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“An Oldie but a Goodie!” 4 of 5 stars
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Pier Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   253 2nd Ave N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701   |  
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Ranked #16 of 45 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Wesley Chapel, Florida
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3 hotel reviews
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“An Oldie but a Goodie!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Got a great price on a one night stay via Groupon and reserved for the Saturday night of the Boat Show. This is a period hotel from the 20's with updated, often modern, amenities. Very friendly and cooperative front desk staff in Jane, who is a whirling dervish, who does not make enough money for all that she does. The Chef, Carl, I think, was great. We sat on the porch with our complimentary bottle of wine and talked with a few other couples as the day moved to evening. Not much noise for downtown. Happy hour came with popcorn and other high carb fare and more wine. Carl talked us into the hotel's dinner special instead of going out on the town to eat. For $59 we each got soup (a very good butternut squash), split a large shrimp cocktail, I had steak (not a great cut but edible) and lobster (a whole lobster) with red potatoes while my wife had a stuffed chicken breast and asparagus, and for desert we split a massive chunk of apple pie with french vanilla ice cream melting on top. More glasses of wine and conversation with others followed. I made sure I tipped the chef very well, and we climbed the stairs (no elevator) to our room on the 3rd floor rear of the hotel. We had absolutely no noise of any kind to disturb us and a period room that was small but comfortable. The claw foot tub was a reminder of days gone by but got us clean. We woke up early, passed on the carb laden breakfast buffet and as Carl was not ready to serve a regular breakfast before we needed to leave, we missed the opportunity for another well prepared meal. Imagine our surprise when our bill, with the Groupon for the room, too many glasses of wine, apple pie, parking, tax, etc. came to less than $80 (with the Groupon we still spent less than $160 total). We will be back next year for the Boat Show and will definitely stay at the Pier Hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Tucson, Arizona
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

My wife and her cousin went to St. Petesburg to compete in a half-marathon. Since the rates were extremely competitive compared with hotel chains (i.e. Hilton, etc) and it was close to the pier, where the half-marathon took place, we decided to give it a chance. Even though the facade is antique and the rooms are small the customer services makes up for it and more. Really recommend the place!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Land O Lakes, Florida
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I was very pleased with our stay in the boutique hotel in the center of St. Petersburg! We stayed two nights and have no complaints. All the employees were helpful and accommodating. It was warm and welcoming in the lobby and on the front porch. We enjoyed the Happy Hour with popcorn/nuts/beer/wine each evening and we enjoyed a lovely dinner of Salmon, asparagus, and red potatoes ($15) and breakfast of eggs, potatoes and bacon ($5). Both were very good. The beds and pillows were comfortable, the rooms clean with mini refrigerators and a microwave. The bathroom size was fine! No one should expect a large, modern bathroom when staying in a historic, boutique hotel originally build in 1921. It would have been helpful to have a shelf for accessories but otherwise it was just fine. I don't think I would bring young kids to the hotel, but it was wonderful for a girls trip to St. Pete! We are already talking about a repeat trip. It was within 2 miles of the Dali museum, the Trop, and walking distance to Baywalk area.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Layton, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

My colleague and I were is St. Petersburg for a 3 day conference and the hotel our conference was at was already all booked up; I am so grateful that we ended up at Pier Hotel. This was an excellent hotel to stay in, it had the comforts of home, with a 1920’s historical character and a European feel to it. The Pier Hotel has a free continental breakfast, a free drink for happy hour and a great dinner menu. The location of the hotel is walkable to all the attractions, restaurants and sites of St Pete. If you want a family owned business with a homelike 1920 feel this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Florida
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

This is an old hotel with three floors no elevator and small bathrooms. It is a great hotel for sleeping at night when you are in the city and don't want to pay outrageous prices for other hotels downtown.

Mananger's cocktail hour, free continental breakfast, great front porch with wicker chairs to lounge in and a neat lobby with some ornate furnishings make up for no pool or modern type stuff of other hotels.
Manager is most accomodating and helpful with local information.

Would recommend this place and we will be back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We booked a weekend stay at this charming hotel. We knew going in it wasnt a 5 star hotel but it was the romantic getaway we were looking for. The staff makes you feel at home as soon as you arrive. This is an older hotel but clean and well kept. The older decor is part of the charm. Its more like a bed and breakfast feel..
Pro's -
Wonderful staff.
Great location. Walking distant's for everything.
Breakfast on the patio was nice.

Cons-
Depending on you room selection, some bathrooms are very small.If you've ever been on a cruise ship, that is what some are like. But very clean and fresh.
Some of the rooms (104) are very plain and wont be what your looking for if your expecting that old time charm.
No elevator. If you have trouble with stairs, request 1st or second floor.

This is a great spot for that romantic get away or special occasion and the staff will go out of their way to make your stay unforgettable. Just ask.

Room Tip: Room 202 is a very nice suite. Big enough for two couples or a family. Separate doors and bathrooms.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of staying at the Pier Hotel last weekend. We felt very welcome from the moment we walked through the front door. Jane is a wealth of information! She was very helpful with giving us directions and telling us what to see and do.

Carl does everything! He was the perfect host. We enjoyed chatting with him on the veranda. Which, by the way, is lovely.

Our room was very charming and well worth the trek up to the third floor.

I would definitely recommend The Pier Hotel to anyone looking for a touch of nostalgia and grace.

Goldie from Daytona

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 253 2nd Ave N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Location: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 45 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pier Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 31
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