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Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   501 Fifth Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701   |  
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Ranked #7 of 42 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Newton, Massachusetts
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85 reviews 85 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Beautiful and a nice stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at this hotel for a wedding and was delighted with the property. The staff of the hotel was fabulous and the property was in great shape. I highly recommend booking a trip to the Vinoy for your next trip to Tampa or St. Pete.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kissimmee, Florida
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The Vinoy os beautiful, breathtaking to be exact! Now there are two sides, one being tower guest rooms. Those are a little outdated and definitely in need of updating. The restaurants were excellent and all staff was friendly and helpful.

The rooms were a tad bit overpriced, but I enjoyed myself.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 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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Cape Coral, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We had a beautiful view. The grounds are very well kept and the staff was always polite… But, it seemed as if the hotel needed a refurbishing. Too many other hotels to choose from to go to this particular hotel again, sorry.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

My first impression of the Vinoy was that it was a worn-out relic that was in need of an upgrade. I'm not talking about the decor per se, but more about new paint on the walls in the rooms, new caulking around the tub etc. It was my first trip to St. Petersburg with my family and in combination with the town itself, we all found it exceedingly dull and somewhat disappointing. But then something strange happened.

We had occasional meals at the restaurants, most of which were excellent and surprising. The majority of the staff (concierge, bar and waitstaff etc) were top-notch and at the highest industry standard (front desk was pretty weak though), and the amenities of the hotel were great. Soon after our first night, we found the place to be growing on us.

The charm and the elegance of this hotel is understated and hidden by the age of some of its features. But once you get a chance to relax and take a few strolls around the property, you start to realize why people enjoy this property so much. One tip though - pick an upgraded room facing the water. It is so much better than the interior room config.

Thank-you Vinoy staff for an enjoyable holiday.

P.S. Christmas Day we had egg nog, milk, fresh-baked gingerbread cookies, and a gift waiting for us in each of our rooms. Very unexpected but very nice indeed.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The restaurant service was excellent -- The Vinoy took care of my elderly relatives like they were their own family. The property has exceptionally patient and tolerant staff based on our meal with them. Thank you, Vinoy for tolerating us and giving some nice old folks a pleasant, dignified meal that they found to be really special and memorable. Thank you! The rooms are great also and it's a nice historic palatial hotel. Authentic and overall a great choice. They shine in the food, though. A+

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Louisville Kentucky
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

The Vinoy was even more beautiful than I had imagined! This place is just stunning! I stayed in the historic building and absolutley loved it! Upon checking in the reservations clerk tried to get me to upgrade to a tower room...but my daughter and I WANTED to be in the historic section, not for the money it saved but for the fact that it is the historic section, the girl didn't seem to get . Everything about this place is on point....loved, loved , loved it!!! I can't wait to go back!!!

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Fort Myers, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Haven't been this disappointed in a long time. We made our reservations months in advance to meet with friends in this grand old hotel. Both reservations were completely wrong, but no one at the Vinoy cared. One of the rooms was also not available until after the 4pm check in time. Dined at Marchand's award winning restaurant, and was disappointed there as well. Service was slow; we had to ask for water, drinks, and bread. Food was average. What a shame, as it is a fabulous location. We will definitely be back to visit the area, but we definitely will NOT stay at the Vinoy.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club

Address: 501 Fifth Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Location: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in St. Petersburg
#3 Romantic Hotel in St. Petersburg
#3 Business Hotel in St. Petersburg
#3 Family Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club 4*
Number of rooms: 361
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Classic Bayfront Resort comprising restored Vinoy Park Hotel & Tower (1992). ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Renaissance Vinoy Resort And Golf Club Hotel St. Petersburg
Renaissance Vinoy Hotel
Renaissance Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg Renaissance
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