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Ponce De Leon Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   95 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701   |  
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Ranked #23 of 46 hotels in St. Petersburg
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Location Location Location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

BUT...the rooms were pretty good considering this is an old hotel right downtown St Pete. A little musty smelling (my wife said it smelled like an old museum) and the rooms were sparse but overall, a decent value for a quick stay. There was a bachelorette party ongoing all night which was noisy but that was it.
Definitely had an historic vibe in a cool city.

Room Tip: Parking was best in an adjacent garage as they have NO parking for the hotel.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

Rooms are small and lack any real chutzpah, but location is fantastic, staff is friendly and helpful, and the price is decent. Historic building, but without the ambience that could garner unfortunately. But, yes, I would sat here again.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Stayed there for weekend with GF to see St. Pete and catch a rays game. The location is ideal for walking, never used the car. The hotel is older and not up to date, but clean and comfortable. Acoustics is a problem, as every sound outside can be heard.

Room Tip: If you want to a water view, rooms end in 1 as in 601. Anything under the 5th floor will have an obs...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We always return to this jewel. Staff is super friendly, and helpful. The hotel is in the middle of town and bay; so it offers a great variety of things to do. We come back every year for the Indy Racing event. Great location for it!!!
Not a fan for car racing? come any other time, you will have a blast!

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms towards the bay!
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Called the hotel 3 months ago. Was told our room was $200 a night. Was over charged ($250) a night. Our room was never serviced, for $250 a night. Our room was disgusting. Our bathtub didn't drain and our toilet didn't flush. They deactivated our room keys a night early. staff has no idea what they are doing. They also never gave is a receipt upon check in because they "didnt know the system" when they were just screwing us. Spend the extra money and stay at the Hampton Inn next door or the Hilton down the street. Totally not worth it. This place may be what hell is like.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

I dont know how anybody found anything negative to say about this place. Staff was excellent. Location could not be beat. Rooms were clean. All i needed was a place to crash after a concert at Jannus and was more than satisfied. If you are staying on a Friday night, be sure to check out the farmers market a block away for a great breakfast before you leave!

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dayton, Ohio
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I've stayed at this hotel many times before, and will again. The big draw (a tie) is LOCATION and THE STAFF. Can't get any more centrally located, and the staff is more than friendly. I know all of them by name, and they always remember me. The rooms are small, and minimally furnished-- more than adequate. When I come back, I feel like I'm coming home. There's a computer available to all on the mezzanine, which is handy, and wi-fi in the rooms if you bring your own. Also a laundry room on the third floor, and vending machines.
Near restaurants. A very nice place.

Room Tip: Just show up, you'll be welcomed. (call first for reservation!)
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: 95 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Location: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 46 hotels in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ponce De Leon Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1922, The Ponce de León Hotel is a Spanish Mission Revival building of great historic interest. Located at 95 Central Avenue and Beach Drive, one might notice that this hotel is only one block away from Saint Petersburg’s beautiful and vibrant waterfront and in the heart of downtown. The Ponce de León Hotel is at doorstep to the most popular restaurants, museums and music venues in the city. Some of which include; the Salvador Dali Museum, Janus Live, the Mahaffey Theater, Tropicana Field, Vinoy Park, and much, much more!Boasting 74 modern rooms, and home of one of the city’s most popular and award winning restaurants, Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant. You can unwind with a drink or dine at the hotel bar & restaurant while you enjoy nightly live entertainment. They make their dishes with locally sourced ingredients for the freshest and finest taste. From the moment you walk into the hotel you will be impressed by the style, décor and air of calm professionalism. Ponce de León Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of St. Petersburg’s most popular recreational and business districts, offering convenience, effortless style, and affordability to leisure and corporate travelers. The Ponce de León Hotel combines impeccable service and comfortable accommodation with spectacular views of the waterfront and downtown St. Petersburg. Be delighted by incomparable value harmonized with everyday amenities, service, plus all the attention you expect from a boutique hotel. ... more   less 
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