The hospitality of the owner/innkeeping cannot be matched by a concierge in an expensive hotel. Dave's restaurant recommendations ranged from the high end to the local grouper fish joint down the road. We are most grateful that he told us about Mazzaro's, the authentic Italian market, a few miles away. It which like revisiting Italy which I have traveled to in May.
We liked the proximity to the beach for walking as well as the central location for driving north to Tarpon Springs (with a delightful Greek history) to the Art Museum in downtown St Pete's.
It seems that a majority of the guests return year after year which lends to a certain camaraderie around the perfectly clean pool.