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Hilton St. Petersburg
Hilton St. Petersburg You can start off the day in your spacious room, one of 333 units on 15 floors, by taking advantage of such amenities as dual phone lines (one for a modem) and voice mail. Then take off for the meeting/conference facilities at the hotel. Guests can get a good view of the local marina with its yachts and sailboats moored near the hotel property.
There are lots of hotels and...
There are lots of hotels and motels including a couples only hotel and a bright pink italian hotel, believe me you cannot miss it!!!! We stayed in a little motel owned by a scottish couple. The motel was a bit shabby to be honest and I probably would not stay there again but the couple who owned it were really friendly.
Sorry, we always stay in the...
Sorry, we always stay in the visitor's house at my in-law's retirement home. There are many small motels and downtown hotels (some are rather seedy looking) and of course the more upscale resort-type hotels near the Pier.
right now off season 179ish it has a twin hotel and you can share accomadations between hotels, a pond that runs around the hotel you can take a boat out on privately with swans in it. Lots of choices of restaurants, bars, room service. Hotel activities etc. Child care also. Tennis and Racket ball courts. Its a blast!
Trade Winds Island Grand Resort
The Trade Winds is enormous. Huge. They have 18 acres of property and several buildings which include a large beach, 3 pools, several bars and restaurants, a spa, a giftshop, a man-made river complete with paddle boats, tennis courts, and a kids' club. It is one of the older hotels on Gulf Blvd. It appeared to me to have been built in the 1950's or 60's from the look of it, but it was well-maintained. Our room was nice, with a balcony. We had a refrigerator and a microwave, but some of the rooms come with full kitchens. We had the paper deilvered every morning, which was nice because I like reading the paper. The beds were kind of hard. Of course I am spoiled with a really nice bed at home though. They also provide fairly nice toiletries here, but no bathrobes. I am a big fan of bathrobes. This hotel hosts A LOT of functions. During our stay there were several weddings going on, class reunions, and other gatherings. This is ok if you are there for one of these events, but I think it would be annoying if you were just trying to relax. One of my favorite things about this place besides the beach, which I loved, is that there are enough things to do (or not do) so that you don't really have to leave unless you want to. You can eat, drink, swim, and play here to your heart's content. Their beach-side bar is pretty nice, too. They also offer a lot of "water sport" activities that you wouldn't catch me doing but which I could see that some people might think are fun.
One thing about this hotel is that I think it is a bit too expensive for what they offer, or I should say for the quality of what they offer. For example, there are a lot of plastic plants around inside of the buildings. I HATE plastic plants. Standard rooms are about $200/night if you are not part of a group and most activities are charged to your account sperarately, rather than included in that price. This even includes use of the health club, which I dissagree with.
A historical property; perfect for a Rays weekend
The Indigo Hotel, over on 3rd avenue in old St. Petersburg, is a historical treasure. This hotel has been in business for almost a century, and they proudly will tell you that they were THE first hotel in St. Petersburg to have running water available inside for their guests. In fact, one of the original collection fountains on the first floor is still in place for your viewing. Definitely a peek at yesteryear.
Now, the Indigo itself may be a historic location, but it's vibe these days is funky boutique and oddball charm. Let's start with the one negative..... the bathrooms are microscopic in size. The problem is that when the hotel was originally built, the rooms weren't huge to start with, and most of them didn't have a bathroom. Remember, running water first hit the place in 1927, and THAT was just downstairs at collection fountains. Soooooooo, to maintain the historical feel of the hotel, they went with the rooms as basically set up and added bathrooms - SMALL bathrooms. You WILL feel claustrophobic.
But beyond that, welcome to the Hotel Indigo, land of the haiku. Everything they introduce - a menu, bathtowel cards, do not disturb signs, room service menus, etc.... they all have a special series of haikus included.
And, the Hotel Indigo doesn't exactly live up to its name, color-wise. The inside of the hotel is done in shades of green - lime green in varying intensities. And for color complimenting in the halls, they work with deep plum and black accents. It sound and does look a bit wild - but in so many ways, it works. I'll include some photos down below of the hall color scheme.
Even the hotel's "taxi cab" is different than the usual... They have an LTI, a true London taxi cab. It was explained to me that these cars are made in factories both in the UK and Canada, and the Indigo's cab hails from north of our border. It's an interesting little chariot, to say the least. Also, you'll find a photo below.
There are varying packages and room pricing available. We found a really good deal via hotels.com. BE SURE TO GET A PACKAGE THAT INCLUDES BREAKFAST. The print says "continental breakfast", but since the Indigo really doesn't have a continental breakfast, they just give all room occupants a $10 voucher for breakfast, which allows you to get a nice morning feed. That's one other beautiful thing about the quirky little Indigo.... the food prices are pretty darned reasonable. Very un-hotel-like.
As for the Rays and Tropicana Field, it's about a 10 block walk - neighborhoods are safe and well lit, and there are a lot of bars and such along the way. Comfortable beds, very reasonable food prices, a very different and tranquil way of doing things. And, the Indigo is one of the few hotels anywhere near this part of St. Petersburg that allows FREE PARKING for guests.
And, they don't charge extra for the yoga workout you'll get when you move into and out of the tiny bathroom and shower. :)
They built some new hotels...
They built some new hotels when I went, they had All Star, and I stayed in a dalamatian themed one. The lites looked like bags of popcorn!
I stayed with my sister in her...
I stayed with my sister in her condo in Naples on my second trip, but there are many, many, many hotels everywhere in Florida--should be very easy to find a room.
I booked our hotel stay through Priceline back in February. We arrived at the Hilton on Monday, March 14th. When we got there, they told us that they had over-booked and would be walking us to our other hotel. I didn't know that "walking" meant, giving us directions to another hotel over 30 miles away over on St. Pete's Beach. The directions they gave us, got us lost for over 1 hr. 45 minutes. When we finally arrived at our "other" hotel, it took over 2 hours to get checked in, and find a parking space. Remember, this is during Spring Break on the beach. The staff at this other hotel "The Sirata-Tradewinds" were very friendly. A lot more friendly than the people at the Hilton-St. Petersburg. The main reason we booked ahead of time, is because we planned on staying for 5 nights, and did not want to change hotels. The next morning I called Priceline and the Hilton to see if there was any way we could just stay where they moved us, and I was on the phone to people for over 3 hours. Needless to say, we ended up having to go back to the Hilton. The location is definately suited for business people - not vacationers. The parking lot is 1/2 full of semi-trailers, and the entire area is baracated off for Spring Training and the Indy car races coming up. VALET parking - NO! You have to find your own spot to park (which is a chore), and it still costs you $10.00 per day. The last night we were there, there was NOWHERE to park. I asked the "general" manager where to park and he flat out told me "I don't know. You'll have to figure it out." He suggested a parking ramp down the street, but forgot to mention that there is no overnight parking, so after spending 2 hours driving around, someone finally started directing parking. CHECK your receipt. I was billed $67.00 for telephone charges, I didn't even make. They charged me $10.00 per day for parking, and I could only park there 2 days. The staff at the front desk are flat out - RUDE! The pool area is nice, and the renovated room is nice, and the Cafe 333 was good - but our overall experience was terrible. I would definately recommend ANYWHERE else but the Hilton!!!
Great Time in St Petersburg
After reading previous reviews for this hotel, we were very concerned about our upcoming vacation. We enjoyed our 10 day stay at the Hilton and found many downtown activities to entertain us. We love The Pier and BayWalk and The Looper. We took in 2 Devil Rays games and enjoyed the air conditioned stadium!
The Hilton was a very nice hotel and it also was finishing with renovations.
The renovations were to the point of updating draperies, pictures, furniture, etc.
Of course the charge for hotel guests' parking is ridiculous, but after staying in different Florida hotels, this has become more of "the norm".
We would not hesitate to stay in this hotel again.
is kissimmee fairly close to all the attractions even if you are not driving?
Hi Sharon! We were in Kissimmee once for a few days without a car. Public transportation doesn't help you much there. We got a ride to Disney World because we met a friendly couple at the hotel and they were going there. Yes, you can survive without a car but that will limit what you can do. Have a fun trip in any case!
The short answer is really NO. It's not really close to the major attractions which are set up for visit by car.
If you know the approximate address, try typing it into www.mapquest.com to get a map of where it is in relation to things.
Or try a 'google' search for Map & Kissimee.
I was there last year, and would have to say that its geographically close, but the whole area is like , not pedestrian friendly at all. If you don't have a car, you'll have real problems.
walt disney world is actually in kissimmee but you will need some sort of transport to get there and as for the rest of the attractions you will definately need transport. a lot of the hotels run shuttle buses to the major attractions.
Hotels/Motels in Jacksonville
I am looking at to differnt hotels in Jacksonville for my stay in September: Studio 6, and Suburban Extended Stay. Has anyone heard of or stayed in either of these places? They are both priced very well ($240 and $210 a week respectively) but I don't want to show up there and find out I am staying in a dump.
Re: Hotels/Motels in Jacksonville
I havn't been to either hotel, but when I'm debating or wondering if it's a good hotel I got to tripadvisor.
just search in google, (name of hotel) tripadvisor.
And it will be the first result, saves time from having to type the city, state etc.
2 adults looking for the cheapest rooms possible, around Orlando, Kissimmee, or even further we dont mind, we are travellers, so were on a tight budget.
Looking for around $20 to $40 a night for the room, NOT per person, it does not matter what star it is.
Must be safe.
2 adults will be sharing the 1 room.
RE: Cheap Rooms/Hotels?
Depends on the time of year as some months are double others. Check out mastersinns.com
RE: Cheap Rooms/Hotels?
It's been a while since i've been but there are SO many hotels I'm sure you can find something. the place is saturated with them.
RE: Cheap Rooms/Hotels?
Once you get to Orlando, stop at an establishment near a I-4( the interstate highway) exit. Near, around. the entrance door of the establishment, usually a restaurant, or fast food chain, you will find stands with lots of local magazines with hotel ads, and more importanly discount coupons. These hotels that advertise there cater to professional truckers and the motoring public, and are located usually within a mile of the highway.
Most are plain simple hotels with amenities other than a clean bed and room at a reasonable rate. You can usually find a clean air conditioned room between $19.99 and $29.99 with the magazine discount coupon offer. Some hotels at these rates are The Red Carpet Inn, Quality Inn, Best Western Hotel, even Holiday Inn.