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“A wonderful old hotel with the most charming hosts!” 5 of 5 stars
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Americas Best Inn St Petersburg
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   342 3rd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701   |  
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“A wonderful old hotel with the most charming hosts!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

We only stayed for a night and the welcome, location and free beer at happy hour were great additions to this lovely charachterful 1937 built hotel. The couple running the place go out of their way to chat, laugh and be of assistance. It's in an excellent location too but if going out to eat, go straight down the road outside to the waterfront and its bars and restaurants. Avoid the loud bar area and park square about a block away. Lots of druggy, homeless types! Saturday there's an amazing farmers market! Just go...

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AmericasBestInn, Manager at Americas Best Inn St Petersburg, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Hello and thank you very much for your wonderful review. Brian and I both, are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us so much. Hopefully we'll get to welcome you back again on your next trip to St. Pete. Until then we wish you all the best!

Sincerely,

Stephanie and Brian Cox
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Service
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Carrickfergus Co. Antrim Northern Ireland
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58 hotel reviews
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207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Reading some of the reviews for this, it seems odd that people select individual style accommodation then bemoan that it isn't ‘cookie cutter.’
 
We chose it because we didn’t want the impersonal style of a chain hotel at Christmas. We wanted homely, and homely is exactly what we got.


This inn really scores for location. Easily reached from the Interstate exit, it’s in a quiet area of downtown and has free parking at the side. It’s in easy walking distance of the Pier, the Dali museum and loads of mid-range dinner options along Beach Drive. 



While our room was smallish, it wasn’t cramped and we were comfortable. It was good to be on the ground floor with a street view. The simple breakfast in the lounge/desk area was sociable and adequate enough for our needs. Wi-fi was fast and I appreciated having an efficient hairdryer for a change.

It was nice to come back on Christmas Eve to a gift bag of sweets in the room. We also really liked the ‘happy hour’ of beer, wine and nibbles every evening, a nice hospitable extra on the part of the innkeepers. As we enjoyed these on Christmas Eve a couple actually came to the door hoping to check in only to be told there was 'no room at the inn!'

 The big Christmas tree and decorations added to a homely, family feel, as did the quirky furnishings along the hallway to the guestrooms. These were fun.

  • Stayed December 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AmericasBestInn, Manager at Americas Best Inn St Petersburg, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Greetings to Ireland and thank you for your wonderful review! We hope you are enjoying the rest of your trip through Florida as much as you enjoyed St. Pete and our inn. We appreciate your time for this detailed write up and are very happy that you had such a great time during your stay with us.

Wishing you all the best for the New Year and happy travels!

Sincerely,

Stephanie & Brian Cox
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

This inn is located just a few blocks away from the water, and there's free parking too. The owners are warm and friendly and really contribute to the overall experience. There's an evening reception with beer, wine, snacks and a continental breakfast in the am, both of which are delicious. The inn has some lovely historic elements though the bathroom a bit dated. I did appreciate the wifi and the prevalence of outlets. The place was a fantastic value.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AmericasBestInn, Manager at Americas Best Inn St Petersburg, responded to this review, December 21, 2012
Thank you very much for your wonderful review - we will consider this our Christmas gift!
Brian and I both are happy to hear you enjoyed your recent stay with us and you will be happy to hear that bathroom remodels are on our "wishlist" for the coming year.
All the best to you, Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year with lots of fun and exciting trips!

Sincerely,

Stephanie & Brian Cox
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FORT COLLINS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Brian and his wife are great hosts.from the initial friendly greeting, the free cold breakfast and happy hour wine, this is a great value and a fun place to stay. the rooms are simple but adequate. I met some Europeans-they know how to ferret out a good deal! do reserve well in advance--a busy property like this gets booked well in advance. an easy walk to the pier and art museums-or take the 50cent trolley that stops across the street.

Room Tip: we needed two beds--we were on the second floor --nice and quiet. A/c is new unit-not a noisy...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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AmericasBestInn, Manager at Americas Best Inn St Petersburg, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
Sunny greetings to Colorado!
It was a pleasure having you as our guests and we truly appreciate your wonderful review.
Brian and I are looking forward to welcoming you back to our inn someday.
Until then we wish you all the best as well as Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,

Stephanie & Brian Cox
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Very great stay. The price was great. The Inn is a very nice area. Not very far from tourist areas. The rooms are small as well is the bathroom but I found it very comfortable. The staff is very friendly and kind. The breakfast options are nice as well. There is enough parking.

  • Stayed November 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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AmericasBestInn, Manager at Americas Best Inn St Petersburg, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind review and taking the time for this write up. Especially this time of year where it seems that there is so much more to do than hours in our days.
It was our pleasure welcoming you to St. Petersburg and we look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back again soon.

All the best to you and Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,

Stephanie & Brian Cox
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Miami, Florida
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

This was a quaint little inn, perfectly located, run by a very sincere and friendly couple who seemed well able to gauge their interaction with their guests very well suited to each individual guests style. Meaning, they are not overwhelmingly in your face or friendly if you are not the type to welcome that (and we are not), however there were other guests at the hotel who seemed to favor that style and we observed the owners treat them in a matter perfectly suitable as well.
The best thing about this hotel was that it was clean with no odours of dampness or staleness or absolutely anything bad. The rooms are small, just like a guest bedroom, but adequate. It is not a hotel one would choose to spend time in as a resort.
I enjoyed St. Petersburg and would return to this inn if I make another trip there.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AmericasBestInn, Manager at Americas Best Inn St Petersburg, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Hello and thank you for your great review - the pleasure was all ours. With this said and knowing your prefered level of interaction, I will leave it at that ;) Short and sweet, how about that?

All the best to you!

Sincerely,

Stephanie & Brian Cox
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

I stayed at this hotel during a road trip trough Florida and it was for me one of the best hotels we slept in.

There's a very nice atmosphere, feeling more like a family home than a inn, and this is not only because of the deco: The owners offer a free glass of wine / beer in the entrance during the evening, which creates an opportunity to talk with other people staying in the hotel.

The rooms are small, but nicely decorated and clean, the location is very good (walking distance to the pier) and very quiet.

The breakfast is basic: coffee, tea, toast, muffins, orange juice, oatbran, cereals... and i found it to be of higher quality as usual (the orange juice did for once taste like oranges and not like chemicals). It also was served in real tableware, which was a nice change from the polystyrene cups in other hotels of the same price range.

The owners were great, giving us advice and even going the extra mile to ship some items that I had left in the room.

Overall a great and budget place to stay in St Pete.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AmericasBestInn, Manager at Americas Best Inn St Petersburg, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed our inn so much during your trip to Florida and hope that you had some more great hotel experiences during the remainder of your trip. It was our pleasure mailing you your forgotten sweater and no big deal to us at all. Maybe we get to welcome you back one day, should you decide to do some more travelling in Florida. Until then, sunny greetings to Germany!

Sincerely,

Stephanie & Brian Cox
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Address: 342 3rd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Location: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in St. Petersburg
#4 Family Hotel in St. Petersburg
#5 Business Hotel in St. Petersburg
#5 Romantic Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Americas Best Inn St Petersburg 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming historic inn conveniently located in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg. This 22 guest room inn is within walking distance to world class museums and galleries, fine dining, evening entertainment and St. Pete's beautiful waterfront. Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, is less than 1 mile from the inn. The Gulf beaches are an app. 20 minute drive from Downtown. Amenities at the inn include a continental breakfast, a drink at Evening Happy Hour, wifi and limited onsite parking. We are a 2-star property know for excellent service and unique accommodations. ... more   less 
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