The hotel and restaurant staff are top notch! Don't stay here if you want an anonymous, bland hotel experience. The proprietors, front desk staff, and bar staff will remember you, greet you each time you make eye contact, and are always asking if there is anything they can do for you. Similarly loving attention has been paid to all the other details too, from the hand-painted ceiling in the Tap Room, to the eclectic-but-chic lobby decor and fireplace, to the fun decor and seating on the stairway landings, to the gleaming polish of the hardwood floors. The rooms are comfortable and livable, with similar careful touches - fridge, openable windows, plenty of plug-ins, cool bathtub, plenty of chairs and closet space (although not the walk-in closet that the website promises). The Tap House restaurant in the lobby is always hopping, and the clientele is a real blend of ages, locals doing "destination dining," out-of-towner hotel guests, families, singles, and couples of all sorts. Despite the live music at the bar, the rooms are plenty quiet with the windows closed (open windows = traffic noise). Without realizing, I tried to check in early (I'd been traveling since 3 am, so it felt like mid-afternoon to me). One of the proprietors at the front desk went to "check to see if the room was ready." When he returned 15 minutes later to report that it was, I realized that he had been preparing the room so that I could check in. Wow - what service! Downsides: there is not (yet) a functional workout room, and the housekeeping staff don't seem to know that towels on the floor means "I want a clean one, please." Nonetheless, I'd stay here again in a heartbeat - these guys are great and the room was exactly what I wanted. If only I had a third hand, I could say "three thumbs up!"
- 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. Breakfast served 7 days a week. 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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