If you have traveled the world you will love this place! Not a new place but certainly not run down. The decor is eclectic and as soon as I walked in I new I made the right choice. In St Pete it's my first choice from now on. The front desk staff was as eclectic as the decor and all very cool. Had a great conversation with one of the owners and it was obvious he has a passion for boutique hotels. This is one very unique place to stay. The location could not be better! The price is a steal. Did I like it, for sure and I recommend this place to anyone.... except if you need corporate perfection and have no sense of adventure or creativity.
The negative has nothing to do with the hotel but it was a downer. The parking meter people are RUTHLESS. It sucks and got TWO tickets. The first (9:15 am) was forgiven after I showed the payment office the fact I was staying at the hotel, but by the time I got back after getting the first one forgiven, my time was up (less than 30 min) and I got another before I could feed the meter. Lame. So I can do without St Pete for that. BTW yes you can pay online if you can navigate the worthless interface, I tried four times and 45 min to no avail. Boo. Probably best to just park across the street in the garage. Less than a ticket.
The party scene was awesome and the live music at the Gastro bar was world class!
- 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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