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“Ponce de Leon, the best choice in St. Petersburg” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #21 of 45 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Tarragona, Spain
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“Ponce de Leon, the best choice in St. Petersburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Simply the best. Really good location, friendly staff and really helpful, clean and big rooms, not loud and also great for children. I liked being there and I'd repeat my stay. The value for money is excellent.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Michael S, Public Relations Manager at Ponce De Leon Hotel, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Thank you for your feedback! Here at the Ponce De Leon we truly value and appreciate the feedback provided by our guests, and we are most happy that you enjoyed your stay. Feedback is the best way for us to connect to our guests’ experiences and allows us to check on how we are doing. Again, thank you for the feedback and we hope to have you as our guest again soon.

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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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St. Petersburg, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I was visiting a friend in St.Pete and looking for location I found Ponce, flamenco music was comming from Ceviche Restaurant in the hotel, I walked into and I decided to stay I was accommodated in a room with ocean view,it was nice and comfy room, very clean. I had dinner and breakfast in the restaurant, it was delicious, the crew of the hotel was very kind giving me advices and recommendations, super location, I recommend highly to stay in this hotel!

Room Tip: My room it was 601! They call it Nixons room, because it was occupied for him in the 60's!!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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Michael S, Guest Relations Manager at Ponce De Leon Hotel, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Carmen,

Thank you for your feedback! Here at the Ponce De Leon we truly value and appreciate the feedback provided by our guests, and we are most happy that you enjoyed your stay. Feedback is the best way for us to connect to our guests’ experiences and allows us to check on how we are doing. Again, thank you for the feedback and we hope to have you as our guest again soon.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Very special night for a girls night out on the town. Never been to St. Pete. Location was perfect. Walking distance to everything. No parking, which was the worst part of the hotel. Staff were friendly and helpful. I imagine it would be a difficult job with the many drunks in the area on the weekends. Room was very small for 4 ladies; bathroom was just TINY. No other mirrors in the room other than bathroom. That's a disappointment. Had the queen suite with a queen bed & couch unfolded into a full bed. Fridge was dirty- pretty sure something was spilled in there prior to our drinks being placed. Ice machine was broken so the front desk clerk went to the restaurant to fill our ice bucket. Overall, it met our expectations for the price we paid. I would reconsider if it were more than a night out. I would recommend looking else where for a vacation stay for sure.

Ceviche restaurant was delicious and had fabulous service. Serves the best brunch.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Michael S, Guest Relations Manager at Ponce De Leon Hotel, responded to this review, June 5, 2014
Dear Jany,

First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Here at the Ponce De Leon we greatly value and appreciate our guests’ reviews. Feedback is the best way for us to connect to our guests’ experiences, it also allows us to check on how we are doing. On behalf of the Ponce De Leon Boutique Hotel staff and management, we are sincerely sorry that your stay was less than perfect. However, a few of the issues that you have pointed out have been fixed and/or are being worked on. As always, we are constantly trying to improve as a boutique hotel in any way that we can, and this is made possible by guest reviews and feedback. Once again, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We hope to have you as our guest again soon.

Best,
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Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

No parking or valet, no pool or exercise accommodations, rooms are small, but clean. Most of the front desk personnel were pleasant, but unhelpful beyond that. They were unaware their own email suggest you discuss parking with a valet, but their is none. The location is the best thing going for it.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Michael S, Guest Relations Manager at Ponce De Leon Hotel, responded to this review, June 5, 2014
Dear Jeff,

First and foremost thank you for the feedback. Here at the Ponce De Hotel we truly value and appreciate our guests' reviews. We are terribly sorry that your stay was less than perfect. We apologize that you found parking to be inconvenient. We know that parking can be a bit stressful in any downtown area that is why we encourage guests to park in the "stress free" parking garage. The garage is conveniently located across the street from the hotel, and has a very low daily rate. Although the hotel was first constructed in 1922, you will find that we have modern rooms, and the hotel most indeed offers amenities. Although the hotel does not offer a swimming pool we are beautifully situated along the St. Pete waterfront. There is both a small beach and aquatic complex within walking distance of the hotel. Again, we apologize for any inconveniences that you experienced and we hope to have you back as our guest again soon.

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Tampa, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I was very excited to stay at this hotel, unfortunately, it was very disappointing. The hotel in the pictures looks very different than the actual thing. The hotel is very rundown, the rooms although modern-ish are quite uncomfortable. I love a fluffy comfy bed when I go to a hotel.. This bed had a sheet and a very stiff, thin, and uncomfortable comforter. What was most disappoint was that We stayed there for two nights. Our forts morning we left the room around 9am to walk around town. We purposely left the "please make up room sign." When we got back around 2, our room was still not made.. Around 215 the cleaning lady knocked in our room to let us know that she was leaving for the day and would not be able to make our room... Even though she had all morning to do so... I find it quite terrible that after paying 120 dollars per nigh, we had to make out own bed. Part of staying at a hotel is the whole experience.. If I wanted to make up my own room I would have stayed at home...

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Michael S, Guest Relations Manager at Ponce De Leon Hotel, responded to this review, June 5, 2014
Dear Jessica,
First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Here at the Ponce De Leon we greatly value and appreciate our guests’ reviews. Feedback is the best way for us to connect to our guests’ experiences, it also allows us to check on how we are doing. On behalf of the Ponce De Leon Boutique Hotel staff and management, we are sincerely sorry that your stay was less than perfect. However, a few of the issues that you have pointed out have been fixed and/or are being worked on. As always, we are constantly trying to improve as a boutique hotel in any way that we can, and this is made possible by guest reviews and feedback. Once again, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We hope to have you as our guest again soon.

Best,
Ponce De Leon Boutique Hotel
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We came to the Ponce De Leon Hotel for a quick stay-cation on a recent Saturday. We live close by in Tampa and after reading the mixed reviews of the hotel, we though, "it will be fun to see what happens, how bad can it be?". The answer was very bad. The first thing that struck us about the hotel was the fact that the staff had no idea where we should park. After some checking around we found a lot across the street, but we were informed that we must move our car by the next day at 8 am or pay for another day. When we arrived in our room we were hit with an intense wave of musty dank air. It was so bad that we had to open the windows and let the room air out. We would come to find out that the reason the room smelled so musty was due to the fact that the toilet had a slow leak in the tank. When the management was informed of this his reply was, "I am not a plumber, what would you like me to do", followed by, "if you don't like it then find another hotel". The later bit of advise we actually followed after we arrived back at the room after a night on the town and found it flooded all the way to the hallway. The only good thing I can say about the place is that it is close to the beach and many fun ways to spend a Saturday night, but these small positives do not make up for the disgusting rooms and the rudeness of the management. Do yourself a favor and spend your hard earned money somewhere else.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Michael S, Guest Relations Manager at Ponce De Leon Hotel, responded to this review, June 5, 2014
Dear Denise,

First and foremost thank you for the feedback. Here at the Ponce De Hotel we truly value and appreciate our guests' reviews. Feedback is the best way for us to connect to our guests' experiences, and allows us to check on how we are doing. We are terribly sorry that your stay was less than perfect. We know downtown parking can sometimes be a pain thus, we encourage our guests to park in the “stress-free” parking garage that we share with city. The garage is conveniently located across the street from the hotel. We are sincerely sorry that your stay was less than perfect. However, a few of the issues that you have pointed out have been fixed and/or are being worked on. As always, we are constantly trying to improve as a boutique hotel in any way that we can, and this is made possible by guest reviews and feedback. Once again, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We hope to have you as our guest again soon.

Best,
Ponce De Leon Boutique Hotel
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

It really wasn't that bad for the price, but it wasn't at all what we expected. And there were several other hotels for similar prices I would've chosen if just to avoid surprises. I booked a large room with two queen size beds, got 2 connecting rooms or the option to move to one room with 2 full size beds (4 people, no thanks). The rooms are half as nice as they look in the pictures (and tiny) and there was no parking. Just fend (and pay)-for-yourself street parking. And since parking issues downtown for the holiday weekend were one of the main reasons we got a hotel room that was pretty disappointing. I can handle disappointment when the news is delivered with an apology and a smile, But both of the girls at the front desk we extremely, extremely rude. They were actually communicating with each other about the situation by writing notes to each other so that I didn't know what they were saying and then laughing as I stood there waiting. If the gentleman (I think he was a manager) hadn't come out and actually been hospitable and helpful (and everything else wasn't already sold out) we would've left. This was a very special occasion for us and I was thoroughly embarrassed by the way I was being treated by the girls at the desk in front of my family.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Michael S, Guest Relations Manager at Ponce De Leon Hotel, responded to this review, June 5, 2014
Dear Guest,

The greatest tool to insure that our guests enjoy their stay is communication. This is made possible by guest reviews and feedback. So, thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We are terribly sorry that your stay was less than perfect. However, a few of the issues that you have pointed out have been fixed and/or are being worked on. As always, we are constantly trying to improve as a boutique hotel in any way that we can, and this is made possible by guest reviews and feedback. Once again, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We hope to have you as our guest again soon.

Best,
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Address: 95 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Location: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #21 of 45 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ponce De Leon Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 75
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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