We just returned to gray, slushy NYC from a sunny, delightful week in St. Petersburg. Our delight was, in no small part, due to staying at the Dickens House B&B. We booked late but Ed, our most excellent innkeeper, made the Carriage House available to us as we were staying a week. It is an upstairs apartment in a small building behind the main house. It has a small but very well equipped kitchen, a large main room with a truly comfortable king-sized bed, loveseat and comfy chair, and a small tv (which we used but once). The bathroom is large, the shower bracing and the water hot! Plenty of good quality towels (and bath products). Lovely bed linens. Comfy! And then there is breakfast. As has been mentioned, there's a big fruit platter from which you can select a changing array of fresh fruit. And there is a changing repertoire of breakfast foods from brioche french toast to eggs, to cheese and fruit stuffed croissant. Strong coffee and good company and conversation. We enjoyed chatting around the table with all the guests who stayed during our stay and, of course, with Ed. Our only disappointment was leaving after a mere week. It should also be mentioned that the house is a walking distance from a terrific assortment of restaurants, from parks, where you can sit and watch pelicans swoop down and catch fish, a small beach, a local trolley that takes you around to the local sights. There's the Dali Museum and an excellent Museum of Fine Arts. We can't wait to return next year, for longer, and check out the many things we didn't get to. Thank you, Ed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recommended by NBC Today travel correspondent, Peter Greenberg, and listed in Frommer's - Florida, as the highest rated B&B in Tampa Bay. We have Rough Guide's only official "Recommended By" award in Tampa Bay. Extraordinary 1912 Arts and Crafts restoration featuring unpainted woodwork, casual but refined interiors, Wi-Fi, guest computer, whirlpool tubs, fine cotton linens, Egyptian towels. A multi course gourmet breakfast is served daily. National Historic district neighborhood and downtown location all in one! ... more less