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“A Charming, well-located B&B” 5 of 5 stars
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La Veranda Bed & Breakfast
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   111 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701   |  
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Lexington, Virginia
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4 hotel reviews
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“A Charming, well-located B&B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We chose La Veranda first for its location, which is downtown St. Petersburg very close to the harbor and the Baywalk, and within an easy walk of shops and restaurants in a lively part of the city. When one wants to venture further afield, the entrance to the interstate is a short, straightforward drive away. I was also attracted by the photograph of the place on the La Veranda website, which showed a charming building with wide verandas.
We were not disappointed with our selection of this B&B! The rooms were pleasant and clean, the breakfasts were good (and not over fussy), and Nancy and her staff were helpful and friendly. The porches were a delightful amenity - when we weren't out seeing the sights, we could often be found sitting on the veranda outside our room having a drink. Breakfast was served either on the veranda or inside and we enjoyed both venues.
Nancy and her staff are friendly without being intrusive, and I was impressed by the "no fuss" attitude to making arrangements. Making reservations was as easy as a phone call, no credit card required. Checking out involved a handwritten bill and one could pay with credit card or personal check. Nancy even printed out our boarding passes for us!
Those who enjoy staying in a place with some character, as opposed to a cookie-cutter hotel or motel, will like La Veranda, which was built in the 19th century. The B&B is pet-friendly and Nancy has several friendly cats. My friends and I are all cat-lovers and so we considered this an enhancement to the visit, but if you are allergic or (sorry for you) don't like animals, you might wish to choose another place. Otherwise, I'd highly recommend La Veranda, it was a great bargain!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kemah, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We came into town to see Dr Mark A Piper, 3 blocks away. Nancy was great. We chose to stay here for our evaluation b/c she accepted dogs in a few of the rooms. After talking to Nancy she set us up with the Dr. Piper special for the next stay during the surgery and the following 2 weeks. 2 bedrooms a living room, bath, fridge, and kitchenette. She gave us free range of the kitchen and facilities.

La Veranda is and eclectic renovated older house with great people running it. Walking distance to Dr Pipers office, the marina, restaurants, dog park, theaters.

Last note: Erica, the house keeper, is a marvelous person who keep checking on us to make sure our stay was comfortable and that Skipper (our dog) was kept in treats.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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HURRCANE,WV
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

I stayed 4 days and nights here while in St Petersburg and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect o my visit. Lovely building, excellent convenient location, spotlessly clean, warm and friendly staff. All four of the staff, including the owner, were helpful, friendly, and cheerful. I enjoyed my stay and my conversations with these kind and interesting people.
If I get to go back to St Petersburg, I would be thrilled to get to stay here again!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Tampa, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We recently stayed here and the only good thing was the house. The owner was rude, disrespectful, and very inhospitable. She yelled at her guests and threatened to not make us breakfast. Her website claims the Inn to be pet friendly, yet she gets mean when small dogs come into the rooms. The rooms were nice, but the hostess does not let you move any furniture around since she check them everyday. This should not be her line of business!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

I usually don't write reviews, but I feel compelled to warn people about this place. While the location is great and within walking distance of downtown St Pete the owner is the most inhospitable person in hospitality I have ever encountered. You would have thought we were squatters on her land and an inconvenience to her the way she handled herself.

First there was the pet issue. It says on the website that they love animals and to bring your pets free of charge. In person she saw our 5 pound dog and immediately got huffy because some rooms apparently don't allow dogs. We were in one of the suites and quite frankly the carpet was trashed beyond belief that I'm not sure what our little potty trained travel dog could have done to it. Then she refused to clean our rooms because of it, fine, but she could have at least left fresh towels or a garbage so we could empty our trash.

The thing that angered us the most is that we were in town for a wedding and the entire place had been rented out. After the wedding a handful of people stayed up on the veranda and hung out. Yes they left the chairs scattered about and some things out and misplaced, but the place was all wedding guests so we wouldn't ruin anyone else's experience. The owner calls the grooms parents at 7:30am the morning after their sons wedding in tears over the state of her porch and they come running over to clean up. It took 10 minutes for three people to deal with. I understand taking up an issue with the people who rented the place but at least talk to them later in the day and in private. Then she almost refused to serve those who were awake breakfast because she was disgusted by the rudeness. Those who were awake had not been out the night before and there were 4 young children in the bunch. We were all horrified.

Part of the fun of a B and B are beautiful rooms and great service. While some of the rooms are well kept and pretty, it's not the experience you'd expect. You're better off and will most likely receive better treatment at a motel for less money.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

This B&B is wonderful. The location is great if you prefer the downtown area to the beach area. My partner and I had the perfect getaway (from NYC) in this quiet B&B. The innkeeper is very quick witted and nice, albeit a bit short with her staff. We requested no room service for our entire stay and she remembered and didn't interrupt our stay.

What to expect: basic accommodations, a sweet house cat or two, a short walk to the pier, a long bus ride to the beach, very bright (tacky?) colors, that "home away from home" feel

What not to expect: luxury, pristine maintenance, an easy trip to st pete beach, amazing breakfast

We honestly had the best vacation together, here. So I really would recommend coming into it with the right mindset so you can really enjoy your stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed a couple of nights and had a very good experience. The rate was reasonable, the innkeeper was very nice, and the cat didn't attack me. Very good breakfast and within walking distance of downtown.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about La Veranda Bed & Breakfast

Address: 111 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Location: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Veranda Bed & Breakfast 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A grand old house surrounded by wide wraparound porches and lush tropical gardens. A stone's throw from all the amenities of downtown St. Petersburg.La Veranda welcomes travelers who seek old world charm in an urban environment. Private suites, spacious sitting and dining areas, and the wide verandas are as inviting as they are comfortable. ... more   less 
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