The friendliest staff I've encountered in a LONG time. They were very busy because the local paper had just published an article which raved about the place! In spite of LOTS of folks and a few staff absences, our entire stay was smooth - thanks to the wonderful folks running the place and working there. It's an older hotel, just three stories high, with a restaurant, bar (lots of local and small craft beers on tap!), and coffee shop. The rooms are small but have very comfortable beds, fluffy pillows, and soft linens. Bathrooms are also small, but have tub and shower. The windows open, so you can let in some of the wonderful air in St Petersburg (and let out the stale, over airconditioned smell of many hotel rooms).
The rooms come with coffee maker, fridge, table and chairs but only one reading lamp. The owner is trying to preserve some of the calm of an earlier era, so there are no phones or alarm clocks in the rooms. We had a couple of special requests which were quickly fulfilled.
The hotel is very centrally located, just a few blocks from the Dali Museum, the Fine Arts Museum, the Chihouly exhibit and the pier. LOTS of really good restaurants nearby (and one right there in the hotel itself!).
Acoustic tile in the ceiling of the restaurant/bar area would help. On Friday and Saturday night with lots of people and live music, the place gets pretty loud. Our room was on the third floor, so we weren't bothered, but I'm glad we were up there. We plan a return trip in the near future. It's good value for the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful new boutique Hotel 0.3 miles from the city center of St, Petersburg. Downtown and all it has to offer is just a stroll away. Come and enjoy the restaurant, bar, and hotel. Live music nightly with a friendly staff. Best music in town. Blues/Jazz/Pop and more. Relax and enjoy one of our 20 Craft Beers on special for only $3 on Tuesday night. Get a massage in our spa or enjoy the in house coffee bar "Common Grounds" with a different specialty coffee every morning to start your day. We also have a full bar to satisfy your every need. At the Hollander we aim to please, and if you read our reviews you will see that our guests believe we are succeeding. Come home to the Hollander on your next trip. ... more less
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