When an Airbnb in Madeira Beach cancelled on us just one week before our trip from Wisconsin to Florida during the most brutal winter of our lives (learn from our mistake here), we panicked. The prices were by that time out of the roof unless we wanted to stay near the airport. But somehow the Pier Hotel in St. Petersburg had space and at a great rate, for a 7 day stay $111 week night/weekends $155. We were reluctant, it's located in the heart of St. Petersburg rather than the beach and the reviews vacillated between great and worst place ever. But our options were few and we liked the sound of its historic nature, but also knew that could have been a euphemism for, "old and run down." I'm a travel writer and have seen it all. WE WERE THRILLED. First of all, it was so clean you could eat off the bathroom floor. In all areas. The bedroom, the bathroom, the common areas, including the common bathroom. The decor was kitchy but darling, a cross between real vintage and great garage sale finds. And the architecture was true to the Victorian era of the building with no creepy add-ons like paneling or shag carpet, it was the real historic deal without being price-driving polished. And the staff was the friendliest, most helpful bunch of young, hard workers I've ever seen. Melissa, the hotel manager, even let us out of three days that were accidentally booked, without a charge, when our booking agent, Hotels.com refused. The Continental breakfast was pretty mainstream but had real eggs and sausage and the 24 hour coffee tasted brewed and acceptable for this have-to-find-the-best-latte-in-the-city age. The location was great (but directly across from a junior college so keep your view expectation low) just a few blocks from the water (not the beach side but a beautiful bay with marinas, no beaches) and outdoor cafes-- we recommend the Beach and Vine -- moderately priced, locally sourced yummy food (fish tacos out of this world), and super friendly servers--the Fine Arts and Dali museum and just a peaceful, well-appointed city. The bed was extremely comfortable. The room amenities were pretty bare-bones, but for overall comfort, including a large front porch with cafe tables and wicker chairs, it was a joy to have found this place by default. Strongly recommend it if you're traveling on a budget. Or just want a great price in a great location. Stephanie, the night clerk, is a sweetie. We heart The Pier.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cordova Inn, located in historic downtown St Petersburg, welcomes you. We are a boutique hotel nestled in the heart of downtown St Pete, and all of the fun, romance and excitement of St. Petersburg awaits, just footsteps away. When you stay at The Cordova Inn, you'll enjoy modern amenities merged with historic ambiance. As an award winning boutique hotel, we'll work hard to make your stay in downtown St. Petersburg FL a wonderful experience while you enjoy all the best that St Pete has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pier Hotel St Petersburg
- Pier St Petersburg