvador Dalí Museum. Quirky, fabulous Central Ave. with its murals, indie restaurants and shops is just a quick bike or uber ride away.

STAY CHIC

 

Fenway

JAZZY STYLE: THE FENWAY HOTEL

Born in the same era as jazz, flapper dresses, Prohibition and Darwin’s theory of evolution, this 1920s Meditteranean-style hotel recently reopened after a $30 million renovation. Part of the Autograph Collection of boutique hotels, the Fenway’s claim to fame (besides its history) is its focus on music: It was once home to the area’s first radio station and, today, offers live music every day. Enjoy a meal at the chef-driven Hew Parlor & Chophouse (named after the hotel’s architect Herman Everett Wendell) or hang out with friends at the Hi-Fi Rooftop Bar overlooking expansive St. Joseph Sound. You’ll find it in adorable, teeny-tiny downtown Dunedin.

Also worthy of note: The Fenway offers Tai Chi classes, morning yoga, hotel bikes and a daily sunset celebration.

Nearby: Explore Dunedin’s charming Main Street; beach and kayaking fun at Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands; plenty of local breweries; and Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training games.

GET JAZZED

 

OTHER HISTORIC AND LUXURY HOTELS TO CHECK OUT

Belleview

Belleview Inn: Guests at this 35-room inn in Clearwater can enjoy a glimpse of the Victorian era in this “re-imagining” of the 145-room Belleview-Biltmore Hotel constructed in 1897 by railroad magnate Henry B. Plant. Explore the original grand lobby (saved and incorporated into the new inn) where the Vanderbilts, Duponts and Studebakers once strolled. Guests will also see other original elements such as the grand staircase, fireplaces, Tiffany glass and hardwood floors.
FALL “INN” LOVE

Birchwood

The Birchwood: Just 18 guest rooms are available at this 1920s-themed boutique hotel on Beach Drive across from the gorgeous St. Pete bayfront. Those who choose this precious little property enjoy luxurious four-poster beds as well as oversized bathrooms with claw-foot tubs and rainfall showerheads. Whether or not you book a room here, don’t miss the chance to have an evening cocktail at the hotel’s rooftop lounge, The Canopy.
BAYFRONT BEAUTY

Cordova

Cordova Inn: This award-winning boutique hotel in St. Pete’s vibrant downtown was once known as The Pier Hotel (and is sure to be a prized location when the new St. Pete Pier opens in spring of 2020). Built in 1921, the inn boasts of “European service” and many of the 32 rooms have original clawfoot soaking tubs.
DOWNTOWN DIGS

Crystal Bay

Crystal Bay: The likes of Babe Ruth, Marilyn Monroe and Robert Kennedy once stayed at this iconic 1915 landmark hotel in St. Pete near the Treasure Island Causeway. Expect “Old Florida” decor and take time to appreciate the hotel’s butterfly and herb gardens. The hotel completed a total renovation in 2015.

CRYSTAL CHARMS

 

Zamora

Hotel Zamora: Guests choose this 50-room boutique hotel on St. Pete Beach for its luxury suites, many with expansive views of the Intracoastal Waterway or the Gulf of Mexico. The Castile Restaurant is a chic place to enjoy dinner. Don’t miss the 360 Rooftop Lounge with its breathtaking sunset views. 
STAY LUXE


Sandpearl

Sandpearl Resort: Despite its grand lobby, this luxe hotel on America’s No. 1 beach is more about barefoot elegance than a “look-but-don’t-touch” kind of luxury. The 253 guest rooms and suites are decorated in warm tones with dark wood accents. Pretty views vary from city to waterfront (Mandalay Bay, the Intracoastal Waterway or the Gulf of Mexico). If you’re in need of a relaxing respite, the Sandpearl Spa is a tranquil oasis. Even Fido finds a warm welcome here, through the Opal Paws program. 
BEACH TIME

Wyndham

Wyndham Clearwater Beach Resort: Crisp, white decor, plush bedding and luxurious bath amenities are highlights of a stay at this 342-room upscale hotel, where (even better!) every room has a partial or full Gulf view. Live it up by reserving a Grand Suite with a dining area, seating area and balcony (sunset cocktail, anyone?). 
SUITE GETAWAY

 

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Sandpearl Resort

City: Clearwater Beach

Address
500 Mandalay Ave.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 727-441-2425

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium

City: Clearwater

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249 Windward Passage
Clearwater, FL 33767

Phone: 727-441-1790

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Sea Life Safari

City: Clearwater

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25 Causeway Blvd., Slip No. 58
Clearwater, FL 33767

Phone: 727-412-7992

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Caretta on the Gulf

City: Clearwater Beach

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500 Mandalay Ave.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 727-441-2425

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Tate Island Grill

City: Clearwater Beach

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500 Mandalay Av
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 727-674-4168

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Sandpearl Spa

City: Clearwater Beach

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500 Mandalay Ave.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

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Clearwater Beach

City: Clearwater Beach

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10 Pier 60 Dr.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 888-799-3199

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Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach

City: Clearwater Beach

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7 Causeway Blvd.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 727-462-6466

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Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club

City: St. Petersburg

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501 5th Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-894-1000

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Downtown St. Petersburg

City: St. Petersburg

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Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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St. Pete Beach

City: St. Pete Beach

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4700 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Phone: 727-582-2267

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Marchand's Bar and Grill

City: St. Petersburg

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501 5th Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-824-8072

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Alfresco

City: St. Petersburg

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501 5th Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-894-1000

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Vinoy Salon & Day Spa

City: St. Petersburg

Address
501 5th Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-824-8070

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Museum of Fine Arts

City: St. Petersburg

Address
255 Beach Dr. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-896-2667

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Dali Museum

City: St. Petersburg

Address
One Dali Blvd.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-823-3767

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Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant

City: St. Petersburg

Address
10 Beach Dr.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-209-2299

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Parkshore Grill

City: St. Petersburg

Address
300 Beach Dr. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-3482

Phone: 727-896-WINE

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Jannus Live

City: St. Petersburg

Address
Corner of 1st Avenue North & 2nd Street
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-565-0550

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Maritana Grille

City: St. Pete Beach

Address
3400 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Phone: 727-360-1882

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Sea Porch

City: St. Pete Beach

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3400 Gulf Blvd
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Phone: 727-360-1881

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John's Pass Village & Boardwalk

City: Madeira Beach

Address
12901 Gulf Blvd
Madeira Beach, FL 33708

Phone: 727-394-0756

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Fort De Soto Park

City: Tierra Verde

Address
3500 Pinellas Bayway S.
Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Phone: 727-552-1862

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