Travel Blogs from Saint Petersburg
Well, here we are, back in the United States for almost 2 weeks now and enjoying every single minute of it. After spending a few days with Sebastien in Ft. Myers and catching up with him and his life, we ended up spending our Floridian time in Tampa and plopped our backpacks at our very good friends's house Keith and Diane who again generously welcomed us into ...
... Everglades - fantastic scenery. Fall colors with palm trees contrast to bad it was raining so hard no pictures. Definitely have to go back. Then we went through an area with panthers. Unbelievable road signs to watch for panthers crossing for several miles. Again in the pouring rain. Never saw signage like that before. No kidding for ...
... of the Tampa Bay. I drive five minutes and I am on Bayshore Boulevard, the Country's longest (4 mile) walkable sidewalk that lines the Tampa Bay. This has truly been an eyeopening and amazing experience so far, and can't wait to see what the future holds for me here in Florida.
If you have never travelled here, it definitely is a place you want to see. I don't think people know how beautiful our country is. You can truly be "on vacation" here without leaving the country.
Back home today. Didnt have wifi access while in England on the boat so couldnt post. Too busy and tired last 3 days in Scotland Wrote up experiences each day though and will post a few at a time shortly It was a great and different adventure Now on to planning for ...
... than Dean. In fact, she got completely soaked on one ride and then got soaked again on another ride. It took her more than four hours to dry out.
We were glad that they closed the park for the day at 5:00. This gave us a chance to gat back to the campground and pool after haircuts and some shopping. Off to see Mickey and Minnie tomorrow.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Pier Hotel Saint Petersburg
My husband and I had the most extrodinary stay at The Pier Hotel in St. Pete, Florida! My goodness where do I start.......the room was romantic and spacious, the staff was incredible, Jane and Can could not do enough to make sure we were always informed and had everything we needed. They knew what we needed before we asked! Just a "home away from home". I have already booked our next trip at the Pier and would not go anywhere else. Rick Hoe is the owner and was also at our beckon call. What a delight! I would recommend this to everyone, especially if you want that warm, friendly, personal atmosphere......I will never stay anywhre else when visiting St. Pete! The hotel is so immaculate and you can see the pride that the staff takes in making your stay a memorable one. Love it, love it, love it!!!!!!!!!!!!
My husband and I just got back from a 3 night stay at the Pier Hotel and we had such a wonderful time. The hotel is a small european style hotel, rooms are smaller than most standard hotel rooms, but the charm and history of the hotel well make up for it.
Really nice hotel
This is a really nice hotel. It is in a great location close to great shopping and places to eat. The staff are very friendly and the whole place has a very nice atmosphere. Good buffet breakfast and a really great happy hour each evening. Only two things that were a dissapointment. The room and bathroom was not as clean as it could have been. and i am not a clean freak !! and the towels had really seen better days. to be honest i would have used them as rags. They were really old and had holes in them Having said all that, would i stay there again ? You bet i would.
after having read the reviews, imagine my dissapointment with the cramped and dark room, the filthy carpet, the threadbare bedding, and the total shabbiness of the hall and accomodations. the breakfast was awful, stale muffins and bagels, warm oj, and not much else. could have stayed in a chain much cheaper and gone out to breakfast. the parking was free but up three levels in a filthy garage across the street that was not readily accessible at our convenience.
Lovely boutique hotel
pleasantly surprised. Very clean, well maintained older hotel with old world feeling. High speed internet (no charge) free parking, free breakfast, and a happy hour at night. Very nice clientelle, but management could perhaps be more pleasant. Will DEFINITELY stay there again when in St. Pete/Tampa area.
What a great stay at The Pier Hotel in St. Petersburg!! Best thing was the staff, Kan and Jane were top notch, they made us feel so welcomed and suggusted great places to eat and to go visit. I felt like I was at home away from home thanks to them.
Room was very nice, well decorated in like a 40's style, great feel to it...Bed was awesome! Bathroom was small, but it worked out fine.
Loved the breakfast and the free happy hour, nice meeting place to visit with other guest, lot of fun and relaxing.
I will for sure stay here again...Thanks Kan and Jane for a great stay!
Elegant style and great service
We had a great time at The Pier Hotel. The hotel is elegant with a wonderful 1920's feel that has been beautifully restored. The staff was so friendly we felt right at home. We felt the rates were very reasonable and included lots of freebies like, breakfast, parking, local calls, high speed internet, and best of all free drinks every night during happy hour. It is right downtown walking distance to all the shops and waterfront, and the business district. It was our first time at the hotel so we were a little nervous about it not being a flag hotel, but we were very pleasantly surprised. We will be back every time we stay in St. Petersburg. Which is a great little city to visit.
We just stayed at the Pier Hotel in room 207 for 3 nights, from Friday through Sunday night in early June 2004. It was our first time in St. Petersburg and we chose it because of its website and due to its AAA rating, also from this website. We paid $88/night because they had an off-season special on their website. It was decent, the room was fine, we had a single room with a king size bed, air conditioning, free local phone calls, t.v., a fridge and microwave. At nighttime, light from the hallway comes into the window above the door, which is kind of distracting. The shower curtain in the claw-foot bathtub was filthy with pink mold so I left a note asking housekeeping to change it (with a $3 tip) and they changed it. The fridge was clean but the inside of the microwave had food spatters. I am pretty picky and didn't have a problem staying there. Jane at reception, she is the hotel's marketing and public relations manager, is very pleasant, nice and helpful in recommendations. We ate at Pacific Wave restaurant (which was recommended by the hotel and also a New York Times article)--I would NOT eat there, the food was mediocre and a complete ripoff. I asked the server how much the macadamia-encrusted sea bass special was and she said $29, when the bill came it was $36. If the food had been excellent I'd be happy paying that, but for that price, it should have been delicious (the fish was totally overcooked and tasteless). We told Jane about our experience, she was very apologetic and recommended a much more reasonable place nearby. St. Petersburg does not have that much going on except for the Salvador Dali Museum (worth the trip alone!), it is pretty dead at night and at times unsafe. The hotel is in a good location, it's easy to walk almost everywhere or drive and find a spot. There is free parking across the street in the garage but you have to park on the roof, where your car gets completely baked, plus it's closed on Sundays. There's a lot for $5 next door to the hotel. The free breakfast they offer each morning from 8-10? AM is fine, they have english muffins, bagels, cold cereal, coffee, orange juice, oatmeal, and fruit from a can. Oh and also granola bars and fruit n nut bars. The guy who mans the front desk in the evening, I think his name is James, is pretty strange but harmless. All in all, it is a very inexpensive place to stay, we felt safe and it is nice and quiet. Things we recommend to do in St. Pete's: visit the beach, go dolphin watching on a dolphin boat, visit the Dali museum. Don't go to: The International Museum, Sunken Gardens (nice but not worth it, we thought), Pacific Wave Cafe. We went kayaking in Ft. Desoto Park to see manatees and dolphins but missed them! Oh--and good luck finding a gas station in downtown St. Pete's. We drove around for 15 minutes and had to ask the locals where one was. We think it was the only one in the entire town.
We visited St. Petersburg in March and did not want to stay at a chain hotel. We wanted something with a bit of local charm and we found that at The Pier hotel. The staff were VERY nice and accomodating. Although the hotel is not on the waterfront the location is good and the lovely front porch was a great place to sit out and enjoy the complimentary cocktails they served every evening. This hotel was in a good location, had a lot of charm and great staff the only thing I will say is try to request one of the rooms closer to the front of the building which get more light. The rooms themselves are not luxurious but are well kept. A very pleasant experience and would go back there again!
GREAT place to stay
Stayed there this summer and it was a welcome and quiet respite from the heat. The place is beautiful, amazingly restored and looked after with lots of attention to detail. It has a great location right near everything in the downtown area. The staff was nice and courteous and it was a great value for a bed and breakfast feel. Highly recommend it!