In planning our first night out without our new baby (enjoying her time with her Aunt and Uncle), I stumbled across the Ponce de Leon Hotel in downtown St. Petersburg. When we arrived my husband and I were both very excited at the location and proximity to all of the great nightlife in downtown St. Pete. The staff were very friendly and the lobby was a nice mix of eclectic and modern. When we arrived at our room, however, our "Queen Deluxe" room was far from deluxe. While the room was quaint in the sense that there were original wood floors from when the hotel was first built, it was stuffy and hot, after not having the in-room AC turned on. (The equivalent of a window unit - and anyone currently living in Florida can tell you that AC is one of the most important things in the entire world.) The bathroom was like a cave of trying-to-be-retro green tile, and the room itself was furnished in relics of Ikea's past. I believe the website advertised "luxury 300+ thread count sheets" - which was funny seeing as the sheets resembled 50 thread count. As well as the added feature of robes in the deluxe rooms, which translated into an old, dingy robe sadly hanging in a smelly closet. The closet wasn't the only badly smelling part of this dorm room equivalent, unfortunately. The bathroom smelled slightly of old plumbing, which in Florida means that it hadn't been used in quite awhile. The overall smell of the room as well was old, dank and vacant. My husband and I joked that the room was like walking into our dorm rooms in college, but to be honest, my dorm room was a lot bigger. I commend the hotel for its attempt to be viewed as a "boutique" establishment, but it has a little way to go before it can own that title. By far the most positive part of our stay was the fact that Ceviche, one of Tampa Bay's most recognized and excellent restaurants and great place to spend a Saturday evening was located right next to the hotel's main lobby. I would definitely spend an evening listening to great Flamenco music at Ceviche again, but would fork over the extra money to stay at the Hampton Inn right next door.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Often called a “downtown gem,” the Ponce de Leon Hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown Saint Petersburg. Whether you’re after the nightlife or the art galleries, you can find it all within a short walk from this full-service hotel. Nearby attractions include the Salvador Dali Museum, the Dale Chihuly Exhibition, and Jannus Live, as well as countless restaurants, bars, and theaters.Tropicana Field is just a short walk or shuttle ride away if you’re in town for a Rays’ game or visiting the area to watch a concert at Jannus Live. Constructed in 1922, recent renovations bring new life to this landmark hotel while maintaining the excitement of the roaring twenties. The building’s Spanish Mission Revival style, blends well with the modern skyline of the city’s scenic downtown waterfront. Offering rooms with breath-taking views of the bay and of the city, you could not ask for a better location to soak up Florida's warm sun or enjoy all that the city has to offer. The Ponce de Leon welcomes you with old world charm as well as modern conveniences such as air-conditioned rooms featuring flat screen cable TVs, free wireless internet, mini-bars, in-room coffee and on-premise laundry facilities. ... more less
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