Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront
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In October I attended the Florida Council for the Social Studies annual conference. I had been to a number of SCCSS conferences so it was nice to see how other states conduct their conferences. I was not presenting, only attending. This actually worked out great because I had to zoom back to Gainesville on Saturday to see my …
... its length. Myself and my trusted flamingo companion, Aikket, went to take some pictures, along with one of my best friends as official photographer. They will follow this blog, as well as a few photos of some of the fancy houses along the boulevard. Aikket isn't much of a walker, so we ...
Had a great day just pottering around. First day in a long while that I didn't have to set an alarm! Had a lazy day looking around some Of the local beach shops. This place is full of snow birds. (my patient had to explain this to me)! It's a person (usually retired) who moves down to Florida in the winter, to escape the snow of the north. What surprised me is that most of the shop staff are senior citizens too. We were talking about this the other night- ...
Today's my 26th birthday...in order to commiserate the fact that I'm now that much closer to 30, I've taken a few days off and have headed to Anna-Maria island. It's a beautiful place on the gulf of Mexico. My host has a condo (holiday home) here and has very kindly let me stay in it :) I've got my own wheels again now too! Drove from Sarasota to the island-without getting lost or using the gps (they don't call it a sat nav)! Stopped at arrmands circle on the way, had a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront Saint Petersburg
Not the best!
The room was filthy (fingermarks all over window and faucets, one "fresh" towel smelled like they had just wiped up a pot of coffee with it). The bedsheet wasn't as big as the bed, so bed wouldn't stay made. The valet parking was inconvenient. The staff were unhelpful and uncaring and complaints were met with inaction. Conference setting and meals were okay.
2 stars hotel
It's a 2 star hotel and not 3 as they advertize. Worth $50 - $60 a night, more than that is a ripoff.
Not the Ritz but great in other ways
Excellent 4 night stay...Great location within walking distance of museums and restaurants and ballpark.Very friendly staff who went out of their way to make our stay special. Complimentary transportation by bellstaff to anywhere in the city so no need for car or cabs. Will definately return.
Hilton should close this dump
This hotel is in a horrible state of disrepair. Furnishings and carpets are old and musty. Non-smoking rooms (and floors) don't smell like non-smoking rooms. Service elevators can be heard throughout the hotel and run all night. Service is non-existent. Spend the extra money and stay at the Vinoy. Even the Holiday Inn Heritage is a better choice.
Our recent visit
We arrived at the Hilton on December 17th, a little ahead of the official check-in time of 3PM. No problem. Our reservation was on file, they were expecting us. Valet service for the car was explained clearly, use the card to retrieve the car. The room was very large, bath clean and fully equipped with all the amenities. There was a 9PM call from the desk to see if everything was satisfactory. Evening manager was very helpful with suggestions for dinner, called in a reservation for us at a local restaurant. Breakfast was a choice of buffet or table. Menu choices very good and served hot, good plate appeal. Dining room open, bright and cheerful. There is a LOOPER bus that stops outside the front door that will pick you up every half-hour and take you 5 blocks to the sights. This a 'noise free' building, solid not cinder block construction. Not a beach location although there is a pool. When we were leaving the parking valet asked if we needed any help with driving directions. We were truly treated as "Guests" and would come again. Lee & Paul
Not Up to Hilton Standards
Spent 4 nights there in October 2003. When you book a room at "the Hilton" you expect somewhat of an upscale hotel experience. This Hilton is below their normal standards. Staff was genuinely very friendly and accommodating but the place had the feeling of being past its prime.
Our room was clean but it was more like what you would find in an EconoLodge or Days Inn. Food was mediocre at best and the drinks had a minimal amount of alcohol in them. Beach chairs were extra along with all beach sports equipment. Also, if you stay there get a beach side room. We had the street side and the traffic was very noisy. We kept hearing some sort of parrot like bird that sounded like it was continually in distress. This went on day in and day out! Finally, we decided to check out the trees and bushes by the side of the road to see if we could help it (or put it out of its misery!). To our surprise (and maybe humiliation), it was a hotel speaker perched atop a pole squaking away!!!
Hilton St Petersburg
Read the reviews on this site but thought a Hilton couldn't be that bad. Thank goodness I got a good rate. The location was good since we were a very short distance from Tropicana Field,however the hotel was worse then some motels I've stayed in. The remote control and the hairdryer were broken.They did replace them both for us. The a/c was set on high fan and lowered to 50 degrees and just about kept the room cool. the rooms were dirty( I was told they were redecorating,apparently so was the person who wrote a review back in June).The mauve and green rooms surely hadn't been redone.The layers of dust on the silk plant were certainly there for a long time. One of the elevators even had chicken bones thrown on the floor. The cold overpriced breakfast consisted of eggs & toaster hash browns. (Go to McDonalds for a better deal) $9.95. Now that I know a little more about the area I can look for another to stay .There was a beautiful looking Hampton Inn a few blocks away.(I think owned by Hilton).
Not quite what we were expecting
After staying in various hotels in various parts of the USA, this hotel came as a little of a surprise. Firslt it's in a way one system which is a little confusing. Also no one told us, it was valet parking only, with a $10 per night charge. The room was adequate and had all the usual amenties (hairdryer etc.) in the room. It was also fairly clean, the only probelm being the maids started fairly early in the morning, so remeber the "DO NOT DISTRUB" sign, if you don't want to rise before 10 am. We used Room service once, which arrived at the stated time, but the food could have been a little hotter. The hotel staff were all very friendly, expect for the restaurant staff who all looked quite gloomy. The restaurant had a limited menu at high prices. Because of the hotels location in the middle of a fairly urban area, you either had to eat in the restaurant, use the Pizza Express (which was excellent!) in the lobby or get in your car and drive. As my husband had to be admitted to hospital, I found my self a bit stranded. The bell hops were very helpful, but when asked to call a cab, called the must run-down cabs you have ever seen!All in all, a nice hotal for business travaller, but not as a good vacation hotel.
Not your usual Hilton
I just came back from a weekend trip to St. Petersburg and stayed at the St Petersburg Hilton. This is an older hotel with a little bit of a musty smell. Common areas were fine, nothing too fancy. I was upgraded to the Mini suite (due to my Hilton Elite status) it was huge and spacious but the room was in serious need of new paint, new carpet, new drapes and bedspeads. Everthing was very outdated, carpet stained, walls looked dirty and windows were filthy. The bathroom looked as though it had been recently remodeled and it was very clean. The check in counter was very friendly as well as most of the other staff I encountered. The restaurant breakfast buffet was probably the worst I had ever seen in my life. Let me start with a huge pan full of "green" scambled eggs, looked as though they had been sitting there for 4-5 hours, hard and getting crusty. There was also bacon, sausage, homefries, and a pan of soggy french toast, that was the "hot bar." Then they had 3 different canned fruits in bowls on the iced bar with a yogurt or two tossed around the bowls. The bread bar was white bread and a couple pieces of wheat thay were hard from being left out too long and a pile of the flatest english muffins I had ever seen, definately not "thomas's'" A few boxed cereals, a couple muffins, and some danish. It may not sound too bad but it is one that has to be seen to appreciate how awful it really was, and I'm not that picky. The price was 10.95 Per person. Sunday morning which was my checkout day the maid came knocking down my door at 930AM, when I opened it she asked me what time I was checking out. That is the first time I've encountered a maid waking me out of a dead sleep to ask me what time I am leaving. Anyway, I would definately not recomend the hotel and I was sorry I did not book the Hampton Inn & Suites which was brand new and right down the street in a little bit of a better location, closer to downtown St Pete restaurants and shops. I went with the Hilton basica to be a notch a two above the Hampton Inns. Definately NOT the case! Sometimes you get what you pay for. My stay was not completely awful but it was definately not what you would expect if you are used to staying in "other" Hiltons or Marriotts like me.
Beware phone charges
I was billed $26.56 for a brief call to the west coast. Beware.